Personnel includes: Dolly Parton, Linda Ronstadt (vocals); Emmylou Harris (vocals, acoustic guitar); Albert Lee (acoustic guitar); Steve Fishell (pedal steel guitar); Ry Cooder (tremolo guitar); Herb Pedersen (banjo); David Lindley (mandolin); Mark O'Connor (viola); Bill Payne (piano); Kenny Edwards (bass); Russ Kunkel (drums).
Recorded at The Complex, West Los Angeles, California between January & November 1986.
Personnel: Linda Ronstadt (vocals); Emmylou Harris (acoustic guitar); Ry Cooder (guitar); David Lindley (acoustic guitar, autoharp, mandolin); Albert Lee (acoustic guitar, mandolin); Mark O'Connor (acoustic guitar, viola); John Starling (acoustic guitar); Steve Fishell (dobro); Herb Pedersen (banjo); Ilene Novog (viola); Dennis Karmazyn, Jodi Burnett (cello); Brice Martin (flute); Marty Krystall (clarinet); Bill Payne (piano, electric piano, harmonium); Kenny Edwards (acoustic bass, electric bass); Leland Sklar (acoustic bass); Russ Kunkel (drums).
Recording information: Complex, West Los Angeles, CA (01/1986-11/1986); Nashville & Ocean Way Recording, Hollywoo (01/1986-11/1986); Woodland Studios, Hollywood, CA (01/1986-11/1986).
Photographer: Robert Blakeman.
A classic modern country album, THE TRIO is as pretty as music gets. The ethereal harmony vocals of three of popular music's sweetest swingers, Dolly Parton, Emmylou Harris and Linda Ronstadt, would be enough--their harmonies couldn't have been closer if they were triplets. But THE TRIO offers something more, gathering songs that not only utilize their natural singing talents but also bring out the emotional timbre of their collective voice.
From the ultra-pretty Phil Spector pop classic "To Know Him Is To Love Him" to the hard-country Jimmie Rodgers song "Hobo's Meditation" and the high-lonesome "Memories Of You," THE TRIO brims with musicality. There are several traditional songs, a folk song written by Jean Ritchie, the spine-tingling gospel standard "Farther Along" and some strong Dolly Parton originals. On "Telling Me Lies," written by Linda Thompson, Linda Ronstadt delivers one of her most controlled performances ever.
Mojo (Publisher) (12/00, p.41) - "...The 3 first ladies of country settle on down-home musical virtues and songs of suffering womanhood..."