Bluebird (Emmylou Harris album)

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Studio album by
ReleasedJanuary 10, 1989
RecordedNashville, 1988
LabelWarner Bros. Nashville
ProducerRichard Bennett, Emmylou Harris
Emmylou Harris chronology
Angel Band
Brand New Dance
Singles from Bluebird
  1. "Heartbreak Hill"
    Released: December 17, 1988
  2. "Heaven Only Knows"
    Released: April 1989

Bluebird is an Emmylou Harris album from 1989, which merged a number of eclectic songs (including work by the McGarrigle Sisters, Tom Rush and Rodney Crowell) with polished, country music production. It included her most recent top-ten country-charting single, "Heartbreak Hill". The album enjoyed renewed interest in 2004 when The Sopranos introduced its fifth season with "Heaven Only Knows."

Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic3/5 stars [1]
Chicago Tribune3/4 stars [2]
Los Angeles Times3.5/4 stars [3]

Bonnie Raitt provided guest vocals on the track "Icy Blue Heart". Billboard said in their review of the album that, "Like most of Emmylou Harris' albums, Bluebird is an expertly performed album, featuring some truly startling and affecting tour de forces" (sic).[citation needed]

Track listing[edit]

1."Heaven Only Knows"Paul Kennerley3:36
2."You've Been on My Mind"Rodney Crowell2:54
3."Icy Blue Heart" (background vocals by Bonnie Raitt)John Hiatt4:08
4."Love Is"Kate McGarrigle, Anna McGarrigle, Jane McGarrigle3:53
5."No Regrets"Tom Rush5:38
6."Lonely Street"Carl Belew, W.S. Stevenson, Kenny Sowder3:14
7."Heartbreak Hill"Emmylou Harris, Kennerley3:12
8."I Still Miss Someone"Johnny Cash, Roy Cash, Jr.2:51
9."A River for Him"Harris5:02
10."If You Were a Bluebird"Butch Hancock4:44


  • Richard Bennett - acoustic guitar, bass, guitar, mandolin, percussion, electric guitar, 12-string guitar, producer
  • Ashley Cleveland - background vocals
  • Donivan Cowart - background vocals, engineer
  • Paul Dieter - mixing assistant
  • Glen Duncan - mandolin
  • Steve Fishell - acoustic guitar, dobro, pedal steel, electric bass, electric guitar
  • Emory Gordy, Jr. - conductor, string arrangements
  • Caroline Greyshock - photography
  • Glen Hardin - synthesizer, piano
  • Emmylou Harris - acoustic guitar, guitar, percussion, vocals, producer
  • Mike Henderson - slide guitar
  • Kieran Kane - mandolin
  • Mary Ann Kennedy - background vocals
  • Paul Kennerley - acoustic guitar
  • Janet Levinson - art direction, design
  • Kenny Malone - percussion
  • Carl Marsh - synthesizer, Hammond organ
  • George Massenburg - mixing
  • Anna McGarrigle - background vocals
  • Kate McGarrigle - accordion, background vocals
  • Glenn Meadows - mastering
  • Mark O'Connor - mandolin
  • Eric Paul - assistant engineer
  • Dave Pomeroy - electric bass, acoustic bass, bass violin
  • Bonnie Raitt - background vocals, slide guitar
  • Sharon Rice - mixing assistant
  • Mark Richardson - engineer
  • Pamela Rose - background vocals
  • Harry Stinson - background vocals
  • Marty Stuart - mandolin
  • Barry Tashian - acoustic guitar, background vocals
  • Billy Thomas - percussion, drums, voca

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1989) Peak
U.S. Billboard Top Country Albums 15
Canadian RPM Country Albums 19