The Grass Is Blue

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The Grass Is Blue
Studio album by
ReleasedOctober 26, 1999
Length44:59 minutes
LabelBlue Eye/Sugar Hill
ProducerSteve Buckingham
Dolly Parton chronology
Precious Memories
The Grass Is Blue
Little Sparrow
Singles from The Grass Is Blue
  1. "A Few Old Memories"
    Released: October 1999
  2. "Silver Dagger"
    Released: February 2000
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4.5/5 stars link
Robert Christgau(2-star Honorable Mention)[1]

The Grass Is Blue is a bluegrass album by Dolly Parton, released on October 26, 1999 on the Sugar Hill label. It is her 38th studio album. In addition to rejuvenating Parton's career, the album, along with the O Brother, Where Art Thou soundtrack and the work of Alison Krauss, is credited with making bluegrass a hugely popular musical genre during the early 2000s. Though the album received little airplay on mainstream country radio, it sold well (peaking at number 24 on the U.S. country albums charts), and was among the most critically acclaimed albums of Parton's career. The album was listed on many critics' year-end "best of" lists and won a 2001 Grammy Award for Best Bluegrass Album.

The songs included a mixture of Parton originals and folk and bluegrass standards, as well as a Billy Joel cover. "Silver Dagger", a late nineteenth century ballad, had been popularized by Joan Baez during the early 1960s. Norah Jones would later record the title song on a 2003 Parton tribute album. Parton had originally written "Steady as the Rain" for her younger sister Stella Parton, who had a top-forty country hit with the song in 1979. "Will He be Waiting for Me" is an update of a song which originally appeared on Parton's 1972 album Touch Your Woman. The album also includes an acoustic cover version of the Southern rock band Blackfoot song "Train, Train".

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Dolly Parton except as noted.

1."Travelin' Prayer"Billy Joel4:16
2."Cash on the Barrelhead"Charlie Louvin, Ira Louvin3:08
3."A Few Old Memories"Hazel Dickens4:02
4."I'm Gonna Sleep with One Eye Open"Lester Flatt3:05
5."Steady as the Rain" 3:05
6."I Still Miss Someone"Johnny Cash, Roy Cash Jr.3.38
7."Endless Stream of Tears" 2.40
8."Silver Dagger"Traditional4:55
9."Train, Train"Shorty Medlocke2:50
10."I Wonder Where You Are Tonight"Johnny Bond3:14
11."Will He be Waiting for Me" 3:26
12."The Grass Is Blue" 3:45
13."I Am Ready"Rachel Parton Dennison2:45

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1999) Peak
U.S. Billboard Top Country Albums 24
U.S. Billboard 200 198
UK Top Country Albums 8


Region Certification Certified units/Sales
United States (RIAA)[2] N/A 195,000 [3]^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone


  1. ^ Christgau, Robert. "Dolly Parton". Robert Christgau.
  2. ^ "American album certifications – Dolly Parton – The grass is blue". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved December 12, 2014. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH. 
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