Blue Kentucky Girl (Emmylou Harris album)

Blue Kentucky Girl
Studio album by Emmylou Harris
Released April 1979
Recorded Nashville, 1979
Genre Country
Label Warner Bros.
Producer Brian Ahern
Emmylou Harris chronology
Quarter Moon in a Ten Cent Town
Blue Kentucky Girl
Light of the Stable
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic [1]
The Guardian[2]

Blue Kentucky Girl is an album by country music artist Emmylou Harris, released in 1979. The album features delving more traditional country than the country-rock sound of Harris' previous releases. Songs include work by Willie Nelson and Gram Parsons. Rodney Crowell's "Even Cowgirls Get the Blues" featured harmonies by Dolly Parton and Linda Ronstadt, and came out of the women's ill-fated 1978 recording sessions, where they first attempted to record a "trio" album (nearly a full decade before they actually succeeded in doing so).

The album won the 1980 Grammy for Best Female Country Vocal Performance. "Beneath Still Waters" became Harris' fourth #1 hit, covers of The Drifters' 1960 hit "Save The Last Dance For Me" and the title track (originally recorded by Loretta Lynn) were top ten hits on the US country charts.

In 2006, the album ranked #20 on CMT's 40 Greatest Albums in Country Music.

Track listing

No. TitleWriter(s) Length
1. "Sister's Coming Home" (with Tanya Tucker)Willie Nelson 2:52
2. "Beneath Still Waters"  Dallas Frazier 3:41
3. "Rough and Rocky"  Lester Flatt/Earl Scruggs 3:50
4. "Hickory Wind"  Gram Parsons/Bob Buchanan 4:01
5. "Save the Last Dance for Me"  Doc Pomus/Mort Shuman 3:30
6. "Sorrow in the Wind" (with Sharon & Cheryl White)Jean Ritchie 3:28
7. "They'll Never Take His Love From Me"  Leon Payne 2:34
8. "Everytime You Leave" (with Don Everly)Charlie Louvin/Ira Louvin 2:58
9. "Blue Kentucky Girl"  Johnny Mullins 3:17
10. "Even Cowgirls Get the Blues" (harmony by Linda Ronstadt and Dolly Parton)Rodney Crowell 3:56
11. "Cheatin' Is" (with Glen Campbell) (bonus track for 2004 CD re-issue)Rafe VanHoy 2:28
12. "I Know an Ending When it Comes" (bonus track for 2004 CD re-issue)Hank Cochran 2:52


Technical personnel


  1. Ankeny, Jason. Blue Kentucky Girl at AllMusic
  2. Sweeting, Adam (9 April 2004). "Emmylou Harris, Blue Kentucky Girl". The Guardian. Retrieved 24 January 2016.

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