Costello brought out Emmylou Harris for his entire set, beginning with a lovely duet on Neil Young’s “Tell Me Why.” They also song the Everly Brothers song “Love Hurts,” which Harris performed with Gram Parsons shortly before his death. Pegi Young and Lucinda Williams joined Costello for a powerful “Scarlet Tide.” “I found a razor blade since I first played here twenty years ago,” Costello said, in one of the night’s lighter moments. “Back then I looked like the Wolfman. I would have kept it had I known the Werewolf look was going to come back.”
Costello remains a consummate songwriter and entertainer: Saturday night he accommodated Emmylou Harris, who wasn't on the bill but contributed sweet harmony vocals throughout his set to songs like the standard "Love Hurts." Sunday afternoon a well-dressed Costello premiered songs from his excellent forthcoming album National Ransom; his only oldie was set opener "Brilliant Mistake.