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Fayssoux

You've heard Fayssoux McLean, even if you haven't heard of her. Fayssoux's beguiling voice was an integral element in some of the finest country music recordings of our time. Fayssoux sang harmonies all over Emmylou Harris' legendary early recordings, Luxury Liner, Quarter Moon in a Ten Cent Town, Elite Hotel, and Pieces of the Sky, and she sang duets with Emmylou on "Spanish is a Loving Tongue" and "Green Rolling Hills."

Given that Emmylou Harris is herself the single greatest and most consequential harmony vocalist in country music history, Fayssoux's role as Emmylou's harmony singer of choice should tell you nearly all you need to know.

But what you also need to know is that Fayssoux possesses a stunning lead voice, one that she finally let the world hear on her 2008 debut recording, Early. Critics called Early a work of grace and beauty. The album turned the tables on history, featuring Emmylou Harris singing harmonies for Fayssoux, as well as appearances by Ricky Skaggs and Lloyd Green.

Aside from her one-off stint playing percussion on an egg whisk on a Lowell George track, it's Fayssoux's singing that has drawn the admiration of collaborators like Crowell, Linda Ronstadt, Dolly Parton and Buddy Miller. For decades, that singing was a secret known only to esteemed musicians and astute and/or compulsive liner note readers. Early let the secret out of the bag.

Now she's back with I Can't Wait, a gorgeous set of songs, five of which Fayssoux wrote and all of which are elevated by her singular, dusk-shaded invitation of a voice.

"Charm, elegance, whippoorwills and Magnolia dewdrops: these are the things that come to mind when I hear Fayssoux sing," says Rodney Crowell, who first sang with Emmylou Harris in Fayssoux's living room.

"I've always loved Fayssoux's voice. She's one of my favorite singers," says Emmylou.

See if you don't agree.

Early

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1. The Blackest Crow

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2. Early

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3. Save It! Save It!

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4. I Know It's Over

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5. California Earthquake

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6. Amen Children

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7. Bugler

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8. Walking Home in the Rain

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9. I Know How It Feels to Love

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10. Miss the Mississippi and You

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11. Weepin' Mary

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Fayssoux

You've heard Fayssoux McLean, even if you haven't heard of her. Fayssoux's beguiling voice was an integral element in some of the finest country music recordings of our time. Fayssoux sang harmonies all over Emmylou Harris' legendary early recordings, Luxury Liner, Quarter Moon in a Ten Cent Town, Elite Hotel, and Pieces of the Sky, and she sang duets with Emmylou on "Spanish is a Loving Tongue" and "Green Rolling Hills."

Given that Emmylou Harris is herself the single greatest and most consequential harmony vocalist in country music history, Fayssoux's role as Emmylou's harmony singer of choice should tell you nearly all you need to know.

But what you also need to know is that Fayssoux possesses a stunning lead voice, one that she finally let the world hear on her 2008 debut recording, Early. Critics called Early a work of grace and beauty. The album turned the tables on history, featuring Emmylou Harris singing harmonies for Fayssoux, as well as appearances by Ricky Skaggs and Lloyd Green.

Aside from her one-off stint playing percussion on an egg whisk on a Lowell George track, it's Fayssoux's singing that has drawn the admiration of collaborators like Crowell, Linda Ronstadt, Dolly Parton and Buddy Miller. For decades, that singing was a secret known only to esteemed musicians and astute and/or compulsive liner note readers. Early let the secret out of the bag.

Now she's back with I Can't Wait, a gorgeous set of songs, five of which Fayssoux wrote and all of which are elevated by her singular, dusk-shaded invitation of a voice.

"Charm, elegance, whippoorwills and Magnolia dewdrops: these are the things that come to mind when I hear Fayssoux sing," says Rodney Crowell, who first sang with Emmylou Harris in Fayssoux's living room.

"I've always loved Fayssoux's voice. She's one of my favorite singers," says Emmylou.

See if you don't agree.

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