Blue Valley Songbird

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Blue Valley Songbird
Directed by Richard A. Colla
Written by Ken Carter
Annette Haywood-Carter
Starring Dolly Parton,
John Terry,
Billy Dean,
Randall Franks,
Sam Bush
Music by Velton Ray Bunch
Cinematography Robert Draper
Edited by Martin Nicholson
Distributed by Hearst Entertainment
Release date(s) November 1, 1999
Running time 91 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Blue Valley Songbird is a 1999 made for television movie starring Dolly Parton. It was filmed in Nashville, Tennessee.

Plot[edit]

Dolly Parton stars as country singer Leana Taylor who struggles to escape from her controlling manager/boyfriend, Hank (John Terry), as well as her troubled past. After turning to her guitarist (Billy Dean), Leanna finally faces her past, including her estranged mother and the death of her father.

Through flashbacks, Leana's father is shown to be an abusive and controlling man who would not allow Leana to sing for anyone but himself, and once, viciously attacked a boy Leana was playing with while, in the present, during this particular flashback, Hank attacks one of Leana's musicians in a jealous rage. Leana finds herself reliving painful memories of her controlling father, awakened by Hank's domineering behaviour. In another flashback, Leana's father threatens her after she hits him with a tire iron while he is physically abusing Leana's mother. Leana's mother eventually sent her off to Nashville where, free of her father, she joined a church chior.

In the end, Leana is able to escape from Hank and reconcile with her mother before entering the studio to cut her first record. The film ends with Leana singing Blue Valley Songbird in concert with Hank watching from the back of the room before leaving.

Songs[edit]

There was no official soundtrack released, but some songs are available on other Dolly releases as noted below.

"Blue Valley Songbird" - Written and Performed by Dolly Parton
(available on the Hungry Again album)

"I Hope You're Never Happy" - Written by Dolly Parton
Performed by Dolly Parton featuring Billy Dean
(available on the Rhinestone soundtrack and the Real Love album)

"Wildflowers" - Written and Performed by Dolly Parton
(available on the Trio album with Linda Ronstadt & Emmylou Harris)

"We Might Be In Love" - Written by Dolly Parton
Performed by Dolly Parton and Billy Dean

"My Blue Tears" - Written and Performed by Dolly Parton
(available on the Coat of Many Colors, Heartsongs and Little Sparrow albums)

"Runaway Feeling" - Written by Dolly Parton
Performed by Dolly Parton featuring Billy Dean
(available on the Eagle When She Flies album - Dolly only)

"Amazing Grace" - Written by John Newton
Performed by Dolly Parton
(available on the Precious Memories album)

"Angel Band" - (Traditional)
Performed by Dolly Parton

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