Blue Pony

Blue Pony

by Julie Miller
     
 

Her first album since leaving the Contemporary Christian Music fold, Julie Miller's Blue Pony is a wonderful slice of contemporary country that draws heavily on both folk and rock music. While Miller is an accomplished songwriter and singer, her husband Buddy Miller plays a central role on the album, playing guitar, singing, andSee more details below

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Her first album since leaving the Contemporary Christian Music fold, Julie Miller's Blue Pony is a wonderful slice of contemporary country that draws heavily on both folk and rock music. While Miller is an accomplished songwriter and singer, her husband Buddy Miller plays a central role on the album, playing guitar, singing, and producing. Stylistically, the songs vary between rock tunes like "Kiss on the Lips" to the traditional country sounds of "Take Me Back" and "Face of Appalachia." There's also "Forever My Beloved," a duet with Emmylou Harris, which sounds like a traditional Anglo-Irish folk tune. Lyrically, Miller presents a rather bleak world in her songs, which are often populated with people who have seen the hurtful side of life: mothers who have given their children up for adoption ("Letters to Emily"), the mentally ill ("All the Pieces of Mary"), and abused children ("Dancing Girl"). There are also those who are simply troubled by love. But Miller possesses both empathy and love for all these characters, offering them hope through their despair. In "I Call on You" she offers God as a way to overcome the anguish of life: "When trouble has swallowed my soul I call on You." But ultimately, she is more concerned with the happiness of others; closing the album is "Last Song," in which she hopes for a rich life for the listener. Miller is an exceptionally gifted songwriter, and Blue Pony contains ample evidence of her talents. And while other singers like Harris have offered interpretations of Miller's songs, she herself is able to provide the unique insights that only a song's author can bring. Coupled with great playing courtesy of Buddy Miller and a cast of talented collaborators, Blue Pony is a top-notch album.

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Product Details

Release Date:
04/22/1997
Label:
Hightone Records
UPC:
0012928807920
Rank:
202824

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Julie Miller   Primary Artist,Guitar
Emmylou Harris   Vocals
Steve Earle   Vocals
Phil Madeira   Organ,Hammond Organ
Larry Campbell   Banjo,Bouzouki,Fiddle
Paul Griffith   Percussion,Drums
Steve Hindalong   Percussion
Byron House   Bass
Donald Lindley   Bass,Drums
Bill Mallonee   Harmonica
Buddy Miller   Bass,Guitar,Vocals,Melodica,Mando-Guitar
Alison Prestwood   Bass,Drums
Tammy Rogers   Fiddle,Mandolin
John Schreiner   Piano
Karen Peris   Vocals
Matt Slocum   Cello

Technical Credits

Julie Miller   Producer,Liner Notes
Duane Jarvis   Engineer
Buddy Miller   Producer,Engineer,Contributor,Mastering
Don Peris   Engineer
Kerosene Halo   Art Direction

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