www.dollymania.net                News                          April 2016

April 30:
Dollywood: No Appearances On Park This Weekend

Although Dolly normally makes Friday and Saturday appearances at Dollywood for Homecoming Weekend coinciding with her annual Dolly Parade through Pigeon Forge, a park spokesperson on Friday confirmed to Dollymania.net that based on her current schedule there are no expected public appearances for Dolly that weekend except the 6 p.m. May 6 parade on the Parkway. Her official Facebook page on Friday shared live video of her Lumberjack Adventure float for the parade. Watch it here or in the media player above. In related news, The Quad Cities Dispatch on Friday published a story about a local girl who will spend the summer working in a circus act at the dinner theatre. Check it out here.

'9 To 5' Becomes Dolly's First Gold U.K. Single
Dolly last week earned her career first-ever gold single in Great Britain as her 1980 classic "9 To 5" earned the honor on April 22 for selling more than 400,000 digital copies, BPI announced Friday. The song previously went silver in the U.K. for digital sales in July 2013 for selling 200,000 downloads since its release as a digital download in 2007. Her other certified U.K. singles were "Jolene" as a digital single in 2014 and "Islands In The Stream" as a silver physical single in 1984 and silver digital single in 2013.

'Coat' Promotional Appearances Abound
Dolly will be all over TV in coming days to promote Tuesday's DVD release of Dolly Parton's Coat Of Many Colors by Warner Brothers Home Entertainment. In a press release, Dolly noted: "It is my true belief that if you're lucky enough to have a good mother, that is the greatest gift that you will ever know. So many people responded to my Mother in the 'Coat of Many Colors' movie not only because of the wonderful job that Jennifer Nettles did portraying her, but the love and attention that Mama gave to all of her children." In addition to features in Parade, People, The Huffington Post, FOX411, Rolling Stone Country and more, she is scheduled to visit:

  • April 30, syndicated, Access Hollywood
  • April 30, CMT, After Midnite
  • April 30, CMT, Hot Twenty Countdown
  • May 2, CBS, This Morning
  • May 2, Yahoo TV
  • May 2, CMT Radio, Live
  • May 3, syndicated, Entertainment Tonight
  • May 3, GAC, Great American Playlist
  • May 5, CBS, This Morning
  • May 5, PBS, Metro Focus
  • May 6, CBN, 700 Club
  • May 8, PBS, Metro Focus
  • May 12, GAC, Great American Playlist

    British Chart Updates
    Dolly's The Tour Collection falls back off the top 20 British country compilation albums this week, down from No. 19, Friday's charts revealed, while Emmylou Harris' Original Album Series, Volume 1 (with two Dolly covers, one track with Dolly harmony and one track with Trio harmony by Dolly and Linda Ronstadt) loses five places to No. 16 and her Original Album Series, Vol. 2 (featuring one track with Dolly harmony and two tracks with Trio harmony) drops five spots to No. 17 on the same chart.

    Disabled Man Praises Dollywood
    Knoxville TV station WATE this week offered an uplifting piece about a disabled guest who was able to ride multiple coasters at Dollywood, saying other theme parks were not as accommodating. Watch it here.


    April 28:
    Dolly's Parade Float Celebrates Lumberjacks, Be Live Streamed
    Dolly announced on Wednesday that instead of riding a Dollywood float usually touting the park's newest addition in her annual Pigeon Forge parade, this year she will ride a float celebrating her newest dinner theatre in the city, Dolly Parton's Lumberjack Adventure. In addition, the May 6 parade will be live streamed online via Facebook's new live function that became available to the public in late January. The stream will appear on both Dolly's and the restaurant's feeds from a camera on Dolly's float which will show Dolly, the crowds along the parade route and the mountains. (The 2009 parade was live streamed on the now-defunct website thesmokies.tv, but that was a more stationary view of all of the floats as they passed by rather than a view of the crowds from Dolly's perspective.) A Facebook event for the live stream has been created here. In related news, The Bristol Herald Courier reports here that the restaurant will host a job fair on Monday. The renovated and revamped show is expected to debut later this month and is selling tickets for attendees on its website starting May 21.


    April 27:
    Porter & Dolly Back On Album Charts
    The new Cracker Barrell compilation disc from Dolly and Porter Wagoner, The Right Combination, debuts on the country albums chart this week at No. 45, the May 7 Billboard charts released Tuesday revealed. On the same tally, Don Henley's Cass County, featuring the Dolly duet "When I Stop Dreaming," loses 10 places to No. 47 in its 30th chart week.


    CMA Recognizes Dolly As 'Superwoman'


    To celebrate its 50th anniversary, the Country Music Association is releasing "50/50" videos chronicling its history including a new "Superwomen" series profiling the winners of CMA Female Vocalist of the Year. The first installment released Tuesday focuses on Dolly and her first solo performance on the awards show ("Jolene" in 1974) and winning the Female Vocalist trophy. Watch it on YouTube here or in the media player above.

    Trio Highlights Cover Art Set
    The cover art, at left (click on it for a larger view), was released on Tuesday for the one-CD highlights version of the upcoming Trio project, My Dear Companion: Selections From The Trio Collection. That album comes out from Rhino Records on Sept. 9 along with the full three-CD The Complete Trio Collection Deluxe, vinyl release of Trio II and vinyl two-LP set of bonus tracks as Farther Along.



    Dollywood Nears Coaster Opening
    Dollywood has announced that new coaster Lightning Rod has resumed testing as part of its commissioning process and hopes to be open for guests to ride "within a few weeks," according to Knoxville TV station WBIR here.

    Tour Commercial Hits The Air
    The venue Dolly will play June 22 in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., on Tuesday released a promotional video for ticket sales for Dolly's Pure & Simple Tour. Check it out here or in the media player below.


    April 26:
    Three More Pure & Simple Tour Dates Uncovered
    Dolly's management on Monday formally announced the first leg of her Pure & Simple Tour, officially confirming 14 shows, all but one of which had been already announced by the venues and reported here over the past month. The new date, June 22 at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., goes on pre-sale and VIP package sale via Ticketmaster at 10 a.m. Wednesday with general public sales starting 10 a.m. Friday. The press release also noted that two additional dates will be announced in the near future for the June first leg, bringing its total dates to 16 out of the 60+ total for the tour through December. (The press release also incorrectly noted that her future Canadian dates to be announced constitute "her first trek into Canada in more than two decades;" however, while she has not toured Canada extensively in more than two decades, she has included select Canadian cities on several of her recent tours three on 2008's Backwoods Barbie Tour, four on 2005's Vintage Tour and one on 2004's Hello I'm Dolly Tour, three out of the six North American tours she has headlined since 2002.) In addition, two more dates for what are likely the second (late summer) and third (early fall) legs of the tour were also revealed by the venues on Monday: Sept. 21 at the ShoWare Center in Kent, Wash., outside of Seattle, which go on sale via Ticketfly.com and the venue box office starting at 10 a.m. Friday (noting that VIP seats will also be offered), and July 23 at the Deadwood Mountain Grand in Deadwood, S.D., which features a Grand Rewards presale and "fan presale" starting at 10 a.m. Tuesday, VIP packages beginning at 10 a.m. Wednesday and general public sales at 10 a.m. Friday. In related news, Dolly on Monday held a conference call with a few journalists to discuss the upcoming Pure & Simple CD, tour and more, revealing one more track from the album: "I'm Standing Outside Your Door" (which is added to previously-announced "I Will Never Not Love You," "Pure & Simple," "I'm 16," "Kiss It And Make It All Better," "Tomorrow Is Forever," "Say Forever You'll Be Mine" and "Mama"). She was also asked about artists cancelling their shows in North Carolina and Mississippi in protest of those states' recent anti-LGBT laws, explaining: ""Oh, I've been seein' all that commotion. A lot of people are canceling shows and all that. I have no plans to cancel the show. I think I serve better from the stage. I think everybody should be treated great and with respect and everybody knows that about me. I can address that from the stage . . . Through the years everybody has known that I have an open, generous heart and I believe that all people should be treated with respect. I really don't like to get caught up into controversial issues, and I certainly don't think it's fair to the public. I can address whatever my thoughts are, if need be, from the stage." Check out coverage from Paper magazine here and Queerty here.

    Haskell Chats 'Coat,' Dolly
    Dolly's producing partner for her NBC movies, Sam Haskell, spoke with awards site Gold Derby this week about his longstanding relationship with Dolly and their projects together. Watch the interview here.

    Chart Update Down Under
    The Essential Dolly Parton earned another week on the top 40 Australian country albums chart over the weekend, dipping two to No. 36 in its 88th chart week Down Under.

    Fan Dinner Adds More Tickets
    According to Facebook posts, the unofficial Dolly fan dinner May 6 in Pigeon Forge following Dolly's annual parade through the city has added 50 additional seats due to demand. Get your tickets here! Also, don't forget that the dragtacular Night Of 1,000 Dollys hits Knoxville's XYZ Club again this year that same weekend the night of May 7.


    April 23:
    New Smokies Book Talks To Dolly
    Dolly is among the prominent Smoky Mountain women profiled and interviewed for a new book, No Place For The Weary Kind: Women Of The Smokies. The book by Courtney Lix is published by the Great Smoky Mountains Association, a fundraising partner for the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Read about the project from Sevier News Messenger here and buy the book for $15 from the official Smokies Information store here.

    Dolly Boxed Set Back On British Charts
    Dolly's The Tour Collection re-enters the top 20 British country compilation albums this week at No. 19, Friday's charts showed, while Emmylou Harris' Original Album Series, Volume 1 (with two Dolly covers, one track with Dolly harmony and one track with Trio harmony by Dolly and Linda Ronstadt) holds steady at No. 11 and her Original Album Series, Vol. 2 (featuring one track with Dolly harmony and two tracks with Trio harmony) moves up two to No. 12 on the same chart.

    'Parade' Giving Away 'Coat' DVDs
    Parade magazine is giving away 10 copies of the DVD Dolly Parton's Coat Of Many Colors, coming out May 3. Earn chances to win by signing up for the publication's free newsletter and by tweeting @ParadeMagazine with the hashtag #ParadeDolly. Read more here.

    New Movie Features Dolly Songs
    Critics are loving the new film The Meddler, where Oscar winner J.K. Simmons plays the love interest of Susan Sarandon's character. He's a chicken farmer who sings classic Dolly songs to his hens. Read a story on the movie from The Denver Post here.


    April 21:
    Columbus Sales Date, Phili Pre-Sale Announced
    Midwestern fans have been waiting since March for tickets to go on sale for Dolly's Aug. 2 engagement at the Ohio State Fair in Columbus, the first of the now-20 announced dates on her approximately-60-city Pure & Simple Tour. Ticketmaster on Wednesday revealed the public sale date for the show will be noon Saturday, May 14. In addition, the site added VIP presales and an American Express presale starting at 10 a.m. Thursday for her June 15 Philadelphia show. Finally, CNN's Money section is noting her here among the artists playing in Mississippi and/or North Carolina who have not responded to the network's inquiries about their plans to perform in the states after they implemented discriminatory laws aimed at harming LGBT persons.


    April 20:
    N.J., Pa. Shows Added To Pure & Simple Tour
    Two more shows were added to Dolly's Pure & Simple Tour on Tuesday: June 15 in Philadelphia, Pa., and June 26 in New Jersey. Tickets for the Pennsylvania show at the Mann Center for the Performing Arts are listed on Ticketmaster to go on public sale at 10 a.m. Eastern Saturday. The New Jersey show at PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel is listed on Live Nation as having general public ticket sales starting 10 a.m. Saturday but also has VIP packages and Citibank card customer presales which started Tuesday.

    Famous Baby Dolly Fan Photographed
    Actor Bobby Cannavale shared a photo of his and Rose Byrne's two-month-old son Rocco on Instagram Tuesday wearing a Dolly onsie. Check it out here.

    U.S. Chart Update
    Don Henley's Cass County, which features Dolly on "When I Stop Dreaming," gains eight places to No. 37 on the country albums chart in its 29th chart week, the April 30 Billboard charts released Tuesday showed.


    April 19:
    Dolly Chats With 'Style Blueprint'
    Style Blueprint talked to Dolly as one of its "Faces Of The South" series, talking about her Imagination Library, Dollywood and more. Check out the interview here.

    Aussie Chart Updates
    The Essential Dolly Parton re-entered the top 40 Australian country albums chart over the weekend at No. 34 to log an 87th chart week Down Under.

    'Dolly' On Get TV
    Dolly's 1976-77 series was back on the Get TV network this week with the episodes featuring Lynn Anderson and Tennessee Ernie Ford airing Monday with repeats at midnight and 12:30 a.m. Tuesday, 2 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Saturday.


    April 16:
    Indiana Show Added To Tour
    The 18th date of Dolly's Pure & Simple Tour was announced Friday: Aug. 10 at the Ford Center in Evansville, Ind. Ticketmaster shows media, venue and promoter presales starting at 10 a.m. Central Thursday as well as VIP sales at that time. Seats will go on sale to the general public at 10 a.m. Central time next Friday. Also, Ticketmaster updated that her Nevada show will offer VIP seats starting April 26 with public sales starting April 29 instead of the previously-announced sale date of this Friday. In related news, The Traverse Ticker spoke here with the director of the Interlochen arts center in Interlochen, Mich., who relayed their difficulty in securing Dolly for their venue. In December, he said he was working on scheduling her, and in February they were still holding a date for her, but by March they had given her management a deadline to tell them yes or no but when the deadline passed without an answer they had to release the date and end negotiations to try and bring her to the venue.

    Dolly Talks To 'Rolling Stone' About Perry Duet
    Dolly chatted with Rolling Stone about her recent duet with Katy Perry on the Academy of Country Music Awards, commenting: "I met a girl and I liked it!" Read the story released Friday here.

    Broadway Book Features Dolly Story
    Dolly is among the artists who have contributed anecdotes to On Broadway: From Rent To Revolution, a book about SpotCo, the agency responsible for many of the most memorable ad campaigns in the history of Broadway. Get the book, coming out April 26, here.

    British Chart Updates
    Emmylou Harris' Original Album Series, Volume 1 (with two Dolly covers, one track with Dolly harmony and one track with Trio harmony by Dolly and Linda Ronstadt) inches down one to No. 11 on the U.K. country compilations chart released Friday, and her Original Album Series, Vol. 2 (featuring one track with Dolly harmony and two tracks with Trio harmony) loses two to No. 14 on the same chart, while Ronstadt's own Original Album Series (featuring one Dolly cover and one track with Dolly harmony) drops out of the top 20, down from No. 16.


    April 14:
    Stella: Dolly Nearly Died Last Year
    Dolly was much sicker last year than she made herself out to be, according to an interview by her sister Stella this week. Talking about her Dolly tribute album Mountain Songbird: A Sister's Tribute and the film Dolly Parton's Coat Of Many Colors, Stella revealed the reason Dolly was absent from the shooting: "what people didn't know at the time was that Dolly was quite ill in the hospital with kidney stones and sepsis, which is what we just lost Patty Duke from. We almost lost Dolly and no one knew it at the time, which was quite stressful." The National Enquirer had shortly thereafter published a story saying Dolly had a stomach cancer scare, to which she took the highly unusual step of responding to a tabloid report by saying it was just kidney stones. Stella's interview is available here.

    Dolly Helps New Pigeon Forge Ad
    Dolly has a new commercial! Pigeon Forge has released a new tourism spot which features her near the end. Check it out here.

    Tennessee Gets Funny Or Die Commercial
    Dolly's Dixie Stampede dinner theater gets a cameo appearance in the latest in a series of parody commercials by the comedy website Funny Or Die in response to discriminatory laws being passed throughout the South, with the latest being sent to the Tennessee governor by the state legislature. Dolly's venue shows up near the end of the clip when the narrator talks about the circus that the state government has become. Watch it here and catch the previous installments in the series on Mississippi here and North Carolina here.


    April 13:
    Actor Says 'Coat' Sequel To Film This July


    Ricky Schroder announced Tuesday on Good Day LA that the entire cast of last year's Dolly Parton's Coat Of Many Colors will reunite this July to film a sequel to NBC's ratings smash to air this Christmas season. Watch the remarks toward the end of the interview here or in the media player above.

    LA, NY, Nevada Concerts Announced
    Three additional concerts in Dolly's Pure & Simple Tour were announced on Tuesday: June 25 in New York City, Sept. 30 at Laughlin, Nev.; and Oct. 1 in Los Angeles. VIP packages and a pre-sale for American Express cardholders began at noon Tuesday for the New York show at Forest Hills Stadium in Queens via Ticketfly.com (ranging from $40 to $170) with a 10 a.m. Saturday sale to the general public (although Ticketmaster also lists tickets but has a 10 a.m. Eastern Friday public sale with seats listed at $110 and $258). Ticketmaster on Tuesday listed the Laughlin Event Center show in Nevada with a 10 a.m. Pacific time Friday public sale date and ticket prices between $64 and $350. The Los Angeles show at the Hollywood Bowl goes on sale to the public via Ticketmaster at 10 a.m. Pacific time Monday for $35 to $275, although media accounts also indicate an American Express pre-sale starting at 10 a.m. Thursday. In addition, tickets.com on Tuesday added a page for tickets to her June 8 show at Wolf Trap, showing they go on public sale at 10 a.m. Eastern April 23. Pollstar on Tuesday profiled the tour as announced thus far (although their list is missing the Spokane concert announced and reported here Monday night) here. Finally, NBC News reports here that a new group has formed called North Carolina Needs You to encourage entertainers, including Dolly who is to play there June 3, to keep their planned performances in the state but use their concerts to speak out against the state's discriminatory laws (as Gregg Allman and Jimmy Buffett are doing) and/or donate their proceeds to local LGBT charities (as comedian Joel McHale did a few days ago) instead of cancelling shows like Bruce Springsteen did.

    New Dolly Tribute Released
    Country band Yarn on Tuesday revealed a new tribute song to Dolly from their forthcoming album This Is The Year, hitting stores May 27. Listen to "Sweet Dolly" from AOL's The Boot here.

    U.S. Chart Updates
    Don Henley's Cass County, which features Dolly on "When I Stop Dreaming," loses two spots to No. 45 on the country albums chart in its 28th chart week, the April 23 Billboard charts released Tuesday showed.

    McGraw Ends Dolly No. 1 Tie
    Billboard on Tuesday recognized Tim McGraw for surpassing Dolly with 26 No. 1 songs on the Hot Country Songs chart with "Humble and Kind" to tie Alan Jackson for the seventh-most chart-toppers in the chart's history. (Dolly holds the record for female singers at 25.) Read the article here.


    April 12:
    N.Y., Wash., Third Ohio Shows Announced
    Three additional dates on Dolly's Pure & Simple Tour were announced on Monday: June 10 near Cleveland, Ohio; June 12 near Buffalo, N.Y.; and the first revealed show for the tour's West Coast leg on Sept. 22 in Spokane, Wash. Tickets for the Washington show, at Northwest Quest Casino's Pepsi Outdoor Concert Series, go on pre-sale for members of the casino's Camas rewards program at 6 a.m. Friday and to the general public at 8:30 a.m. Saturday via the venue's website here. Tickets for the Buffalo show, at the Artpark Outdoor Amphitheatre here, start at $22 for those who bring their own chairs for general admission, $52 for grass bowl general admission with chairs provided, $77 for front of stage general admission with chairs provided, and $77 for reserved seating with chairs provided, and they go on sale to the general public at 10 a.m. Friday at the box office and online via tickets.com. Also, VIP packages with backstage tours are $575 and those with meet-and-greets are $1,875 and go on sale at 10 a.m. Wednesday. Tickets for the Cleveland show, at Hard Rock Rocksino here, go on pre-sale for Hard Rock (presale code Rockon) at 10 a.m. Thursday and to the general public at 10 a.m. Friday via Ticketmaster. General seats will be $102.50, $163, $203 and $228, and VIP packages will also be offered. In other tour news, given Bruce Springsteen's cancellation of Sunday's concert at the Greensboro, N.C., Coliseum where Dolly is scheduled to play on the tour June 3 to protest the state's recent anti-LGBT law, some observers are suggesting she likewise cancel her show at the venue in protest as well. Read pieces from Albany, N.Y's, The Times Union here and Britain's Gay UK here.


    April 9:
    Dollywood Passholder Presale Coming June 15
    The presale date for Dollywood season passholders at Dolly's Imagination Library benefit concert in Pigeon Forge, Tenn., on her Pure & Simple Tour has been revealed: June 15. As was previously reported, tickets (if they are not sold out by that time) for the Nov. 15 engagement will be released for public sale on July 1. Tickets for her June 28 Pittsburgh concert go on sale Saturday via Ticketmaster, while several other cities went on public sale Friday.

    'Cross Your Mind' Single From Trio Collection Released
    In advance of the Sept. 9 release of The Complete Trio Collection Deluxe three-CD set (and My Dear Companion: Selections From The Trio Collection one-CD version, vinyl release of Trio II, and vinyl two-LP set of bonus tracks as Farther Along), Rhino Records has released the 1994 alternate take of "Do I Ever Cross Your Mind" with Dolly singing lead instead of Emmylou Harris as a digital single. Download the track here!

    U.K. Chart Updates
    Dolly's Ultimate falls back off the top 20 British country compilation albums this week down from No. 20, Friday's charts revealed. On the same tally, Emmylou Harris' Original Album Series, Volume 1 (with two Dolly covers, one track with Dolly harmony and one track with Trio harmony by Dolly and Linda Ronstadt) inches down one to No. 10, and her Original Album Series, Vol. 2 (featuring one track with Dolly harmony and two tracks with Trio harmony) gains four to No. 12, while Ronstadt's own Original Album Series (featuring one Dolly cover and one track with Dolly harmony) rises two to No. 16.


    April 8:
    Dolly's Wolf Trap Concert Confirmed
    Three weeks after word of the concert was spilled by a D.C.-area radio station and immediately deleted, Wolf Trap on Thursday finally announced Dolly's June 8 concert at the Vienna, Va., venue. Wolf Trap members may purchase tickets now and they go on sale to the general public April 23. Don't forget that tickets for her Cincinnati, Atlanta, North Carolina and West Virginia dates all go on sale to the general public on Friday.

    'USA Today': Lightning Rod May Open Late April
    USA Today profiled the new season at Dollywood on Thursday, giving the first estimate of when Lightning Rod may open, saying park officials hope the new ride will run by late April. Read the piece here.

    Friends Paint Dolly
    Columbus, Ohio, artist Paul Richmond posted a cute video in a new series "Painting With Friends" where they make a painting of Dolly and include a story about their visit to Dollywood to possibly paint a mural. Watch it here.


    April 7:
    Another 'Pure & Simple' Track Revealed


    Dolly on Tuesday released a promotional video for her upcoming Pure & Simple CD and tour, including revealing another track from the album: "I Will Never Not Love You." This marks the seventh track from the 12-song project to be identified (along with "Pure & Simple," "I'm 16," "Kiss It And Make It All Better," "Tomorrow Is Forever," "Say Forever You'll Be Mine" and "Mama"). She also confirmed the "Mama" song is the one she wrote for Dollywood's My Peoples show. Watch the clip here or in the media player above. In related news, Dolly's official website on Wednesday expanded its tour listings here to include all 10 currently-confirmed dates on the 60+-date tour. Also, the Cincinnati date announced Tuesday made The Cincinnati Enquirer on Wednesday here and her Chicago-area appearance was noted in The Daily Herald here.

    In Memoriam: Merle Haggard
    Country legend Merle Haggard passed away Wednesday from pneumonia at age 79. He and Dolly had a long-standing relationship throughout their respective careers. Upon learning of his death, Dolly said: "We've lost one of the greatest writers and singers of all time. His heart was as tender as his love ballads. I loved him like a brother. Rest easy, Merle." Haggard was good friends with Dolly and Porter Wagoner throughout their partnership, and after the duo's professional split he toured with Dolly in 1974 and 1975. Haggard recorded several Dolly songs in the 1970s including a No. 1 on "Kentucky Gambler" and album cuts "In The Good Old Days (When Times Were Bad)," "My Love Affair With Trains," "The Seeker" and "Lord Hold My Hand." Dolly returned the favor covering his "You'll Always Be Special To Me" on The Bargain Store, "Life's Like Poetry" on All I Can Do and "Today I Started Loving You Again" on Treasures. Haggard admitted in several memoirs and biographies that during the 1970s he had a deep but unrequited romantic love for Dolly and wrote his hit "Always Wanting You" about her.


    April 6:
    Cincinnati Concert Added To Pure & Simple Tour
    The 10th confirmed concert of Dolly's Pure & Simple Tour was announced on Tuesday: June 11 at Horseshoe Casino Cincinnati's outdoor venue, The Shoe. (The venue's name will likely be changed in June when the casino's name changes to Jack Cincinnati.) As best as your webmaster can determine, this is an outdoor venue with a small reserved seating area in front of the stage and a much larger standing-room-only general admission lawn. All shows are rain or shine, 21-and-over-only, and blankets or chairs are prohibited. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Eastern Friday on the casino's website here. In addition, Dolly's official website now has four of the 10 confirmed concerts listed here and her official music website on Tuesday posted seven of the 10 confirmed dates here.

    New Dolly Documentary Released Online
    Entertain Me Productions on Tuesday released a one-hour documentary called Dolly Parton: Queen Of Country, which appears to consist of various television interviews and red carpet appearances combined with a narrator's voice-over. The online documentary is available here for rental or purchase.

    U.S. Chart Updates
    Don Henley's Cass County, which features Dolly on "When I Stop Dreaming," drops three places to No. 43 on the country albums chart in its 27th chart week, the April 16 Billboard charts released Tuesday revealed.


    April 5:
    Four Concerts, Meet-And-Greets Announced For Pure & Simple
    Four more dates and VIP packages that include meet-and-greets were announced Monday for Dolly's Pure & Simple Tour, bringing the 60+ date tour to nine confirmed performances thus far. The new shows are June 3 at Greensboro Coliseum in Greensboro, N.C.; June 4 at Infinite Energy Center in Duluth, Ga., outside of Atlanta; June 7 at Charleston Civic Center in Charleston, W.V.; and June 28 at CONSOL Energy Center in Pittsburgh, Pa. Tickets for the Atlanta area engagement, $55-$95, go on sale Friday via the venue's website here. The other three shows will be sold via Ticketmaster ($55 and $95 for N.C., $73 and $93 for W.V. and $49.50 and $124.50 for Pa.) with presales starting Thursday at 10 a.m. Eastern (the N.C. and W.V. show list "fan presale" and "Ticketmaster presale" with no further details; the Pa. show notes "venue/pens/social/corporate presale" and "radio/promoters presale") and general public sales starting Friday for N.C. and W.V. and Saturday for Pa. The N.C. and W.V. shows also state that VIP packages go on sale Thursday at 10 a.m. as well. The VIP packages were also added to the previously-announced June 18 date in Bangor, Maine, seats for which are already on sale. Also, 3D commemorative tickets are available for $10 extra. The VIP packages all include a limited edition tour lithograph, digital copy of Dolly's new album, collectible concert set list, tour laminate and commemorative ticket. Additional benefits at each level are:

  • $200 or $225 Coat Of Many Colors Package with premium ticket in either first 15 rows or premium second price level ticket, $50 voucher to Dolly's online store
  • $575 Museum Tour Package with premium ticket in first 5 rows, early entry to venue, backstage tour of Dolly's wardrobe, guitars and memorabilia; pre-show reception with complimentary drinks and appetizers, personalized tour plaque, on-site VIP host, crowd-free merchandise shopping and $75 voucher to Dolly's online store
  • $1,875 Ultimate Package with same benefits as Museum Package except meet-and-greet with a photo with Dolly, premium ticket in first 3 rows and $125 voucher to Dolly's online store

    More From Academy Of Country Music Performance
    Dozens of media observers Sunday night and Monday celebrated Dolly's duet with Katy Perry on the Academy of Country Music Awards. A couple to provide exclusive interview content included CMT here and AOL here. In addition, the full appearance from presentation of the Tex Ritter Award to her acceptance speech to the performance is available from Perez Hilton here or in the media player below.


    April 4:
    Dolly Shines At ACM Awards
    Dolly ruled the Academy of Country Music Awards from Las Vegas on Sunday night to accept the Tex Ritter Award for Dolly Parton's Coat Of Many Colors and performing a medley of her hits "Coat Of Many Colors," "Jolene" and "9 To 5" with pop star Katy Perry, who in recent interviews clarified that Dolly's scheduling conflicts with the film kept her from joining Perry's 2015 Super Bowl halftime show. Coverage of the appearance included Dolly's official website here, AOL's The Boot here, The Hollywood Reporter here and Billboard (which includes a clip from the performance) here. Some coverage in advance of the collaboration came from WJHL here, The Chattanooga Times Free Press here, The Tennessean here and a preview from the ACM here.

    'Rolling Stone' Picks Dolly CD For Summer's Top 10
    Rolling Stone has named Dolly's Pure & Simple with Dolly's Biggest Hits among its 10 most looked-forward-to country albums for the first half of 2016. See the list here.

    'Southern Living' Recognizes Dolly
    Dolly has been named one of 2016's 56 Innovative People Changing the South by Southern Living magazine. Check it out here.

    U.K. Chart Updates
    Dolly's The Tour Collection falls back off the top 20 British country compilation albums this week down from No. 20, Friday's charts showed, while her Ultimate re-enters the top 20 at No. 20. On the same tally, Emmylou Harris' Original Album Series, Volume 1 (with two Dolly covers, one track with Dolly harmony and one track with Trio harmony by Dolly and Linda Ronstadt) gains three to No. 9, and her Original Album Series, Vol. 2 (featuring one track with Dolly harmony and two tracks with Trio harmony) pushes up one to No. 16, while Ronstadt's own Original Album Series (featuring one Dolly cover and one track with Dolly harmony) drops two to No. 18.


    April 1:
    New Dolly Pictures Posted
    Additional Dollymania.net photo galleries from last week's Dolly appearances at Dollywood have been added to that section of the site here. Still more to come! Also check out a video of the media appearance courtesy Coaster-net.com here, stories from The Bristol Herald Courier here and here and an interview with USA Today here.

    'Coat' Wins Another Award
    Dolly Parton's Coat Of Many Colors has won an honor from the 67th Annual Christopher Awards, it was announced this week. The Christian awards ceremony was founded in 1949 to celebrate writers, producers, directors, authors and illustrators whose work "affirms the highest values of the human spirit." Dolly is being recognized as executive producer of her project, which is one of five programs chosen for honors from television and cable. In addition to Dolly's film, a 20/20 segment "Escaping ISIS" from ABC News, the World Channel documentary ReFramed: If You Build It. TV Land's The Jim Gaffigan Show: My Friend The Priest and HBO's documentary Tashi and the Monk will be honored in that category. In film, Dolly's Rhinestone co-star Sylvester Stallone will receive an award for Creed as will filmmakers associated with The Drop Box, The Martian and Room. Several books will also be honored. The awards take place May 19 in New York City. Dolly said in a press release: "I love the Christopher Award slogan, 'Better to light one candle than to curse the darkness.'I personally believe that with all my heart. I think the movie, 'Coat of Many Colors,' a true story from my childhood, does throw a light on a lot of things like family, hope, love, kindness, understanding, and acceptance. It really spoke to the issue of bullying. I am very proud at how God works through me to shine a light, and to help heal a lot of hurt in a lot of people, and I am very proud of this award."

    Uganda Loves Dolly, Country Music: BBC
    The BBC recently profiled Uganda's love for country music, including Dolly's reaction to knowing her "Coat Of Many Colors" is the main radio station's most requested song, with a photo essay here.

    Night Of 1,000 Dollys To Return
    The folks at Knoxville's Club XYZ have announced details for their sixth year hosting Night of 1,000 Dollys. Monique Alexander from Johnson City, Tenn., and Kourtney Paige Van Wells from Texas are slated to join Raz, Trixie, and Vanity for a gay ole time May 7, the night after Dolly's annual Pigeon Forge parade. This unofficial event features boobtacular decorations, professional Dolly impersonators in an 11:30 p.m. show, a Best Dolly costume contest at midnight, prizes and more. Check out a poster below.