The Grass Is Blue

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Barnes & Noble - Kerry Dexter
The high lonesome sound of her Smoky Mountain upbringing has run like a clear stream through Dolly Parton's career. But it wasn't until THE GRASS IS BLUE that Parton brought it all back home with an album of traditional bluegrass. Though grounded in the music of her childhood, this isn't a nostalgic trip. Instead, it's a vigorous and delightful collection of traditional tunes ("Cash on the Barrelhead," "I'll Sleep with One Eye Open") and newgrass ("Train, Train" and Billy Joel's "Travelin' Prayer"). She reworks the Appalachian folk ballad "Silver Dagger" (a hit for Joan Baez in the '60s) as a bluegrass lament and takes the Johnny Cash standard "I Still Miss Someone" to ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Kerry Dexter
The high lonesome sound of her Smoky Mountain upbringing has run like a clear stream through Dolly Parton's career. But it wasn't until THE GRASS IS BLUE that Parton brought it all back home with an album of traditional bluegrass. Though grounded in the music of her childhood, this isn't a nostalgic trip. Instead, it's a vigorous and delightful collection of traditional tunes ("Cash on the Barrelhead," "I'll Sleep with One Eye Open") and newgrass ("Train, Train" and Billy Joel's "Travelin' Prayer"). She reworks the Appalachian folk ballad "Silver Dagger" (a hit for Joan Baez in the '60s) as a bluegrass lament and takes the Johnny Cash standard "I Still Miss Someone" to a natural home among the mountains. Several tracks, including the the title, are Parton originals; the bluegrass gospel gem "I Am Ready" was penned by Parton's sister Rachel Dennison. Parton has also assembled an outstanding cast of players and harmony vocalists, among them bluegrass Grammy favorites Claire Lynch, Alison Krauss, Stuart Duncan, and Sam Bush, as well as country star Patty Loveless. United in supporting Parton and the music, their stellar backup work is a testament to the power of tradition and the taste of its folk masters.
All Music Guide - Philip Van Vleck
It was inevitable, especially considering her recent albums, that Dolly Parton would eventually go all the way back to the mountains with a bluegrass project. A child of the southern Appalachians, Parton would have absorbed this music straight through her skin during her formative years. And, indeed, her performance on this CD is impeccable, as is her choice of material. Producer Steve Buckingham has taken care to bring together a group of accomplished bluegrassers to accompany Parton. Alison Krauss, Stuart Duncan, Dan Tyminski, Jerry Douglas, Rhonda Vincent, and Bryan Sutton are major contributors, as is Patty Loveless. Parton wrote two songs for the CD -- the title tune and "Endless Stream of Tears" -- and she also reworked two of her previously recorded numbers, "Will He Be Waiting for Me" and "Steady As the Rain" as bluegrass pieces. She convinced her producer that Billy Joel's "Travelin' Prayer" and Blackfoot's hard-rocking "Train, Train" could work as bluegrass songs and, sure enough, they do. She also reached into the traditional folk repertoire and crafted a beautiful, haunting version of "Silver Dagger." Parton shows a terrific knack for this genre and, as always, her approach is a bit eccentric, but that's one of her gifts as a musician. She's always followed her own muse; this time it has led her to a singular interpretation of bluegrass that is one of the important bluegrass releases of 1999.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/26/1999
  • Label: Sugarhill
  • UPC: 015891390024
  • Catalog Number: 3900
  • Sales rank: 14,539

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Dolly Parton Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Vocal Harmony
Jerry Douglas Dobro, Vocal Harmony
Alison Krauss Vocal Harmony
Rhonda Vincent Vocal Harmony
Sam Bush Mandolin, Vocal Harmony
Patty Loveless Vocal Harmony
Claire Lynch Vocal Harmony
Barry Bales Bass, Vocal Harmony
Steve Buckingham Rhythm Guitar
Stuart Duncan Fiddle, Vocal Harmony
Keith Little Vocal Harmony
Jim Mills Banjo
Louis Dean Nunley Vocal Harmony
Alan O'Bryant Vocal Harmony
Dan Tyminski Vocal Harmony
Darrin Vincent Vocal Harmony
Bryan Sutton Guitar
Technical Credits
Dolly Parton Arranger
Steve Buckingham Producer
Marshall Morgan Engineer
Gary Paczosa Engineer
Doug Sax Mastering
Toby Seay Engineer, Digital Editing
Chuck Turner Digital Editing
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    An Amazing Comeback

    When Dolly Parton released this first of her bluegrass trilogy, she had all but fallen off the radar. By going back to her roots and making shrewd picks of folk and pop songs to cover, she revived her career. These acoustic settings show off her mountain voice. I especially like Silver Dagger. (Note; I purchased this CD as part of her Acoustic Collection 1999-2002 set.)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Just amazing!

    Wow! I've got Dolly's two other bluegrass CDs (Little Sparrow and Halos & Horns) and this just might be the best. All the tracks are great, but the final track ("I Am Ready") is an acapella number that will just blow you away. Buy this CD!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Grass is Great!

    My husband and I (from Minnesota, home of The Bluegrass and Old Time Music Association)are big fans of Bluegrass and now big fans of Dolly's Bluegrass sound. Dolly helps popularize a music form that many love but is hardly heard and recognized in the commercial scene. Thanks Dolly for a wonderful Bluegrass Album and for helping people recognize how wonderful Bluegrass Music is!!! We love you and keep on makin' the Grass Blue !!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great Album

    This is an excellent album - if you like bluegrass you won't be disappointed!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Terrific!!!

    I have never purchased a Dolly Parton album or a Bluegrass CD before but I read a good review of this one and decided to give it a try. Boy, am I glad I did because I would rate this one of the best CDs I've ever listened to. The music is great, the lyrics are great, the singing is great and the musicians are great! The sound was much more technically complex than I expected and Dolly has the perfect voice to pull it off with style. I recommend this tape to anyone who loves music. It's just beautiful!

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