In celebration of Emmylou Harris’ birthday, an expanded edition of one of the singer’s most personal albums – ‘The Ballad of Sally Rose’ has been released. Harris once called this concept album a country opera. Released in 1985, the song cycle is based loosely on her short time with influential singer-songwriter Gram Parsons, who died in 1973. Known more for singing songs written by others, this was Harris’ first self-composed album and it remains one of her favorites. Harris says the idea for the album had been brewing for years, but she needed time away from the road to write.