"Three Girls and their Buddy" The Keswick Theatre - Glenside, PA

Emmylou Harris, Patty Griffin, and Shawn Colvin were missing their Buddy (Miller) Friday night in Pennsylvania. Buddy Miller was rehearsing with Alison Krauss and Robert Plant in LA for their Grammy performance. Buddy was missing, but the evening was filled with spectacular music.

Hailed as three of our most prolific singer/songwriters, the three “Girls” proved in the sold out theater why they are the crème de la crème.

Emmylou Harris sat between Patty Griffin and Shawn Colvin, as they played in-the-round, taking turns singing fan favorites. Emmylou Harris started off the night with “Red Dirt Girl.”

The three women were relaxed and jovial, sharing stories and beautiful harmonies. Patty Griffin and Shawn Colvin’s “hallelujah” harmonies on Emmylou’s “We Shall Rise” were nothing short of perfection.

Shawn Colvin demonstrated why the Grammy’s sometimes get it right (a three time award winner). Colvin’s voice was nearly flawless as she delivered “Tennessee,” “Crazy” (her Gnarls Barkley cover), and “Summer Dress” from her latest release (“These Four Walls”). Colvin received hoots and hollers from the audience for her always-impressive unique guitar stylings.

Patty Griffin showcased her amazing range, singing a song from her upcoming Gospel album, “Staying on the Ride” (from her latest album “Children Running Through”), and smiling through her “Our Love is a Dud” tune. Patty finished “Our Love is a Dud” to wild applause from the crowd. As the crowd quieted, Shawn asked, “Bitter much?”

Harris, Griffin, and Colvin gathered standing around one microphone for their first encore. They sang a cappella “Go to Sleep You Little Baby” (widely known from the “O Brother, Where Art Thou” film/soundtrack). The performance was glorious, with pitch perfect harmonies. Emmylou Harris, Patty Griffin, and Shawn Colvin took to their stools for one final song. Harris announced it as “Patty’s gift to the world,” and Patty Griffin led Harris and Colvin on “Mary.”

If you’re a fan of singer/songwriters, the show is a must see. It simply does not get much better than the two hour and fifteen minute performance Emmylou Harris, Patty Griffin, and Shawn Colvin put on. The “Three Girls and their Buddy” tour continues through February 22.

- JL for The Buzz About

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