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  • Summary: Hot Band members James Burton, John Ware, and Bill Payne, as well as Vince Gill, John Jorgenson, Bill Payne, Stuart Duncan, and Steuart Smith appear as guests on the duets album between Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell.
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  1. Sep 19, 2013
    The pair bring a gritty stiffness to Tim McGraw's Open Season on My Heart and Harris brings a searing power to Patti Scialfa's Spanish Dancer.
  2. The result is an album of solid country virtue.
  3. 80
    The reunion was a long time coming and exudes the tasteful sophistication and sympathetic camaraderie you’d expect from this pair of veterans reveling in each other’s presence.
  4. Q Magazine
    Mar 12, 2013
    It might be a record looking to the past, but it has Harris and Crowell doing some of the best work of their careers. [Apr 2013, p.103]
  5. Apr 4, 2013
    Emmylou and Rodney seem at their best with the more up-tempo offerings like Kris Kristofferson’s “Chase the Feeling” and “Bluebird Wine,” which features Rodney’s playful vocals.
  6. Mar 13, 2013
    Occasional miscues, including the frivolous "Black Caffeine" and mawkish "Open Season on My Heart," break the spell at times, but Old Yellow Moon still sounds like a couple of friends sitting around the kitchen table sharing songs.
  7. Magnet
    Mar 15, 2013
    The musicianship is smart and faultless, but also too subtle. [No. 96, p.54]

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  1. Apr 30, 2014
    This was the 4th best country album of 2013. I am a huge fan of lyrical country and thus Jason Isbell's Southeastern album was very good butThis was the 4th best country album of 2013. I am a huge fan of lyrical country and thus Jason Isbell's Southeastern album was very good but there has to be a balance between conceptual depth and musical achievement. This album is the closest thing to time travel we might ever get. This is your grandfather’s father country sound, yet it does not sound out of place on your iPod. “Bull Rider” is the perfect example—ol’ school. “Back when we were beautiful” is simply amazing in every sense of the word. Isbell’s album has better writing, but Old Yellow Moon is better album altogether. The writing on Old Yellow Moon is a B- but the music is A+. 86/100. 2013 will go down in history as the one of the best years in Country Music history. Expand