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Emmylou Harris Buys Back the Farm

Steven X Rea, High Fidelity, August 1980

A GIANT cement mixer blocks the road, halfway up the snaking cul-de-sac that ends at Emmylou Harris' rented ranch house. Nestled in a leveled out fold between two of Coldwater Canyon's sloping hills. the house will soon be bulldozed, having been a victim of L.A.'s devastating floods last winter. Though almost everything succumbed to the two-foot wall of moving hillside — furniture, books, personal possessions, stereo equipment, records — comparatively speaking the country singer and her producer/husband Brian Ahern were lucky: The Enactron truck (their mobile recording studio) and stacks of master tapes had already been moved to the lowlands of North Hollywood.

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