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Emmylou Harris, Rodney Crowell coming to Breckenridge in September

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Tickets are now on sale for the Breckenridge Creative Arts presentation of country music legends Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell at the Riverwalk Center in Breckenridge on Friday, Sept. 25, part of The Traveling Kind tour.

Harris and Crowell's second duet album, "The Traveling Kind," produced by Joe Henry is out now on Nonesuch Records. In celebration of the release, Harris and Crowell were featured in a live, on-air performance on Sirius XM's Outlaw Country, hosted by Elvis Costello. The duo is currently wrapping up a series of performances in the United States before beginning The Traveling Kind tour this fall.

"The Traveling Kind" was selected as a First Listen by NPR Music, which said, "As they swap lines and leads between his reedy resilience and her gossamer vibrato, Harris and Crowell don't just share the spotlight. They also share the weight of legacy, influence and lifelong artistic investment, bearing down when the emotional heft of a song calls for it, loosening up and growing playful when it doesn't, and altogether lightening the load for each other. This is what it sounds like when true equals, both deep into their journeys, draw out the best in each other."

Rolling Stone premiered the album's title track, saying, "'The Traveling Kind,' set to a nostalgic, chugging beat, carves the path for the record, which floats from Memphis grooves to classic, country-infused folk ballads, telling stories of love, struggle and the very special art of confessing to both through lyric. … They've built their legacies with melodies, lyrics and timeless voices that lace together the most permanent of humanity's living records."

"The Traveling Kind" follows the longtime friends' first duet album, 2013's "Old Yellow Moon," which won Best Americana Album at the 56th annual Grammy Awards, as well as two awards at the 2013 Americana Music Association Honors & Awards Show, for Album of the Year and Duo/Group of the Year. The album also debuted at No. 4 on Billboard's Top Country Albums chart.

A 13-time Grammy winner and Billboard Century Award recipient, Harris' contribution as a singer and songwriter spans 40 years. She has recorded more than 25 albums and has lent her talents to countless fellow artists' recordings. In recognition of her remarkable career, Harris was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2008.

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Her most recent solo album, 2011's "Hard Bargain," debuted in the top 20 on the Billboard 200 chart and received tremendous critical acclaim — the Associated Press called it "gorgeous" and said Harris' "silvery soprano is in fine form," while USA Today said, "exquisite … her unmistakable soprano, at once grainy and ethereal, still wraps itself around a lyric with an angel's delicate warmth."

Crowell is a multi–Grammy Award winner whose songs have been recorded by Johnny Cash, Norah Jones, Etta James and The Grateful Dead, among others. His 1988 breakthrough "Diamonds and Dirt" generated five No. 1 singles and a Grammy Award for the song "After All This Time." His critically acclaimed works "The Houston Kid," "Fate's Right Hand," "The Outsider" and "Sex and Gasoline" were followed by the 2010 release of his memoir, "Chinaberry Sidewalks."

In 2011, Crowell released "KIN: Songs by Mary Karr and Rodney Crowell," which debuted at No. 1 on the Americana album chart and featured specials guests including Kris Kristofferson, Vince Gill and Lucinda Williams, among many others. His most recent solo album, "Tarpaper Sky," was released in 2014. Crowell's honors also include an ASCAP Lifetime Achievement Award and membership in the Songwriters Hall of Fame.

The Breckenridge engagement of Harris and Crowell is part of a new performing arts series titled BCA Presents, a program of year-round concerts, lectures and special events presented and hosted by Breckenridge Creative Arts and supported by the town of Breckenridge. Learn more at http://www.breckcreate.org.

If you go

What: The Traveling Kind tour, featuring Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell, presented by Breckenridge Creative Arts

When: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 25

Where: Riverwalk Center, 150 W. Adams Ave., Breckenridge

Cost: Tickets are $55, $75 or $95 for gold circle seats (first four rows, center section)

More information: Tickets on sale now at the Riverwalk Center Ticket Office, by phone at (970) 547-3100 or online at breckcreate.org.