Stephen Colbert often talks about the Colbert bump, whereby anyone who appears with him on his TV show The Colbert Report automatically gets a boost in popularity. I’d also like to suggest the Ronstadt bump; whereby anyone who duets with newly anointed Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame singer Linda Ronstadt, automatically raises the quality of their song. Someone must have been thinking along the same lines as the album Duets is released. This album features James Taylor, Dolly Parton, Frank Sinatra among others dueting with Linda. It’s an idea who’s time has come.
One of Linda’s best duet partners is Emmylou Harris and today she is re-releasing one of her landmark albums from 1995; Wrecking Ball. Producer Daniel Lanois took Emmylou in a slightly altered musical direction creating moody, ethereal interpretations of songs from Bob Dylan, Neil Young and Gillian Welch among others. This three-disc reissue features the remastered original album, a bonus CD of previously unreleased material, and a DVD of the documentary Building the Wrecking Ball, It was one of my favorite albums from the 90s and helped me re-discover what a great treasure we have in the talent of Emmylou.