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Blue Kentucky Girl (Emmylou Harris album)

Blue Kentucky Girl is an album by country music artist Emmylou Harris, released in 1979. The album features delving more traditional country than the country-rock sound of Harris' previous releases. Songs include work by Willie Nelson and Gram Parsons. Rodney Crowell's "Even Cowgirls Get the Blues" featured harmonies by Dolly Parton and Linda Ronstadt, and came out of the women's ill-fated 1978 recording sessions, where they first attempted to record a "trio" album (nearly a full decade before they actually succeeded in doing so).

Blue Kentucky Girl
Studio album by
ReleasedApril 1979
RecordedNashville, 1979
LabelWarner Bros.
ProducerBrian Ahern
Emmylou Harris chronology
Quarter Moon in a Ten Cent Town
Blue Kentucky Girl
Light of the Stable
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic3.5/5 stars [1]
The Guardian3/5 stars[2]

The album won the 1980 Grammy for Best Female Country Vocal Performance. "Beneath Still Waters" became Harris' fourth #1 hit, covers of The Drifters' 1960 hit "Save The Last Dance For Me" and the title track (originally recorded by Loretta Lynn) were top ten hits on the US country charts.

In 2006, the album ranked #20 on CMT's 40 Greatest Albums in Country Music.

Track listingEdit

1."Sister's Coming Home" (with Tanya Tucker)Willie Nelson2:52
2."Beneath Still Waters"Dallas Frazier3:41
3."Rough and Rocky"Lester Flatt, Earl Scruggs3:50
4."Hickory Wind"Gram Parsons, Bob Buchanan4:01
5."Save the Last Dance for Me"Doc Pomus, Mort Shuman3:30
6."Sorrow in the Wind" (with Sharon & Cheryl White)Jean Ritchie3:28
7."They'll Never Take His Love From Me"Leon Payne2:34
8."Everytime You Leave" (with Don Everly)Charlie Louvin, Ira Louvin2:58
9."Blue Kentucky Girl"Johnny Mullins3:17
10."Even Cowgirls Get the Blues" (harmony by Linda Ronstadt and Dolly Parton)Rodney Crowell3:56
11."Cheatin' Is" (with Glen Campbell) (bonus track for 2004 CD re-issue)Rafe VanHoy2:28
12."I Know an Ending When it Comes" (bonus track for 2004 CD re-issue)Hank Cochran2:52



  • Brian Ahern – producer, engineer
  • Donivan Cowart – engineer
  • Bradley Hartman – engineer
  • Stuart Taylor – engineer


  1. ^ Ankeny, Jason. Blue Kentucky Girl at AllMusic
  2. ^ Sweeting, Adam (9 April 2004). "Emmylou Harris, Blue Kentucky Girl". The Guardian. Retrieved 24 January 2016.
  • Emmylou Harris Blue Kentucky Girl liner notes