Roses in the Snow

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Roses in the Snow
Roses in the Snow (Emmylou Harris album - cover art).jpg
Studio album by Emmylou Harris
Released May 1980
Recorded Nashville, July 1979
Genre Country, Bluegrass
Length 29:56
Label Warner Bros.
Producer Brian Ahern
Emmylou Harris chronology
Light of the Stable
Roses in the Snow
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars [1]

Roses in the Snow is the seventh album by country music artist Emmylou Harris, released in 1980. While Harris' previous release, 1979's Blue Kentucky Girl, featured traditional, straight-ahead country (as opposed to the country-rock of her prior efforts), Roses in the Snow found Harris performing Bluegrass-inspired music, with material by Flatt and Scruggs, Paul Simon, The Carter Family, and Johnny Cash. Cash, Dolly Parton, Linda Ronstadt, and Ricky Skaggs and Tony Rice made guest appearances. "Wayfaring Stranger" was released as the first single in 1980 and went to #7 on the Billboard Country charts. The second single, a remake of a Simon & Garfunkel song, "The Boxer" reached #13. Backing musicians included Albert Lee and Jerry Douglas.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Roses in the Snow" Ruth Franks 2:32
2. "Wayfaring Stranger" Traditional/arr. Brian Ahern 3:26
3. "Green Pastures" Traditional/arr. Brian Ahern 3:08
4. "The Boxer" Paul Simon 3:16
5. "Darkest Hour is Just Before Dawn" Ralph Stanley 3:22
6. "I'll Go Stepping Too" Tom James/Jerry Organ 2:16
7. "You're Learning" Ira Louvin/Charlie Louvin 2:57
8. "Jordan" Traditional/arr. Brian Ahern 2:07
9. "Miss the Mississippi and You" Bill Halley 3:40
10. "Gold Watch and Chain" A.P. Carter 3:12
11. "You're Gonna Change" (bonus track on 2002 CD reissue) Hank Williams 2:40
12. "Root Like a Rose" (bonus track on 2002 CD reissue) Nancy Ahern 4:45


  • Brian Ahern: 12-String Guitar, Adamas Guitar, Archtop Guitar, Gut-String Guitar, Bass, Percussion
  • Bryan Bowers: Autoharp
  • Johnny Cash: Backing Vocals
  • Jerry Douglas: Dobro
  • Emory Gordy, Jr.: Bass
  • Emmylou Harris: Vocals, Acoustic Guitar
  • Albert Lee: Electric Guitar, Mandolin
  • Willie Nelson: Gut-String Guitar
  • Dolly Parton: Backing Vocals
  • Tony Rice: Acoustic Guitar, Backing Vocals
  • Linda Ronstadt: Duet Vocals, Backing Vocals
  • Ricky Skaggs: Acoustic Guitar, Banjo, Fiddle, Mandolin, Duet Vocals, Backing Vocals
  • John Ware: Percussion
  • Buck White: Piano, Backing Vocals
  • Cheryl White: Backing Vocals
  • Sharon White: Backing Vocals

Technical personnel[edit]

  • Brian Ahern: Producer, Engineer
  • Donivan Cowart: Engineer
  • Stuart Taylor: Engineer

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1980) Peak
U.S. Billboard Top Country Albums 2
U.S. Billboard 200 26
Canadian RPM Country Albums 2


  1. ^ Ankeny, Jason. Roses in the Snow at AllMusic
  • Emmylou Harris Roses in the Snow liner notes