And that thing--that very willingness to push it until it falls apart instead of playing it safe, is exactly what makes her Emmylou Harris and not some lesser creature.
It applies to all art. Art doesn't come from concealing your flaws and vulnerabilities; it comes from owning them.
You gain your dignity as an artist by telling the truth, no matter how scary and shameful, over and over again. You gain dignity by sacrificing it--for honesty. The specific is universal.