Red Dirt Girl

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Red Dirt Girl
Studio album by
ReleasedSeptember 12, 2000 (2000-09-12)
RecordedMarch–April 2000, Clouet Street Studio, New Orleans
GenreCountry Folk, Americana
ProducerMalcolm Burn
Emmylou Harris chronology
Western Wall: The Tucson Sessions
Red Dirt Girl
Stumble into Grace
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4/5 stars[1]
The Austin Chronicle3/5 stars[2]
Entertainment WeeklyA[3]
Rolling Stone2.5/5 stars[4]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide4/5 stars[5]
The Village VoiceC[7]

Red Dirt Girl is an Emmylou Harris album from 2000, which reached No. 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.[8]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks are written by Emmylou Harris, except where noted.

1."The Pearl" 5:02
2."Michelangelo" 5:14
3."I Don't Wanna Talk About It Now" 4:47
4."Tragedy"Emmylou Harris, Rodney Crowell4:24
5."Red Dirt Girl" 4:19
6."My Baby Needs A Shepherd" 4:39
7."Bang The Drum Slowly"
8."J'Ai Fait Tout"
  • Emmylou Harris
  • Jill Cunniff
  • Darryl Johnson
9."One Big Love"4:33
10."Hour Of Gold" 5:00
11."My Antonia" 3:43
12."Boy From Tupelo" 3:48
  • Track information and Personnel credits taken from the album's liner notes.[9]


1. "The Pearl"

  • Emmylou Harris: Acoustic guitar
  • Malcolm Burn: Bass
  • Ethan Johns: Electric guitar
  • Darryl Johnson: Drums, bass, percussion, harmony vocals
  • Buddy Miller: Electric guitar

2. "Michelangelo"

  • Emmylou Harris: Acoustic guitar
  • Malcolm Burn: Bass, Drum box programming
  • Ethan Johns: Electric guitar

3. "I Don't Wanna Talk About It Now"

  • Emmylou Harris: Acoustic guitar
  • Malcolm Burn: Piano, electric guitar, tambourine
  • Jill Cunniff: Electric guitar, bass, harmony vocals
  • Ethan Johns: Drums
  • Darryl Johnson: Bass, harmony vocals
  • Julie Miller: harmony vocals

4. "Tragedy"

  • Emmylou Harris: Baritone electric Guitar
  • Malcolm Burn: Piano, 12-string guitar, bass, Fender Rhodes, drum box programming
  • Ethan Johns: Electric guitar
  • Darryl Johnson: Chord bass
  • Buddy Miller: Pedal steel
  • Patti Scialfa: Duet vocal
  • Bruce Springsteen: Harmony vocals

5. "Red Dirt Girl"

  • Emmylou Harris: Acoustic guitar
  • Malcolm Burn: Bass, electric guitar, drum box programming
  • Ethan Johns: Omnichord
  • Darryl Johnson: Percussion, bass pedals
  • Buddy Miller: Electric guitar

6. "My Baby Needs A Shepherd"

  • Emmylou Harris: Acoustic guitar
  • Malcolm Burn: Electric guitar, percussion, dulcimer, drum box programming
  • Ethan Johns: Baritone electric guitar, percussion
  • René Coman: Bass
  • Patty Griffin: Harmony vocals
  • Darryl Johnson: Baritone acoustic guitar, percussion

7. "Bang The Drum Slowly"

  • Emmylou Harris: Baritone electric guitar, acoustic guitar
  • Malcolm Burn: Piano, synth bass, electric guitar
  • Ethan Johns: EBow
  • Darryl Johnson: Bass. harmony vocals, percussion

8. "J'Ai Fait Tout"

  • Malcolm Burn: Acoustic guitar, electric guitar
  • Jill Cunniff: Bass, harmony vocals, electric guitar
  • Ethan Johns: Drums
  • Daryl Johnson: Bass, harmony vocals
  • Kate McGarrigle: Accordion
  • Jim Watts: Fender Rhodes

9. "One Big Love"

  • Malcolm Burn: Bass, 12-string guitar, drum box programming, harmony vocals
  • John Deaderick: Fender Rhodes
  • Ethan Johns: Electric guitar, drums
  • Buddy Miller: Electric guitar, mando guitar
  • Julie Miller: Harmony vocals
  • Jill Cunniff: Harmony vocals
  • Carlo Nuccio: Drums

10. "Hour Of Gold"

  • Emmylou Harris: Acoustic guitar
  • Malcolm Burn: Fender Rhodes, synth
  • Patty Griffin: Harmony vocals
  • Ethan Johns: Mando cello
  • Darryl Johnson: Bass

11. "My Antonia"

  • Emmylou Harris: Baritone electric guitar
  • Malcolm Burn: Harmonica, acoustic guitar, omnichord, synth bass
  • Ethans Johns: Acoustic guitar, mando cello
  • Darryl Johnson: Bass, percussion
  • Dave Matthews: Duet vocal
  • Buddy Miller: Pedal steel, electric guitar

12. "Boy From Tupelo"

  • Emmylou Harris: Acoustic guitar
  • Malcolm Burn: Bass, percussion, piano, electric guitar, drums
  • Ethan Johns: EBow, acoustic guitar
  • Kate McGarrigle: Piano, harmony vocals
  • Julie Miller: Harmony vocals

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


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  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. ^ Coleman, Mark; Kemp, Mark (2004). "Emmylou Harris". In Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian David (eds.). The New Rolling Stone Album Guide. Simon and Schuster. pp. 365–367. ISBN 9780743201698.
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  7. ^ Christgau, Robert (2000-11-28). "Turkey Shoot: Where the Action Isn't". The Village Voice. Retrieved 2018-07-14.
  8. ^ 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.
  9. ^ Red Dirt Girl (liner notes). Emmylou Harris. Nonesuch. 2000.CS1 maint: others (link)