Picks and Pans Review: Roses in the Snow

updated 07/07/1980 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 07/07/1980 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Emmylou Harris

The normal crossover route for country singers is to boogie in the general direction of pop music; Harris, however, seems if anything to be waltzing further into C&W territory's bluegrass fringes. Even her diction is, if anything, getting more down-home—"you" sounds more like "yih-oo" all the time. This almost all acoustically backed set includes nicely turned versions of the traditional Wayfaring Stranger, Green Pastures and Jordan. There are, as well, simple renditions of Paul Simon's The Boxer, A.P. Carter's Gold Watch and Chain and Bill Halley's 1932 lament Miss the Mississippi. There's some knee-slapping mandolin work by Albert Lee and cameo backups by Johnny Cash, Dolly Parton, Linda Ronstadt and Willie Nelson. Those who want to go this far back to basics will find the album a pleasant way to travel.

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