Daily Download: "My Tennessee Hills," Janis Ian

Dolly Parton harmonizing beautifully with Janis Ian

Published July 22, 2005 7:01AM (EDT)

"My Tennessee Hills" is from Janis Ian's 18th album, "Billie's Bones," titled in reference, Ian says, to her enormous artistic debt to Billie Holiday: "I stand on the bones of those who went before me. And when I think about it, I stand on a lot of bones -- but as a singer the biggest pile is Billie's." This song is a simple and elegant George Jones-style ballad, with gorgeous harmonies provided by Dolly Parton. Also available for free download is a live recording of another tune from "Billie's Bones," "Paris in Your Eyes," which, if you can get past the icky guitar sound and general tasteful singer-songwriter vibe, is tremendously moving.

By Salon Staff

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