Celebrate the Heart of Country, Americana, and Roots Music!

Drop Us A Line, Y'all

Y'all interested in advertising, partnering up, contributing stories, joining our team, or just got a question? Well, don't be shy, drop us a line!

Follow Us

Trio: A No. 1 Collaborative Album of Parton, Ronstadt, Harris

by

It is no secret that Dolly Parton has not just collaborated with fellow legends Loretta Lynn and Tammy Wynette but she also has released albums together with Linda Ronstadt and Emmylou Harris. In fact, she really likes making collaborations and forming “trios.” Hence, she has produced and named an album after it.

Dolly Parton Collaborates with Linda Ronstadt and Emmylou Harris

Parton has been friends with fellow country artists Ronstadt and Harris. As a matter of fact, they have become admirers of each other’s music. They first attempted to record an album together in the mid-‘70s. However, there were scheduling conflicts and other difficulties which included the three recordings for different record labels. Hence, their conception of a collaborative album was prevented.

Despite their failed attempt, some of the fruits of those aborted 1970s recording sessions did make it into some of their solo recordings. The songs “Mr. Sandman” and “Evangeline” appeared on Harris’ 1981 album, Evangeline. Meanwhile, Parton’s self-penned tune, “My Blue Tears,” became a part of Ronstadt’s 1982 album, Get Closer. Moreover, Rodney Crowell’s “Even Cowgirls Get Blue Eyes” was on Harris’ Blue Kentucky Girl album. For the next few years, each has conceived songs for their albums. Also, they have covered each other’s songs and recorded them for their respective albums.

TRIO – Dolly Parton, Linda Ronstadt, and Emmylou Harris

Then in 1987, a collaboration effort was finally realized. Produced by George Massenburg, Trio album came into existence. It was a massive album for the three singers as it spawned four huge country hit singles.

The Trio Album

Trio became the first collaborative studio album by Parton, Ronstadt, and Harris. Released on March 2, 1987, Trio was under the Warner Bros. recording label.

It was a total success as it sold a total of over 4 million copies worldwide. Also, it has received a number of awards, including two Grammys.

On January 14, 1988, Trio clinched the no. 1 spot on the Billboard Top Country Albums. Furthermore, it also charted at no. 6 on the Billboard 200 and no. 4 on the RPM Top Albums in Canada.

Twelve years later, in 1999, Parton, Ronstadt, and Harris released their second album called Trio II. And in 2016, they finally released their third album, The Complete Trio Collection.

Here is the list of the songs included on the Trio album:

  1. “The Pain of Loving You” (Written by Dolly Parton, Porter Wagoner; Sung by Harris)
  2. “Making Plans” (Written by Johnny Russell, Voni Morrison; Sung by Parton)
  3. “To Know Him Is to Love Him” (Written by Phil Spector; Sung by Harris)
  4. “Hobo’s Meditation” (Written by Jimmy Rodgers; Sung by Ronstadt)
  5. “Wildflowers”(Written by Dolly Parton; Sung by Parton)
  6. “Telling Me Lies” (Written by Linda Thompson, Betsy Cook; Sung by Ronstadt)
  7. “My Dear Companion” (Traditional; Arranged by Jean Ritchie; Sung by Harris)
  8. “Those Memories of You” (Written by Alan O’Bryant; Sung by Parton)
  9. “I’ve Had Enough” (Written by Kate McGarrigle; Sung by Ronstadt)
  10. “Rosewood Casket” (Traditional; Arranged by Avie Lee Parton; Sung by Parton)
  11. “Farther Along” (Written by Traditional; Arranged by John Starling, Emmylou Harris; Sung by Harris, Parton, Ronstadt)

For now, listen to the “Farther Along” rendition of Parton, Ronstadt, and Harris below:

Farther Along – Dolly Parton, Linda Ronstadt & Emmylou Harris

Latest Stories

Travis Tritt + Foolish Pride

What does Travis Tritt’s Single “Foolish Pride” Say about Complicated Love Stories?

Released in March 1994, “Foolish Pride” was released by the Grammy award-winning country singer Travis Tritt and delivered a relatable single for lovers going through a complicated relationship with their ...

Marie Osmond + Paul Davis + You're Still New to Me

Marie Osmond Makes an Unforgettable Duet with Paul Davis in “You’re Still New to Me”

Throwback to July 1986 when Marie Osmond and Paul Davis released “You’re Still New to Me” and made history for peaking at No. 1 on the US Hot Country Charts ...

Hank Williams + Old Country Church

“Old Country Church”: Throwback to Hank Williams’ Ode to the Christian Community 

What better way to celebrate life with your Christian community than with old gospel music? Hank Williams’ “Old Country Church” is the ultimate anthem for a Sunday morning. His warm ...

Willie Nelson + My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys

Willie Nelson Sings a Bittersweet Rendition of “My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys”

Legendary musician Willie Nelson stirs up our hearts with his own version of Waylon Jennings’ single “My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys.” Originally recorded by Jennings for his 1976 album ...

Telluride Bluegrass Festival 2024

Telluride Bluegrass Festival 2024: What You Need To Know

Festival Title:Telluride Bluegrass Festival 2024Festival Duration:June 20-23, 2024Venue:Telluride Town Park in Telluride, ColoradoPerformers Include:Lyle Lovett and His Large Band, Sam Bush Band, The Infamous Stingdusters, Charley Crockett, and moreTicket Information:Get ...

Buckeye Country Superfest 2024

Buckeye Country Superfest 2024: What You Need To Know

Festival Title:Buckeye Country Superfest 2024Festival Duration:June 22-23, 2024Venue:Ohio Stadium, in Columbus, OhioPerformers Include:Zach Bryan and moreTicket Information:Get Your Tickets Here Due to overwhelming demand, Buckeye Country Superfest 2024 will be ...

Glastonbury Festival 2024

Glastonbury Festival 2024: What You Need To Know

Festival Title:Glastonbury Festival 2024Festival Duration:June 26-30, 2024Venue:Worthy Farm in Pilton, Somerset, EnglandPerformers Include:Dua Lipa, Coldplay, SZA, Shania Twain, and moreTicket Information:SOLD OUT The annual Glastonbury Festival is ready to welcome ...

Reba McEntire + No U In Oklahoma

Reba McEntire’s Single “No U in Oklahoma” Should’ve Been More Popular

Listening to “No U in Oklahoma” by Reba McEntire is like finding a hidden treasure. It may not be a popular classic, but the fun and funky country beat of ...

Red Wing Roots Festival 2024

Red Wing Roots Festival 2024: What You Need To Know

Festival Title:Red Wing XI Roots Music Festival 2024Festival Duration:June 21-23, 2024Venue:Natural Chimneys Park in Mount Solon, VirginiaPerformers Include:Kurt Vile & The Violators, Bonny Light Horseman, and moreTicket Information:Get Your Tickets ...

Barefoot Country Music Festival 2024

Barefoot Country Music Festival 2024: What You Need To Know

Festival Title:Barefoot Country Music Fest 2024Festival Duration:June 20-23, 2024Venue:On The Beach of Wildwood, New JerseyPerformers Include:Luke Bryan, Keith Urban, Kane Brown, Old Dominion, and moreTicket Information:Get Your Tickets Here Come ...

Leave a Comment

For security, use of Google's reCAPTCHA service is required which is subject to the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Use.