One thing I’m learning is that pursuing a career in music, like life in general, has its highs and lows. This last week I had one of my highest “highs” yet. I had the amazing opportunity to open the show for two artists I love and admire, Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell. I was pretty thrilled with that, but the night just got even better. I got to join them and the Glory Band on stage for the encore.
When Emmylou and Rodney completed their set I happened to be backstage watching. They graciously invited me to sing “Stars on the Water” with them. When they were getting ready to head back on stage, Emmylou said, “Rodney goes on first and then I dance out. Dance out with me!” How could I refuse Emmylou? We danced out on stage together and joined Rodney in singing the song. What a memory! My friend and professional photographer, Evan Richman, captured the moment perfectly in the photo below.
When they launched into the final song “Even Cowgirls Get the Blues” I spotted Emmylou’s dogs with her tour manager backstage. She brings them on stage at the end of every show and gives a plug for dog rescue organization she started in Nashville called Bonaparte’s Retreat. I got to bring her sweet dogs, Keeta and Bella out on stage.
Emmylou and I talked dogs after the show. I really admire the work she is doing to help unwanted dogs find homes. Her mission is close to my heart because a little over six years ago, my husband and I adopted a black lab mix, Sophie. She’s now such a huge part of our lives. It’s hard to imagine that someone didn’t want her.
I have to thank Rodney for the excellent night I had. It’s because I have a history of doing some shows with him that I was able to get this opportunity. He continues to be a great support and encouragement to me in this adventure that I’m on. And for that, I’m grateful!