No solo album in four years, Emmylou Harris comes with two sets this year, a new album already in progress and a career-long record to be released on September 18 via Rhino.
Illustrating more than 30 years of career, an-80 tracks set is comprised of materials from her earlier albums, her never-before-released songs and a number of tribute songs for other artists. The country crooner herself did the compiling which will occupy four CDs and a DVD.
"For the most part, none of these songs have ever been on a compilation before," Harris told Billboard.com. "They're kind of favorites - I call them my orphans, songs that maybe I didn't even perform that much but I loved enough to record in the studio. They didn't quite fit either the Hot Band or whatever I was doing."
The singer who is noticed for her unique vocal style has also been preparing the 24th studio album which she describes as "a combination of some of my own songs, some songs that I've wanted to record for a long time and some new things that I came across. You'll get both Emmylou the interpreter and Emmylou the songwriter."
At 60 years old, Harris gives no sign of slowing down. "It was really an amazing trip down memory lane to listen to a lot of stuff to see some of this stuff and I'm still not ready to retire. What does that say about me? I must be crazy."
On her schedule is the headlining of charity festival "Wednesday Night Wags", guest singing in Dolly Parton's new CD, a duet in Anne Murray's next album and a tour in fall.