Blue Pony

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All Music Guide - Martin Monkman
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Martin Monkman
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: 4/22/1997
  • Label: Hightone Records
  • UPC: 012928807920
  • Catalog Number: 8079
  • Sales rank: 111,376

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 A Kiss on the Lips (5:13)
  2. 2 Take Me Back (3:53)
  3. 3 By Way of Sorrow (2:52)
  4. 4 Dancing Girl (4:05)
  5. 5 Give Me an Ocean (3:16)
  6. 6 All the Pieces of Mary (3:43)
  7. 7 The Devil Is an Angel (3:05)
  8. 8 Letters to Emily (4:28)
  9. 9 I Call on You (4:28)
  10. 10 Face of Appalachia (4:17)
  11. 11 Forever My Beloved (2:25)
  12. 12 Blue Pony (3:27)
  13. 13 Last Song (0:58)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Julie Miller Primary Artist, 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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