Blue Smoke

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
The Blue Smoke comes rolling across the Smoky Mountains, the area of Tennessee that Dolly Parton calls home. She named her 42nd studio album after that smoke -- she also used it for the name of her 2014 tour of Australia and New Zealand, where this 2014 album first appeared (it saw stateside release later in the summer) -- and while it's not autobiographical, it certainly adds up to a tidy portrait of Parton in 2014. Unlike some of her new millennial albums, Blue Smoke doesn't specialize in one specific sound -- it is neither a bluegrass nor pop record but rather splits the difference, touching upon each sound, along with threading in other signatures like ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
The Blue Smoke comes rolling across the Smoky Mountains, the area of Tennessee that Dolly Parton calls home. She named her 42nd studio album after that smoke -- she also used it for the name of her 2014 tour of Australia and New Zealand, where this 2014 album first appeared (it saw stateside release later in the summer) -- and while it's not autobiographical, it certainly adds up to a tidy portrait of Parton in 2014. Unlike some of her new millennial albums, Blue Smoke doesn't specialize in one specific sound -- it is neither a bluegrass nor pop record but rather splits the difference, touching upon each sound, along with threading in other signatures like superstar duets with old friends (Kenny Rogers and Willie Nelson both show up, singing songs that appear on their own 2013 albums) and splashy, silly covers of recent pop hits (this time, it's a version of Bon Jovi's "Lay Your Hands on Me"). Compared to 2011's Better Day, the album this follows, this is heavier on covers -- in addition to the Bon Jovi hit and Rogers' commissioned nostalgia, there's the traditional "Banks of the Ohio" and a bluegrass take on Bob Dylan's "Don't Think Twice" -- but Blue Smoke is anchored on Parton's originals, which run the gamut from the steady-rolling old-timey title track through the super-slick pop "Home" to "Lover du Jour," a clever spin on Guy Clark's "Texas Cooking." Perhaps there are no permanent additions to her canon here, but the remarkable thing is how satisfying an album this is: it sounds good and the songs are sturdy, proof that Parton is far from resting on her laurels.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/4/2014
  • Label: Imports
  • UPC: 888430306820
  • Catalog Number: 1116675
  • Sales rank: 55,054

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Blue Smoke (3:33)
  2. 2 Unlikely Angel (3:23)
  3. 3 Don't Think Twice (3:21)
  4. 4 You Can't Make Old Friends - Kenny Rogers (3:57)
  5. 5 Home (3:22)
  6. 6 Banks of the Ohio (3:48)
  7. 7 Lay Your Hands on Me (4:13)
  8. 8 Miss You - Miss Me (4:00)
  9. 9 If I Had Wings (4:06)
  10. 10 Lover du Jour (4:11)
  11. 11 From Here to the Moon and Back (4:02)
  12. 12 Try (4:47)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Dolly Parton Primary Artist, Vocals
Willie Nelson Vocals, Guest Appearance
Steve Gibson Electric Guitar
Bobby Wood Synthesizer
Eric Darken Percussion
Terry Eldredge Background Vocals
Mickey Raphael Harmonica
David Angell Strings
Mike Brignardello Electric Bass
Pat Buchanan Harmonica, Electric Guitar
J.T. Corenflos Electric Guitar
Chad Cromwell Drums
Dennis Crouch Upright Bass
David Davidson Strings
Richard Dennison Piano, Background Vocals
Stuart Duncan Fiddle
Paul Franklin Steel Guitar
Vicki Hampton Background Vocals
Steve Hinson Lap Steel Guitar
Jim Hoke Harmonica
Paul Hollowell Piano, Keyboards, Hammond B3
Dann Huff Electric Guitar
Carl Jackson Background Vocals
Kenny Rogers Vocals
Anthony LaMarchina Strings
Bob Mater Drums
Jimmy Mattingly Fiddle, Mandolin
John Mock Harmonium
Greg Morrow Drums
Jennifer O'Brien Background Vocals
Kathryn Plummer Strings
Tom Rutledge Acoustic Guitar
Pamela Sixfin Strings
Jimmie Lee Sloas Bass, Electric Bass
Steve Turner Percussion, Drums
Mary Kathryn Van Osdale Strings
Scott Vestal Banjo
Tommy White Steel Guitar
Kristin Wilkinson Strings
Aubrey Haynie Fiddle, Mandolin
Kent Wells Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar
Bobby Terry Acoustic Guitar
Sonya Isaacs Background Vocals
Randy Kohrs Dobro
Wei Tsun Chang Strings
Monisa Angell Strings
Derek Wells Electric Guitar
Karen Winkelmann Strings
Val Storey Background Vocals
Bryan Sutton Acoustic Guitar
Monty Allen Background Vocals
Christian Davis Background Vocals
Jamie Johnson Background Vocals
Danny Roberts Mandolin
Ilya Toshinsky Acoustic Guitar
Jim "Moose" Brown Piano
Steve Mackey Electric Bass
Sarighani Reist Strings
Zeneba Bowers Strings
Stefan Petrescu Strings
Nick Buda Percussion, Drums
Rebecca Isaacs Bowman Background Vocals
Jay Weaver Upright Bass
Charlie Judge Synthesizer, Piano, Strings
Seanad Chang Strings
Michael Davis Keyboards
Technical Credits
Dolly Parton Composer, Lyricist, Executive Producer
Jon Bon Jovi Composer
Bob Dylan Composer
Richie Sambora Composer
Buddy Cannon Producer
Richard Dennison Vocal Arrangements
Dann Huff Producer
Steve Marcantonio Engineer, Vocal Engineer
Russell Terrell Engineer
Kent Wells Arranger, Composer, Producer, drum programming
Drew Bollman Engineer
Don Schlitz Composer
Traditional Composer
Andrew Mendelson Mastering
Todd Tidwell Engineer
Sean Neff Digital Editing
Caitlyn Smith Composer
Kyle Dickinson Vocal Engineer
Seth Morton Engineer
Steven Marcussen Mastering
Shawn Daugherty Engineer
Patrick Murphy Engineer, overdub engineer, Vocal Engineer
Michael Davis Engineer
Kirt Webster Publicity
Mike Lancaster Engineer
Ryan Hanna King Composer
Mac Whiting Cover Painting
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