March 30: 'Love And Music' Gets First-Ever Digital Release Sony Music on Friday released the 1973 Porter Wagoner and Dolly duet album Love And Music for digital download for the first time ever, leaving now just four of Dolly's 42 RCA-era original titles unavailable digitally: her two final Porter duet albums, Say Forever You'll Be Mine and Porter & Dolly, and two early solo albums, In The Good Old Days and Bubbling Over. Download the album, which contains fan favorites including "There'll Always Be Music" and "I Get Lonesome By Myself," here!
Dolly Recording New Collaborations With International Partners Thanks to Chuck for alerting me that producer Ron Fair shared on his official Twitter feed that he was in the studio this week in Nashville with Dolly recording vocals for projects by Swedish electronic dance duo Galantis and Australian contemporary Christian duo For King And Country. "Dolly on FIRE!" he exclaimed. No word on exactly what projects she is helping these two acts out on yet.
Survey: Dolly Still Among Sexiest Older Women Dolly is the world's fourth-best-aged celebrity woman, according to a new survey by British wellness brand Foreo. Yahoo's UK style section reported here Friday that 73-year-old Dame Helen Mirren topped the list, followed by Her Highness Queen Elizabeth the Second with 60-year-old Madonna, 73-year-old Dolly and 72-year-old Cher rounding out the top 5. Next were Judi Dench, Tina Turner, Kim Basinger, Sharon Stone and Susan Sarandon at No. 10.
Several New Interviews Available Dolly had a handful of recent interview opportunities from recent weeks make their way to the public this week. An interview about her upcoming Netflix projects and Christmas musical was published by The Knoxville News-Sentinelhere and shared by USA Today, British publication Clash Music magazine revealed here she has a cover story interview for Issue 111 hitting newsstands next week, and pal Kathie Lee Gifford interviewed her for NBC's fourth hour of Today in a package that aired Friday and is viewable here.
Dolly Cover Wows Ken Burns Concert Crowd Dolly did not participate in filmmaker Ken Burns' companion concert to his Country Music PBS documentary in Nashville's Ryman Auditorium Wednesday night, but her influence loomed large, literally. Both The Tennesseanhere and Rolling Stonehere agreed Vince Gill's haunting solor rendition of her classic "I Will Always Love You," performed with a large image of her projected on stage behind him, was the highlight of the evening.
British, U.S. Chart Updates The Complete Trio Collection Deluxe by Dolly, Emmylou Harris and Linda Ronstadt regains four to No. 4 on the British country compilation albums chart in its 133rd chart week, it was revealed Friday. Also on the U.K. country compilation albums chart, Harris's Original Album Series: Volume 1 (with two Dolly covers, one track with Dolly harmony and one track with Trio harmony by Dolly and Ronstadt) drops five to No. 15, while her Original Album Series, Volume 2 (featuring one track with Dolly harmony and two tracks with Trio harmony by Dolly and Linda Ronstadt) gains one to No. 11 and Ronstadt's Original Album Series (featuring one Dolly cover and one track with Dolly harmony) moves up two to No. 14. Stateside, Tuesday's Billboard charts dated March 30 saw her 2003 compilation Ultimate Dolly Parton fall back out of the top 50 country albums, down from No. 48 in its 52nd chart week.
Dollywood Wins Another International Honor Dollywood will be honored April 13 with the Themed Entertainment Association's (TEA) highest honor, the Thea Classic Award, at the 25th annual Thea Awards Gala in Anaheim, Calif., In Park Magazine reported here this week. The award recognizes parks that embody excellence and have stood the test of time.
Dolly Inspires Another Fashion Line The spring 2019 collection from design house Valfre was released this week inspired entirely by Dolly under the theme "What Would Dolly Do." Check out samples from Elite Dailyhere.
March 26: PBS 'Country Music' Documentary Tour Visits Dolly's Hometown Documentarian Ken Burns was in Sevierville Monday making a pilgrimage to Dolly's statue on the courthouse grounds to promote this fall's PBS series Country Music, in which Dolly is one of the prominent interview subjects. He is currently on a 30-city tour to promote the project and kicked it off Sunday in Bristol, Tenn., known as the "birthplace of country music." Monday's Sevierville stop was part of the Knoxville-area promotions. Check out footage from WVLT here.
Sevierville Preps For Mountain Soul Competition The Sevierville Chamber of Commerce is taking audition recordings for the 15th Annual Mountain Soul Vocal Competition honoring Dolly the songwriter. Recordings are due with an April 5 postmark, and finalists will be invited to perform at the Bloomin BBQ and Bluegrass Festival in the city May 18. Winners receive cash prizes and entry fees are $10 for the 13-and-up category and $5 for the 12-and-under category. WATE profiled the competition here and the entry form and rules are available here. Contestants must perform a song composed by Dolly, regardless of whether she performed it or not, and organizers encourage contestants to visit Dollymania.net's list of her songs here to determine if their selection was written by Dolly or not.
March 25: CBS 'This Morning' Profiles Imagination Library
Dolly and her Imagination Library were profiled on CBS This Morning Saturday this weekend. Check out the segment here or in the media player above.
March 23: Dolly, Library Profiled On CBS 'Morning' Show Saturday Dolly's Imagination Library early childhood literacy charity announced via Facebook on Friday that CBS This Morning Saturday will feature her and her book program with a segment set to air in the 8 a.m. Eastern hour of the program this weekend, estimated to be at approximately 8:20 a.m.
NME: Husband's Health Impacting Dolly's Career Choices Dolly graces the cover of British music magazine NME for the first time in her career this week, and the cover interview marks what I believe is the first time she addresses health concerns with her husband following recent tabloid reports – which are usually greatly exaggerated but based on a grain of truth – of alleged near-death illness. She confirms in the interview here that Carl Dean's ill health is the cause for why she has put any thoughts of a tour on hold for the near future, instead focusing on projects where she is "gone hours and days not weeks and months . . . I want to be close to home with him." She added she is considering putting together a one-woman show similar to Bruce Springsteen's recent stripped-down part-concert/part-storytelling Broadway engagement or may accept an invitation or two for festival gigs. She also said she wants to record "uplifting" music which will dictate which producer she wants to use for her next album.
U.K., U.S. Chart Updates The Complete Trio Collection Deluxe by Dolly, Emmylou Harris and Linda Ronstadt inches down one to No. 8 on the British country compilation albums chart in its 132nd chart week, it was revealed Friday. Also on the U.K. country compilation albums chart, Harris's Original Album Series: Volume 1 (with two Dolly covers, one track with Dolly harmony and one track with Trio harmony by Dolly and Ronstadt) loses two to No. 10, while her Original Album Series, Volume 2 (featuring one track with Dolly harmony and two tracks with Trio harmony by Dolly and Linda Ronstadt) drops five to No. 12, Ronstadt's Original Album Series (featuring one Dolly cover and one track with Dolly harmony) slips one to No. 16 and The Essential Dolly Parton falls off the top 20, down from No. 20. Stateside, Tuesday's Billboard charts dated March 23 saw her 2003 compilation Ultimate Dolly Parton lose three to No. 48 for a 52nd chart week.
Pirates Voyage Gets Preview Dolly's Pigeon Forge location of her Pirates Voyage dinner theatre offered a preview and update on its renovations Friday, sending subscribers a video here and a press release on progress to the media. News reports include from WBIR here and The Knoxville News-Sentinelhere. According to social media reports, the new sign arrived at the venue this week, where it is expected to soon be installed to replace the now-gone Dolly Parton's Smoky Mountain Adventure sign at the former Lumberjack Feud building which is being updated for the new attraction. As was first reported here a week ago, the news reports confirmed that reservations are being accepted now for dinner shows starting May 24 although Dolly announced last week that she plans to be on hand June 6 to officially open the venue.
Altlanta Station Looks To Dolly For Women's History Atlanta's 11 Alive offered a cute Dolly profile for its Women's History Month segment this week. Check it out here.
March 19: Dolly Helps Firefighters In Her Native County Dolly on Monday revealed on her official website here that over the weekend she distributed the final money from the more than $12 million raised for the victims of the Smoky Mountain wildfires, releasing $200,000 to the firefighters of Sevier County. Each of the county's eight departments received $20,000 and their centralized joint training facility received $40,000. "It is only fitting that the last of the My People Fund will go to those who were the first to respond to the fires," Dolly said. About $9 million of the money raised provided immediate support for wildfire victims who lost their homes, giving each family $10,000 in income in the initial months after the disaster. About $3 million in remaining funds were spent on longer-term recovery efforts. The article also noted that over the weekend representatives from the Tennessee Legislature presented her with a citation honoring her for her work in the state.
New Hall Of Famers Have Dolly Connections The Country Music Hall of Fame on Monday announced its 2019 inductees: Ray Stevens, Jerry Bradley, and Brooks & Dunn, with the first two acts having strong Dolly ties during their careers. Stevens produced three of Dolly's first four Monument Records singles in 1965 and 1966 as the label was initially marketing her as a bubblegum pop singer: "Happy, Happy Birthday Baby" (which was her first chart record, going to No. 108 pop), "Busy Signal" (which Stevens also wrote) and the girl-group-sounding "Don't Drop Out." (Label chief Fred Foster took over producing duties when he switched her to country music and she had her first country chart recordings.) Bradley headed RCA Records from 1973 to 1982, during which Dolly found her success as a solo artist, scoring 14 of her 25 No. 1 country songs and crossing over into pop music and movies, becoming one of the label's top-selling singers during that period. Read more about their inductions here.
March 18: More Galleries From Dollywood Season Opening Thanks again to Dollymania.net correspondent Jason Worley, from whom additional galleries of images of Dolly's Dollywood opening weekend festivities have been added to that section of the site here. Also, some additional media coverage over the weekend included WATE here and WSLS here.
Dolly was on hand at Dollywood on Friday for the first operating day of the new year with the season passholders' preview day and will return on Saturday for the first public operating day of the season. She appeared at a showcase for the Festival of Nations performers in the morning to make several announcements, including that she will return to town on May 10-11 to open the new Wildwood Grove expansion at the park and June 6 to open her Pirates Voyage dinner theater in Pigeon Forge (although the restaurant's website is selling tickets for 6 p.m. seatings starting May 24, so those must be preview performances before the official opening in June). She also touched on her upcoming Netflix movie anthology series and revealed the network will air Christmas On The Square, a new holiday musical for which she wrote all of the music. Media representatives toured the Wildwood Grove construction site, where Dolly surprised them for a brief Q&A in the new indoor children's play area alongside the area's mascots, Flit and Flitter the butterflies, and she toured the park in her Parade of Nations later in the afternoon. Check out photo galleries from Friday courtesy Dollymania.net correspondent Jason Worley in several galleries here (including ones of Dolly from her media Q&A here and here) .
Watch the park's live streaming video of the announcements and Festival of Nations showcase performances on Facebook here or in the media player above, and watch Dolly's brief media Q&A courtesy WVLT reporter Kyle Grainger's Facebook account here or in the media player below. Coverage included WJHL here, WBIR here and here and here, and The Knoxville News-Sentinelhere.
U.K., U.S. Chart Updates Dolly's Dumplin' Original Motion Picture Soundtrack may have finished its run on the British charts. After remaining in the country top 10 overseas for 13 weeks and No. 15 last week, its 14th, the album this week falls out of the top 20 U.K. country tally. The Complete Trio Collection Deluxe by Dolly, Emmylou Harris and Linda Ronstadt drops two to No. 7 British country compilation albums chart in its 131st chart week. Also on the U.K. country compilation albums chart, Harris's Original Album Series: Volume 1 (with two Dolly covers, one track with Dolly harmony and one track with Trio harmony by Dolly and Ronstadt) holds steady at No. 8, while her Original Album Series, Volume 2 (featuring one track with Dolly harmony and two tracks with Trio harmony by Dolly and Linda Ronstadt) gains three to No. `7, Ronstadt's Original Album Series (featuring one Dolly cover and one track with Dolly harmony) falls four to No. 15 and The Essential Dolly Parton dips one to No. 20. Stateside, Tuesday's Billboard charts dated March 16 saw her 2003 compilation Ultimate Dolly Parton inch down one to No. 45 for a 51st chart week.
Another North Carolina Interview Raleigh's CBS 17 this week shared an interview with Dolly from her recent stop in town to celebrate the statewide expansion of her Imagination Library program in North Carolina. Watch it here.
Dolly's '9 To 5: The Musical' To Tour U.K., Ireland Following its West End engagement on London's version of Broadway, Dolly's 9 To 5: The Musical will have a new international tour of the U.K. and Ireland, it was revealed Friday. The 11-city tour will cover September through November and hit cities throughout Britain as well as Dublin, Ireland. The cast has not been announced, so it is unknown whether any of the West End actors will repeat their roles (although one of its current cast, Bonnie Langford, who plays Roz, portrayed the same role in the show's previous U.K. tour in 2012). In a statement, Dolly said: "I am beyond thrilled to the response from across the pond to 9 to 5: The Musical. The overwhelmingly positive fan reaction to this universal story tickles every rhinestone on my body. I can't wait for more people throughout the UK and Ireland to enjoy it and sing along." See Dolly's announcement of the tour on Facebook here or in the media player below. The full touring schedule is as follows:
Birmingham, England, Sept. 6-14
Manchester, England, Sept. 17-21
Milton Keynes, England, Sept. 24-28
Liverpool, England, Oct. 1-5
Glasgow, Scotland, Oct. 8-12
Woking, England, Oct. 15-19
Aberdeen, Scotland, Oct. 22-26
Cardiff, Wales, Oct. 29-Nov. 2
Sunderland, England, Nov. 5-9
Edinburgh, Scotland, Nov. 12-16
Dublin, Ireland, Nov. 19-23
March 13: Dolly To Appear At Dollywood For Opening Weekend Dollywood has apparently confirmed Dolly will be on park this weekend for its 2019 season opening. Season passholders' preview day is Friday and the public opening day is Saturday. The park's website has posted the weekend's show schedule, which notes Dolly will hold two weather-permitting park tour parades both running from Showstreet Palace Theater to Heartsong Theater at 4:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. The Festival of Nations' headliner Lizt Alfonso Dance Cuba's "Cuba Vibra!" will perform in DP's Celebrity Theater. Other acts include Drumstruck from South Africa in Showstreet Palace Theater (drums will be at each seat for interactive segments of the show), De Temps Antan from Quebec, Canada, at the Backporch Theater, GoGaucho Dup from Argentina at The Valley Theater, and Atahualpa from Ecuador at the Showstreet Gazebo. Park regulars performing during the festival include The Kingdom Heirs at The Pines Theater, Wings of America at the Wings of America Theater and Heartsong, The Movie at the Heartsong Theater. In addition, master chefs will prepare international dishes in a special cooking show. For the first weekend, it will feature Chef Pepin from Cuba at the Market Square Demonstration Stage Saturday and Sunday. Thanks, Cody!
D.C. Imagination Library Program Examined Voice Of America News this week took a deep dive into Dolly's Imagination Library affiliate in the Washington, D.C., area. Learn of the successes they found in the program here.
Dolly Covers 'Big Issue' UK Paper Thanks to Mark for alerting me that Dolly is the current cover story of the British street paper Big Issue
Redknapp Coming To London '9 To 5' Dolly's London production of 9 To 5: The Musical announced Tuesday that originally-planned star Louise Redknapp, who will play Violet, will join the cast March 25 to June 29. She had to miss the first month of performances due to injuries sustained in a fall on her way to rehearsal. Read more from Broadway Worldhere.
March 12: 'I Will Always Love You' Certified For 8 Million Units Arista Records on Monday had the RIAA re-certify Whitney Houston's cover of Dolly's composition "I Will Always Love You" for four million digital downloads sold over the past 26 years, bringing its total certification since release to eight times platinum for sales in excess of 8 million units. The recording was last certified in 1993 for 4 million physical singles sold, after being originally certified immediately after release for 3 million units sold in 1992.
March 11: '9 To 5' Political Use Enters Spotlight On Campaign Trail The Associated Press this week brought Dolly into the political battlefield by centering a story on candidates and campaign music with Elizabeth Warren's use of her workers' anthem "9 To 5." The writer noted the Democrat's use of the song to bring her on stage for the announcement of her presidential run "seemed to sum up the spirit of a candidacy built on giving workers a fairer shake." Yet, it quoted Dolly's manager, Danny Nozell, as noting neither Dolly nor her team had approved any request to use the song for political purposes, as it is their policy to deny any such requests. The story noted he did not respond to a question of whether Dolly would take any further action to seek candidates cease using her music, as other artists have done over the years, and that the Warren campaign, which has continued to use the song on the campaign trail, likewise declined comment. The piece noted that rather than seeking specific permission to use individual songs, campaigns and the venues where they host events usually apply for and receive a blanket license for playing copyrighted music at rallies which allows them to play just about any song that has ever been recorded and released. Dolly has never stopped candidates from using her music in the past. In fact, the 2008 campaign saw both Democratic primary candidate Hillary Clinton and Republican vice-presidential nominee Sarah Palin use "9 To 5" as their entrance and exit music at several campaign stops that year, and Donald Trump had a band play it at one of his inaugural balls for a dance with the First Lady. Read the article here.
'Down From Dover' Actress Recalls Working With Dolly Actress Bellamy Young, who will star in the "Down From Dover" episode of Dolly's Netflix Heartstrings anthology series, beamed about working with her for People this week here.
Australian Tribute Show Takes Place A tribute to Dolly's music was held Down Under over the weekend. Check out coverage from The Sydney Morning Heraldhere.
'Dumplin'' Soundtrack Sales Pass 23K Although Dolly's Dumplin' Original Motion Picture Soundtrack fell back off the American charts last week, it still sold 500 copies for the week, SoundScan data showed, pushing its cumulative sales total to 23,200 units in the U.S. over the past 13 weeks.
March 9: 'Dumplin'' One Of UK's Top 10 Country Albums Of Year Leading up to the annual Country 2 Country fest in London this weekend, Britain's The Official Charts Company on Friday revealed the 10 best-selling and most-streamed country albums of the past 12 months in the U.K., with Dolly's Dumplin' Original Motion Picture Soundtrack coming in at No. 7 even though it has only been available for 14 out of the 52 weeks reviewed. On this week's charts released Friday, the album falls out of the top 10 for the first time since release, dipping nine places to No. 15 country albums in its 14th chart week and falling out of the top 50 soundtrack albums chart, down from No. 49. The Complete Trio Collection Deluxe by Dolly, Emmylou Harris and Linda Ronstadt holds slips one to No. 5 British country compilation albums chart in its 130th chart week. Also on the U.K. country compilation albums chart, Harris's Original Album Series: Volume 1 (with two Dolly covers, one track with Dolly harmony and one track with Trio harmony by Dolly and Ronstadt) holds steady at No. 8, while her Original Album Series, Volume 2 (featuring one track with Dolly harmony and two tracks with Trio harmony by Dolly and Linda Ronstadt) loses two to No. 20, Ronstadt's Original Album Series (featuring one Dolly cover and one track with Dolly harmony) dips two to No. 11 and The Essential Dolly Parton falls four to No. 19.
Dollywood Preps For Opening Weekend Next Week We're now just a week away from the season grand opening of Dollywood and its annual Festival of Nations. The park opens for season passholders on Friday and then the general public on Saturday. While no announcement has been made as of press time about whether or not Dolly will be making her usual appearances throughout the park to celebrate the first weekend of the year it is open, a park spokesperson teased the possibility that Dolly "might" be there in an interview live with WVLT's Kyle Grainger Friday on Facebook. Watch it here.
Dolly Meet-And-Greet Sells For $21K A Dolly package featuring four tickets to various attractions, seats at her 50th anniversary Grand Ole Opry celebration and a meet-and-greet sold for $21,000 at the annual Evening of Elegance fundraiser for the Dr. Robert F. Thomas Foundation, WVLT reported here Wednesday. The charity, for which she has served for many years as honorary chair, supports healthcare in her native Sevier County, Tenn., and is named after the Methodist missionary doctor and reverend who delivered her in 1946. She usually donates a prize package to the event every year, which often includes a meet-and-greet.
Gretchen Peters Salutes Dolly, Loretta In observance of International Women's Day, artist Gretchen Peters recounted how she was inspired by Dolly and Loretta Lynn in a piece for Tidal. Read it here.
March 7: Dolly Signs With Sony/ATV To Administer Songwriting Catalog Dolly's vast song catalog of several thousand compositions has a new administrator, Sony/ATV Music Publishing announced on Wednesday, revealing they have signed a deal with her to represent her songwriting publishing rights for North America and any other territories not currently represented by other subpublishing arrangements with other administrators. Dolly has owned her own publishing since 1968, when she and her uncle Bill Owens created Owepar, half of which she gifted to Porter Wagoner early on during their duet partnership. When she severed ties with Porter in 1976, she created a new publishing company, Velvet Apple Music, into which her Owepar catalog eventually was added, but she has maintained personal management of the company for her North American rights since then. Now, management of the Velvet Apple catalog will be assigned to Sony/ATV, which will be responsible for licensing her songs for other artists to record as well as for other ventures such as commercials and films. This gives the company control over her entire career of compositions, as it had already owned the publishing rights for the few songs she and her uncle had written in 1962 for Tree Publishing (Sony acquired that publisher in 1989) and the few hundred songs she had written, some with her uncle and some solo, for Fred Foster's Combine Music Group when she was affiliated with his Monument Records label from 1965 through 1967 (as Sony acquired that publisher in 1990). The arrangement, which now also gives them control of her 1968-2019 catalog of songs plus any written in the future, consolidates her publishing and recording under one company, as Sony also owns her albums and singles recorded for Monument from 1965 to 1967, RCA from 1968 to 1986, and Columbia/CBS from 1987-1995, basically her entire career recordings for that 30-year period except for her Trio albums. (The label does not control the albums that followed from 1996 to 1998 on Decca/Rising Tide and 1999 to 2005 on Sugar Hill as well as her first few Dolly Records recordings, but Sony has been the partner co-releasing and distributing her four most recent Dolly Records projects since 2014.) In a statement, Dolly said: "I am very excited to be working with Sony/ATV. They know my catalog and they know me. Get ready, you're going to be hearing a lot more from me!" Sony/ATV chairman and CEO Martin Bandier added: "Dolly Parton is a true musical icon and we are unbelievably excited to get the chance to work with her again. Her importance, influence and legacy as a recording artist is recognized the world over, but more than anything she stands out as an exceptional songwriter with a peerless catalog of songs, which we are honored to represent." Sony/ATV was created in 1995 by the merger of Sony Music Publishing with Michael Jackson's ATV, which he had purchased in 1985 and included most of the Beatles' biggest hits written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney. Sony bought out the Jackson estate's 50 percent interest in 2016 to become the company's sole owner.
Dolly: Hopes Ohio Is Next For Statewide Library North Carolina station WRAL on Wednesday shared a brief interview with Dolly from when she was on hand over the weekend in Raleigh to celebrate the statewide expansion of her Imagination Library program there and noted she hopes by this time next year Ohio will be the third state to have a statewide program. Watch the clip here.
CMT Celebrating International Women's Day With Dolly CMT has announced why it is showing Dolly-centric programming on Friday of this week. As you may recall, it was first reported here a couple of weeks ago that they will be focusing on Dolly that day but that it wasn't known why. The network on Wednesday revealed that the programming choices are part of its special focus on female artists for Women's History Month and that they chose Dolly to represent women specifically for International Women's Day on Friday. As was previously reported here, the day will begin with a repeat of her Dolly & Friends: The Making Of A Soundtrack special on the recording of her Dumplin' Original Motion Picture Soundtrack at 8 a.m. Friday, with her guest spot on Reba being shown at 10 a.m. Then that evening her films Steel Magnolias and Joyful Noise air at 8 p.m. and 10:45 p.m., respectively (with repeats Saturday at 3 p.m. and noon, respectively). The channel will also feature music videos from female artists during its music video blocks during the day. Read more here.
March 6: No '9 To 5' Noms At UK Olivier Awards The Olivier Awards, the British equivalent of the Tony Awards, showed no love this week for Dolly's London production of 9 To 5: The Musical, currently running on the West End, the U.K. version of Broadway. The show had officially opened just a couple of days before the end of this year's eligibility period last month and was certified as one of 10 eligible new musicals for consideration for nominations (along with five musical revivals). However, when nominations were released on Tuesday there were no nods for lead actor and actress or supporting actor and actress in a musical, best new musical (only four of the season's 10 new musicals were nominated), choreography, costumes, sets, or achievement in music (similar to best score at the Tonys, although three of the Olivier's nominees were for musical scores and two were for original music used in non-musical plays). You may recall when Dolly's show originally opened on Broadway in 2009, it set a record for the most Drama Desk Awards nominations for any show in a single season with 15 (winning just one for best actress) but was nominated for only four Tonys: Best Original Score for Dolly as well as leading actress in a musical, featured actor in a musical and choreography (losing all four), with the cast famously wearing "We feel like bastards at the family reunion" t-shirts to Tony rehearsals in protest of the show's snub for Best Musical.
Spotify Examines Several Dollyisms Spotify on Monday released a video of Dolly expounding on some of her famous "Dollyisms" on its Hot Country channel. Called "My Dolly State Of Mind," they promoted it as "priceless pearls of wisdom from the Queen of Country herself." Watch it here.
'Ultimate' Re-Enters U.S. Country Albums Chart The 2003 compilation Ultimate Dolly Parton re-enters the 50-position country albums chart this week, Billboard revealed Tuesday, coming in at No. 44 for a 50th chart week on the March 9 tallies. Meanwhile, Dolly's Dumplin' Original Motion Picture Soundtrack falls back off the soundtracks albums chart and the folk/Americana albums chart, down from No. 16 and No. 21, respectively, in its seventh chart week.
Ronstadt Doc At Tribeca Film Fest Features Dolly The Tribeca Film Festival has announced that a new documentary on Linda Ronstadt which features interviews with Trio partners Dolly and Emmylou Harris as well as Don Henley and Jackson Browne will premiere during the April 24-May 5 event in the lower Manhattan neighborhood. Linda Ronstadt: The Sound Of My Voice will be followed with a performance by Sheryl Crow, Billboard reports here.
March 4: North Carolina Celebrates Statewide Imagination Library
Dolly charmed the audiences over the weekend in North Carolina at the 25th anniversary gala for Start Smart, which is administering the statewide expansion of her Imagination Library early childhood literacy program in the state. She engaged in a Q&A during the program (a clip from which is available on PSCP here, sang "Jolene" with the house band (a clip from which is available on Instagram here or in the media player above), and partially read and partially sang the lyrics to "Try" (available on Facebook here). A story from local TV station WRAL is available here.
March 2: 'Dumplin',' Trio Hold On In British Charts In its 13th week on the charts across the pond, Dolly's Dumplin' Original Motion Picture Soundtrack inches down one to No. 6 on the British Country Albums chart and falls 25 places to No. 49 on the top 50 British Soundtrack Albums chart. The Complete Trio Collection Deluxe by Dolly, Emmylou Harris and Linda Ronstadt holds steady at No. 4 British country compilation albums chart in its 129th chart week. Also on the U.K. country compilation albums chart, Harris's Original Album Series: Volume 1 (with two Dolly covers, one track with Dolly harmony and one track with Trio harmony by Dolly and Ronstadt) holds steady at No. 8, while her Original Album Series, Volume 2 (featuring one track with Dolly harmony and two tracks with Trio harmony by Dolly and Linda Ronstadt) dips two to No. 18, Ronstadt's Original Album Series (featuring one Dolly cover and one track with Dolly harmony) holds steady at No. 9 and The Essential Dolly Parton gains three to No. 15.
Win Autographed Dolly Children's Book The Dollywood Foundation on Friday announced a contest to provide one winner an autographed 50th anniversary edition of Imagination Library favorite The Very Hungry Caterpillar, released last fall with a special afterward by Dolly herself. The winner will receive one retail copy of the book signed by both Dolly and author/illustrator Eric Carle. Entries will be accepted here through 5 p.m. Eastern March 19 with the winner selected on or about March 20.
Dolly On SkyArts TV Show Next Week British satellite television channel SkyArts has announced that Dolly will appear on the second series of Brian Johnson's A Life On The Road, where the ACDC member talks with other artists about their careers. The show airs at 9 p.m. next Friday, March 8. Check out a clip the network posted Friday on Facebook here.
March 1: See Dolly At North Carolina Fundraiser This Saturday Although the event and Dolly's participation were apparently announced locally in October, word just made the larger media world on Thursday for a gala featuring Dolly this weekend in North Carolina. According to WRAL, Dolly will participate in a presentation and perform during a gala at the Marbles Kids Museum in Raleigh on Saturday to celebrate Smart Start's 25th anniversary and the organization expanding Dolly's Imagination Library early childhood literacy program statewide. Other performers include Bull City Syndicate and Imagine Circus. Tickets for the black-tie-optional gala, available here, are $125 each general admission including food and drink.
Miley Talks Dolly With Michelle Visage Dolly goddaughter Miley Cyrus was this week's guest judge on the season premiere of Rupaul's Drag Race and chatted with co-host Michelle Visage about her life in the What's The Tee podcast, including about her relationship with her famous godmother. Check out a summary of the talk from Too Fabhere and listen on iTunes here.
Steve Buckingham Tells Music Students About Dolly Former longtime Dolly producer Steve Buckingham recently visited Hamilton College in Clinton, N.Y., to discuss Dolly's process in the studio and the impact of her music. A recap of his guest lecture in music professor Lydia Hamessley's class is available here.
Dolly Signs With New Publicist Dolly this week officially signed with True Public Relations and its agent, Marcel Pariseau, after having him work with her for the past year on her PR, Music Row first reported here and Billboard confirmed here. On Friday, Pariseau will relocate from LA to Nashville, according to the reports.