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|Studio album by Dolly Parton|
|Released||January 16, 2001|
|Recorded||Nashville, Los Angeles, 2000|
|Dolly Parton chronology|
|Singles from Little Sparrow|
While The Grass Is Blue from 1999, the album's predecessor, featured straightforward bluegrass, Little Sparrow — released in early 2001 — featured a blend of Appalachian folk, bluegrass and country gospel styles. Each of the musical styles is a notable part of the culture from Parton's East Tennessee upbringing. In addition to a number of traditional songs and Parton's own compositions, the album featured a reworkings of the Collective Soul hit "Shine" and the Restless Heart hit "A Tender Lie," as well as a bluegrass version of Cole Porter's "I Get a Kick Out of You". The album received positive reviews and reached number 12 on the U.S. country albums chart, Parton's highest charting solo album in nearly a decade. The album was dedicated to the memory of Dolly's father, Lee Parton.
Among the backing musicians were members of the alternative bluegrass band Nickel Creek, Alison Krauss, and members of Irish Traditional band Altan, whose singer, Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh sung Irish Gaelic vocals on the album.
Parton's recording of "Shine" won a Grammy for best female country vocal performance. The track "Marry Me" was later featured in the Reese Witherspoon film Sweet Home Alabama. In 2008, David Cook, the winner of the seventh season of American Idol, performed a cover of the song "Little Sparrow" with his own arrangement.
She re-recorded the songs, "Down From Dover", originally on her 1970 album, The Fairest of Them All, and "My Blue Tears", originally on her 1971 album, Coat of Many Colors. The album was certified Silver in the UK.
All songs written and composed by Dolly Parton except as noted.
|2.||"Shine" (with Nickel Creek)||Ed Roland||5:11|
|3.||"I Don't Believe You've Met My Baby"||Autry Inman||3:02|
|4.||"My Blue Tears"||3:03|
|5.||"Seven Bridges Road"||Steve Young||3:29|
|7.||"A Tender Lie"||Randy Sharp||3:44|
|8.||"I Get a Kick Out of You"||Cole Porter||2:31|
|11.||"Down from Dover"||5:09|
|12.||"The Beautiful Lie"||David "Butch" McDade||2:34|
|13.||"In the Sweet By and By"||Sanford Bennett, Joseph Webster||3:54|
|14.||"Little Sparrow (Reprise)"||1:37|
- Monty Allen - drones
- Barry Bales - upright bass
- Steve Buckingham - autoharp, dulcimer
- Dermot Byrne - accordion
- Marc Campbell - clogs
- Ciarán Curran - bouzouki
- Chip Davis - drones
- Richard Dennison - drones
- Jerry Douglas - dobro, reasontor guitar
- Stuart Duncan - fiddle
- Byron House - upright bass
- Rebecca Lynn Howard - background vocals
- Sonya Isaacs - background vocals
- Carl Jackson - background vocals
- Mark Kelley - acoustic guitar
- Alison Krauss - background vocals
- Keith Little - background vocals
- Claire Lynch - background vocals
- Pat McInerney - percussion
- Jim Mills - banjo
- John Mock - harmonium, whistle
- Maura O'Connell - background vocals
- Dolly Parton - lead vocals, background vocals
- Barbara Richardson - clogs
- Mike Snider - claw hammer banjo
- Daíthí Sproule - acoustic guitar
- Bryan Sutton - acoustic guitar
- Chris Thile - mandolin on "Shine"
- Ciarán Tourish - low whistle, mandolin, whistle
- Dan Tyminski - background vocals
- Darrin Vincent - background vocals
- Rhonda Vincent - background vocals
- Sara Watkins - fiddle and background vocals on "Shine"
- Sean Watkins - acoustic guitar and background vocals on "Shine"
|UK Albums (OCC)||30|
|US Billboard 200||97|
|US Top Country Albums (Billboard)||12|
|US Independent Albums (Billboard)||3|
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- "Dolly Parton – Chart history" Billboard 200 for Dolly Parton. Retrieved April 30, 2016.
- "Dolly Parton – Chart history" Billboard Top Country Albums for Dolly Parton. Retrieved April 30, 2016.
- "Dolly Parton – Chart history" Billboard Independent Albums for Dolly Parton. Retrieved April 30, 2016.