NPC Appearance Goes Well, Too Earlier in the day, Dolly addressed the National Press Club in D.C., which I'm told began with a brief speech, followed by an extensive question and answer session with the audience that even featured a couple of a capella songs. The Washington Times focused its coverage here on her comments about the Imagination Library literacy program, noting that proceeds from this summer's children's book she has written, I Am A Rainbow, will benefit the program. CNN pulled her jokes from the appearance about there having been too many boobs in the White House for her to run (noting that she hopes President Obama "ain't gonna be one of them") and women serving as president in a brief here. And Gannett News Service posted a piece available from The Tennesseanhere. CSPAN taped the presentation, although its air date has not been announced (after broadcast, it should be available for online viewing here), and the National Press Club should soon have video posted on its website for viewing as well. Both should also be selling DVDs and transcripts of her remarks. (A couple of readers who were in attendance promise photos, so check those out soon! Thanks, guys!)
Feb. 10: 'Sha-Kon-O-Hey!' Offers Fun, Memories Greetings from Washington! Your webmaster just finished listening to Dolly's new Sha-Kon-O-Hey! Land Of Blue Smoke album and can tell you that the project, consisting of eight songs performed by Dolly and released on her Dolly Records, harkens back to her 1973 concept album My Tennessee Mountain Home. Given the subject matter – the history of the Great Smoky Mountains in honor of the National Park's 75th anniversary – the themes and imagery very much mirror those from her autobiographical album. Even many of the melodies seem faintly similar to tracks from that seminal work, with the most notable example being the opening number "My Mountains, My Home." You'll also love the mountain call Dolly does at the beginning of "Hey Howdy Hey," and you'll enjoy "Good Time," a rollicking good time of its own about that famous "mountain dew," moonshine. "Time Flies," with its rapid-pace lyrics about franticly working, would have fit in well on 9 To 5: The Musical. The full track listing is:
My Mountains, My Home
Hey Howdy Hey
Working On A Dream
Heart of the Smokies
As was previously reported, the songs make up the score for her new musical, Sha-Kon-O-Hey!, which will open May 9 at Dollywood. (Although she'll be present for the show's opening at the park, she won't be a regular cast member for future performances in the run.) For the period of one year, she is donating all proceeds from the CD sales to the Friends of the Smokies. The disc is available from the Dollywood Emporium, Dixie Stampede and online from the Great Smoky Mountain Association website here. Dolly is expected to perform the tracks in a preview of the musical at the invitation-only Tennessee Sampler tourism trade show outside of D.C. Tuesday evening.