And then came Emmylou Harris, whose Lanois-produced "Wrecking Ball" album is one of my all time favourites and the reason I was at this show. When she strolled on stage after an hour it was like the sun came out - her voice soaring and swooping over the guitars and rhythm section. The highlight was the long version of Lanois' song "The Maker", the same arrangement as on Harris's Spyboy recording and tour. I've been playing it incessantly in my car every since the concert.
Here is that arrangement of the song, with Emmylou and her band Spyboy: Brady Blade on drums (just as he was in Montreal), Daryl Johnson on bass, and Buddy Miller playing the Lanois role. Pretty damn great.