Blue Kentucky Girl [Bonus Tracks]

Blue Kentucky Girl [Bonus Tracks]

by Emmylou HarrisEmmylou Harris

CD(Remastered / Bonus Tracks)

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Stung by critical barbs attributing her chart success to the pop elements in her music, Emmylou Harris responded in 1979 with a premeditated venture into pure, traditional country, Blue Kentucky Girl. By this time her Hot Band had solidified into a formidable unit, featuring the likes of Rodney Crowell and Albert Lee on guitars, Glen D. Hardin on piano, Ronnie Tutt on drums, Hank DeVito on pedal steel, Emory Gordy on bass, and Ricky Skaggs on fiddle, supplemented by perennial guests such as the legendary guitarist James Burton and vocalist Fayssoux Starling. With songs drawn from contemporary writers such as Crowell ("Even Cowgirls Get the Blues") and Willie Nelson (the album-opening stomp, "Sister's Coming Home," sparked by Skaggs' furious fiddling) and sturdy veterans such as Charlie and Ira Louvin ("Everytime You Leave," done as a torchy cri de coeur with Don Everly) and Leon Payne ("They'll Never Take His Love from Me"), Blue Kentucky Girl was instantly timeless and timely, as it is today. In both content and style its songs underscored a link between country's past and present (in spite of the mainstream trend, then and now), even as the subtle, low-key arrangements built on classic country sound signatures while injecting discreet, contemporary punctuation along the way. In the end, though, Harris's expressive voice tells the most important story, from the austere beauty of Jean Ritchie's "Sorry in the Wind" to the stirring, soul-deep ruminations on a vanished love in the extraordinary "Beneath Still Waters," a country chart-topper in 1980. Two bonus tracks supplement the original ten-song LP, one a duet with Glen Campbell on the bluesy "Cheatin' Is," the other a solid, Hank Cochran–penned lament, "I Know an Ending when It Comes" -- mere icing on a cake already rich in heart and soul.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/24/2004
Label: Rhino
UPC: 0081227811228
catalogNumber: 78112

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Emmylou Harris   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Ricky Skaggs   Fiddle,Mandolin,Background Vocals
Rodney Crowell   Hi String
Dolly Parton   Background Vocals
Albert Lee   Acoustic Guitar,Mandolin,Electric Guitar
Linda Ronstadt   Background Vocals
James Burton   Electric Guitar
Ben Keith   Pedal Steel Guitar
Mickey Raphael   Harmonica
Brian Ahern   Acoustic Guitar,Banjo,Percussion
Duke Bardwell   Bass
Glen D. Hardin   Piano,Conductor
Lincoln Davis   Accordion
Hank DeVito   Pedal Steel Guitar
Steve Fishell   Pedal Steel Guitar
Wayne Goodwin   Fiddle
Emory Gordy   Bass
Don Heffington   Drums
Bill Payne   Piano
Frank Reckard   Electric Guitar
Fayssoux Starling   Background Vocals
John Ware   Drums
Cheryl White   Background Vocals
Sharon White   Background Vocals
Mike Bowden   Bass

Technical Credits

Rodney Crowell   Composer
Willie Nelson   Composer
Jean Ritchie   Composer
Gram Parsons   Composer
Mort Shuman   Composer
Leon Payne   Composer
Brian Ahern   Arranger,Producer,Engineer
Greg Allen   Art Direction
Bob Buchanan   Composer
Hank Cochran   Composer
Donivan Cowart   Engineer
Glen D. Hardin   String Arrangements
Dallas Frazier   Composer
Ira Louvin   Composer
Charlie Louvin   Composer
Doc Pomus   Composer
Stuart Taylor   Engineer
Rafe Van Hoy   Composer
Bradley Hartman   Engineer
Parke Puterbaugh   Liner Notes
Shoji Tabuchi   Composer
Bob Buchanon   Composer
John Mullins   Composer
Charles Justice   Composer

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