Retro Single Review: Dolly Parton, “Mule Skinner Blues (Blue Yodel No. 8)”

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September 17, 2011

1970 | Peak: #3

This yodel-laden cover of an early country music standard gave Parton her highest charting single to date, with or without Porter.

She sings the fire out of it, and it’s easy to imagine it standing out sharply from everything else on the radio in 1970.

But as the new single included on a compilation of her best singles and album tracks to date, it sounds trite.  That’s the inevitable result of writing “My Blue Ridge Mountain Boy”, “Just Because I’m a Woman”, and “Down From Dover.”

Written by Jimmie Rodgers and George Vaughn

Grade: B

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  1. Ben FosterNo Gravatar says:

    Definitely no “My Blue Ridge Mountain Boy,” but I admit I’m a sucker for a good yodel hook, whether it comes in the form of a “Blue” or a “Second Fiddle to an Old Guitar.”

    This reminds me of a video of a really cool Opry performance of this song by Sara Evans and the Del McCoury band: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u5lUI8QVDRA

  2. Erik NorthNo Gravatar says:

    If nothing else, it proves that Dolly is at her most authentic with this country standard, which, for those who may not remember, was also a pop hit in 1960 for the Fendermen.

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