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University of Iowa News Release

Sept. 30, 2003

Emmylou Harris Performs In Hancher Oct. 15

Emmylou Harris, whose effortless combination of musical tradition and innovation have won 11 Grammy Awards and a world-wide following, will perform with her band at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 15, in Hancher Auditorium on the University of Iowa campus. Opening the show will be a long-time Harris collaborator, Grammy-nominated singer/guitarist Buddy Miller.

On more than 25 recordings, released over nearly 30 years -- including album collaborations with Linda Ronstadt and Dolly Parton -- Harris' clear and expressive voice has bridged the idioms of folk, country, pop, gospel, bluegrass and alternative.

In addition to her Grammy Awards, Harris has won the Academy of Country Music Album of the Year, the Minnie Pearl Humanitarian Award, induction into the Grand Ole Opry, the Nashville Symphony's Harmony Award, the Nashville Music Award, the Orville H. Gibson Lifetime Achievement Award, the Patsy Montana Entertainer Award from the National Cowgirl Hall of Fame, the Indie Award for Country Album of the Year, Billboard's Century Award, the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Americana Music Awards, the Patrick J. Leahy Humanitarian Award, induction into the Alabama Music Hall of Fame and eight Gold Albums.

Over the years she has recorded with a Who's Who of the country, folk and pop recording profession, including Peter, Paul and Mary, Willie Nelson, Bob Dylan, Roy Orbison, Neil Young, George Jones, Bob Denver, Ricky Skaggs, The Band, Tanya Tucker, Johnny Cash, Bill Monroe, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Gram Parsons, Waylon Jennings, John Prine, Patti Loveless, Delbert McClinton, Warren Zevon, Steve Earle, The Chieftains, Vince Gill, Dan Fogelberg, the Judds, David Bromberg, Bruce Cockburn, the Dixie Chicks, Randy Scruggs, Bonnie Raitt, John Anderson, Glen Campbell, Cheryl Crow, the Desert Rose Band, Tracy Chapman, Lyle Lovett, Tricia Yearwood, Buck Owens, Pam Tillis, Ryan Adams, Townes Van Zandt, Nanci Griffith, Sarah McLachlan, Ramblin' Jack Elliot, Jesse Winchester, Mary Black, Marshall Chapman, Dan Seals, Roy Rogers, Steve Goodman, Pure Prairie League, Roy Acuff, Leo Kottke, Rosanne Cash, Patti Page, Kathy Mattea, Guy Clark, Little Feat and Elvis' guitarist, James Burton.

You might say she's been "in demand." In fact, her Hancher concert, originally scheduled as part of the Iowa Women's Music Festival, was postponed to Oct. 15 so that she could open for Neil Young on his latest tour.

The tribute to Harris at the Alabama Music Hall of Fame summarizes, "Blessed with a crystalline voice, a remarkable gift for phrasing and a restless creative spirit, she traveled a singular artistic path, proudly carrying the torch of 'Cosmic American music' passed down by her mentor, Gram Parsons. With the exception of only Neil Young -- not surprisingly an occasional collaborator -- no other mainstream star established a similarly large body of work as consistently iconoclastic, eclectic or daring; even more than three decades into her career, Harris' latter-day music remained as heartfelt, visionary and vital as her earliest recordings."

Corporate support for the Oct. 15 concert comes from the Gazette/KCRG, though the University of Iowa Foundation.

Tickets for Emmylou Harris are $50, $47 and $45 ($40, $37.60 and $36 for UI students and audience members 17 and younger).

Hancher Auditorium box office business hours are 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. weekdays and 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays. From the local calling area, dial 319-335-1160. Long distance is toll-free, 1-800-HANCHER. Fax to 319-353-2284. People with special needs for access, seating and auxiliary services should dial 319-335-1158, which is equipped with TDD for people with hearing impairment who use that technology.

Tickets may be ordered on-line 24 hours a day, seven days a week through Hancher's website:

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STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Arts Center Relations, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 351, Iowa City, IA 52242-2500.

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