The Grass Is Blue

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The Grass Is Blue
Studio album by Dolly Parton
Released October 4, 1999
Recorded 1999
Genre Bluegrass
Length 44:59 minutes
Label Blue Eye/Sugar Hill
Producer Steve Buckingham
Dolly Parton chronology
Trio II
The Grass is Blue
Little Sparrow
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars link
Robert Christgau (2-star Honorable Mention)[1]

The Grass is Blue is a bluegrass album by Dolly Parton, released on October 4, 1999 on the Sugar Hill label. It is her 35th 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.

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Travelin' Prayer"   Billy Joel 4:16
2. "Cash on the Barrelhead"   Charlie Louvin, Ira Louvin 3:08
3. "A Few Old Memories"   Hazel Dickens 4:02
4. "I'm Gonna Sleep with One Eye Open"   Lester Flatt 3:05
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"   Traditional 4:55
9. "Train, Train"   Shorty Medlocke 2:50
10. "I Wonder Where You Are Tonight"   Johnny Bond 3:14
11. "Will He be Waiting for Me"     3:26
12. "The Grass is Blue"     3:45
13. "I Am Ready"   Rachel Parton Dennison 2:45

Chart performance[edit]

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


  1. ^ Christgau, Robert. "Dolly Parton". Robert Christgau. 

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