Carolina Star with Emmy Lou on Leno

Emmy Lou Harris with Carolina Star at Merlefest 2007When Emmy Lou Harris appears on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno on Monday, September 17, she’ll have John Starling & Carolina Star in tow as her special guests. They will be performing a vocal version of Get Up John to help promote the release of her 4 CD box set, Songbird, due out on Rhino on 9/18.

Carolina Star is made up of several original members of Seldom Scene: John Starling on guitar and vocals, Mike Auldridge on dobro and Tom Gray on bass. Rickie Simpkins on fiddle and Jimmy Gaudreau on mandolin round out the band. Their debut CD, Slidin’ Home, featured Emmy Lou as a guest artist, so the guys are returning the favor on Leno next week.

They will recording a spot with her for the BBC next week as well.

Songbird will contain 78 Emmy Lou Harris songs from 1970-2006, plus a DVD with 9 videos. Harris chose each of the tracks which span her long career as a recording artist, including her acclaimed work with Gram Parsons and her later Hot Band era.

See the full track list online.

The Tonight Show with Jay Leno airs at 11:30 p.m. in most NBC markets, immediately following local 11:00 news. Look for Emmy Lou and Carolina Star near the end of the show, closing in on 12:30 p.m.

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