Many Emmylou Harris fans state this as one of her best efforts, and its a fair statement. ROSES IN THE SNOW is Classic Emmylou, start to finish. This is a good album to start your Emmylou Harris collection with, if you want an accurate depiction of what type of artist Emmylou is. This shows her once again as a master interpreter, she can take a song and make it her own. The album spawned a few hit singles on the country charts. "Wayfaring Stranger", a hauntingly beautiful track, hit #7 on the country singles chart in May 1980. "The Boxer", made it to #13 in August 1980. Another single was "Greener Pastures". This album came when everyone in Nashville was captitalizing on a certain trend, Emmylou decided to go the bluegrass route and thank goodness, this is one of her most consistently good albums, good song after good song. The band here includes Tony Rice on guitar, Bryan Bower on autoharp, Jerry Douglas on dobro, and more. She handles Paul Simon's "The Boxer", a lovely cover of the Louvin Brothers "You're Learning". There's also a haunting duet with Willie Nelson on the gospel-like track "Greener Pastures", and Ricky Skaggs on "Darkest Hour Is Just Before Dawn". Other highlights include the title track, "Jordan", and "I'll Go Stepping Too". This is the re-released edition of the album, it comes with two none bluegrass songs, one is a cover of Hank Williams (You're Gonna Change) which also features Julie Miller on backing vocals, and Celtic-flavored track called "Root Like A Rose". Highly reccomended.