www.dollymania.net                News                          September 2006

Sept. 30:
Dolly Cracks 'Em Up On 'Hannah'
Dolly gave a cute performance on The Disney Channel's Hannah Montana Friday night. In the episode, "Good Golly, Miss Dolly," she played herself, the title character's godmother, on a visit from Tennessee. In addition to the boys of the house fighting her feminization of their territory with pink frou-frou and flowers (complete with their "Dollycized" hair thanks to the new shampoo she gave them), she accidentally filmed some private girl talk with her goddaughter, with a tape that coincidentally got mixed up with one being used to compile a retirement video for the school principal (the cameras get switched because someone doesn't see Dolly's rhinestone "D" on hers!). Circumstances forced Dolly to concoct a Lucy-and-Ethel-style caper to break in and steal the tape. Jokes abounded about Dolly's dog, her husband, having a phone stuffed in her wig, and using her nails to pick locks. There was even a real cheesy stunt double acrobatic scene for her entrance to steal the tape, and a minute of singing. The episode repeats several times throughout the month; a complete listing is available in the TV schedule on the left-hand column of this page. (And see additional photos from the show here.) Image at left is copyright Disney and is used with permission.

Cookbook Delay Announced
Although Dolly had said at her recent Dollywood appearance that her Dolly's Dixie Fixin's cookbook to benefit her Imagination Library charity program would be shipped around mid-October, some who ordered the book have started receiving cards informing them that due to printing delays the new anticipated ship date will be the last week of October. The books were originally expected to ship in late September. If you haven't ordered yours yet, they are still available here. Image at left is copyright 2006 Duane Gordon/Dollymania.net. May not be reproduced without prior written consent. See more shots from the appearance here.

More Kudos For Solomon's Disc
Solomon Burke's country CD Nashville has been getting great marks since its release on Tuesday. Another praiseful reviewer weighed in Friday, with The Los Angeles Times offering the disc three stars and singling out his collaboration with Dolly on her "Tomorrow Is Forever" as one of the album's highlights, calling it "a powerful duet." Read more here.

Vincent Applauds Dolly, Video Dips
Another Dolly guest spot caught an interviewer's ear Friday, this time The Ashville Citizen-Times in North Carolina. Rhonda Vincent was asked about Dolly appearing on her current CD, All American Bluegrass Girl, and its lead single. Vincent, who often sings harmony for Dolly's recordings, gushed about her, saying: "She's so awesome; she sang with me on 'Heartbreakers Alibi' and appears in the new video. She's such a great lady and she was such a perfect match for this song." Read the full interview here. The video, unfortunately, slips three more spots to No. 12 on this week's Great American Country (GAC) Top 20 Country Countdown, the network announced Friday, where it is in its eighth week on the viewer-voted tally. Cast your ballot for it in next week's chart here!

Dolly Connections At IBMAs
Although Dolly didn't take home any trophies herself, there were a couple of big connections to her at this year's International Bluegrass Music Association Awards Thursday night in Nashville. Congratulations are in order to current duet partner Rhonda Vincent for taking home her seventh consecutive Female Vocalist of the Year trophy, and the night's big prize, Entertainer of the Year, went to The Grascals, the fairly new band Dolly chose to open her concerts and serve as her backing musicians for her 2004 tour and who also opened several of her dates on her 2005 tour in addition to serving as the principal musicians on her Those Were The Days CD. Read coverage from CMT.com here and The Tennessean here.

Lending Another Helping Hand
I'm told Dolly has donated another of her Dollywood dulcimers for a charity auction, this time the Pike County Artisan Center in eastern Kentucky. The Center happens to have Teddy W. Smith, webmaster of Dolly fan site DollyOnline.net (soon to be moved to DollyPartners.net), as its director, and he tells me Dolly's autographed dulcimer and an autographed photo of her playing a dulcimer will be up on eBay in a couple of weeks or so to benefit the organization. "Being a big fan of Dolly's its great to have her support something so close to my own heart," he explained, adding that he hopes to get his site back up and running soon, as it has been dormant for several months. Thanks!


Sept. 29:
'Going' Not Gone Anymore
"When I Get Where I'm Going," Brad Paisley's No. 1 collaboration with Dolly, has re-entered the recurrent country singles chart in the Oct. 7 numbers, Billboard announced Thursday. The tune gained about 300,000 listeners for the week for an audience of 6.0 million to re-enter the 20-position tally at No. 18 for a 24th week. The chart tracks radio popularity of songs that have been removed from the main singles list due to chart longevity rules. The album which contains the track, Paisley's Time Well Wasted, gains four to No. 14 country in its 58th chart week, also rising 15 to No. 90 pop and 17 to No. 91 comprehensive, while in Canada it slides three to No. 33 country. Martina McBride's Timeless, featuring Dolly on "I Still Miss Someone," remains strong up north, slipping just two to No. 10 Canadian country but falling 26 to No. 89 Canadian pop. In the U.S., the collection is much lower, gaining two to No. 61 country in its 48th chart week. Kenny Rogers's 21 Number Ones, which includes "Islands In The Stream," inches up one to No. 36 country in its 35th week. Rhonda Vincent's All American Bluegrass Girl, the first single from which, "Heartbreaker's Alibi," is a Dolly duet, drops two to No. 7 bluegrass in its 17th week, while Vincent's Ragin' Live, with a live version of "Jolene," falls back out of the 15-position chart, down from No. 15 the previous week, its 74th. Clay Aiken's A Thousand Different Ways, with his cover of Dolly's 1977 smash "Here You Come Again," debuts at No. 2 pop with 205,000 copies sold in its first week. Kenney Chesney's LIVE: Live Those Songs Again debuts at No. 1 country and No. 4 pop with 137,000 units moved in its first week, while Rascal Flatts' Me & My Gang dips one to No. 2 country in its 25th week, dropping three to No. 21 pop.

'Hannah' Night Is Here!
The night is finally here for Dolly's much-anticipated guest spot on The Disney Channel tween series Hannah Montana at 8 p.m. Eastern Friday. The show stars Miley Cyrus as a girl who moved to California from Tennessee but has kept secret from her new friends that she performs as the superstar singing title character. Her father, a songwriter, is played by real-life father Billy Ray Cyrus. Dolly appears as herself, playing Miley's godmother, spouting words of advice throughout the episode such as: "Being a teenage girl is harder than walking through a balloon shop with a porcupine purse." The episode is this weekend's top TV choice for the television critic for the Minneapolis Star Tribune (read it here). Image at left is copyright Disney and is used with permission.

More Honors Possible For 'Going'
Brad Paisley and Dolly are up for a couple more awards, it was revealed this week. The 12th annual Inspirational Country Music Awards on Wednesday announced its nominees for this year, and the duo is up for Song of the Year and Video of the Year for "When I Get Where I'm Going." Facing off against them for Song are "Believe" by Brooks & Dunn, "Jesus Take The Wheel" by Carrie Underwood, "Me And God" by Josh Turner and "Welcome Home Soldier" by Mike Hammock. Up with them for Video are "Believe," "Jesus Take The Wheel," Sawyer Brown's "They Don't Understand" and Diamond Rio's "God Only Cries (For The Living)." Winners will be announced Nov. 9 in Nashville. Read the complete list of nominees here.

Transcript Is Up
As promised, the complete transcript of Dolly's Dollywood appearance for its Bluegrass & BBQ Festival has been posted online. It is available in that section of the site here.

Michigan Library Update
Dolly's Imagination Library literacy program's chapter in Bay City, Mich., continues to grow, The Bay City Times noted in an update Thursday here. According to the article, more than half of the community's 7,300 eligible children are participating. Dolly's nationwide project provides one free, hardcover, age-appropriate book per month for all children birth to age 5 in a participating community whose parents sign up.

A 'Designing' Dolly
Although the scheduling was noted on the TV listings on the left side of this page several days ago, Nick at Nite on Thursday officially announced the addition of the 1986-1993 hit comedy series Designing Women to its line-up, kicking off with a four-night marathon of what the network describes as the "best-loved episodes" of the series' seven-year run. Of course, included in those 32 top shows is the two-part arc featuring Dolly as Charlene's "Guardian Movie Star." The shows run from 10 p.m. until 2 a.m. Eastern from Monday through Thursday, with Dolly's hour coming on at 11 p.m. Eastern Wednesday. Read the full list of episodes being aired here.


Sept. 28:
A Few More Dolly Images Posted
Special thanks to reader Darrick Beekman for sending a few more shots from Dolly's recent appearance at Dollywood. His images have been added to that section of the site here. (I'm still working a little here and there on the event transcript and am probably still another day or two away from getting it posted.) And speaking of the park, its Bluegrass & BBQ Festival ended Thursday, but never fear, another big event is coming! The National Gospel and Harvest Celebration kicks off Friday and continues through Oct. 28, followed by the Smoky Mountain Christmas festival starting Nov. 4.

'Coat' Of Many Stories
Another Dolly cover tune is out, albeit with a suspicious story. The Cumberland Trio, a popular folk group from the 1960s which recently reunited, put out a live disc earlier this year featuring their version of "Coat Of Many Colors." However, in introducing the song, they tell the tale of meeting a young teen-aged waitress at a Gatlinburg restaurant in 1964 who sang them the song years before she became famous. The only problem is that by all accounts Dolly didn't write the song until about five years later. Get the two-CD version of Back Where We Began here and DVD version here.


Sept. 27:
Yes, She's Got A Hemi
The Americana Highway radio program in Knoxville has announced the winners of its first awards program, the HEMI Awards. With more than 40,000 votes cast, Dolly was selected by the public as its first inductee into the Americana Highway Hall of Fame. She had also been up for Favorite Female and Favorite Song in a Movie ("Travelin' Thru"), but those honors were taken by pal Rhonda Vincent and Dolly fanatic Reese Witherspoon (with Joaquin Phoenix for "Jackson" from Walk The Line), respectively. Read the press release in Tuesday's The Knoxville News-Sentinel here.

Boxed Set Plugging Starts
The promotions have begun for next month's Sugar Hill Records boxed set, Dolly Parton: The Acoustic Collection, 1999-2002. The collection, which re-packages her three roots music CDs for the indie label with a bonus disc of additional material, gets a fairly large ad in the new issue of Country Weekly magazine on newsstands this week. The set hits stores Oct. 10. Reserve your copy here!

Contest Reminder
My friend Christian over at Country Stars Central asked if I would remind folks of his current contest on his site. This month's prize is an autographed photo from Sara Evans.


Sept. 26:
1970s 'Dolly' Series Coming To DVD
Fans will soon be able to stop trading the fuzzy, aged, pirated videotape copies of Dolly's famed 1976-77 syndicated television series -- well, at least six episodes of it. TV Shows On DVD on Monday revealed here that MPI Home Video will be releasing Dolly Parton & Friends, a two-disc set to include six episodes of the series plus a couple of bonus songs from her time on The Porter Wagoner Show. Although the site stated the collection "should be out in February," a spokesperson for MPI told Dollymania that details on the set are still being finalized and they tentatively plan to have it out sometime in the first quarter of 2007, so that date may change. It was added that the bonus tracks have not been finalized either, so they haven't decided which songs those will include. He declined to comment when asked whether this will be the first in a series or a stand-alone collection. Look for more information, likely in a few more weeks, when the release is officially announced. Thanks!
Longtime readers of the site may recall it reported here that MPI originally planned to re-issue the series under the same title but as a three-disc set back in 2001, but those plans were postponed for about a year and then scrapped indefinitely for reasons not made publicly known. The new set will reportedly run two hours and 45 minutes and include Dolly's episodes with Linda Ronstadt and Emmylou Harris, Kenny Rogers, Anne Murray and Randy Parton, Rod McKuen, Ronnie Millsap and Marilyn McCoo and Bill David Jr. Click on the images at left for larger versions of the reported cover art which was published by TV Shows On DVD.

Review: Lynn Collection Stunning
Relative newcomer Christie Lynn scores a charmer with her new disc Christie Lynn Sings Country, Gospel, Bluegrass, which features a Dolly guest appearance on "Beneath The Sweet Magnolia Tree." The recording, on which Dolly sings harmony with Porter Wagoner as well as a few solo lines in the tune she wrote and originally recorded with him more than a quarter-century ago, is one of the liveliest on the CD. The disc offers some great vocals and first-class picking with a strong bluegrass vein throughout. The most touching track is "We're Gonna Miss You," about losing a loved one, and the most fun is the rollicking "Moonshine Quiver." Another highlight is an excellent recording of Wagoner's "Lonely Sounds Of Night," featuring harmony by Wagoner on the tune he originally cut with Dolly as "Sounds Of Night" in 1973. Order your copy here. Other Dolly-related products hitting stores on Tuesday include a new duet of "Tomorrow Is Forever" by Dolly and Solomon Burke on the soul legend's first-ever country disc, Nashville (which The Tennessean called here "one of the finest albums of the year") and Kenny Rogers's new DVD The Journey, which includes some Dolly footage.

Giving Comfort To Those In Need
Showing the size of Dolly's heart, Virginia's Martinsville Bulletin on Monday provided a touching tale of a terminally ill local man whose dying wish to meet Dolly was recently fulfilled thanks to his hospice care, local church and Dollywood, although he didn't know he was going to get to meet her until she walked into the room to greet him and his family. Read more here.


Sept. 25:
Dolly On CMT, New 'Wood Shots Posted
Dolly got a few minutes Saturday on CMT's Insider news program, showcasing footage from the previous weekend's appearance at Dollywood. She was shown on stage singing "9 To 5," getting her apron put on her and cooking with Chef Fritz from her morning appearance as well as a clip of singing "I Will Always Love You" with Ricky Skaggs and his band. In a few very brief interview clips, she talked about the morning's cooking appearance and her Imagination Library literacy program, which is the beneficiary for sales of the cookbook the weekend helped promote (get yours here if you haven't yet!). She also added about singing her signature tune with Skaggs: "It just gave me chills 'cause we had not rehearsed it at all. It just turned out beautifully." The show repeats at 2 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Eastern Monday. In related news, check out the non-Dolly galleries from the weekend added to that section of the site here. Your complete transcript of Dolly's appearance will hopefully be up in a few days. Image at left is copyright 2006 Duane Gordon/Dollymania.net. May not be reproduced without prior written consent.

'Hannah' Spot Gets Notice
The night is almost here for Dolly's much-anticipated guest spot on The Disney Channel series Hannah Montana on Friday. Several newspapers nationwide noted her appearance in their weekly rundown of the best things on TV in coming days, including New Jersey's Star Ledger, which cited a quote here that she says in the episode: "Being a teenage girl is harder than walking through a balloon shop with a porcupine purse." The show premieres at 8 p.m. Eastern Friday. Image at left is copyright Disney and is used with permission.

Ticket Updates
Tickets went on sale Saturday for two more Dolly casino concerts this fall: Nov. 16 in Uncasville, Conn., and Nov. 18 in Verona, N.Y. The large main floor seating areas at both venues quickly sold out except for a handful of single-seat tickets, but plenty of seats remain available in the mid- and upper-level sections at each one via Ticketmaster.

Helping Another Auction
Dolly has donated another item to help one of her hometown charities. The local United Way's annual Taste of Autumn fund-raiser in Gatlinburg, Tenn., on Sept. 28 will feature a dulcimer from Dollywood autographed by Dolly, according to The Mountain Press. Tickets for the event are $25 each. Read more here.


Sept. 23:
Reader Shots Are Up
The first group of reader-submitted pics from Dolly's appearances at the Dollywood Bluegrass & BBQ Festival have been added to that section of the site here. Thanks! Look for even a few more things in the final day or two of coverage from the event! And don't forget to catch coverage of the weekend's festivities on CMT Insider premiering Saturday at 1:30 p.m. Eastern with repeats throughout the weekend. Image at left is courtesy Chris Goff and used with permission.

Vincent Collaboration Down
Rhonda Vincent and Dolly dip another three spots on the Great American Country (GAC) Top 20 Country Countdown, the network announced Friday. Their video for "Heartbreaker's Alibi" falls to No. 9 in its seventh week on the viewer-voted chart. Cast your ballot for the duo in next week's countdown here!

Dolly's Top 40 Entry Is 'Jolene'
Well, Dolly landed at No. 26 on CMT's 40 Greatest Albums countdown, which premiered Friday night, with 1974's Jolene. Dolly also showed up performing with Linda Ronstadt and Emmylou Harris on "Even Cowgirls Get The Blues" from Harris's No. 20 entry, 1979's Blue Kentucky Girl, although their contribution to the disc was not acknowledged. (Ronstadt appeared again with her CD Heart Like A Wheel at No. 34, but surprisingly their Trio collaboration missed the list.) The network's selection for the No. 1 most influential country album of all time was Willie Nelson's Red Headed Stranger. About Dolly's record, Sara Evans noted: "It's a tremendous album," adding about its title track: "And I don't think there's ever been another song written like that." Jack White, who covers "Jolene" in concert, offered: "I immediately connected with that song the first time I heard it and the last time I heard it, which was a few days ago, I still connected with it." And Wade Jennsen of Billboard noted that the LP also provided the first recording of her classic "I Will Always Love You." Dolly spoke of both songs using footage shot for her CMT Greatest Moments special. The show repeats several times over the next couple of weeks.

Mass. Paper Praises Dolly Fan Doc
The North Shore in Beverly, Mass., offered a wonderful and lengthy preview Friday of the fan documentary For The Love Of Dolly, which screens at 1 p.m. Sept. 30 at The Screening Room as part of the nearby Newburyport Film Festival. Read the piece here.

N.Y., Conn. Ticket Reminders
Don't forget that tickets to two of Dolly's currently-scheduled fall casino shows go on sale at 10 a.m. Eastern Saturday via Ticketmaster: her Nov. 16 date at the Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville, Conn., and the Nov. 18 engagement at the Turning Stone Casino in Verona, N.Y. (Three nights at a Toronto-area casino the week of Thanksgiving are nearly sold out.) Additional dates and locations she may play in late fall are not yet known.

More Library Week Coverage
Dolly's Imagination Library literacy program showed up all over the place again on Friday. Ohio's Cincinnati Enquirer profiled here one elementary school's efforts to combat its very, very low test scores by implementing the project there for children who will enter the school in a few years. In Tennessee, The Weakley County Press noted here that Delta Kappa Gamma, an international sorority for educators, will work statewide enrollment fairs Saturday to conclude Imagination Library Week, and The Jackson Sun offered an overview here of a visit Thursday by program champion Gov. Phil Bredesen (D-Tenn.) to promote it there. Finally, The Toccoa Record in Georgia recapped a presentation about the program to the Day Circle group at a local church here.

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Sept. 22:
Porter, Dolly & Christie Sing On New Disc
Yet another Porter & Dolly collaboration will hit shelves next week, it has been revealed. The two join up as a trio with Christie Lynn, who worked with Porter as his "girl singer" for about seven years from the mid-1990s to 2002, for a cover of Dolly's composition "Beneath The Sweet Magnolia Tree," which Porter Wagoner and Dolly had recorded together for their 1980 album Porter & Dolly. The new version will appear on Lynn's new release, Christie Lynn Sings Country, Gospel & Bluegrass, which comes out next Tuesday on Gusto Records. Wagoner produced the disc, and Dr. Ralph Stanley also shows up to sing with Lynn and Wagoner on another track. This is not, however, the new duet Dolly recorded with Wagoner several months ago which was first reported here back in April. A spokesperson at the label confirms that recording is likely to appear on a gospel album Porter may have out several months from now, but its track listing has yet to be finalized. Image of the two at The Grand Ole Opry in April 2005 is copyright 2005 Duane Gordon/Dollymania.net. May not be reproduced without prior written consent.

Latest Round Of Dollywood Images Up
The final set of your official Dollymania Dolly shots from this weekend's Dollywood Bluegrass & BBQ Festival opening are now available in that section of the site here. Reader-submitted shots should start going up Friday night as well as some additional non-Dolly photos. Image at left is copyright 2006 Duane Gordon/Dollymania.net. May not be reproduced without prior written consent.

Chart Updates
Brad Paisley's Time Well Wasted, including the No. 1 Dolly duet "When I Get Where I'm Going," inches up four to No. 18 in the Sept. 30 Billboard country albums chart, it was announced Thursday. The disc, in its 57th chart week, dips nine to No. 105 pop and eight to No. 108 comprehensive, while up north it rises two to No. 30 Canadian country. Still selling well from her appearance on Canadian Idol, Martina McBride's Timeless, with Dolly on "I Still Miss Someone," dips two to No. 8 Canadian country and one to No. 63 across the border. In the States, the CD falls four to No. 63 country in its 47th chart week. Kenny Rogers's 21 Number Ones, featuring "Islands In The Stream," gains two to No. 37 country in its 34th week, although it falls back out of the top 200 pop chart, down from No. 190 the previous week. Rhonda Vincent's All American Bluegrass Girl, with Dolly on its first single, "Heartbreaker's Alibi," slips one to No. 5 bluegrass in its 16th week, while her Ragin' Live, with its cover of "Jolene," re-enters the 15-position chart at No. 15 in its 74th week. Rascal Flatts' Me & My Gang remains at No. 1 country in its 24th week, dropping two to No. 18 pop, while Josh Turner's Your Man remains steady at No. 2 country and falls five to No. 26 pop in its 34th week.

These Old Bones
A unique piece of astrology showed up Thursday in North Carolina's Asheville Citizen Times. Their horoscope, which usually chooses a person or character or film to provide a comment to accompany each sign's forecast, this week uses song lyrics and quotes from Dolly over the years. Take a read here.


Sept. 21:
Baby I'm Burnin', The Grill That Is!
The next set of shots from this weekend's Dollywood festivities have been added to that section of the site here. These focus on the cooking portion of her appearance. And, yes, there are still even more images to come! I expect to post galleries Thursday night from the contest winner announcement portion of her appearance and then likely reader-submitted shots on Friday. Check back after that for a transcript of her appearance, some non-Dolly pics from the festival and some construction images of Mystery Mine. Image at left is copyright 2006 Duane Gordon/Dollymania.net. May not be reproduced without prior written consent.

More Conn. Ticket Info.
Ticketmaster on Wednesday added a page for Dolly's Nov. 16 Connecticut casino show, revealing that the time for Saturday's ticket sales will be 10 a.m. Eastern, the same time as tickets will go on sale for her Nov. 18 New York casino show.

Actor: Get Dolly For Murder
CSI: Dolly? Well, one cast member of the popular CBS CSI series would like to see that for at least a future episode. Filming a recent episode in Las Vegas with Cirque de Soleil put the idea in actor Billy Peterson's mind. "I'd like to do shows backstage at a Dolly Parton concert, you know, and have Dolly in it as Dolly," he told The Early Show. "Dolly would do it, I'm sure ... We'll have to suspect her for a while." Read more here.

Another Contest
My pal Christian, who runs Dolly Parton Central and Country Stars Central, asked me to let everyone know he's gotten some CDs, posters, autographed pictures and more from various artists and will be giving them away over the next several weeks. Visit his site here and click on "contests" to find out how to enter.

E-mail Problems
My e-mail server, unfortunately, had some problems late Tuesday and all day Wednesday and some messages were lost. So if you wrote me and did not receive a reply, please wait try again. Sorry.


Sept. 20:
Now We Don Our Cookin' Apparel
Yes, Dolly wore the cookbook cover outfit (or, rather, the cookbook cover outfit with several rhinestones added to it!) when she appeared at Dollywood this weekend to plug its release and announce the winner of her backyard barbeque contest at the park's Bluegrass & BBQ Festival opening. Check out more images of her on stage in that get-up in new galleries added to that section of the site here tonight. More photos are still to come! Image at left is copyright 2006 Duane Gordon/Dollymania.net. May not be reproduced without prior written consent.

European Update
Dolly and Rhonda Vincent's "Heartbreaker's Alibi" slides overseas in the new European CMA charts released Tuesday. The song, which had debuted at No. 9 in the U.K. and No. 6 in France, fell off the 10-position country airplay singles charts in each nation this week.

Latest Releases
Clay Aiken's new CD, A Thousand Different Ways, hit stores on Tuesday containing his cover of Dolly's first pop crossover hit, "Here You Come Again." (It sounds nothing like the original.) Get your copy here. And don't forget that we're just one week away from two other Dolly-related projects' release: soul legend Solomon Burke's country CD, Nashville, which features Dolly duetting on her classic "Tomorrow Is Forever," and the Kenny Rogers DVD The Journey, with its own Dolly items, including footage with her.


Sept. 19:
N.Y. Concert Announced
Another Dolly casino concert has been set, it was announced Monday. She will play an 8 p.m. show on Saturday, Nov. 18, at Turning Stone Casino in Verona, N.Y. Tickets for the concert, $65 each, will go on sale via Ticketmaster at 10 a.m. Eastern Saturday. This brings the number of scheduled shows thus far for November to five.

More From Bluegrass & BBQ Fest
The next selection of images from this weekend's Bluegrass and BBQ Festival at Dollywood have been added to the galleries in that section here, including a larger version of the shot at left. Keep checking back throughout the week as additional galleries are added, eventually leading to the posting of your traditional Dollymania transcript from her appearance and photos submitted by readers (send yours here)! Image at left is copyright 2006 Duane Gordon/Dollymania.net. May not be reproduced without prior written consent.

Latest On The Library
More coverage of Dolly's Imagination Library literacy program came on Monday across Tennessee, thanks to Gov. Phil Bredesen (D-Tenn.) proclaiming Sept. 18-24 statewide Imagination Library Week. Read about the proclamation from The Rogersville Review here and about local efforts in the Kingsport area from The Kingsport Times-News here.


Sept. 18:
Bluegrass And BBQ Blast At Dollywood
One really, really surprised Gatlinburg fan got a big phone call from Dolly on Friday to say he had won her cookbook contest to come to his house with food and music. She also joined Ricky Skaggs on stage and toured the park for her fans, all to kick off Dollywood's Bluegrass & BBQ Festival. CMT had a crew there for its CMT Insider program filming her appearances at the festival as well as sitting down for a one-on-one interview. The episode is currently slated to premiere at 1:30 p.m. Saturday.
In other coverage:

  • The Knoxville News-Sentinel covered the festivities here on Saturday complete with a slide-show of images from her appearances and an interview (in which she noted she will own half of the rights to the Broadway adaptation of 9 To 5 for which she has composed the score -- she was meeting with fellow producers and the directors for the show on Saturday in New York) .
  • CMT.com offered a note over the weekend on the contest winner here.
  • Sevier County's The Mountain Press interviewed him in a piece published here.
  • And Dollywood offered a brief about it on its official website here.
  • Your Dollymania coverage starts here, with more to be added throughout the week! (If you have photos you'd like to submit for posting, please send them here. Thanks!) Image at left is copyright 2006 Duane Gordon/Dollymania.net. May not be reproduced without prior written consent.

    Another Concert Added, More Dates, CD Coming
    Dolly has scheduled one more concert, it was announced over the weekend. She will play the Sun Arena at the Mohegan Sun Resort and Casino in Uncasville, Conn., at 7 p.m. Nov. 16. Tickets, which will run $45 and $65, will go on sale Sept. 23 (time of sale TBA) via Ticketmaster. Dolly last played the venue in August 2005 to a nearly sell-out crowd. She did sell out the arena for her November 2004 concert there. But that's not her only concert news. While her staff has maintained that her upcoming concerts are not technically a "tour" and will not be organized into a formal tour, The Knoxville News Sentinel called them a tour in its coverage of the weekend's festivities, also announcing that she plans to continue scheduling dates at casinos in 2007 and will also add some European concerts next year as well. (Although not referenced in the story, I understand, though, that additional 2006 casino dates are to be scheduled.) And in an interview with The News Courier in Athens, Ala., here (which also called the collection of concerts a "limited tour"), she said the Kenny Rogers puppet she used for some shows on her "Hello I'm Dolly" Tour will return, as will the Elvis impersonator to perform "I Dreamed About Elvis," and new to the show will be use of a dancer. She also revealed in the interview that she plans to put out a new CD in spring 2007 titled "Country Is As Country Does" which will include the Elvis number. Her other currently-scheduled concerts, three nights in November at Canada's Casino Rama, are nearly sold out, with seats in just the last few rows on the far left and right sides of the venue remaining available. Image of Dolly at left at the Mohegan Sun during her 2004 concert courtesy Brenda Bourque. Used with permission.

    Dolly And The King Help Tourism
    Speaking of Elvis, it was noted last week that due to the popularity of Dolly's commercial with the King to promote Tennessee tourism, the state's tourism website has broken into the top 10 for all Google searches for the word "vacation." Read more from The Knoxville News-Sentinel here.

    Dolly And Busey Together Again
    Dolly is planning a duet with wild man Gary Busey, the actor who starred with her in the made-for-television film Wild Texas Wind but whose personal antics have attracted more attention in recent years than his professional work. Busey told Tulsa World in Oklahoma that he is working on a tribute album to Buddy Holly (one of his early roles was starring in a bio-pic on the late rock 'n' roll trailblazer, which earned him an Oscar nomination) and has gotten agreements from ZZ Top to join him on "That'll Be The Day," Bruce Springsteen on "Rave On" and Dolly on "True Love Ways." Read more from the story published in the newspaper on Thursday here.

    'Billboard' Chart Updates
    Brad Paisley's Time Well Wasted, which features his No. 1 duet with Dolly, "When I Get Where I'm Going," spends its 56th week on the Billboard country albums chart gaining three spots to No. 22 in the Sept. 23 tally, it was announced Thursday. On the pop side, the CD remains steady at No. 96 pop and No. 100 comprehensive, while in Canada it slides one to No. 32 country. Martina McBride's Timeless, featuring "I Still Miss Someone" with Dolly, slips two to No. 6 Canadian country and 20 places to No. 62 pop there. In the U.S., the collection remains steady at No. 59 country in its 46th chart week. Kenny Rogers's 21 Number Ones, which includes "Islands In The Stream," rises one to No. 39 country in its 33rd week, re-entering the top 200 pop chart at No. 190. Rhonda Vincent's All American Bluegrass Girl, the first single from which is "Heartbreaker's Alibi" with Dolly, remains steady at No. 4 bluegrass in its 15th week. Rascal Flatts' Me & My Gang remains at No. 1 country in its 23rd week, gaining two to No. 16 pop, while Josh Turner's Your Man inches up one to No. 2 country and four to No. 21 pop in its 33rd week.

    And On GAC
    Rhonda Vincent and Dolly lost two last week on the Great American Country (GAC) Top 20 Country Countdown, the network announced Friday. Their video for "Heartbreaker's Alibi" fell to No. 6 in its sixth week on the viewer-voted chart. Cast your ballot for the duo in next week's countdown here!

    'Hannah Montana' News
    The time has changed for The Disney Channel premiere of Dolly's guest role on Hannah Montana. The episode, "Good Golly, Miss Dolly." will premiere at 8 p.m. Eastern Sept. 29, not the 7 p.m. time slot previously reported here. It is also scheduled to repeat at 6 p.m. Eastern on Oct. 4 on Disney.

    Tennessee Libraries Earn Coverage
    Dolly's Imagination Library literacy program was all over the news in Tennessee in recent days. The Tennessean on Sunday offered a very lengthy, comprehensive local view of the program here, complete with a brief interview with Dolly at the park from Friday. (The story has a side-bar in Q&A format here to accompany it.) Bradford County's efforts were profiled in The Shelbyville Times-Gazette here on Saturday, while Dickson County's program earned some ink in The Dickson Herald here on Friday. Then on Sunday, Chattanooga TV station WDEF had a little story on its success there, an online version of which is accessible here.

    Burgess Services Held Sunday
    My appreciation is extended to reader Angel for passing along the obituary for former Dolly fan webmaster Mark Burgess, which appeared over the weekend in The Times of Gainesville, Ga. Services were held Sunday. Read the obituary here. Memorials may be made to Calvary Baptist Church or Pleasant Hill Baptist Church, both of Gainsville, Ga.


    Sept. 14-17:
    Dolly Added To Reba Tribute
    Dolly will literally be singing the praises of close friend and fellow superstar Reba McEntire next month, CMT announced on Wednesday. Both Dolly and Wynonna have joined as performers in a cast which will include Faith Hill, Trisha Yearwood, Kelly Clarkson, Martina McBride, Brooks & Dunn, Jennifer Nettles and LeAnn Rimes for the tribute special CMT Giants: Reba. Also announced Wednesday as appearing on the show but not singing were Barbara Mandrell, James Denton, Melissa Peterman and Christopher Rich. The taping is scheduled for Oct. 26 (not the Oct. 25 date reported on CMT.com) at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood, Calif. Tickets, ranging from $50 to $350, go on sale to the public at 10 a.m. West Coast time Saturday via Ticketmaster, with a portion of proceeds benefiting Habitat for Humanity. The concert special will air on CMT Nov. 18. Read more here.

    Singin' A Song
    Dolly has agreed to also sing about her hometown area around Dollywood, according to a story in Sevier County, Tenn.'s The Mountain Press. The newspaper reports that she has offered to sing a new jingle, "Your All-American Getaway," to be used in advertising promoting Pigeon Forge, the city where the theme park is located. Read more here.

    In Memoriam
    Dolly fans this week are mourning the loss of a giant among their ranks. Mark Burgess, who founded and for several years operated Dolly.net, one of the first fan sites dedicated to Dolly online, passed away Wednesday after a long illness, a mutual friend notified Dollymania. A familiar face at all Dolly events in Nashville and Dollywood until recent years, Burgess was a professional photographer whose work with Dolly included shooting the official photos of her with Dottie Rambo used to promote the single "Stand By The River" and snapping a picture which appeared in the liner notes to her 1994 concert CD Heartsongs: Live From Home. He was even seen once dancing with her during the closing credits of a CMT interview special a few years back. His lasting contributions to the Dolly fan circle will not be forgotten, and our thoughts and prayers remain with his family and friends.

    A Brief Hiatus
    It's that time again, when your Dollymania updates temporarily stop so your webmaster may travel to see her in person and bring back all the tales and images from a Dolly sighting. So there won't be any updates until Sunday evening, when I'll be back with news and photos from her stop at Dollywood Friday to kick off the Bluegrass & BBQ Festival Friday at the park (11 a.m. appearance to announce the winner of her cookbook contest and a parade through the park grounds Friday afternoon). And I might as well go ahead and tell y'all, so hopefully you won't get quite so mad at me when the time comes :) But there will be a little longer, non-Dolly break from the site in a little over a month when your webmaster takes a vacation to Japan for a couple of weeks at the end of October and early November, and I don't anticipate being able to update the site while overseas.


    Sept. 13:
    CMT 'Greatest Albums' To Include Dolly
    Although the actual list of records has not been released, CMT revealed Tuesday that Dolly is among the artists to be featured on its next installment in its "The Greatest" series of countdowns: CMT 40 Greatest Albums. Only 36 performers are listed as being in the program, meaning some will appear with more than one entry in the top 40. Dolly's collaborators Linda Ronstadt and Emmylou Harris are also both on the list, suggesting that their 1987 collaboration Trio will be among the titles honored with a spot. It wouldn't surprise me, too, if Dolly's 1971 masterpiece Coat Of Many Colors is on the list, since many critics count it in the 10 best albums of the genre's history, or her 1999 collection The Grass Is Blue, which is possibly the most critically-acclaimed work of her career. The special, which promises to celebrate country's "most important albums . . . groundbreaking, influential and enduring" across five decades, premieres at 9 p.m. Eastern Sept. 22 with several repeats in the days thereafter.

    Vincent Duet Making Waves Across The Pond
    "Heartbreaker's Alibi," Dolly's collaboration with Rhonda Vincent, is getting some notice overseas. The new European CMA charts released Tuesday had the song debuting in the top 10 country single airplay charts in both France and the U.K. at No. 9 and No. 6, respectively.


    Sept. 12:
    Review: Rambo Book Short, But Good
    When I sat down this weekend to finally read the copy of Driving Ms. Dottie by Larry Ferguson (with Mike Collins) this weekend, I quickly was sorry that I hadn't made the time to crack it open the moment it had first arrived. Ferguson, who manages gospel legend Dottie Rambo, offers a captivating look behind the curtain of fame, with a sizeable dose of Dolly along the way. I've gotten to know Ferguson over several years as a fellow Dolly fan and can say the book wonderfully capsulizes his energetic personality and his devotion to one of Christian recording's real superstars. Early on, you learn his introduction to Dolly came from the film 9 To 5 during his childhood, but little did he know then he would become friends with the bubbly blond on the screen (and the deranged Snow White from the film as well). The book has one full chapter on Dolly, and one on another close friend of his, Lily Tomlin, but he has peppered additional Dolly tid-bits throughout the stories as well as several photos of her. (And even a Dolly webmaster, Chris Barnes, one of the operators of the fan site Dolly On-Line, gets a good bit of ink in the book thanks to his travels with them as Rambo's official webmaster and a jack-of-all-trades assistant for her and Ferguson on the road.) Other stars noted in the book include her sister, Stella, and Aunt Dorothy Jo as well as stars Vince Gill, Amy Grant, Barbara Mandrell and a host of the legends of Christian recording and evangelism. Most touching, though, is his description of Rambo's close friendship with the late Vestal Goodman and the loss she suffered when Goodman died in 2003. You'll need one of Vestal's hankies for that one. My only complaint with the work is that it is too short -- at just 144 pages, it's a quick read, an easy read and a highly entertaining read, but it leaves the reader longing for more stories. Maybe he'll write a sequel in a few more years, or maybe Dottie will finally come out with her own life story and tell even more of their adventures together. Get the book from Rambo's website here!

    Latest On Boxed Set
    October's Dolly boxed set, The Acoustic Collection, 1999-2002, got a couple more mentions on Monday. Country radio stations nationwide that subscribe to MJI Interactive's Country Now news service were treated with a brief on the release (see it from one of the member stations here if you're reading this update early enough), and music news site Live Daily included the item in its general music news round-up of the day here.


    Sept. 11:
    'Death' Hoax Site Discovered
    I don't know why someone keeps wanting of "off" Dolly, but thanks to Lee for alerting me to the hoax website www.dollypartonisdead.com. Apparently the site is connected to the previous hoax carried by a morning program on radio stations in Washington, D.C., and Richmond, Va., on Aug. 9 claiming she had passed that morning. Some quick research on the part of Dollymania revealed the website was created the same day as the radio hoax and had originally claimed she had died on Aug. 8. Further relation to the first hoax was evidenced because the original version of the site (available here from Google's cache) stated it was "brought to you by" the radio show which had generated the false news report (complete with a link to the radio show's own website) and "some other folks," which provided an e-mail link to Hard Corps, Inc., a Washington, D.C., area technology company which, according to registration records, owns the hoax site in question. The page was apparently updated this weekend to remove the links to the radio station website and hoax site owner's contact e-mail, change the date of death to Sept. 10, state that private funeral services would be held on Friday and invite fans to candlelight vigils on Wednesday in D.C., San Francisco, San Diego and Chicago, providing call-in lines to radio stations in each of those four cities for more information (although none is a country station). The D.C. station cited is the same one from which the original hoax originated a month ago. On the same days as the Aug. 9 radio hoax and Sunday's Internet hoax, the Dolly entry on the online publicly-edited encyclopedia Wikipedia was vandalized to claim she had died on those days, although both erroneous edits were quickly reversed.

    Boxed Set Coverage
    The upcoming Dolly boxed set The Acoustic Collection, 1999-2002 got a couple of additional mentions over the weekend. The Tennessean noted it Sunday in its Celebrities column here, and The Richmond Times Dispatch profiled former resident Steve Buckingham, Dolly's longtime producer, mentioning the boxed set and offering a couple of quotes from him about working with her over the years. Read that article here.

    Another Showing For Fan Doc
    The Dolly fan documentary For The Love Of Dolly has been added to yet another festival. The film will screen at 1 p.m. Sept. 30 at The Screening Room as part of the Newburyport Film Festival in Massachusetts. It will next be shown Sept. 18 at the 26th Atlantic Film Festival in Halifax, Nova Scotia.


    Sept. 9:
    Push For Boxed Set Begins
    Sugar Hill Records has begun promoting the upcoming Dolly roots music four-disc boxed set. A press release was issued this week to formally announce The Acoustic Collection, 1999-2002, coming out Oct. 10 (read it here). This led to a note on CMT.com's news section here, and the label added a page on its website here dedicated to the project. As has been previously reported here, the set repackages three of her albums for the indie powerhouse, The Grass Is Blue, Little Sparrow and Halos & Horns (which, collectively, garnered two Grammy Awards and seven nominations) plus a bonus DVD disc of additional material (five re-mixes, three videos, two tracks from the Dolly tribute album and footage of her CMA performance of "The Grass Is Blue" live with Norah Jones). The liner notes for the boxed set were also made available to the press this week, revealing that the five new song mixes will be "vocal" and "instrumental." For "Seven Bridges Road" and "Travelin' Prayer," producers re-mixed them vocally, taking away all of the instrumentation except the lead acoustic guitar line and a handful of instrumental solos, with the intent of leaving the listener able to better hear the crisp, tight harmonies of Dolly with The Isaacs on the former and Alison Krauss and Dan Tyminski on the latter. The other three tracks, "Train, Train," "Shine" and "I'm Gone," are mixed as instrumental versions to showcase the pickin' of some of the bluegrass's finest.

    More Dollywood Details
    Dollywood on Friday updated the page on its website here dedicated to Dolly's upcoming appearance next Friday at the park to kick off its Bluegrass & BBQ Festival. Although they didn't announce the location, the park did reveal that her appearance to announce the winner of her backyard barbeque contest will take place at 11 a.m., which suggests it will be open to the public. They also noted that her usual parade through the park grounds will take place later that afternoon. Removed from the page, though, was the statement that she may make some additional "surprise" appearances throughout the day, so these might be the only two currently planned. We'll just have to wait and see! The weekend will not only feature mouth-watering barbeque food but will also offer foot-stompin' bluegrass from Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder, 45 South, Jesse Garland, Melonie Cannon, Naomi & the Wood Brothers, the Peasall Sisters, Smoky Mountain String Band, Southern Skye and Zane Petty & the Paw Hollow Boys. The festival continues through Sept. 27 with headliners including Ralph Stanley & the Clinch Mountain Boys Sept. 24-25, the Del McCoury Band Sept. 26-27, Riders in the Sky Sept. 17-18 and Cherryholmes Sept. 19-20. Image at left of Dolly at last September's Dollywood Harvest Festival is copyright 2005 Duane Gordon/Dollymania.net. May not be reproduced without prior written consent.

    Holdin' On At GAC
    Rhonda Vincent and Dolly remain steady this week on the Great American Country (GAC) Top 20 Country Countdown, the network revealed Friday. Their video for "Heartbreaker's Alibi" holds on at No. 4 in its fifth week on the viewer-voted chart. Cast your ballot for the duo in next week's countdown here!


    Sept. 8:
    'Going,' Going, Gone
    It had a good run, but nearly a year after its debut, the No. 1 hit "When I Get Where I'm Going" by Brad Paisley with Dolly has fallen off its final major chart. The song, No. 18 the previous week on the country recurrent singles chart with 6.8 million listeners, dropped below the 6.2 million-person audience of the No. 20 song on the Sept. 16 Billboard/Radio & Records tally to be removed from the 20-position list which tracks radio airplay of songs that have been taken off the main singles tally under chart longevity rules. The track, which peaked at No. 1 country and No. 39 pop, spent 26 weeks on the main country singles chart and 23 weeks on the country recurrent singles list. In other chart developments, the CD which contains the track, Paisley's Time Well Wasted, slips one place to No. 22 country, three to No. 96 pop and five to No. 100 comprehensive in its 55th chart week. In Canada, it remains steady at No. 31 country. Martina McBride's Timeless, with Dolly guest vocals on "I Still Miss Someone," inches down one to No. 4 Canadian country and 13 spots to No. 42 pop up north. Stateside, the collection loses five to No. 59 country in its 45th chart week. Kenny Rogers's 21 Number Ones, featuring "Islands In The Stream," drops two to No. 40 country in its 32nd week. Rhonda Vincent's All American Bluegrass Girl, including the single "Heartbreaker's Alibi" with Dolly, dips one to No. 4 bluegrass in its 14th week. Although it doesn't contain any Dolly collaborations, her former backing band The Grascals see their sophomore set, Long List of Heartaches, debut at No. 2 bluegrass and No. 70 country. Dolly sang a duet with the group's lead singer on their debut disc, and they formed the core of her backing band and opening act for her 2004 tour and opened about a third of the shows on her tour last year. Rascal Flatts' Me & My Gang returns to the top spot on the country chart in its 22nd week, also rising four to No. 18 pop, while Trace Adkins' Dangerous Man inches down one to No. 2 country and eight spots to No. 22 pop in its third week.

    Hear Burke's New CD
    To promote the Sept. 26 release of "King of Rock and Soul" Solomon Burke's country album, Nashville, CMT on Thursday began offering free streaming audio of the entire CD, which features a great duet with Dolly on her classic "Tomorrow Is Forever." Listen to the album, which also features pal Emmylou Harris singing harmony on several tracks including a duet on "We're Gonna Hold On," here, and reserve your copy of the project here!

    Vote For Dolly!
    Thanks to Chad for alerting me that Dolly is up for three possible honors in the annual Hemi Awards, handed out by Knoxville radio station WIVK (where she performed as a child)! She's in the running for Favorite Female, Best Song in a Movie ("Travelin' Thru") and Hall of Fame. Cast your votes daily here (and once voting has stopped online, you may still vote via e-mail until Sept. 22 at jack@americanahighway.com)! Winners will be announced Sept. 24.

    See Dolly And 'Hannah'
    Gearing up for the premiere of the episode of The Disney Channel series Hannah Montana with a guest role by Dolly as the lead character's godmother, "Aunt Dolly," Disney has released several images taken from the set of the show, such as the one at left. View larger versions in a gallery here. As has been previously reported, the show, which stars Billy Ray Cyrus and his real-life daughter Miley as California transplants from Tennessee, will see Dolly visiting from Nashville and leading Miley in a clandestine mission to retrieve a videotape she doesn't want a certain boy to see. The episode, titled "Good Golly, Miss Dolly," premieres on The Disney Channel at 7 p.m. Eastern Sept. 29. Image at left is copyright Disney and is used with permission.


    Sept. 7:
    Dolly 'Thrilled And Humbled' At National Honor
    Dolly will collect another of America's top awards this winter when she accepts the Kennedy Center Honors, it was announced Wednesday. Just the fifth country music artist to be singled out for the recognition (following Roy Acuff in 1991, Johnny Cash in 1996, Willie Nelson in 1998 and Loretta Lynn in 2003), Dolly is joined by fellow 2006 honorees composer Andrew Lloyd Webber, R&B legend Smokey Robinson, director Steven Spielberg and conductor Zubin Mehta.
           In a statement, Dolly reacted with joy to the selection. "I am thrilled and humbled to be receiving The Kennedy Center Honors this year," she said. "When I look at the list of past recipients, it is hard for me to believe that a poor, country girl from the hills of Tennessee could be included in such distinguished company." She expounded a bit more for The Washington Post, telling the newspaper here: "I just couldn't believe it. You never know what you are going to do with your life. As you get older, you hope people remember you. You always welcome the awards. It makes you feel like your life is worthwhile. And for the elite to select you -- I didn't have much of an education, only a dream" Adding about her fans: "I am amazed. I see the old fans, with the blue hairs. And then I see the blue hairs with the spikes and piercing. They know I love them all."
           In a press release announcing this year's recipients, Kennedy Center Chairman Stephen A. Schwarzman offered: "This year we honor five extraordinary international artists whose abundant contributions to their fields are remarkable. They have transformed the culture of our country and of the world." About Dolly in particular, he said her "creativity and spirit make her country music's best international ambassador."
           The actual awards will be presented to the honorees in a private state dinner Dec. 2 hosted by Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. President George W. Bush and First Lady Laura Bush will receive them on Dec. 3 at The White House, followed by a gala ceremony and concert at the Kennedy Center's Opera House, which will be videotaped for broadcast later in the month on CBS (the exact air date has yet to be announced).
           Recipients are selected each year by the Board of Trustees of The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts based on nominations from the Center's national artists committee, past honorees and individual leaders in the arts. The final honorees are chosen for recognition "for their lifetime contributions to American culture through the performing arts in dance, music, theater, opera, motion pictures and television. The primary criterion in the selection process is excellence." Last year's honorees were Tony Bennett, Suzanne Farrell, Julie Harris, Robert Redford and Tina Turner. Other previous recipients over the awards' 29-year history include luminaries such as Tennessee Williams, Cary Grant, Bob Hope, Ray Charles, Lucille Ball, Bette Davis, Johnny Carson, B.B. King, Bob Dylan, Bill Cosby, Elizabeth Taylor, Carol Burnett and Elton John.
           Read more from Playbill (which appears to have broken the story at least an hour before anyone else had it) here, The Tennessean here, the Associated Press (via MSNBC) here and Dolly's official Kennedy Center bio here.
           Not all coverage was accurate, though. The story in The Washington Post claimed she had made a total of 15 films and received a total 20 gold albums, apparently due to the reporter's misreading of her Kennedy Center bio, which noted she had made "more than 15" films and received "more than 20" gold and platinum record awards -- including her cameos, she's appeared in 17 feature and made-for-television movies, and she has earned a total of 26 U.S. gold, platinum and multi-platinum awards. E! Online said here that she had released "nearly 60 albums" -- which is only her total if all of her concert LPs, official best of/greatest hits collections and movie soundtracks are removed from the total -- and that she has received five Grammy Awards, when in actuality she's been honored with seven credited Grammys (the Kennedy Center bio doesn't total them up but only mentions her five solo awards, leaving out her two collaborative awards with Linda Ronstadt and Emmylou Harris -- there's also an eighth one, but it was for a "various artist" project, and under Grammy rules those awards are credited only to the album's producer instead of the individual artists, so it can't be counted toward her total).


    Sept. 6:
    UPDATE: Kennedy Center Honors Dolly
    Dolly will be among five honorees to receive this year's Kennedy Center Honors, it was announced Wednesday. Look for more details in tonight's news update.

    Folksy Cover For Folkie Collection
    The upcoming Dolly Sugar Hill boxed set should have folksy, hand-drawn cover art, according to the images released this week. The cover art, seen at left (click on the image for a larger view), will accompany the collection for an Oct. 10 release. Thanks, Brian! As the label first announced via Dollymania several weeks ago, The Acoustic Collection, 1999-2002 will feature re-issues of her first three roots music CDs for the indie label plus a bonus disc with three music videos, five new remixes of songs from the CDs, two tracks from the 2003 Dolly tribute album and footage of a live performance of "The Grass Is Blue" with Norah Jones. Reserve your copy here!

    Dolly On CMT
    I haven't seen the promo yet myself, but a friend tells me he caught a commercial for this weekend's CMT Greatest Moments: Wynonna, which featured several comments about the star from her friend Dolly, so be sure to look for her in the show premiering at 9 p.m. Eastern Saturday. Thanks, Tony!


    Sept. 5:
    Catch Fan Documentary In N.Y., N.S.
    Viewers will get the opportunity to see the Dolly fan documentary For The Love Of Dolly in two different cities in coming weeks. For those that missed its sold-out showing at New York City's NewFest, catch a repeat screening at the Brooklyn Academy of Music's "The Best of The NewFest" series at 9:15 p.m. Friday. In addition, for our neighbors to the north, the date and time for its showing in Halifax, Nova Scotia's 26th Atlantic Film Festival have been announced: 7:05 p.m. Sept. 18.


    Sept. 4:
    Dolly And Rhonda Move Back Up
    Rhonda Vincent and Dolly gained one spot Friday on the Great American Country (GAC) Top 20 Country Countdown. Their video for the track "Heartbreaker's Alibi" from Vincent's new CD, All American Bluegrass Girl, inched up one to No. 4 in its fourth week on the viewer-voted chart. Vote for the song in next week's countdown here!

    Dolly And Naomi Chat Again
    Dolly had a great little interview on the Hallmark Channel's Naomi's New Morning Sunday discussing her upbringing with host Naomi Judd in the second part of a two-part interview the two filmed back in February (part one had aired in March). The pair discussed Dolly's vying for attention as the fourth of 12 children and how that led her to develop her singing and songwriting skills, her musical preacher grandfather's encouragement (which led to telling the famous snakes in church story involving her father and a few choice curse words in the house of the Lord -- but not her grandfather's church), and her own love for children and devotion to them through her Imagination Library literacy program. Judd noted her business acumen, which Dolly chalked up to simple "common horse sense" she got from her father. Judd offered: "You're the wealthiest woman in country music and you're the most brilliant woman in country music. I mean, you could be up there with all the female CEOs." Dolly, always humble, countered: "I'm just a country girl who's done good." During the interview, there were also excerpts shown from her Live And Well DVD, singing "Those Were The Days" from last year's Harvest Celebration opening at Dollywood and reading to children in a promotional video for the Library. In an additional clip at the show's end, Dolly was shown telling one of her favorite lines: "A peacock that sits on its tail feathers is just another turkey!" I'm currently not aware of plans to repeat the episode, but the Hallmark Channel does usually schedule repeats of the show a few months after they first air. Image at left courtesy The Hallmark Channel. Used with permission.

    Inking Dolly
    Wonder on whom TLC's Miami Ink star Kat Von D most wants to apply her pen? Dolly, of course! In an interview with The Calgary Sun published Sunday, the renowned tattoo artist who has worked her craft on some of rock's most well-known stars says she wants to tattoo Dolly because of her respect for her. Read more here. (About 10 years ago, Dolly admitted to having at least two tattoos, although fans have openly speculated for years that she may have more.)

    More Dollywood Virtual Queue Details Released
    You may recall it reported here back in July that a British firm, Lo-Q, had announced it had inked a deal with Dollywood to test the use of its virtual queue "Q-bots" at the park starting with the BBQ and Bluegrass Fest Sept. 15 (which is also when Dolly will make her appearance to announce the winner of her cookbook contest). Well, some more details have been revealed. According to the park's official site here, the "Q2Q" system will allow reserved seating at entertainment shows in DP's Celebrity Theatre, Showstreet Palace and the Pines Theatre. Pick up a Q-bot ($10 for the first person and $5 for each additional member of your party) and enjoy the park for a few hours, then show up no later than 15 minutes before the start of the show you want to see, and your seat will still be there for you. The Q-bots will be available for rental in the Adventures in Imagination shop. In related news, Sevier County's The Mountain Press on Saturday plugged the upcoming festival with a story here based on the original press release that came out about it a few months ago.


    Sept. 2:
    Paisley Reacts To Nods With Dolly
    Getting nominated with Dolly for awards makes "When I Get Where I'm Going" all the more special to Brad Paisley, he tells ABC News. "It's one thing to have had a hit with Dolly Parton on it," he said. "But to be nominated for something or maybe win something for that caps it off." The duo earned three Country Music Association Award nominations this week and won two Academy of Country Music Awards earlier this year for their No. 1 hit collaboration. Read more of ABC's coverage of the nominations here.

    More From Michigan
    Although it's already been covered by several media outlets in the area already, the expansion of Dolly's nationwide Imagination Library literacy program into Livingston Country, Mich., continues to grab headlines. Check out stories Friday from The Ann Arbor News here (with a sidebar here) and The Lansing State Journal here.


    Sept. 1:
    RIAA: Dolly Gets Credit For Gold Record
    The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), which is responsible for issuing all official gold and platinum records in the U.S., has changed course and will credit Dolly for her role in the single "When I Get Where I'm Going," it was confirmed Thursday. As was first reported here last month, the RIAA had certified the single for gold and platinum status as a solo project for Brad Paisley only, even though it had been credited in all other places as a duet "featuring Dolly Parton." In response to inquiries by Dollymania (and some of its readers who alerted me they also contacted the RIAA on their own), RIAA officials initially confirmed that Paisley's label, Arista, had requested it be certified as a solo single for Paisley alone. However, the RIAA's further investigation as a result of these contacts allowed officials to determine that a clerical error (allegedly on the part of Arista) had resulted in the award being submitted as a solo project when the label intended for it to be certified as a duet in both artists' names, RIAA officials said. Consequently, the records are being updated to add Dolly's name to the award. However, the song was downgraded from platinum to gold status, the site has learned. Prior to a few weeks ago, gold digital singles were awarded for 100,000 legal download purchases, platinum for 200,000, double-platinum for 400,000, triple-platinum for 600,000, etc. Under this system, "Going" was certified both gold and platinum for passing 200,000 downloads. Due to the growing popularity of digital single sales online, though, the RIAA since then changed the minimums to the same as regular hard copy CD singles: 500,000 for gold and 1 million for platinum, and made the rule retroactive (that is, all previously five-time platinum digital singles with 1 million downloads were downgraded to just one-time platinum, and all previously 10-time platinum singles with 2 million downloads were lowered to double platinum). However, all singles previously registered at the gold (100,000), platinum (200,000) and double-platinum (400,000) levels were automatically granted gold status (500,000), even if they haven't sold the new minimum of 500,000 downloads.

    Canadian Seats Moving Fast
    Ticket sales seem to be going quite well for what thus far are Dolly's only scheduled concerts for 2006 three nights at a Toronto-area casino just before Thanksgiving. Based on tickets currently available to the public, the first of the three shows, Nov. 20, appears to be between 80 and 90 percent sold out about a week-and-a-half after tickets went on sale via Ticketmaster and the Casino Rama box office. The other two nights, Nov. 21 and 22, both appear to be between 70 percent and 80 percent sold out. Dolly's three concerts there as part of 2004's "Hello I'm Dolly" Tour all sold out. As was previously announced here, a few additional concerts are expected to be scheduled sometime in the near future, but they will not be organized into any type of full tour.

    Another Big Library Expansion Revealed
    Every Head Start and pre-kindergarten classroom in Tennessee will receive one complete set of the books sent to children in Dolly's nationwide Imagination Library literacy program, it was announced this week. According to ABC 24 Eyewitness News in Memphis here, the sets will be provided to all 672 pre-K classrooms in the state which opened this year as well as 593 Head Start classes statewide 325 Head Starts had already been provided with the book sets, making a total of 918 Head Starts and an overall total of nearly 1,600 classrooms when this distribution is completed. The program is being offered to these classrooms by the Governor's Books from Birth Foundation thanks to corporate donations. The Foundation was established by Gov. Phil Bredesen (D-Tenn.) a couple of years ago to manage state funds which had been appropriated to match local dollars raised to bring Dolly's Library to every county in Tennessee, a milestone which was reached earlier this year. The article noted that more than 134,000 children, approximately one-third of those eligible, in the state are enrolled in the program.

    Latest Billboard Chart Action
    Brad Paisley's Time Well Wasted, which features his thrice-CMA nominated collaboration with Dolly, "When I Get Where I'm Going," slips a little in the Sept. 9 Billboard country albums chart, the magazine announced Thursday. The disc loses four digits on each chart to No. 21 country, No. 93 pop and No. 95 comprehensive in its 54th chart week. Up in Canada, the CD inches up four to No. 31. As was previously reported here, "Going" finds itself down one for the week to No. 18 on the recurrent country singles tally. It wouldn't surprise me for both the album and song to see a bump in popularity next week after CMA nominations came out this week. Following her appearance on Canadian Idol, Martina McBride sees a big leap up north, with her collection Timeless, featuring Dolly on "I Still Miss Someone," jumping 19 spots to No. 3 Canadian country and a whopping 154 positions to No. 29 pop there. In the U.S., the album drops three to No. 54 country in its 44th chart week. Kenny Rogers's 21 Number Ones, which includes "Islands In The Stream," moves down two to No. 38 country in its 31st week. Rhonda Vincent's All American Bluegrass Girl, with Dolly singing on its current single, "Heartbreaker's Alibi," regains one to No. 3 bluegrass in its 13th week, while her Ragin' Live, with her cover of "Jolene," falls back off the 15-position list, down from No. 15 the previous week, its 73rd. Trace Adkins' Dangerous Man remains steady at No. 1 country but drops 11 to No. 14 pop in its second week, while Pat Green's Cannonball debuts at No. 2 country and No. 20 pop.

    Cookbook Reminder
    If you're reading this update prior to midnight Eastern Friday morning (11 p.m. Central Thursday night), you still have a little time to get in your entry for the contest to win a back yard barbeque with Dolly and 100 of your family and friends! All you have to do is advance order a copy of her upcoming cookbook, Dolly's Dixie Fixin's, which is being sold to raise funds for Dollywood Foundation charity and its national Library. Order your copy before the stroke of midnight to be entered in the contest. The winner will be announced Sept. 15! Note: Please be aware that the deadline to enter the contest has passed, so entried are no longer being accepted. You may still, however, order the book here WITHOUT being entered in the contest.