Blue Kentucky Girl [Bonus Tracks]

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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 ...
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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.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/24/2004
  • Label: Rhino
  • UPC: 081227811228
  • Catalog Number: 78112
  • Sales rank: 2,951

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, Mastering
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
Andrew Mendelson Digital Editing
Doug Beal Mastering
Charles Justice Composer
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