Blue Smoke

Blue Smoke

by Dolly PartonDolly Parton


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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.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/13/2014
Label: Masterworks
UPC: 0888430326927
catalogNumber: 303269

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Dolly Parton   Primary Artist,Vocals
Willie Nelson   Vocals
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
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
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
Mary Kay Vanosdale   Strings
Jamie Johnson   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Dolly Parton   Composer,Lyricist,Liner Notes,Executive Producer
Jon Bon Jovi   Composer
Bob Dylan   Composer
Richie Sambora   Composer
Buddy Cannon   Producer
Butch Carr   Engineer
Richard Dennison   Vocal Arrangements
Dann Huff   Producer
Steve Marcantonio   Engineer
Russell Terrell   Engineer
Kent Wells   Arranger,Composer,Producer,drum programming
Drew Bollman   Engineer
Patrick Murphy   Engineer,overdub engineer,Vocal Engineer
Don Schlitz   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Todd Tidwell   Engineer
Caitlyn Smith   Composer
Kyle Dickinson   Engineer,Vocal Engineer
Michael Davis   Engineer
Kirt Webster   Publicity
Ryan Hanna King   Composer
Mac Whiting   Cover Painting

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