50 Years, 50 Albums (2001): Little Sparrow by Dolly Parton


I will turn 50 in November of this year, so my project for 2023 will be to listen to and review one album from each year of my life, 1973 to 2022.  The only qualification is that it has to be an album I’ve not reviewed previously.

2001

Top Grossing Albums of 2001:

  1. M!sundaztood – P!nk
  2. Laundry Service – Shakira
  3. Songs in A Minor – Alicia Keys
  4. Escape – Enrique Iglesias
  5. Silver Side Up – Nickelback

Grammy Award for Album of the Year of 2001:

Other Albums I’ve Reviewed from 2001:


Album: Little Sparrow
Artist: Dolly Parton
Release Date: January 23, 2001
Label: Sugar Hill | Blue Eye
Favorite Tracks:

  • Little Sparrow
  • Seven Bridges Road
  • A Tender Lie
  • Marry Me
  • Down From Dover
  • In the Sweet By and By

Thoughts: Dolly Parton was already in the fifth decade of her career as a recording artists when she released this album compiling the many styles of music from her childhood home in the mountains of East Tennessee.  Dolly’s sweet voice sparkles in songs arranged as bluegrass, Appalachian folk, and country gospel.  Half of the songs are originals composed by Dolly (including re-recording of older songs like “Down From Dover”) while the rest of the album includes some inspired interpretations of songs such as Collective Soul’s “Shine”, the Eagles’ “Seven Bridges Road”, and Cole Porter’s “I Get a Kick Out of You.” Guest artists include Nickel Creek, Alison Krauss, and members of Irish folk music band Altan. Oddly enough, back in 2001 I was deep in my folk and bluegrass phase in 2001 and would’ve loved this album then.  Better late than never!

Rating: ****