Music: Spyboy

Emmylou Harris

Anyone who caught her at Lilith Fair this summer knows that Harris has hit a musical sweet spot. Spyboy, culled from recent concert tours, looks back across her quarter-century as an alternative country pioneer and finds more than nostalgia. Harris and her nimble band revitalize some of her best oldies--Love Hurts, Boulder to Birmingham--with an assurance that makes them sound fresh. Spyboy has the kind of loose, effortless charm that most musicians don't trust anymore. At 51, Harris has tapped into her own well of inspiration, and what's flowing out is something you don't hear much on records: wisdom.

--By David...

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