Emmylou Harris is a musical icon across all genres, but especially country. Although she has been cited as an influence for many modern country artists, today’s music doesn’t seem to be Harris’ cup of tea.
In a new interview with Radio.com, the 68-year-old admitted that contemporary country isn’t what she normally tunes into. “No, I never listen to it, I have to be honest. Unless it’s by accident. When I do hear it by accident, it doesn’t relate to me at all, for the most part.”
Harris also doesn’t seem to be impressed by the songwriting skills showcased by the predominately male chart-toppers of today. “They worry about having a hit and [are] lowering the bar lyrically,” she explains. “Guys singing about ‘Drive my tractor,’ and they probably can’t even drive a manual transmission car! Which I do, by the way.”
Although, just because Harris sees right through the cliche-ridden tracks that are overwhelming the country mainstream doesn’t mean she isn’t a fan of the genre at all. She admitted her love for Miranda Lambert, calling her “a little firecracker.”
“I know that there’s a lot of great gals out there,” Harris explained further. “Who’s the gal that did Same Trailer, Different Park?” She said, referring to Kacey Musgraves. “She’s great, and I do like Ashley Monroe‘s “Like a Rose.” Beautiful song. Beautiful song! So they do pop up in the cracks of the sidewalk every once in a while.”
Harris is currently on tour supporting her latest release, The Traveling Kind, a collaborative effort with longtime friend Rodney Crowell. You can find more information about the album and upcoming tour dates at her website.