Red Dirt Girl

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Red Dirt Girl
Studio album by Emmylou Harris
Released September 12, 2000
Recorded March–April 2000, Clouet Street Studio, New Orleans
Genre Country
Length 55:58
Label Nonesuch
Producer Malcolm Burn
Emmylou Harris chronology
Western Wall: The Tucson Sessions
Red Dirt Girl
Stumble into Grace
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]
The Austin Chronicle 3/5 stars[2]
Entertainment Weekly A[3]
Rolling Stone 2.5/5 stars[4]

Red Dirt Girl is an Emmylou Harris album from 2000, which reached #3 on the Billboard country album charts and won the Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Folk Album in 2001. The album was a significant departure for Harris, as eleven of the twelve tracks were written or co-written by her. She was best known for covering other songwriters' work. Prior to this album, only two of Harris' LPs had more than two of her own compositions (Gliding Bird in 1969, and The Ballad of Sally Rose in 1985). Her next album, Stumble into Grace, was also written by Harris. The album contains "Bang The Drum Slowly", a song Guy Clark helped Harris write as an elegy for her father.[1]


The album was included in the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.[5]

Track listing[edit]

All lyrics written by Emmylou Harris, except where noted.

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "The Pearl" (featuring Malcolm Burn, Ethan Johns, Darryl Johnson, Buddy Miller) Emmylou Harris 5:02
2. "Michelangelo" (featuring Malcolm Burn, Ethan Johns) Emmylou Harris 5:14
3. "I Don't Wanna Talk About It Now" (featuring Malcolm Burn, Jill Cunniff, Ethan Johns, Darryl Johnson, Julie Miller) Emmylou Harris 4:47
4. "Tragedy" Emmylou Harris, Rodney Crowell 4:24
5. "Red Dirt Girl" (featuring Malcolm Burn, Ethan Johns, Darryl Johnson, Buddy Miller) Emmylou Harris 4:19
6. "My Baby Needs A Shepherd" (featuring Malcolm Burn, Ethan Johns, René Coman, Patty Griffin, Darryl Johnson) Emmylou Harris 4:39
7. "Bang The Drum Slowly" (featuring Malcolm Burn, Ethan Johns, Darryl Johnson) Emmylou Harris, Guy Clark 4:51
8. "J'Ai Fait Tout" (featuring Malcolm Burn, Jill Cunniff, Ethan Johns, Daryl Johnson, Kate McGarrigle, Jim Watts) Emmylou Harris, Jill Cunniff, Darryl Johnson 5:31
9. "One Big Love" (featuring Malcolm Burn, John Deaderick, Patty Griffin, Ethan Johns, Buddy Miller, Julie Miller) Patty Griffin 4:33
10. "Hour Of Gold" (featuring Malcolm Burn, Patty Griffin, Ethan Johns, Darryl Johnson) Emmylou Harris 5:00
11. "My Antonia" (featuring Dave Matthews, Malcolm Burn, Ethans Johns, Darryl Johnson, Buddy Miller) Emmylou Harris 3:43
12. "Boy From Tupelo" (featuring Malcolm Burn, Ethan Johns, Kate McGarrigle, Julie Miller) Emmylou Harris 3:48

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (2000) Peak
U.S. Billboard Top Country Albums 5
U.S. Billboard 200 54
Canadian RPM Country Albums 3
Canadian RPM Top Albums 29


  1. ^ a b Johnson, Zac. Red Dirt Girl at AllMusic. Retrieved 2 April 2006.
  2. ^ Gray, Christopher (October 13, 2000). "Emmylou Harris Red Dirt Girl > Music Reviews". The Austin Chronicle. Retrieved 18 May 2011. 
  3. ^ Johnson, Beth (September 15, 2000). "Music Review: 'Red Dirt Girl' Emmylou Harris". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 12 May 2011. 
  4. ^ Berger, Arion (September 28, 2000). "Emmylou Harris Red Dirt Girl > Album Review". Rolling Stone (850). p. 54. Archived from the original on 7 August 2007. Retrieved 3 October 2011. 
  5. ^ Robert Dimery; Michael Lydon (23 March 2010). 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die: Revised and Updated Edition. Universe. ISBN 978-0-7893-2074-2.