Emmylou Harris makes magic with pretty much everyone she sings with, from Gram Parsons to Lyle Lovett; one of her most trusted sidekicks over the years, though, has been Rodney Crowell, and the two never fail to shimmer and shine as evidenced on ‘The Traveling Kind.’ Like they did on ‘Old Yellow Moon,’ they harmonize on some tunes and hand off on others, but whichever way they go, they strike a natural balance and a beautiful chord. As always, Rodney Crowell provides the roots and Emmylou Harris, the wings. Highlights include the title track plus “No Memories Hangin’ Around,” “You Can’t Say We Didn’t Try,” “Just Pleasing You,” and “Her Hair Was Red” – all of which could have graced almost any Harris or Crowell record of the past 40 years. From rootsy rockers and country crooners, the songs here feel fairly old-fashioned, but never dated and that’s credit to both the compositions and the performances. There’s nothing earth-shattering about ‘The Traveling Kind,’ because that’s not the point. What is clear, though, is how much Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell enjoy working together and, more to the point, how well they do it.
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