Eagle When She Flies

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Eagle When She Flies
Studio album by Dolly Parton
Released April 6, 1991
Recorded December 1990-March 1991
Genre Country
Length 34:34
Label Columbia Nashville/TriStar
Producer Steve Buckingham
Gary Smith
Dolly Parton chronology
Home for Christmas
Eagle When She Flies
Straight Talk (film soundtrack)
Singles from Eagle When She Flies
  1. "Rockin' Years"
    Released: March 16, 1991
  2. "Silver and Gold"
    Released: July 6, 1991
  3. "Eagle When She Flies"
    Released: November 23, 1991
  4. "Country Road"
    Released: December 30, 1991
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau (neither)[2]

Eagle When She Flies is Dolly Parton's 30th solo studio album, released on April 6, 1991. Continuing the country sounds of 1989's White Limozeen, the album featured collaborations with Lorrie Morgan and Ricky Van Shelton; additional supporting vocals were provided by Vince Gill and Emmylou Harris. Dolly Parton's duet with Shelton, "Rockin' Years", topped the country charts, and the follow-up single co-written by Carl Perkins, "Silver and Gold", was a #15 country single. Rounding out the hit singles was the title song "Eagle When She Flies", which only reached a #33 peak. Her duet with Lorrie Morgan, "Best Woman Wins", appeared simultaneously on Lorrie Morgan's 1991 album Something in Red. She co-wrote the song "Family" with Carl Perkins and "Wildest Dreams" with Mac Davis. The album also topped the U.S. country albums charts, Parton's first solo album to do so in a decade (and her last, to date, to do so), and reached #24 on the pop albums charts. It was her first album to reach number one album in the United States after 1980's 9 to 5 and Odd Jobs.

In 2009, Sony Music reprinted Eagle When She Flies in a triple-feature CD set with White Limozeen and Slow Dancing with the Moon. The 1991-1992, "Eagle When She Flies Tour" would be her last tour until 2002's, "Halos & Horns Tour".

The album sold 74,000 copies in its first week. It ended up being certified Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America.[3]

This original album is currently out of print.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Dolly Parton except as noted. 

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "If You Need Me"     2:42
2. "Rockin' Years" (with Ricky Van Shelton) Floyd Parton 3:24
3. "Country Road"   Dolly Parton, Gary Scruggs 3:22
4. "Silver and Gold"   Carl Perkins, Gregg Perkins, Stan Perkins 3:48
5. "Eagle When She Flies"     3:08
6. "Best Woman Wins" (with Lorrie Morgan)   3:07
7. "What a Heartache"     3:32
8. "Runaway Feelin'"     2:54
9. "Dreams do Come True"   Bill Owens 3:23
10. "Family"   Dolly Parton, Carl Perkins 3:43
11. "Wildest Dreams"   Dolly Parton, Mac Davis 4:27


  • Sam Bacco – percussion
  • Lea Jane Berinati – backing vocals
  • Joe Bogan – engineer
  • Steve Buckingham – producer
  • Ray Bunch – string arrangements
  • "Romantic" Roy Huskey, Jr. – upright bass
  • Mark Casstevens – acoustic guitar, mandolin
  • Robert Charles – Assistant Engineer
  • Paddy Corcoran – uilleann pipes
  • Michael Davis – organ
  • Richard Dennison – backing vocals
  • Glen Duncan – fiddle
  • Chrissy Follmar – assistant engineer
  • Paul Franklin – dobro, steel pan
  • Joy Gardner – backing vocals
  • Steve Gibson – guitar, mandolin
  • Vince Gill – vocal harmony
  • Carlos Grier – digital editing
  • Vicki Hampton – backing vocals
  • Emmylou Harris – vocal harmony
  • Carl Jackson – acoustic guitar, vocal harmony
  • Larry Jeffries – assistant engineer
  • Bill Johnson – art direction
  • Brad Jones – assistant engineer
  • The Kid Connection – backing vocals
  • Alison Krauss – vocal harmony
  • John Kunz – assistant engineer, mixing assistant
  • Patty Loveless – vocal harmony
  • Jimmy Mattingly – fiddle, mandolin
  • Jodi Lynn Miller – design assistant
  • Joey Miskulin – accordion
  • Louis Dean Nunley – backing vocals
  • Mark O'Connor – fiddle
  • Jennifer O'Brien – backing vocals
  • Gary Paczosa – engineer, mixing
  • John David Parker – assistant engineer
  • Dolly Parton – vocals, executive producer
  • Denny Purcell – mastering
  • John Wesley Ryles – backing vocals
  • Randee Saint Nicholas – photography
  • Lisa Silver – backing vocals
  • Gary W. Smith – piano, keyboards, producer
  • Howard Smith – backing vocals
  • Harry Stinson – vocal harmony
  • Steve Turner – drums
  • Paul Uhrig – bass
  • Alisa Jones Wall – dulcimer
  • Bruce Watkins – acoustic guitar
  • Kent Wells – electric guitar
  • Dennis Wilson – backing vocals
  • Curtis Young – backing vocals

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1991) Peak
U.S. Billboard Top Country Albums[4] 1
U.S. Billboard 200[4] 24


  1. ^ McCall, Michael. Eagle When She Flies at AllMusic
  2. ^ "Robert Christgau: CG: Artist 372". robertchristgau.com. Retrieved 20 June 2011. 
  3. ^ "American album certifications – Dolly Parton – Eagle When She Flies". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH
  4. ^ a b Eagle When She Flies charts at AllMusic

External links[edit]

Preceded by
No Fences
by Garth Brooks
Top Country Albums number-one album
May 18, 1991
Succeeded by
No Fences
by Garth Brooks