Emmylou Harris to play FreshGrass festival


NORTH ADAMS -- Thirteen-time Grammy winner Emmylou Harris will play this year’s FreshGrass -- Mass MoCA’s weekend festival of bluegrass and roots music.

The event is scheduled for Sept. 19-21 on stages throughout the museum’s campus.

"A lot of people would put ‘Wrecking Ball’ on their list of the top five greatest albums of the last two decades," FreshGrass executive producer and museum Director Joseph Thompson says in a news release.

"The amazing thing for me is that Emmylou still sounds just as edgy and interesting today as she did when that album hit, almost 20 years ago. She defines FreshGrass."

In a career spanning 40 years, Harris has recorded more than 25 albums and lent her talents to countless fellow artists’ recordings. She was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2008.

In addition to 13 Grammys (this year she and Rodney Crowell won the Grammy for "Best Americana Album"), Harris has won three CMA Awards and two Americana Awards.

She has recorded with, among others, Linda Ronstadt, Daniel Lanois, Bob Dylan, Mark Knopfler, Neil Young, Gram Parsons, Willie Nelson, Dolly Parton, Roy Orbison, Ryan Adams, Beck, Elvis Costello, Johnny Cash, Lucinda Williams, and Lyle Lovett.

A longtime social activist, Harris has performed at Lilith Fair, helping promote feminism in music and organizing several benefit tours to support the Vietnam Veterans of America Foundation. She is also an avid supporter of animal rights and is actively involved in Bonaparte’s Retreat, the dog rescue organization that she founded.

Harris joins a FreshGrass lineup that includes the Carolina Chocolate Drops, Railroad Earth, Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn, Sam Bush, The Infamous Stringdusters, David Grisman Sextet, the Gibson Brothers, Alison Brown, Valerie June, Aoife O’Donovan, Rodney Crowell, Sam Amidon, Liam Ó Maonlaí, Michael Cleveland, Claire Lynch, Darol Anger, and Martha Redbone Roots Project.

More performers will be announced in June.

In addition to concerts and pop-up performances in Mass MoCA’s indoor galleries, stages and outdoor concert courtyards, FreshGrass will include music clinics organized by instrument; insider presentations by players in the bluegrass music trade; and a bounty of Berkshire fresh food and spirits.

Workshops and camping will be expanding this year, as will luthier demonstrations and children’s programming.


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