Red Dirt Girl

Red Dirt Girl

by Emmylou HarrisEmmylou Harris


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After building a legendary three-decade career with her distinctive interpretations of material by the most thoughtful songwriters of country, folk, and pop, seminal alt-country icon Emmylou Harris set herself a new challenge: She decided to write the songs herself. The result is Red Dirt Girl, a stunning collection of self-penned tunes that ranks with Harris's best work. The album's title track is a soulful evocation of the south, the 1960s, and the collisions between dreams and reality. "Michelangelo" paints a vivid portrait of a searcher framed in a haunting melody and evocative images of pain and redemption, while "Bang the Drum Slowly" is a stately, wistful elegy to Harris's late father and the questions she never asked him. The artist bring things full circle on the album's closing cut, "Boy from Tupelo," which includes lyrical and melodic references to her 1985 tune "Sweetheart of the Rodeo." The 12-song disc's lone cover is Patty Griffin's "One Big Love," whose danceable pop groove meshes surprisingly well with the album's more bittersweet material. Griffin also makes a guest appearance on the album, along with Bruce Springsteen, Patti Scialfa, Buddy and Julie Miller, and Dave Matthews, who sings a poignant duet with Emmylou on "My Antonia."

Product Details

Release Date: 09/12/2000
Label: Nonesuch
UPC: 0075597961621
catalogNumber: 79616
Rank: 189259

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Emmylou Harris   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Guitar (Electric Baritone)
Bruce Springsteen   Vocal Harmony
Julie Miller   Vocal Harmony
Patti Scialfa   Vocals
Malcolm Burn   Bass,Guitar,Piano,Electric Guitar,Tambourine,12-string Guitar,fender rhodes
Rene Coman   Track Performer
Patty Griffin   Vocal Harmony
Ethan Johns   Acoustic Guitar,Drums,Electric Guitar,Ebo,Mandocello,Omnichord
Darryl Johnson   Bass,Percussion,Drums,Electric Guitar,bass pedals,Guitar (Electric Baritone),Vocal Harmony
Buddy Miller   Pedal Steel Guitar,Electric Guitar,Mando
Carlo Nuccio   Drums
Jim Watts   fender rhodes
Jill Cunniff   Bass,Electric Guitar,Vocal Harmony
Kate McGarrigle   Piano,Accordion,Vocal Harmony
John Deaderick   fender rhodes

Technical Credits

Malcolm Burn   Producer,Contributor,drum programming
Jim Watts   Engineer

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