Steve Earle, Emmylou Harris, Brothers Osborne, Margo Price, Buddy Miller and More Perform to Raise Awareness for Refugees

Last night (Sep. 26) another star-studded entry in the Skyville Live series took place in Nashville and was streamed live to the world on the internet. The show was headlined by music legends Steve Earle, Emmylou Harris and special guest Buddy Miller. And if those three artists weren’t impressive enough, the playbill also included rising stars Brothers Osborne, Colter Wall and surprise guest—and recently named New/Emerging Artist of the Year at the 2016 Americana Music Awards—Margo Price.

While each artist performed individually, throughout the night they joined each other onstage to create new and interesting variations of familiar songs.

Steve Earle performs “Goodbye” with Emmylou Harris
Steve Earle performs “Goodbye” with Emmylou Harris

Steve Earle kicked off the night with his 1988 album’s title track, “Copperhead Road,” but was soon joined onstage by Emmylou Harris for “Goodbye.” Steve sat down as Emmylou played “Pancho and Lefty” and “Love Hurts” with Buddy Miller. Then Margo Price joined Emmylou for “Two More Bottles of Wine.”

T.J. Osborne, Mickey Raphael fan

The Brothers Osborne played next, with T.J. hilariously sporting a “Mickey Raphael #1 Harmonica Player” t-shirt as he took the stage, standing in front of Willie Nelson’s well-known harmonica player, Mickey Raphael. The Brothers kept the energy high, rocking through “It Ain’t My Fault” and their hit single “Stay a Little Longer,” finishing their set with the Waylon Jennings classic “I Ain’t Living Long Like This.”

Canadian artist Colter Wall then took the show in a blues and folk direction with his songs “Kate McCannon” and “Sleeping On the Blacktop.”

Margo Price returned to the stage with her retro-country songs “Tennessee Song” and “Four Years of Chances.”

Margo Price
Margo Price

Steve Earle came back out to perform “Guitar Town” and then all of the artists joined him onstage for the final song, “Pilgrim.” Steve explained that he wrote the song for the funeral of bass player Roy Huskey, Jr.

He then spoke about the Lampedusa concerts and the refugees in need around the world. “It’s up to those of us that have the most to take care of those people, no matter what we think we’re afraid of and what people tell us to be afraid of,” Steve said “because it’s the right thing to do.”

All of the evening’s performances were in service to raising awareness about the Lampedusa: Concerts for Refugees concert series, which benefits the Jesuit Refugee Service. The Lampedusa concert series kicks off in Boulder, Colorado on Oct. 6, featuring Emmylou Harris, Steve Earle and Buddy Miller as well as Patty Griffin and the The Milk Carton Kids.

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photos by Jason Simanek