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Dolly Parton, Emmylou Harris and Linda Ronstadt

Johnnie Walker talks in depth to three of America's greatest singer-songwriters, who between them have sold more than 200 million records and sell out halls and arenas in moments.

Johnnie Walker talks in depth to three of America's greatest singer-songwriters, who between them have sold more than 200 million records, won at least 20 Grammys and can sell out concert halls and arenas in moments.

Emmylou Harris proclaimed "it was a glorious sound" when she first sang with her friend Linda Ronstadt and their "favourite" singer Dolly Parton in 1975 at her house in LA. As you will hear, the harmonies blended as if they had been singing together from birth, creating what they called "the sisterhood of song". Dolly says just hearing the subsequent recordings still gives her chills. Many believe that they created what we now call Americana, with the Trio project.

Johnnie hears about those first meetings and the struggle to get their schedules aligned for two albums (released twelve years apart), plus the fun they had choosing the songs and who would sing them, working in the studio with some amazing musicians and winning awards and critical and audience acclaim, plus their thoughts on the other artists they covered - including Linda Thompson, Randy Newman, the Carter Family and Neil Young.

Trio is the perfect description for their equal and delicately balanced collaboration, as the albums remain their favourite works and are, in their own words, their enduring legacy.

57 minutes

Last on

Wed 12 Apr 2017 22:00

Music Played

  • Porter Wagoner & Dolly Parton

    The Right Combination

    • The Essential Porter Wagoner and Dolly Parton.
    • RCA.
    • 10.
  • The Carter Family

    Bury Me Beneath The Willow

    • The Carter Family In Texas Vols 1 And 2.
    • Old Homestead Records.
    • 8.
  • Edwards, Kenny, Fishell, Steve, HARRIS, EMMYLOU, Russ Kunkel, Russ, Lee, Morris Albert, Lindley, David, O'Connor, Dolly Parton, Linda Ronstadt & Emmylou Harris

    The Pain of Loving You

    • Trio.
    • Warner Bros. Records.
    • 001.
  • Edwards, Kenny, Fishell, Steve, Russ Kunkel, Russ, Lee, Morris Albert, Lindley, David, Payne, Bill, Dolly Parton, Emmylou Harris & Linda Ronstadt

    Telling Me Lies

    • Trio.
    • Warner Bros. Records.
    • 006.
  • Edwards, Kenny, Lee, Morris Albert, Lindley, David, O'Connor, Dolly Parton, Emmylou Harris & Linda Ronstadt

    Rosewood Casket

    • Trio.
    • Warner Bros. Records.
    • 010.
  • Cooder, Ry, Edwards, Kenny, Russ Kunkel, Russ, Lee, Morris Albert, Lindley, David, Dolly Parton, Emmylou Harris & Linda Ronstadt

    To Know Him Is to Love Him

    • Trio.
    • Warner Bros. Records.
    • 003.
  • Burnett, Jodi, Karmazon, Dennis, Krystall, Martin, Brice, Novog, Novi, Payne, Bill, Dolly Parton, Emmylou Harris & Linda Ronstadt

    I've Had Enough

    • Trio.
    • Warner Bros. Records.
    • 009.
  • Campbell, David, Casstevens, Mark, Meyer, Edgar, Parks, Dean, Dolly Parton, Emmylou Harris & Linda Ronstadt

    You’ll Never Be the Sun

    • Trio II.
    • Asylum Records.
    • 007.
  • Edwards, Kenny, HARRIS, EMMYLOU, Russ Kunkel, Russ, Lee, Morris Albert, Lindley, David, O'Connor, Dolly Parton, Emmylou Harris & Linda Ronstadt

    Wildflowers

    • Trio.
    • Warner Bros. Records.
    • 005.
  • Neil Young

    Heart Of Gold

    • Neil Young - Decade.
    • Reprise.
    • 4.
  • Buchanan, Campbell, David, James, Voices, Helen, Dolly Parton, Emmylou Harris & Linda Ronstadt

    After the Gold Rush

    • Trio II.
    • Asylum Records.
    • 004.
  • Buchanan, Campbell, David, Casstevens, Mark, Grisman, Keltner, Jim, Parks, Dean, Sklar, Leland, Dolly Parton, Emmylou Harris & Linda Ronstadt

    Feels Like Home

    • Trio II.
    • Asylum Records.
    • 009.
  • Dolly Parton, Emmylou Harris & Linda Ronstadt

    Calling My Children Home (Unreleased Acapella Version 1986)

    • The Complete Trio Collection.
    • Rhino.
    • 018.
  • Atamaniuk, Larry, Casstevens, Mark, Grisman, David, Huskey, JR, Jackson, Krauss, Alison, Dolly Parton, Emmylou Harris & Linda Ronstadt

    Do I Ever Cross Your Mind

    • Trio II.
    • Asylum Records.
    • 003.
  • Casstevens, Mark, Grisman, David, Huskey, JR, Jackson, Keltner, Jim, Krauss, Alison, Dolly Parton, Emmylou Harris & Linda Ronstadt

    I Feel the Blues Movin’ In

    • Trio II.
    • Asylum Records.
    • 006.
  • Dolly Parton, Emmylou Harris & Linda Ronstadt

    My Blue Tears

    • The Complete Trio Collection.
    • Rhino.
    • 007.
  • Linda Ronstadt & Nelson Riddle and His Orchestra

    Straighten Up And Fly Right

    • Round Midnight.
    • Elektra.
    • 30.
  • Edwards, Kenny, HARRIS, EMMYLOU, Lee, Morris Albert, Lindley, David, O'Connor, Dolly Parton, Emmylou Harris & Linda Ronstadt

    My Dear Companion

    • Trio.
    • Warner Bros. Records.
    • 007.
  • Dolly Parton, Emmylou Harris & Linda Ronstadt

    Softly And Tenderly

    • The Complete Trio Collection.
    • Rhino.
    • 004.
  • Dolly Parton, Emmylou Harris & Linda Ronstadt

    You Don't knock

    • The Complete Trio Collection.
    • Rhino.
    • 011.
  • David Grisman, Roy Huskey, Jr., Jackson, Jim Keltner, Alison Krauss, Starling, Dolly Parton, Emmylou Harris & Linda Ronstadt

    When We're Gone, Long Gone

    • Trio II.
    • Asylum Records.
    • 010.

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