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Red Dirt Girl is an Emmylou Harris album from 2000, which reached No. 3 on the Billboard country album charts and won the Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Folk Album in 2001. The album was a significant departure for Harris, as eleven of the twelve tracks were written or co-written by her. She was best known for covering other songwriters' work. Prior to this album, only two of Harris' LPs had more than two of her own compositions (Gliding Bird in 1969, and The Ballad of Sally Rose in 1985). Her next album, Stumble into Grace, was also written by Harris. The album contains "Bang The Drum Slowly", a song Guy Clark helped Harris write as an elegy for her father.[1]

Red Dirt Girl
Studio album by
ReleasedSeptember 12, 2000
RecordedMarch–April 2000, Clouet Street Studio, New Orleans
GenreCountry Folk, Americana
ProducerMalcolm Burn
Emmylou Harris chronology
Western Wall: The Tucson Sessions
Red Dirt Girl
Stumble into Grace
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4/5 stars[1]
The Austin Chronicle3/5 stars[2]
Entertainment WeeklyA[3]
Rolling Stone2.5/5 stars[4]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide4/5 stars[5]
The Village VoiceC[7]


The album was included in the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.[8]

Track listingEdit

All lyrics are written by Emmylou Harris, except where noted.

1."The Pearl" (featuring Malcolm Burn, Ethan Johns, Darryl Johnson, Buddy Miller)Emmylou Harris5:02
2."Michelangelo" (featuring Malcolm Burn, Ethan Johns)Emmylou Harris5:14
3."I Don't Wanna Talk About It Now" (featuring Malcolm Burn, Jill Cunniff, Ethan Johns, Darryl Johnson, Julie Miller)Emmylou Harris4:47
4."Tragedy"Emmylou Harris, Rodney Crowell4:24
5."Red Dirt Girl" (featuring Malcolm Burn, Ethan Johns, Darryl Johnson, Buddy Miller)Emmylou Harris4:19
6."My Baby Needs A Shepherd" (featuring Malcolm Burn, Ethan Johns, René Coman, Patty Griffin, Darryl Johnson)Emmylou Harris4:39
7."Bang The Drum Slowly" (featuring Malcolm Burn, Ethan Johns, Darryl Johnson)Emmylou Harris, Guy Clark4:51
8."J'Ai Fait Tout" (featuring Malcolm Burn, Jill Cunniff, Ethan Johns, Daryl Johnson, Kate McGarrigle, Jim Watts)Emmylou Harris, Jill Cunniff, Darryl Johnson5:31
9."One Big Love" (featuring Malcolm Burn, John Deaderick, Patty Griffin, Ethan Johns, Buddy Miller, Julie Miller)Patty Griffin4:33
10."Hour Of Gold" (featuring Malcolm Burn, Patty Griffin, Ethan Johns, Darryl Johnson)Emmylou Harris5:00
11."My Antonia" (featuring Dave Matthews, Malcolm Burn, Ethans Johns, Darryl Johnson, Buddy Miller)Emmylou Harris3:43
12."Boy From Tupelo" (featuring Malcolm Burn, Ethan Johns, Kate McGarrigle, Julie Miller)Emmylou Harris3:48

Chart performanceEdit

Chart (2000) Peak
U.S. Billboard Top Country Albums 5
U.S. Billboard 200 54
Canadian RPM Country Albums 3
Canadian RPM Top Albums 29


  1. ^ a b Johnson, Zac. Red Dirt Girl at AllMusic. Retrieved 2 April 2006.
  2. ^ Gray, Christopher (October 13, 2000). "Emmylou Harris Red Dirt Girl > Music Reviews". The Austin Chronicle. Retrieved 18 May 2011.
  3. ^ Johnson, Beth (September 15, 2000). "Music Review: 'Red Dirt Girl' Emmylou Harris". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 12 May 2011.
  4. ^ Berger, Arion (September 28, 2000). "Emmylou Harris Red Dirt Girl > Album Review". Rolling Stone (850). p. 54. Archived from the original on 7 August 2007. Retrieved 3 October 2011.
  5. ^ Coleman, Mark; Kemp, Mark (2004). "Emmylou Harris". In Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian David (eds.). The New Rolling Stone Album Guide. Simon and Schuster. pp. 365–367. ISBN 9780743201698.
  6. ^ Smith, RJ (November 2000). "Emmylou Harris: Red Dirt Girl (Nonesuch)/Willie Nelson: Milk Cow Blues (Island)". Spin. SPIN Media LLC. p. 208. Retrieved 2018-07-14.
  7. ^ Christgau, Robert (2000-11-28). "Turkey Shoot: Where the Action Isn't". The Village Voice. Retrieved 2018-07-14.
  8. ^ Robert Dimery; Michael Lydon (23 March 2010). 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die: Revised and Updated Edition. Universe. ISBN 978-0-7893-2074-2.