It’s been a good day. Breakfast, the SRCvinyl Niagara “Yard Sale“, ring-tail lemurs, spider monkeys and some weird “capybara” thing in Wainfleet at the ‘Ringtail Ranch & Rescue‘, sausage from ‘Leymayzzz… Meats‘ in Port Colborne, an Enlightenment Blonde Ale from The Brimstone Brewing Company and – get this – HRH even washed my car.
Pretty fucking awesome, right?
And now I’m relaxing in the coolness of my basement while HRH squirrel’s herself away in the spare bedroom doing God knows what and I’m listening to one of this morning purchases, the ‘Elite Hotel‘ by EmmyLou Harris.
As Kelly so aptly put it:
“Isn’t she some old country chick?”
Why, yes dear. She is.
However, she’s not just “some” old country chick, she’s “the” old country chick.
Released in 1975, ‘Elite Hotel’ was Harris’ 2nd album to be released that year, preceded by the widely acclaimed ‘Pieces of the Sky’ (which I will inevitably hunt out another time). It surpassed it’s predecessor on the Billboard Music Charts, ultimately becoming her first #1 country album.
This copy is a bit banged up (as it should be) as you can see but for$5.00, who’s going to quibble?
In all honesty, it sounds like a complete tribute and homage to her old squeeze, Gram Parsons, of whom I am also very fond. Harris in fact includes covers of The Flying Burrito Brothers‘ ‘Sin City‘ and ‘Wheels‘, along with ‘Ooh Las Vegas‘ from the incredible ‘Grievous Angel‘ album (click HERE). In addition to the usual eclectic mix of covers is the Beatles’ ‘Here, There and Everywhere‘ and Hank Williams’ ‘Jambalaya‘.
So there’s definitely lots going on here.
While it may not be for everybody, a dude has to have some guilty pleasures. And if “old country chicks” is wrong then, baby, I don’t want to be right.
I found some other interesting finds (ie. records) as well this morning but I suppose those will just have to wait for future posts.