Old Yellow Moon – 2013

Old Yellow Moon is a Grammy Award-winning collaborative album by American country music singer-songerwriters Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell, released on February 26, 2013 in the United States by Nonesuch Records. It is the twenty-seventh and tenth studio albums for both Harris and Crowell, respectively, as well as Harris’ fifth album for Nonesuch Records.

Produced by Harris’ ex-husband and longtime producer Brian Ahern, Old Yellow Moon was recorded in 2012 at Eastern Island Sounds and Ronnie’s Place, both in Nashville. In the autumn of 2012, the album’s opening number “Hanging Up My Heart” was premiered on YouTub.

Old Yellow Moon is the latest of many collaborative projects of Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell and the first that ultimately resulted in an entire album. As both artists have stated multiple times, the duet album was being planned for a long time. In the liner notes of Harris’ 2007 Songbird: Rare Tracks and Forgotten Gems box set she writes that “we’ve been talking for 34 years about doing a duet record, and I swear we’re going to do it.

Track listing[edit]
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. “Hanging Up My Heart” Hank DeVito 2:52
2. “Invitation to the Blues” Roger Miller 3:38
3. “Spanish Dancer” Patti Scialfa 3:44
4. “Open Season on My Heart” Rodney Crowell, James T. Slater 3:41
5. “Chase the Feeling” Kris Kristofferson 3:31
6. “Black Caffeine” Donivan Cowart, DeVito 3:23
7. “Dreaming My Dreams” Allen Reynolds 3:18
8. “Bluebird Wine” Crowell 2:56
9. “Back When We Were Beautiful” Matraca Berg 3:40
10. “Here We Are” Crowell 3:15
11. “Bull Rider” Crowell 3:05
12. “Old Yellow Moon” DeVito, Lynn Langham 3:37


Emmylou Harris – vocals, acoustic guitar, tambourine
Rodney Crowell – vocals, acoustic guitar

Additional musicians

Brian Ahern – acoustic bass, acoustic guitar, electric baritone guitar
James Burton – electric guitar
Chad Cromwell – drums
Dennis Crouch – bass
Stuart Duncan – banjo, fiddle, mandolin
Larry Franklin – fiddle
Paul Franklin – steel guitar
Vince Gill – classical guitar, vocals
Marco Giovani – drums
Emory Gordy, Jr. – bass
Glen D. Hardin – electric piano
John Hobbs – piano
Jim Hoke – accordion
Jedd Hughes – electric guitar
David Hungate – double bass, bass guitar
John Jorgenson – electric guitar, mandolin
Lynn Langham – piano
Bill Payne – Hammond B-3 organ, piano
Mickey Raphael – bass harmonica
Michael Rhodes – bass
Steuart Smith – electric slide guitar, electric guitar, mandocello
Tommy Spurlock – steel guitar
John Ware – drums
Reese Wynans – piano

Recording staff

Brian Ahern – producer
Shannon Ahern – production assistant
Chuck Ainlay – engineer
John Baldwin – assistant engineer
Donivan Cowart – engineer
Bob Ludwig – mastering engineer
Noland O’Boyle – assistant engineer