Western Wall: The Tucson Sessions

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Western Wall: The Tucson Sessions
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Studio album by Linda Ronstadt and Emmylou Harris
Released August 24, 1999
Recorded 1999, Tucson, Arizona
Genre Country, folk
Length 52:47
Label Asylum Nashville
Producer Glyn Johns
Linda Ronstadt chronology
We Ran
(1998)We Ran1998
Western Wall: The Tucson Sessions
A Merry Little Christmas
(2000)A Merry Little Christmas2000
Emmylou Harris chronology
(1998) Spyboy1998
Western Wall: The Tucson Sessions
(1999) Western Wall: The Tucson Sessions1999
Red Dirt Girl
(2000) Red Dirt Girl2000
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars [1]
The A.V. Club (favorable) [2]
Entertainment Weekly A− [3]
Los Angeles Times 3/4 stars [4]
People (favorable) [5]
Q 4/5 stars [6]
Robert Christgau (1-star Honorable Mention) [7]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 4/5 stars [8]

Western Wall: The Tucson Sessions is a 1999 duet album by American singer, songwriter, and producer Linda Ronstadt and singer, songwriter, and guitarist Emmylou Harris.

The album was well received critically, and it made several year-end Top Ten lists. The disc was recorded at the Arizona Inn near Tucson, Arizona.

This album hit #6 on Billboard's Country albums chart and #73 on Billboard's main album chart. The two artists teamed for a concert tour in support of the disc in late 1999. It was nominated for several Grammy Awards and had sold 223,255 copies in the United States as of December 2016.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Loving the Highway Man" Andy Prieboy 3:30
2. "Raise the Dead" Emmylou Harris 3:18
3. "For a Dancer" Jackson Browne 4:43
4. "Western Wall" Rosanne Cash 4:43
5. "1917" David Olney 5:24
6. "He Was Mine" Paul Kennerley 3:19
7. "Sweet Spot" Emmylou Harris, Jill Cunniff 3:34
8. "Sisters of Mercy" Leonard Cohen 3:58
9. "Falling Down" Patty Griffin 3:15
10. "Valerie" Patti Scialfa 4:04
11. "This Is to Mother You" Sinéad O'Connor 3:16
12. "All I Left Behind" Emmylou Harris, Kate McGarrigle, Anna McGarrigle 3:23
13. "Across the Border" Bruce Springsteen 6:20


  • Linda Ronstadt – Vocals, Background Vocals
  • Emmylou Harris – Vocals, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Background Vocals
  • Neil Young – Harmonica, Background Vocals
  • Andy Fairweather Low – Bass Guitar, Electric Guitar, Background Vocals
  • Ethan Johns – Dulcimer, Synthesizer, Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Percussion, Drums, Electric Guitar, Slide Guitar, Mandocello, Spanish guitar, Synthesizer Bass, Optigan
  • Paul "Wix" Wickens – Accordion
  • Paul Kennerley – Electric Guitar, Background Vocals
  • Bernie Leadon – Acoustic Guitar, Mandolin, Bass Guitar, Electric Guitar, Guitarron, Mandocello, 6-string bass, Synthesizer Bass, Guitar (12 String Electric)
  • Greg Leisz – Acoustic Guitar, Mandolin, Pedal Steel Guitar, Bass Guitar, Electric Guitar, Background Vocals, Mandola, Mandocello, Weissenborn
  • Anna McGarrigle – Background Vocals
  • Helen Watson – Background Vocals
  • Kate McGarrigle – Background Vocals
  • Michel Pepin – Cymbals, Bass Guitar
  • Samantha Rowe – Cello


Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1999) Peak
U.S. Billboard Top Country Albums 6
U.S. Billboard 200 73