Quarter Moon in a Ten Cent Town
is a transitional effort that bridges the curveballs of Emmylou Harris
' earliest solo work with the more traditional country albums that comprise the bulk of the second phase of her career. For the first time, she covers no Gram Parsons
tunes or pop music chestnuts, relying instead on newly exited Hot Band
member Rodney Crowell
for two songs ("Leaving Louisiana in the Broad Daylight" and "I Ain't Living Long Like This") and Dolly Parton
for another (the devastating "To Daddy"); the highlight is a gorgeous cover of Jesse Winchester
's "Defying Gravity."