Alt-country trio Puss n Boots featuring Norah Jones, Catherine Popper and Sasha Dobson are back with a cover of Dolly Parton’s 1999 hit, ‘The Grass Is Blue’.
This marks the supergroup’s first new release in five years and is being released exclusively on Amazon Music, which you can listen to here.
Puss n Boots features the acclaimed singer-songwriter Jones on guitar and vocals, joined by Popper and Dobson also on guitar and vocals.
“The first time I ever heard the Dolly Parton song ‘The Grass is Blue,’ it slayed me,” Jones said in a statement. “It was probably the most beautiful song I’d ever heard. I’ve always loved the harmonies on Dolly’s version, they’re just insanely gorgeous.”
Popper continued, “I think what makes it shine is the lyrics. You can tell she’s feeling a lot of loss for someone. We actually all sat around, looking at each other and just talking about the lyrics with our jaws open.”
“I feel validated when I listen to ‘The Grass is Blue,’ that I’m not alone, we’re not alone,” said Dobson.
The Parton original takes on a different tone through Jones smoky alto and the trio’s beautiful harmonies on the ballad. Trading in fiddles for electric guitar, the cover strips away the original bluegrass elements and takes on a more sensual tone.
Puss n Boots first started out as a live act, playing around Brooklyn venues until they decided to record a full-length album in 2014, resulting in their debut, No Fools, No Fun, for Blue Note Records.
“This charming hang session with Norah Jones, jazzy singer-songwriter Sasha Dobson and alt.rock session vet Catherine Popper began as three friends blowing off steam at a pool hall, but most bar bands don’t manage trio harmonies near this gorgeous,” wrote Rolling Stone of the group’s debut.
The trio would go on to play numerous festivals including the Newport Folk Festival and opened for Neil Young during his tour in July 2015. Jones also recently reunited with Young, when she closed out the set at his inaugural benefit concert, Harvest Moon A Gathering, at the Painted Turtle camp in Lake Hughes, California near Los Angeles this past weekend.