Harris was a songwriter from get-go, composing several songs on her first album, which was released in 1969. She only composed one song on her second album, however ("Boulder to Birmingham
") and recorded few of her own songs on her next eight albums.The Ballad of Sally Rose
was a breakthrough for Harris, since she co-wrote the majority of the tracks. "I had that idea for a long time," she said in our 2014 interview
. "Then Bruce Springsteen put out his Nebraska
album [in 1982], and I was so inspired by the bravery of that record and the emotion of that record that I said, 'I've really got to just do this project.'"