×

Uh-oh, it looks like your Internet Explorer is out of date.

For a better shopping experience, please upgrade now.

Blue Kentucky Girl [Bonus Tracks]
     

Blue Kentucky Girl [Bonus Tracks]

4.5 2
by Emmylou Harris
 

See All Formats & Editions

Stung by critical barbs attributing her chart success to the pop elements in her music, Emmylou Harris responded in 1979 with a premeditated venture into pure, traditional country, Blue Kentucky Girl. By this time her Hot Band had solidified into a formidable unit, featuring the likes of Rodney Crowell and Albert Lee on guitars,

Overview

Stung by critical barbs attributing her chart success to the pop elements in her music, Emmylou Harris responded in 1979 with a premeditated venture into pure, traditional country, Blue Kentucky Girl. By this time her Hot Band had solidified into a formidable unit, featuring the likes of Rodney Crowell and Albert Lee on guitars, Glen D. Hardin on piano, Ronnie Tutt on drums, Hank DeVito on pedal steel, Emory Gordy on bass, and Ricky Skaggs on fiddle, supplemented by perennial guests such as the legendary guitarist James Burton and vocalist Fayssoux Starling. With songs drawn from contemporary writers such as Crowell ("Even Cowgirls Get the Blues") and Willie Nelson (the album-opening stomp, "Sister's Coming Home," sparked by Skaggs' furious fiddling) and sturdy veterans such as Charlie and Ira Louvin ("Everytime You Leave," done as a torchy cri de coeur with Don Everly) and Leon Payne ("They'll Never Take His Love from Me"), Blue Kentucky Girl was instantly timeless and timely, as it is today. In both content and style its songs underscored a link between country's past and present (in spite of the mainstream trend, then and now), even as the subtle, low-key arrangements built on classic country sound signatures while injecting discreet, contemporary punctuation along the way. In the end, though, Harris's expressive voice tells the most important story, from the austere beauty of Jean Ritchie's "Sorry in the Wind" to the stirring, soul-deep ruminations on a vanished love in the extraordinary "Beneath Still Waters," a country chart-topper in 1980. Two bonus tracks supplement the original ten-song LP, one a duet with Glen Campbell on the bluesy "Cheatin' Is," the other a solid, Hank Cochran–penned lament, "I Know an Ending when It Comes" -- mere icing on a cake already rich in heart and soul.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
1979's Blue Kentucky Girl was the first pure country record Emmylou Harris ever recorded. It has a stripped-down sound that is as close to the country bone as anything issued by Nash Vegas in the 1960s. Harris made the record this way for two reasons: she had involved herself deeply in the studio mixing of Quarter Moon in a Ten Cent Town and found it too glossy, and she was responding to the country purists who claimed the only reason she hit the charts so heavily with her albums was that she saturated them with pop songs. This is just crazy, but it was a gauntlet she chose to pick up. As was customary, husband Brian Ahern produced the ten-song set, and Harris played acoustic guitar on all but two of the album's ten tracks while fronting the Hot Band. The material ranged from "Sister's Coming Home," a duet with Tanya Tucker written by Willie Nelson, to Dallas Frazier's stellar nugget "Beneath Still Waters," to Gram Parsons and Chris Hillman's "Hickory Wind," from the Byrds' Sweetheart of the Rodeo album, Leon Payne's amazing "They'll Never Take His Love From Me," the Louvin Brothers' "Every Time You Leave," with Don Everly singing duet, to a serious country read of Doc Pomus' "Save the Last Dance for Me." Honky tonk songwriter Johnny Mullins wrote the title cut, and Harris took country back to its British Isles roots with a reading of Jean Ritchie's "Sorrow in the Wind," accompanied by the first family of bluegrass, the Whites. The set closes with Rodney Crowell's "Even Cowgirls Get the Blues," and takes it out with a shuffling sneer. [The remastered edition by Rhino contains another pair of period tunes: Hank Cochran's "I Know an Ending When It Comes" and Rafe VanHoy's "Cheatin' Is," where Harris and Glen Campbell pair off and bet it.]

Product Details

Release Date:
02/24/2004
Label:
Rhino
UPC:
0081227811228
catalogNumber:
78112
Rank:
8680

Related Subjects

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Emmylou Harris   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Ricky Skaggs   Fiddle,Mandolin,Background Vocals
Rodney Crowell   Hi String
Dolly Parton   Background Vocals
Albert Lee   Acoustic Guitar,Mandolin,Electric Guitar
Linda Ronstadt   Background Vocals
James Burton   Electric Guitar
Ben Keith   Pedal Steel Guitar
Mickey Raphael   Harmonica
Brian Ahern   Acoustic Guitar,Banjo,Percussion
Duke Bardwell   Bass
Glen D. Hardin   Piano,Conductor
Lincoln Davis   Accordion
Hank DeVito   Pedal Steel Guitar
Steve Fishell   Pedal Steel Guitar
Wayne Goodwin   Fiddle
Emory Gordy   Bass
Don Heffington   Drums
Bill Payne   Piano
Frank Reckard   Electric Guitar
Fayssoux Starling   Background Vocals
John Ware   Drums
Cheryl White   Background Vocals
Sharon White   Background Vocals
Mike Bowden   Bass

Technical Credits

Rodney Crowell   Composer
Willie Nelson   Composer
Jean Ritchie   Composer
Gram Parsons   Composer
Mort Shuman   Composer
Leon Payne   Composer
Brian Ahern   Arranger,Producer,Engineer
Greg Allen   Art Direction
Bob Buchanan   Composer
Donivan Cowart   Engineer
Glen D. Hardin   String Arrangements
Dallas Frazier   Composer
Ira Louvin   Composer
Charlie Louvin   Composer
Doc Pomus   Composer
Stuart Taylor   Engineer
Rafe Van Hoy   Composer
Bradley Hartman   Engineer
Parke Puterbaugh   Liner Notes
Shoji Tabuchi   Composer
Bob Buchanon   Composer
John Mullins   Composer
Charles Justice   Composer

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Post to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews