Release date: April 2011
Hard Bargain is a Country/Folk album by Emmylou Harris, released on 26 April 2011, recorded at Tragedy/Tragedy, TN. It marks the 26th studio album from Harris (including collaborations) and her third solo recording for Nonesuch Records.
With 17,000 copies sold in its first week, the album debuted at number three on the U.S. Billboard Top Country Albums, Harris' highest entry since her bluegrass LP Roses in the Snow in 1980. At the same time it debuted at number 18 on the Billboard 200, displacing 1977's Luxury Liner as her most successful solo LP ever on that chart.
The opening number "The Road" is about the late Gram Parsons, her musical mentor who died in 1973.
"Darlin' Kate" is a tribute to the late Kate McGarrigle who died of cancer in 2010. Kate, as well as her sister Anna McGarrigle, collaborated with Emmylou on numerous occasions since the 1970s.
"My Name Is Emmett Till" tells the story of Emmett Till, a black boy who was killed in 1955.