Maverick singer Mindy Smith has recorded and co-produced her version of Jolene for the new Dolly Parton Tribute disc, Just Because I'm A Woman.

We're proud to announce Dolly's Aussie distributor Shock Records has provided us with Mindy's video clip of her rendition of the oft-covered Parton song.

Meanwhile here is a short review of the album, released in Australia in October with a stellar performance by Kasey Chambers.


It's apt that Kasey Chambers was chosen for a Dolly Parton tribute disc and recorded at brother Nash's Beach House studio at Copacabana on the Central Coast of NSW.

Despite being treated like a backwater by Australian commercial radio the genre is seen as a credible port in the U.S. tributary sales storm.

So when Kasey cut the title track of Dolly's 2001 disc Little Sparrow she was a vibrant vehicle for the Appalachian cheating song.

"All ye maidens hear my warning/ never trust the hearts of men/ they will crush you like a sparrow/ leaving you to never mend."Kasey's role is symbolic of the eclectic cast putting their spin on the music of the Smoky Mountains minstrel, now 57 and celebrating 35 years of recording.

Alison Krauss & Union Station set the mood by doing a bluegrass cut of Partons' 1980 movie title track smash hit 9 To 5.

And for those sucked into believing 1974 Parton classic I Will Always Love You was a Whitney Houston song the Melissa Etheridge version destroys that myth.

Norah Jones cameo on a Waylon Jennings tribute disc was no fluke - she backs up with a smoky cut of The Grass Is Blue.

Sisters Shelby Lynne and Allison Moorer reach back to 1975 and 1977 for their cuts of The Seeker and Light Of A Clear Blue Morning.

It's no surprise that long time duet partner Emmylou Harris reprises To Daddy - she first cut it on her 1976 disc Quarter Moon In A Ten Cent Town.

Those who shudder when Shania Twain joins Krauss & Union Station for Coat Of Many Colours forget this was a 1971 album title track in Dolly's first bluegrass era.

Equally successful are Joan Osborne's dynamite delivery of Do I Ever Cross Your Mind, Sinead O'Connor's angst fuelled bluegrass on Dagger Through The Heart and Me'Shell N'Geocello excelling on a groove driven Two Doors Down.

That creativity extends to "novice' Mindy Smith on her riveting rendition of the oft cut Jolene which she co-produced.

And Dolly, unlike Kinky Friedman, had to be cajoled into appearing on a self tribute disc - she relented by revamping the title track of her 1968 album Just Because I'm A Woman as an soulful R & B belter.

Maybe adventurous radio hits and memories mausoleums will dust off their corpses by adding one of these cuts to their facile formats.

They deserve to be heard way beyond community radio - DAVID DAWSON

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