Trio II

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Trio II
Studio album by Dolly Parton, Linda Ronstadt, Emmylou Harris
Released January, 1999
Genre Country
Length 41:13
Label Asylum
Producer George Massenburg, Linda Ronstadt
Dolly Parton, Linda Ronstadt, Emmylou Harris chronology
Trio II
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]
Entertainment Weekly B+[2]
Los Angeles Times 3.5/4 stars[3]
Q 4/5 stars[4]
Robert Christgau (neither)[5]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars [6]

Trio II is the second album featuring collaboration between American singer/songwriters Emmylou Harris, Linda Ronstadt, and Dolly Parton.

A dozen years after the release of their multi-Platinum, Grammy-winning Trio album, the country music supergroup returned with another in the same vein. Five of the ten tracks on this album first appeared on Linda Ronstadt's 1995 album Feels Like Home. These five tracks were "Lover's Return", "High Sierra", a cover of Neil Young's "After the Gold Rush" (with Valerie Carter and string arrangements by David Campbell), "The Blue Train" (a Top 40 solo hit for Ronstadt), and the title song to the Ronstadt album, the Randy Newman-composed "Feels Like Home". The album reached the Top Five on Billboard's Country Albums chart as well as #62 on Billboard's main album listing.

The songs were actually recorded in 1994 by Parton, Ronstadt and Harris, but label disputes and conflicting schedules of the three women prevented its release at the time. Eventually, Ronstadt remixed the five above-mentioned tracks (sans Parton's vocals) to include in Feels Like Home. In 1999 (after Parton and Harris had parted ways with their respective labels), they decided to finally release the album as originally recorded. Though it yielded no hit singles (mainstream U.S. country radio had long since dropped most artists approaching or over 50 from their playlists by the late 1990s), Trio 2 was certified Gold by the RIAA,[7] and won the trio another Grammy Award in 2000.

Childhood photos of Harris, Parton and Ronstadt were used for the album's cover, when a photo shoot proved impossible (due to the three artists' busy schedules), though they did manage to assemble for a short promotional tour in early 1999, and to film a popular music video for "After the Gold Rush" which was filmed inside a synagogue in New York City that January. The three later performed the same song on The Late Show with David Letterman in support of the album.

"Softly & Tenderly" was recorded for the album but was cut. It was included on the 2007 Emmylou Harris boxset, Songbird: Rare Tracks and Forgotten Gems.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Lover's Return" (A.P. Carter, Maybelle Carter, Sara Carter) – 4:00
  2. "High Sierra" (Harley Allen) – 4:21
  3. "Do I Ever Cross Your Mind?" (Dolly Parton) – 3:16
  4. "After the Gold Rush" (Neil Young) – 3:31
  5. "The Blue Train" (Jennifer Kimball, Tom Kimmel) – 4:57
  6. "I Feel the Blues Movin' In" (Del McCoury) – 4:31
  7. "You'll Never Be the Sun" (Donagh Long) – 4:43
  8. "He Rode All the Way to Texas" (John Starling) – 3:07
  9. "Feels Like Home" (Randy Newman) – 4:47
  10. "When We're Gone, Long Gone" (Kieran Kane, James Paul O'Hara) – 4:00

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1999) Peak
U.S. Billboard Top Country Albums 4
U.S. Billboard 200 62
Canadian RPM Country Albums 4


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