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The Grass Is Blue, by Dolly Parton

I just discovered Dolly Parton's 1999 album The Grass Is Blue, a collection of sincere bluegrass interpretations of country classics. Sneering poseurs might shake their heads at Dolly, but they can listen to the boring new Death Cab while I listen to Dolly break my heart over and over. The lady can still sing like she's coming down from the mountains, even if she does have her own theme park. I need a Bud in a long-necked bottle, stat.

TMN Contributing Writer Paul Ford is the author of Gary Benchley, Rock Star, a novel that was originally serialized here on TMN. He was formerly an editor at Harper’s Magazine, was an occasional commentator on NPR’s All Things Considered, and is now sole proprietor of (which has a Facebook group). More by Paul Ford

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