Western Wall: The Tucson Sessions

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Western Wall: The Tucson Sessions
Studio album by Linda Ronstadt and Emmylou Harris
Released August, 1999
Recorded 1999, Tucson, Arizona
Genre Country, Folk, Acoustic
Length 52:47
Label Asylum Nashville
Producer Glyn Johns
Linda Ronstadt chronology
We Ran
Western Wall: The Tucson Sessions
A Merry Little Christmas
Emmylou Harris chronology
Western Wall: The Tucson Sessions
Red Dirt Girl
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars [1]
The A.V. Club (favorable) [2]
Entertainment Weekly A− [3]
Los Angeles Times 3/4 stars [4]
People (favorable) [5]
Q 4/5 stars [6]
Robert Christgau (1-star Honorable Mention) [7]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 4/5 stars [8]

Western Wall: The Tucson Sessions is a 1999 Folk and Country-styled album by American singer/songwriter/producer Linda Ronstadt and singer/songwriter/guitarist Emmylou Harris.

Although the album received mixed reviews critically, it made several year-end Top Ten (favorite) lists. The disc was recorded at the Arizona Inn near downtown Tucson, Arizona.

This album hit #6 on Billboard's Country albums chart and #73 on Billboard's main album chart. The two artists teamed up for a concert tour in support of the disc in late 1999. It was nominated for several Grammy awards and sold approximately 400,000 copies in the United States. This album has never been out of print.[citation needed]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Loving the Highway Man" (Andy Prieboy) 3:30
  2. "Raise the Dead" (Emmylou Harris) 3:18
  3. "For a Dancer" (Jackson Browne) 4:43
  4. "Western Wall" (Rosanne Cash) 4:43
  5. "1917" (David Olney) 5:24
  6. "He Was Mine" (Paul Kennerley) 3:19
  7. "Sweet Spot" (Emmylou Harris/Jill Cunniff) 3:34
  8. "Sisters of Mercy" (Leonard Cohen) 3:58
  9. "Falling Down" (Patty Griffin) 3:15
  10. "Valerie" (Patti Scialfa) 4:04
  11. "This Is to Mother You" (Sinéad O'Connor) 3:16
  12. "All I Left Behind" (Emmylou Harris/Kate McGarrigle/Anna McGarrigle) 3:23
  13. "Across the Border" (Bruce Springsteen) 6:20


  • Linda Ronstadt – Vocals, Background Vocals
  • Emmylou Harris – Vocals, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Background Vocals
  • Neil Young – Harmonica, Background Vocals
  • Andy Fairweather Low – Bass Guitar, Electric Guitar, Background Vocals
  • Ethan Johns – Dulcimer, Synthesizer, Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Percussion, Drums, Electric Guitar, Slide Guitar, Mandocello, Spanish guitar, Synthesizer Bass, Optigan
  • Paul "Wix" Wickens – Accordion
  • Paul Kennerley – Electric Guitar, Background Vocals
  • Bernie Leadon – Acoustic Guitar, Mandolin, Bass Guitar, Electric Guitar, Guitarron, Mandocello, 6-string bass, Synthesizer Bass, Guitar (12 String Electric)
  • Greg Leisz – Acoustic Guitar, Mandolin, Pedal Steel Guitar, Bass Guitar, Electric Guitar, Background Vocals, Mandola, Mandocello, Weissenborn
  • Anna McGarrigle – Background Vocals
  • Helen Watson – Background Vocals
  • Kate McGarrigle – Background Vocals
  • Michel Pepin – Cymbals, Bass Guitar
  • Samantha Rowe – Cello
Technical credits

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1999) Peak
U.S. Billboard Top Country Albums 6
U.S. Billboard 200 73


  1. ^ LaVeck, Theresa E.. Western Wall: The Tucson Sessions at AllMusic
  2. ^ The A.V. Club review
  3. ^ Entertainment Weekly review
  4. ^ Los Angeles Times review
  5. ^ People review
  6. ^ Album reviews at CD Universe
  7. ^ Robert Christgau Consumer Guide
  8. ^ Brackett, Nathan; Christian Hoard (2004). The Rolling Stone Album Guide. New York City, New York: Simon and Schuster. p. 701. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8.