Aidin Vaziri | Emmylou Harris, the Country Music Hall of Fame inductee who has closed out the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival every year since it began in 2001, reminisces about some of her favorite moments from the past decade and tells us what it feels like to be the silver-haired poster girl for San Francisco’s favorite annual live music event.
Q: You traditionally close out the festival. Isn’t that a lot of pressure, to make sure everyone goes home happy?
A: I think it’s a real honor. If Warren ever wants to move me, I won’t complain. But as long as he wants me to close it out, I’ll do it. I’ll just make sure I wear warm clothes.
Q: Does the fog ever get to you?
A: Oh, my God. I remember one year I think I had to put on every article of clothing I brought with me. I could barely move my arms. But nobody left. Everybody shows up and stays. It’s nice to know you’re the cherry on top.