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Does Emmylou Harris have a family connection to Wilmington?

Paul Stephen
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Emmylou Harris performs at Radio City Music Hall in June 2006. AP photo

Emmylou Harris performs at Radio City Music Hall in June 2006. AP photo

Q. Does Emmylou Harris have a family connection to Wilmington? Perhaps related to the DeRosset family?

A. According to an item in the Nov. 5, 1980, Wilmington Morning Star, the Alabama-born Harris does, in fact, have distant Port City roots. Her grandfather Armand DeRosset Harris and unnamed grandmother were native Wilmingtonians that left the city decades ago, according to the report, which ran ahead of her performance at Trask Coliseum that year.

While her lineage hasn’t changed, her prices certainly have. In 1980, tickets ranged from $7.75-8.75, while her recent performance with fellow recording artist Rodney Crowell ran $55.

NOTE: This answer originally misspelled the name DeRosset.

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