Stella Parton – Tell It Sister, Tell It

by Chuck Dauphin

Stella Parton has enjoyed some major career successes over the years. As a recording artist, she has hit with such classics as “The Danger Of A Stranger” and “Standard Lie Number One.” She also has enjoyed success with acting and writing. It’s the latter that gets the showcase here.

While Stella has always been a very impressive vocalist, her work as a tunesmith has never been stronger. This disc, a companion piece to her latest book by the same title, has some of the deepest and most personal lyrics that Parton has ever put to paper. Compositions like “Child Of My Body” and the Bluegrass-ish “I Draw From The Well” reveal a depth to her performance ability like never before. The former, inspired by her offspring, is particularly effective.

All in all, this might very well be the strongest that Stella Parton has ever been on record. Cuts like “Sleeping With The Enemy” and the Classic Country sounding “I’ll Think About Shadows” will draw you in immediately. Chances are, you’ll relate as well.

The highlights of the disc are her recent single “Virtuous Woman” and the title cut, which has a striking edge to it that owes as much to Memphis sounds than the Smokies. An impressive collection, from start to finish!

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