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Blue Valley Songbird -- Blue Valley Songbird - Dolly Parton stars as an up-and-coming country singer (a role that obviously stirred up some memories for her) in this made-for-TV drama. Leanna Taylor (Parton) ran away from home when she was a teenager to escape her abusive family, hoping to find a career in Nashville as a singer. Years later, Leanna still finds herself struggling along the margins of the music business,


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1 November 1999 (USA) See more »
From heartbreak to happiness, she lived through her music. See more »
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  (in credits order)

Dolly Parton ... Leanna Taylor

John Terry ... Hank

Billy Dean ... Bobby

Beth Grant ... Ruby

Kimberley Kates ... Thelma Russell

Peggy Walton-Walker (as Peggy Walton Walker)
Christopher Strand
Ed Bruce
Teegan Eley ... Young Leanna Taylor (as Teagan Eley)
Mary Donnelly-Haskell (as Mary Donnelly Haskell)
Bob Morrison ... Leanna's Father
Joe Keenan ... Rev. Joseph Taft
Charlie Monk ... Peter McNally
Brian Mathis ... John Conroy

Joe Tinoco ... Birthday Stripper
Daniel Butler ... Trooper Dixon
Deric Ruttan ... Trooper Brag
William Barry Scott ... Ruby's Bartender
Kyle Hudgens ... Billy
John E. Cowan ... Duane Randolph

Arita Trahan ... McNally's Assistant
Sam Bush ... Fiddler #1

Randall Franks ... Fiddler #2

Cooper Thornton ... Knoxville Club Owner (as Ray Thornton)
Rob Wilds ... Event Organizer
Mac Pirkle ... Mr. Dobson
Rachel Tenpenny ... Dobson Girl
Brett Tenpenny ... Dobson Boy
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ron Krasinski ... Bishop
David Polk ... Bouncer

Tommy Barnes ... Bar Patron (uncredited)

Jim O'Rear ... Bar Musician (uncredited)
Gordon Woodlee ... Bar patron (uncredited)

Directed by
Richard A. Colla 
Writing credits
Dolly Parton (song "Blue Valley Songbird")

Ken Carter (written by) &
Annette Haywood-Carter (written by)

Produced by
Art Levinson .... line producer
Dolly Parton .... executive producer
Freyda Rothstein .... executive producer
Deborah Wolsh .... associate producer
Original Music by
Velton Ray Bunch 
Cinematography by
Robert Draper (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Martin Nicholson 
Production Design by
Peter Wooley 
Set Decoration by
Adele Plauche 
Costume Design by
Ronald Leamon  (as Ron Leamon)
Makeup Department
Gloria Belz .... makeup artist
Sandy Jo Johnston .... assistant makeup artist
Taylor Knight .... hair stylist
Cheryl Riddle .... hair stylist: Dolly Parton
Adruitha Lee .... wig colorist: Dolly Parton (uncredited)
Tony Ward .... assistant wig colorist: Dolly Parton (uncredited)
Beka Wilson .... hair stylist (uncredited)
Production Management
Mel A. Bishop .... executive in charge of production
Wes Irwin .... post-production supervisor
Art Levinson .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Pam Satterfield .... second assistant director
Jerram A. Swartz .... first assistant director (as Jerram Swartz)
Art Department
Edward G. Fitzgerald .... property master (as Ed Fitzgerald)
Margaret A. Thigpen .... on-set dresser (uncredited)
Sound Department
Gary Alexander .... sound re-recording mixer
Robert L. Harman .... sound re-recording mixer
Thomas J. Huth .... sound re-recording mixer
Glen Trew .... sound mixer
Burton Weinstein .... supervising sound editor (as Burt M. Weinstein)
Shawn Ian Kerkhoff .... assistant sound editor (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Steve Anderson .... dolly grip
Chris Hill .... 24 frame playback
Jerry D. Knight .... set electrician
Tully McCulloch .... gaffer (as Joseph 'Tully' McCulloch)
Darryl Wilson .... key grip
Jeff Wolf .... camera operator (uncredited)
Casting Department
Jo Doster .... casting: Nashville
Abra Edelman .... casting: Los Angeles
Elisa Goodman .... casting: Los Angeles
Amanda D. Mahoney .... casting assistant: Los Angeles
Kim McCray .... extras casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Judy Ogle .... dresser: Dolly Parton
Editorial Department
Ryan D. Adams .... post-production coordinator
Laja Holland .... assistant editor
Music Department
Robb Boyd .... music editor (as Rob Boyd)
Randall Franks .... composer: additional music
John McCullough .... music supervisor
Joe Mulherin .... music supervisor
Dolly Parton .... original songs
Allan K. Rosen .... music editor
Eric Hester .... assistant to composer (uncredited)
Greg Townley .... scoring mixer (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Jay Kennedy .... transportation coordinator
Don Warden .... driver: Dolly Parton
Dan O. Wiseman .... driver (uncredited)
Other crew
Tamera Brooks .... production coordinator
Robin Forsman .... assistant: Freyda Rothstein
Scott Gregory .... film transfer
Victoria Grove .... production associate
Stephanie Hammond .... script supervisor
Bob Higgins .... location manager
Wendy Price .... production accountant
Joe May .... production assistant (uncredited)

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At least Dolly Parton was in it (as a redhead!); good music, 24 August 2003
Author: vchimpanzee

Leanna Taylor is a country singer whose backup band is the Blue Valley Ramblers. At the opening, she is late for a performance, as usual, because she just had to read People's Digest. She charms her way out of a traffic ticket, and then arrives just in time for one of many good performances.

Among the problems: a phone call with terrible news from Leanna's mother, who hasn't contacted her in years. And the band needs new material. And Thelma, the pregnant wife of one of the band members, can't stand having her husband leave her (he might find someone else just like he found her). But this struggling band has to travel. And the biggest problem of all: band manager Hank has been Leanna's boyfriend for many years but he is controlling and won't commit. Bobby writes a duet for himself and Leanna and ...

Flashbacks of Leanna's early life are shown throughout the movie. She sings (make that lip-syncs) in church as a young girl, and she must deal with an abusive and overprotective father.

The movie started off fine. There was some comedy, such as Thelma's constant phone calls, and Leanna having to share a motel room with all the male band members except the one chosen to sleep in the car. Things started going downhill, though. I hoped the movie would get better when Leanna visited her hometown of Blue Valley. It did to some extent, but overall, I wasn't that happy.

The biggest reason to watch this movie was Dolly herself. She almost always plays herself in her movies. And this was true here. Leanna was charming and compassionate but had a temper. I liked seeing Leanna when she was happy, but this movie was hard to watch when she was mad or crying. I'm not saying anything was wrong with her performance; I just like seeing Dolly happy.

Of course, it's the music that makes the movie worth watching. Dolly is quite talented as a singer, whether doing mainstream country that appeals to a large audience, or old-time music that Leanna wants to do but shouldn't risk because it's not really what the audience wants. The band was good too. And there was a really good quartet called The Dobsons that performed 'Amazing Grace' at Leanna's church.

If I have to pick actors that gave good performances, I would say the woman who played Ruby, who ran the club where Leanna performed the most, and the man who played Leanna's pastor.

It wasn't a bad movie. But Dolly Parton has done better.

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