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.
Performance CreditsDolly Parton 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
Darrin Vincent Vocal Harmony
Bryan Sutton Guitar
Dan Tyminski Vocal Harmony
Technical CreditsDolly Parton Arranger
Steve Buckingham Producer
Marshall Morgan Engineer
Gary Paczosa Engineer
Toby Seay Engineer
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
The Grass Is Blue based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
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.)
This is an excellent album - if you like bluegrass you won't be disappointed!
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!
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!!
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 !!!!!