Halos & Horns

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Halos & Horns
Studio album by Dolly Parton
Released July 9, 2002
Recorded Nashville, 2002
Genre Country, folk
Length 57:32
Label Sugar Hill, Blue Eye
Producer Gary “Buscuit” Davis
Dolly Parton chronology
Little Sparrow
(2001)Little Sparrow2001
Halos & Horns
For God and Country
(2003)For God and Country2003
Singles from Halos & Horns
  1. "If"
    Released: 2002
  2. "Hello God"
    Released: 2002
  3. "Dagger Through The Heart"
    Released: 2002
  4. "I'm Gone"
    Released: 2003
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic3/5 stars [1]

Halos & Horns is the 37th studio album by Dolly Parton, released on July 9, 2002.


Her third album for the independent, roots music label Sugar Hill, the album continued Parton's experimentation with the folk and bluegrass sounds begun on The Grass Is Blue 1999 and Little Sparrow 2001. Of the album's songs, perhaps the most noteworthy selection was Parton's folksy cover of Led Zeppelin's classic "Stairway to Heaven" (with which Zep singer Robert Plant was said to be pleased).[2] "Hello God" was Parton's response to 9/11, while "Shattered Image" and "What a Heartache" were updates of songs Parton had previously recorded. The former was included on her 1976 album All I Can Do and the latter was originally included on the Rhinestone soundtrack. It later appeared on the 1991 album Eagle When She Flies.

The album was nominated for three Grammy Awards: in 2002, for Best Country Album and Best Female Country Vocal Performance for "Dagger Through the Heart," and in 2003 for Best Country Vocal Performance for "I'm Gone."

"Dagger Through the Heart" and "I'm Gone" were both released as singles and music videos were filmed and released.

Parton embarked on her first tour in 10 years in support of the album. The sold-out Halos & Horns Tour played the United States and the United Kingdom.

The cover photo was taken by famed photographer Annie Leibovitz.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Dolly Parton except as noted.

1."Halos and Horns" 3:31
2."Sugar Hill" 2:49
3."Not for Me" 3:18
4."Hello God" 2:57
5."If" (cover of Bread, 1971)David Gates3:17
6."Shattered Image" 3:26
7."These Old Bones" 5:35
8."What a Heartache" 4:15
9."I'm Gone" 5:04
10."Raven Dove" 3:34
11."Dagger Through the Heart" 3:51
12."If Only" 3:38
13."John Daniel" 5:00
14."Stairway to Heaven" (cover of Led Zeppelin, 1971)Jimmy Page, Robert Plant6:25


  • Eric Bennett – background vocals
  • Bob Carlin – claw hammer banjo
  • Gary "Biscuit" Davis – banjo, acoustic guitar
  • Richard Dennison – piano, background vocals
  • Terry Eldridge – bass guitar, upright bass, background vocals
  • Steve French – background vocals
  • Robert Hale – acoustic guitar, background vocals
  • Vicki Hampton – background vocals
  • Randy Kohrs – dobro, resonator guitar, background vocals
  • Jimmy Mattingly – fiddle, mandolin, viola
  • Jennifer O'Brien – background vocals
  • Dolly Parton – lead vocals, background vocals
  • Arthur Rice – background vocals
  • April Stevens – background vocals
  • Beth Stevens – background vocals
  • David Sutton – harmonica, background vocals
  • Brent Truitt – mandolin
  • Steve Turner – drums, snare drum, tambourine, washboard
  • Darrell Webb – mandolin, background vocals
  • Kent Wells – acoustic guitar, baritone guitar, electric guitar

Chart positions[edit]

The album sold 68,000 copies in its first week.

Chart (2002) Peak
U.S. Billboard 200 58
U.S. Billboard Top Country Albums 4
U.K. Top Country Albums 1


Region Certification Certified units/Sales
United States (RIAA)[3] N/A 187,000 [4]^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone


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