Hand Sown ... Home Grown

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Hand Sown ... Home Grown
Studio album by Linda Ronstadt
Released March, 1969
Recorded 1969
Genre Rock, country rock
Length 31:50
Label Capitol
Producer Chip Douglas
Linda Ronstadt chronology
Linda Ronstadt, Stone Poneys and Friends, Vol. III
Hand Sown ... Home Grown
Silk Purse
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]
Rolling Stone (favorable)[2]

Hand Sown ... Home Grown is the debut solo studio album by American singer Linda Ronstadt, released in March 1969 through Capitol Records. Produced by Chip Douglas of the Turtles, the album saw Ronstadt take a decisive turn away from the folk music of The Stone Poneys toward country and rock. Among others, Hand Sown... features covers of songs by Bob Dylan, Randy Newman, and Fred Neil, and a song written by fellow Stone Poney Kenny Edwards, who would go on to perform in her band through the 1970s.

The album was a commercial failure and did not register on the Billboard album chart. It had sold less than 10,000 copies before her next album release. One single release from the album appeared on Billboard magazine's Hot 100 Pop Singles chart belatedly in 1971, after the release of Ronstadt's follow-up album, Silk Purse. Edwards' "The Long Way Around" was the B-side to a single-only release of "(She's A) Very Lovely Woman." The latter song was never subsequently included on an album and was not released on CD until 2009. The double-sided single peaked at #70 in 1971.[3] Both songs made the Cash Box singles chart as well.

Despite lack of chart success, Hand Sown... helped Ronstadt gain exposure on television variety specials and in live performances, including a June 1969 appearance on The Johnny Cash Show where she performed "Only Mama That'll Walk the Line" nearly a year before the song's originator, Waylon Jennings performed his version on the same series. Of particular note is her performance of one of Hand Sown's songs, a cover of the country standard "Only Daddy That'll Walk the Line," renamed "Only Mama...," on October 3, 1970, at the Big Sur Folk Festival in Monterey, California.[4]

Hand Sown ... Home Grown features an early version of "Silver Threads and Golden Needles," a cover of a 1962 hit by the Springfields. Ronstadt would record the song again for the 1973 Gold-certified album Don't Cry Now, a single release of which would reach the Top 20 of Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart in early 1974. Even though it didn't do well commercially, this album is a sterling example of Southern California country rock of the period and features an array of top flight backing musicians including Clarence White, Bernie Leadon, Red Rhodes, and Larry Knechtel.

Track listing[edit]

Side one (tracks 1-6) was called "Hand Sown" and side two (tracks 7-11) called "Home Grown"

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Baby, You've Been on My Mind" (original title: "Mama, You Been On My Mind") Bob Dylan 2:31
2. "Silver Threads and Golden Needles" Dick Reynolds, Jack Rhodes 2:19
3. "Bet No One Ever Hurt This Bad" Randy Newman 2:41
4. "A Number and a Name" Tom Campbell, Steve Gillette 3:03
5. "Only Mama That'll Walk the Line" Ivy J. Bryant, Earl Ball 2:28
6. "The Long Way Around" Ken Edwards 2:17
7. "Break My Mind" John D. Loudermilk 2:52
8. "I'll Be Your Baby Tonight" Bob Dylan 3:43
9. "It's About Time" Chip Douglas 3:05
10. "We Need a Whole Lot More of Jesus (And a Lot Less Rock & Roll)" Wayne Raney 2:30
11. "The Dolphins" Fred Neil 4:06


  1. ^ Stephen Thomas Erlewine. "Hand Sown...Home Grown - Linda Ronstadt | Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 2014-02-28. 
  2. ^ Egan, Jack (3 May 1969). "Rolling Stone review". Rollingstone.com. Retrieved 24 April 2015. 
  3. ^ Stephen Thomas Erlewine (1946-07-15). "Linda Ronstadt | Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 2014-02-28. 
  4. ^ Lindsay Planer (2000-08-15). "Celebration: Live at Big Sur - Various Artists | Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 2014-02-28.