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  • Audio CD (March 3, 2009)
  • Original Release Date: 2009
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: New West Records
  • ASIN: B001O1ADD8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #45,004 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Ellis County
2. Gasoline and Matches
3. Don't Say Goodbye (with Patty Griffin)
4. What You Gonna Do Leroy (with Robert Plant)
5. Long Time
6. One Part, Two Part (with Regina McCrary)
7. Chalk (with Patty Griffin)
8. Everytime We Say Goodbye
9. Hush, Sorrow (with Regina McCrary)
10. Memphis Jane
11. June
12. The Selfishness In Man (with Emmylou Harris)

Editorial Reviews

Buddy and Julie Miller have been writing and making music together since they first met and married over 20 years ago. Whether the end result was a Buddy rocord or a Julie record, they couldn't help but collaborate and influence each other's work. New West is excited to release their latest, WRITTEN IN CHALK, a true collaboration. The musical synergy this couple has with each other is clear on the record and is rounded out with a thoughtful country-soul vibe, emotional lyrics, outstanding musicianship and of course, Buddy's extraordinary guitar playing. Guests on the record include Robert Plant, Emmylou Harris, Patty Griffin, Regina and Ann McCrary and Larry Campbell. The record was recorded at the couple's home studio in Nashville, TN.

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They are charming, musicians with wonderful, simple songs and beautiful melodies.
Lambie's MOM
I've been following Buddy Miller since he joined Emmylou Harris' band and Julie Miller since her fantastic CD "Blue Pony".
One of my favorite songs of the album, and one of my favorite songs of Julie's of all time.

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78 of 80 people found the following review helpful By BluesFan on March 3, 2009
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I have listened to this album repeatedly over the last three weeks. It was the only thing I played in my car for about two weeks, then for the last week it has been in rotation with other Buddy and Julie albums to give it some context. I have given it six (6) serious listens on the headphones, and had it playing around the house for the last three weeks. I'd say that, all-in-all, I have listened to the entire album at least 30 times to form the basis of this review.

Written In Chalk is a Buddy and Julie Miller album and, as such, is a mixed bag. You got your Buddy songs, you got your Julie songs and then you got your Buddy and Julie songs. The net result is a lot more variety in music, arrangements and lyrics than their solo projects. This has been true of their two previous duo albums and remains true here. And, as always, they usually have a trick up their sleeves - this time it's in A Long, Long Time.

Ellis County

Julie penned this gem, one of my favorite songs on the album. It is a paean to simpler times, a song that speaks directly to the things that are really important in life - friends, family and faith. And done with the eloquence that Julie has, and most other songwriters wish they had. A simple, almost sparse arrangement; the power comes from Buddy and Julie's duet vocals.

Gasoline And Matches

Jointly authored, this song will probably be the hit song of the album, by which I mean getting the most radio airplay. It has a driving, chooglin' beat, and the lyrics are riddled with sexual tension. If you don't end up tapping your feet to this, you need your hearing checked, and probably your hormone levels, too.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Deanokat VINE VOICE on March 5, 2009
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It's been eight years since the last Buddy and Julie Miller album, but "Written in Chalk" was well worth the wait. It's a masterful album, with some of Julie's best songwriting to date. The raw, emotional sound is a tribute to Buddy's production and the acoustics of Dogtown Studio (aka Buddy and Julie's living room). This record is a great mix of Buddy vocals and Julie vocals, with some stellar guest appearances (Patty Griffin, Robert Plant, Emmylou Harris, Regina McCrary) thrown in for good measure. I will say that the song "Chalk," written by Julie, with Buddy on lead vocals and Patty Griffin on harmonies, is one of the best songs I've heard in years. Period. This is country music the way it should be. Even the CD packaging is a work of art. You won't be disappointed. (P.S. Best wishes to Buddy Miller as he recovers from heart surgery. Get well soon, Buddy. And thanks for a phenomenal album.)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By R. Kyle TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 30, 2009
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I loved Buddy Miller long before I knew his name. That's from hearing him play on Emmylou Harris tracks. He's a fabulous guitarist and his wife, Julie, is a knockout singer. When they get together, magic happens.

This time, they invited some friends along including Emmylou Harris, Patty Griffin, Robert Plant, and Regina McCrary. The style shifts from slow, thoughtful ballads to rocked out. You can't quite set a mood for this album except for genuine pleasure in listening.

Kudos to the Millers for not only giving us an extraordinary album, but also tapping the CD's resources with a whopping generous helping of 12 songs timing out at 51 minutes.

Favorites here:

Memphis Jane -- this one is rocked out Buddy Miller and you can definitely hear the strength of his playing here. Plus, Emmylou joins them singing.

What You Gonna Do Leroy -- bluesy country tune with Robert Plant chipping in.

Chalk -- Buddy and Patty Griffin singing together, this ballad will break your heart

Just check this CD out. If you like any of the artists involved, I think you'll be delighted with this collection.

Rebecca Kyle, March 2009
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Matthew G. Sherwin HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 5, 2009
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Buddy and Julie Miller have come out with another stellar album entitled "Written In Chalk." I am new to the artistry of this fine talented duo but after just one listen I became seriously hooked on them! They can sing country and folk flavored songs wearing their hearts on their sleeves and I admire them for that. Their chemistry as a loving married couple enhances their creativity when they produce songs like these. We also get some wonderful performances by guest artists on this album. The quality of the sound is excellent and the artwork is very nicely done. This is one album that will sell strong for quite some time to come!

"Ellis County," which was written by Julie, features some pretty incredible singing and together Buddy and Julie make "Ellis County" a very strong start for this album. I really like "Ellis County;" and listen for "Gasoline And Matches." "Gasoline And Matches" seems to mix country with a slight touch of rock and this works very well--"Gasoline And Matches" holds its own very well and the melody is actually quite catchy. Great! Patty Griffin adds some vocals on "Don't Say Goodbye;" and "What You Gonna Do Leroy" stuns me with its great sound. Buddy Miller and Robert Plant do an excellent job singing "What You Gonna Do Leroy" and this tune is quite memorable! The strings fit in perfectly with the overall musical arrangement and "What You Gonna Do Leroy" is another major highlight of this album.

"Long Time" has Julie singing very sweetly with an arrangement for the guitar that is somewhat stripped down--and that creates an awesome effect along with that gently swaying percussion.
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