The Grass Is Blue

January 3, 2006 | Format: MP3

$9.49
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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: January 1, 2006
  • Release Date: January 1, 2006
  • Label: Sugar Hill Records
  • Copyright: (C) 2006 Sugar Hill
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  • Total Length: 44:40
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  • ASIN: B001F5K58G
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (142 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #50,452 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

Customer Reviews

Her voice is in stunningly fine form, and the musicianship of her band is truly top-notch.
allison5000
Dolly does a splendid cover of Billy Joel's "Travelin' Prayer" as well as Lester Flatts and Earl Scruggs' "I'm Gonna Sleep With One Eye Open".
Terrance Richard
If you are a fan of Dolly Parton or just bluegrass music in general, you need to buy this album.
Abby Anderson

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

84 of 86 people found the following review helpful By Duane Gordon (duane1@prodigy.net) on October 26, 1999
Format: Audio CD
Dolly Parton's 61st full-length album captures the freshness and vibrancy of the mountain music known as bluegrass. "The Grass is Blue" is a superb collection of swift, rambunctious tunes and soft, gentle melodies meshed together by genius instrumentation and Dolly's exquisite vocal style. From the rowdy opening cover of Billy Joel's "Travelin' Prayer" to the elegant a capella closing of "I'm Ready," the disc offers 13 delectable slices of heaven. Gathered together are the premiere artists of the genre - top pickers Jerry Douglas, Sam Bush and Stuart Duncan to name a few plus the harmonies of Alison Krauss, Patty Loveless and others - with one of America's true musical treasures belting out some sorrowful "high lonesome sound." Other pick tracks include the steamrolling "Train, Train," a mournful "Silver Dagger," the humorous "I'm Gonna Sleep With One Eye Open" and Dolly originals "Will He Be Waiting For Me," "Steady as the Rain" and the title cut. "The Grass is Blue," released on Sugar Hill Records and Dolly's own Blue Eye Records, is a true gift for her fans and enough to transport even a hard core rock fanatic into bliss in the hills of Kentucky.
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Leonard Fleisig VINE VOICE on October 14, 2004
Format: Audio CD
I do not know what roads Dolly had to travel to get her back to her bluegrass musical home - but I am sure glad that she got there. This is Dolly's best piece of work since her collaboration with Linda Rondstadt and Emmylou Harris on Trio.

This is a wonderful, wonderful piece of work. I have listened to Dolly through the years and have always admired her talent and her personality. It has saddened me to see Dolly's career pushed down the rather tired formulaic Nashville path. It appears a return to blue grass was an excellent way of taking a nice long detour around Nashville.

I am not much of a blue grass listener but the Grass is Blue transcends confinement to any one genre of music. The arrangements are wonderful. They are free of the typicallly overdone wall of sound Nashville glitz that has transformed country music from its distinct roots into a slightly down home version of standard American pop music.

The back-up musicians and singers are perfect and complement Doly in fine fashion. In a strange way - The Grass is Blue is to Dolly Parton what Supernaural is to Santanna. Its a return to their artisitic roots - but with a stunning freshness that leaves the listener yearning for more of the same.

All the tracks on this CD are worth listening to. Cash on the Barrelhead stands out as does Train, Train. The closing track, I Am Ready find Dolly at her most soulful. It is sung as a prayer and has a mournful, yet joyous quality, that Dolly's voice renders perfectly.

This is one of the great CDs. You do not have to like or have any knowledge of bluegrass musc to love this CD.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Christine Fritzinger on January 1, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Let me start by saying that I don't normally like bluegrass, country or Dolly even if I can appreciate the artistry behind them. That said, I must also say that this album is easily one of the best of 1999. I fell in love with the songs, lyrically and muscially. The music was perfectly performed and Ms. Parton's voice was the perfect compliment. She has mastered the art of singing and telling stories. She packs emotion into her voice without effort and brings the songs to life. I actually got teary eyed during what I feel is the best song on the album, "Silver Dagger", which takes the voice of a young woman telling her beloved that she can't marry him and she will sleep alone forever because of her mother's warnings. There's a really good mix of love songs and stories. A sense of humor also flits through the album. Parton even pulls a perfect reversal of the old "he done me wrong" song, singing in the voice of a woman who left a man and later realizes he was the one and is on her way back to him, wondering if he has waited for her. Do yourself a favor and buy this album. Don't think of it as a bluegrass album or a country album or as another Dolly Parton album. Think of it as the opportunity to hear a masterwork, the apex of someone's career. It is truly a wonderful collection of songs that will catch both your mind and your heart up with their rhythm and voice. Congrats Ms. Parton, you've won a new fan.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By J. R. SOUTH on February 18, 2000
Format: Audio CD
And I never thought I would go for bluegrass, always conjuring up images of "The Beverly Hillbillies" in my mind. Leave it to Dolly to educate me. This music is extraordinary: very intricate all-stringed arrangements headed off by Parton's lovely, shimmering vocals. The lyrics are pretty much standard, straight-on country, but the singer is so heart-felt, she invests them with so many colors and nuances, she might as well be performing Shakespeare. Thanks, Dolly, for a truly GREAT CD!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Peter Durward Harris HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on November 3, 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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