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The Grass Is Blue

1 Jan. 2006 | Format: MP3

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Product details

  • Original Release Date: 1 Jan. 2006
  • Release Date: 1 Jan. 2006
  • Label: Sugar Hill Records
  • Copyright: (C) 2006 Sugar Hill
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  • Total Length: 44:40
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  • ASIN: B001O8IBAI
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 31,040 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)

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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Peter Durward Harris #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 3 Nov. 2002
Format: Audio CD
Although Dolly had recorded the occasional song in a bluegrass style before, I'd never have expected her to do a whole bluegrsass album.
With backing vocals by the three finest bluegrass ladies (Claire Lynch, Alison Krauss and Rhonda Vincent) and a stellar cast of bluegrass musicians (Jerry Douglas on dobro, Sam Bush on mandolin, Bryan Sutton on guitar, Stuart Duncan on fiddle, Barry Bales on bass and Jum Mills on banjo), the album is one of the best Dolly has ever recorded.
The songs include covers from a variety of sources, including Billy Joel (Travelin' prayer), Louvin brothers (Cash on the barrelhead), Hazel Dickens - another fine bluegrass singer (A few old memories), Lester Flatt (I'm gonna sleep with one eye open), Johnny Cash (I still miss someone) and traditional folk (Silver dagger).
Dolly's own songs are included - some old (Steady as the rain, first recorded by her sister Stella) and Will he be waiting for me (originally recorded by Dolly on her Touch your woman album) - and some new, including the title track.
The tempo of the album is generally upbeat. Much credit is given to the O brother soundtrack for the current popularity of bluegrass, but it's popularity had already risen significantly as a result of this excellent album.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 12 July 2001
Format: Audio CD
With the Grass is Blue,' Dolly is now the diva of modern bluegrass. Backed by vituosos like Sam Bush, Dolly's interpretation of classic and self-pended bluegrass has a flawless interpretation mixed with excessive drive. Bang-on,sung from the heart and played from the hip, Dolly and her band should put bluegrass on the map for a whole new audience.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Pieter Uys HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on 21 Feb. 2002
Format: Audio CD
The up-tempo Travellin' Prayer opens the album with impressive picking & is followed by another fast-paced track, the classic Cash On The Barrelhead. The sad ballad A Few Old Memories has exceptionally beautiful harmony vocals and reminds me of the song Just Someone I Used To Know on the 20 Greatest Hits album with Porter Wagoner. The Grass is Blue is a brilliant album but not quite as mournful & spiritual as the Emmylou Harris bluegrass masterpiece Roses in the Snow.

There are three laments in sequence; Steady As The Rain where Dolly doesn't sound sad at all, I Still Miss Someone where she does, and her own composition Endless Stream of Tears. The spectacular instrumental arrangements on Train Train are executed with great virtuosity; Bluegrass cannot be amongst the easiest styles of music to play. Then follow three highlights: the mid-tempo ballad I Wonder Where You Are Tonight where Dolly wails with aplomb, her own Will He Be Waiting For Me, a stunner with a catchy tune, striking imagery and soulful yearning in the vocals.

The title track, one of her most moving compositions, blends a beautiful melody with poetic lyrics that treat a melancholy subject with admiring subtlety and grace. The album closes with the stirring gospel song I Am Ready. The harmony vocalists Alison Krauss, Dan Tyminski, Claire Lynch, Keith Little, Patty Loveless, Rhonda Vincent, Sam Bush, Barry Bales, Darrin Vincent & Alan O'Bryant merit mention for helping to make The Grass Is Blue so special.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Carina on 3 Nov. 2005
Format: Audio CD
I really wasn't too sure what to expect from this, handed to me by a friend, but it's totally got me! I've listened to this album an embarrassing amount of times, with equal pleasure.... Genuine, delightfully unironic, heartfelt, damn good get-you-going music and an excellent soundtrack to pretty much any hardship one might encounter in life (especially the broken heart variety). Dolly will see you through! Solid quality music-wise, of course.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Bluesmoky on 21 July 2000
Format: Audio CD
Dolly Parton serves us up a rare treat with this collection of traditional and contemporary Bluegrass music. To say that this is a career highlight tells you just how good it is after a career with so very many highs (Remember Heartbreaker? Remember Daddy come and get me?). Treat yourself to an album of rare genious. Atta girl Dolly!
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By Pieter Uys HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on 23 Nov. 2008
Format: Audio CD
The up-tempo Travellin' Prayer opens the album with impressive picking & is followed by another fast-paced track, the classic Cash On The Barrelhead. The sad ballad A Few Old Memories has exceptionally beautiful harmony vocals and reminds me of the song Just Someone I Used To Know on the 20 Greatest Hits album with Porter Wagoner. The Grass is Blue is a brilliant album but not quite as mournful & spiritual as the Emmylou Harris bluegrass masterpiece Roses in the Snow.

There are three laments in a row; Steady As The Rain where Dolly doesn't sound sad at all, I Still Miss Someone where she does, and her own composition Endless Stream of Tears. The spectacular instrumental arrangements on Train Train are executed with great virtuosity; Bluegrass cannot be amongst the easiest styles of music to play. Then follow three highlights: the mid-tempo ballad I Wonder Where You Are Tonight where Dolly wails with aplomb, her own Will He Be Waiting For Me, a stunner with a catchy tune, striking imagery and soulful yearning in the vocals.

The title track, one of her greatest compositions, blends a beautiful melody with poetic lyrics that treat a melancholy subject with admiring subtlety and grace. The album closes with the stirring gospel song I Am Ready. The harmony vocalists Alison Krauss, Dan Tyminski, Claire Lynch, Keith Little, Patty Loveless, Rhonda Vincent, Sam Bush, Barry Bales, Darrin Vincent & Alan O'Bryant merit mention for helping to make The Grass Is Blue so special.
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