Cowgirl's Prayer

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Cowgirl's Prayer
Studio album by Emmylou Harris
Released September 28, 1993
Recorded Nashville, 1993
Genre Country
Label Warner Bros.
Producer Allen Reynolds and Richard Bennett
Emmylou Harris chronology
At the Ryman
(1992)
Cowgirl's Prayer
(1993)
Wrecking Ball
(1995)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]
Chicago Tribune 4/4 stars[2]
Entertainment Weekly A+[3]
Los Angeles Times 3.5/4 stars[4]
Orlando Sentinel 4/5 stars[5]
Rolling Stone 3.5/5 stars[6]

Cowgirl's Prayer is a 1993 Emmylou Harris album. Coming immediately after 1992's live acoustic At the Ryman album, Cowgirl's Prayer was a collection of similarly subdued material (with a couple of rockers thrown in, notably "High Powered Love", the album's first single). Released at a time when older artists (i.e. anyone over 40) were being dropped from country radio playlists, the album received little airplay, despite positive reviews, and its relative commercial failure is said to have served as a catalyst for Harris' decision to change course with the harder edged sound of her subsequent work, beginning with 1995's rockish Wrecking Ball.

Despite the lack of radio airplay, accomplanying videos for the album's three singles, "High Powered Love", the Cajun-themed "Crescent City", and Jesse Winchester's "Thanks to You", received considerable exposure on CMT.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "A Ways to Go" (Lainie Marsh) – 3:38
  2. "The Light" (Kieran Kane, Emmylou Harris) – 2:29
  3. "High Powered Love" (Tony Joe White) – 3:08
  4. "You Don't Know Me" (Eddy Arnold, Cindy Walker) – 3:07
  5. "Prayer in Open D" (Emmylou Harris) – 4:17
  6. "Crescent City" (Lucinda Williams) – 3:31
  7. "Lovin' You Again" (Roger D. Ferris) – 5:31
  8. "Jerusalem Tomorrow" (David Olney) – 4:17
  9. "Thanks to You" (Jesse Winchester) – 3:56
  10. "I Hear a Call" (Tony Arata) – 2:50
  11. "Ballad of a Runaway Horse" (Leonard Cohen) – 5:35

Personnel[edit]

  • Richard Aspinwall – Assistant Engineer
  • Larry Atamanuik – Percussion, Drums
  • Sam Bacco – Percussion
  • Grace Bahng – Cello
  • Richard Bennett – Acoustic, Tremolo & Electric Guitar, Percussion, Tambourine, Producer, Mandocello, Hi String Guitar
  • Mike Brignardello – Bass
  • Lori Brooks – Harmony Vocals, Harmony
  • Sam Bush – Fiddle
  • Kathy Chiavola – Handclapping, Harmony Vocals
  • Ashley Cleveland – Handclapping, Harmony Vocals
  • Suzanne Cox – Background Vocals
  • Emory Gordy, Jr. – String Arrangements
  • Emmylou Harris – Acoustic Guitar, Harmony Vocals
  • Connie Heard – Violin
  • John Heiden – Design
  • David Hoffner – Hammond Organ
  • Roy Huskey, Jr. – Acoustic Bass
  • Kieran Kane – Gut String Guitar
  • Mary Ann Kennedy – Harmony Vocals
  • Jana King – Harmony Vocals
  • Alison Krauss – Background Vocals
  • Chris Leuzinger – Acoustic & Electric Guitar
  • Sam Levine – Clarinet, Flute
  • Joe Loesch – Special Effects
  • Robin Lynch – Art Direction
  • Edgar Meyer – Double Bass
  • Mark Miller – Engineer, Mixing
  • Al Perkins – Pedal Steel, Steel Guitar
  • Jon Randall – Harmony Vocals
  • Allen Reynolds – Producer
  • Pam Rose – Harmony Vocals
  • Milton Sledge – Percussion, Drums
  • Jay Spell – Piano, Accordion
  • Tim White – Photography
  • Hurshel Wiginton – Harmony Vocals
  • Kris Wilkinson – Viola
  • Dennis Wilson – Harmony Vocals
  • Bobby Wood – Organ, Electric Piano
  • Bob Wray – Bass
  • Trisha Yearwood – Handclapping, Harmony Vocals

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1993) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Top Country Albums 34
U.S. Billboard 200 152
Canadian RPM Country Albums 19

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