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Little Sparrow
Studio album by Dolly Parton
Released January 2001
Recorded Nashville, Los Angeles, 2000
Genre Folk, bluegrass
Length 52:41
Label Sugar Hill
Producer Steve Buckingham
Professional reviews
Dolly Parton chronology
The Grass Is Blue
(1999)
Little Sparrow
(2001)
Halos & Horns
(2002)
Singles from Little Sparrow
  1. "Little Sparrow"
    Released: 2001
  2. "Shine"
    Released: 2001

Little Sparrow is the 38th studio album by Dolly Parton, the second in Parton's trilogy of folk/bluegrass albums released between 1999 and 2002.

While The Grass Is Blue from 1999, the album's predecessor, featured straightforward bluegrass, Little Sparrow — released in early 2001 — featured a blend of Appalachian folk, bluegrass and country gospel styles. Each of the musical styles is a notable part of the culture from Parton's East Tennessee upbringing. In addition to a number of traditional songs and Parton's own compositions, the album featured a reworking of the Collective Soul hit "Shine", as well as a bluegrass version of Cole Porter's "I Get a Kick Out of You". The album received positive reviews and reached number 12 on the U.S. country albums chart, Parton's highest charting solo album in nearly a decade. The album was dedicated to the memory of Dolly's father, Lee Parton.

Among the backing musicians were members of the alternative bluegrass band Nickel Creek, Alison Krauss, and members of Irish Traditional band Altan, whose singer, Mairead Ni Mhaonaigh sung Irish Gaelic vocals on the album.

Parton's recording of "Shine" won a Grammy for best female country vocal performance. The track "Marry Me" was later featured in the Reese Witherspoon film Sweet Home Alabama. In 2008, David Cook, the winner of the seventh season of American Idol, performed a cover of the song "Little Sparrow" with his own arrangement.

Track listing

  1. "Little Sparrow" (Dolly Parton)
  2. "Shine (Collective Soul Cover)" (with Nickel Creek) (Ed Roland)
  3. "I Don't Believe You've Met My Baby" (Autry Inman)
  4. "My Blue Tears" (Parton)
  5. "Seven Bridges Road" (Steve Young)
  6. "Bluer Pastures" (Parton)
  7. "A Tender Lie" (Randy Sharp)
  8. "I Get a Kick Out of You" (Cole Porter)
  9. "Mountain Angel" (Parton)
  10. "Marry Me" (Parton)
  11. "Down From Dover" (Parton)
  12. "The Beautiful Lie" (David "Butch" McDade)
  13. "In The Sweet By And By" (Sanford Bennett / Joseph Webster)
  14. "Reprise: Little Sparrow" (Parton)

At the album charts

Chart (2001) Peak
Position
The Billboard 200 (U.S.) 97
U.S. Top Country Albums 12
U.K. Top Country Albums 1 (8 weeks)

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