This week in In-person Dolly
Forty-seven years ago Monday, “Just Because I'm a Woman,” Dolly's first solo single on RCA Records and her third country chart single, debuts on the country charts; it would peak at No. 14 and propel the album of the same title to No. 22. One year ago Monday, Dolly plays to a crowd of nearly 200,000 – likely the largest in her career – as the biggest draw ever for the world's largest music festival, Glastonbury in England, as its 2014 headliner, exceeding the then-record crowd that the Rolling Stones brought the year before; the BBC broadcast of her concert segment also draws the largest television audience in the festival's four-decade history as well, and all of the attention promotes her album Blue Smoke to the No. 2 pop position in the U.K. to be one of the year's biggest-selling albums. Twenty-four years ago Thursday, Eagle When She Flies is certified gold for selling more than 500,000 copies, the ninth of Dolly's 14 gold albums; the CD, Dolly's sixth and most recent full album to reach No. 1 on the country charts, would also make it to No. 24 on the pop charts, spawn one No. 1 single (“Rockin' Years”) and one year later be certified platinum for sales in excess of 1 million copies. Twelve years ago Thursday, Dolly is presented the U.S. Wildlife and Fish Service's Partnership Award in recognition for her support of the American eagle and conservation efforts; Dollywood houses the world's largest sanctuary for non-releasable bald eagles. Forty-five years ago Saturday, Dolly's version of “Mule Skinner Blues (Blue Yodel No. 8),” the Jimmy Rodgers classic, debuts on the country singles charts; it would become her first Top 10 solo hit (she had already had six with Porter) and also gets limited airplay on some alternative rock stations. Twelve years ago Saturday, Dolly headlines the 23rd Annual A Capitol Fourth concert from the lawn of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., broadcast live on PBS. Nineteen years ago Sunday, Dolly the sheep, the world's first cloned mammal, is born in Scotland and named in honor of Dolly Parton, since she was cloned from a sheep's mammary gland.
appearances, some are tentative)
July 31, 2015, Gift of Music Benefit Concert, Ryman Auditorium, Nashville (sold out)
Aug. 1, 2015, Opry Trust Fund Benefit Concert, Ryman Auditorium, Nashville (on sale Thursday)
Aug. 8-9, 2015, Dollywood Concerts (sold out)
Upcoming television appearances
(All times Eastern unless noted)
July 1, 4 p.m., ABC Family, Reba
July 2, 9:30 p.m., FXX, The Simpsons
July 3, 6 p.m., HBO Zone, Sonic Highways
July 4, 2:25 p.m., Showtime, Straight Talk (re-runs 9 p.m. July 4)
July 4, 6:30 p.m., ABC Family, Steel Magnolias (re-runs 3:30 p.m. July 5)
July 4, 8 p.m., Oxygen, Miss Congeniality 2: Armed & Fabulous (re-runs 10:10 p.m. July 4)
July 7, 12:35 p.m., Showtime Family, Straight Talk (re-runs July 7, 8 p.m. July 7, 2:35 a.m. July 8)
July 10, 4:05 a.m., 5Star Max, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas
Upcoming or recent releases
Live From The Bottom Line, July 24 CD
Midnight Special DVD set with two Dolly songs, May 12
Orthophonic Joy: The 1927 Bristol Sessions Revisited CD with Dolly performing "When They Ring Those Golden Bells," May 12
Sonic Highways DVD with Dolly interview, April 7
Lifetime Holiday Triple Feature DVD with A Country Christmas Story featuring Dolly, Nov. 4
Touch Your Woman digital re-issue of 1972 album, Oct. 22
Early Morning Breeze DVD August 12
2015 Official Dolly Calendar July 15
Trio, vinyl reissue of 1987 album with Linda Ronstadt and Emmylou Harris, July 7
Bridges Mary Sarah (with Dolly duet on "Jolene") July 8
Blue Smoke U.S. release, May 13 (get the vinyl release here)
Just Between You And Me: Complete Recordings 1967-76 Porter & Dolly six-CD boxed set, May 13
"Home" U.S. digital single release, April 22
Who Is Dolly Parton? children's illustrated biography book April 3
Love Is Like A Butterfly 1974 album available for digital download March 21
"Blue Smoke" U.S. digital single release, March 18
Blue Smoke U.S. import of Aussie release, Feb. 4
The Box Set Series four-CD set, Jan. 28
The Very Best Of Dolly Parton: Australian Tour Edition U.S. import of Aussie release, Dec. 31
The Bargain Store, 1975 album available for digital download Dec. 23
Dream More: Celebrate The Dreamer In You paperback edition of Dolly's book Nov. 512:30 a.m.
Divided & United Civil War music CD with Dolly duet of "Listen To The Mockingbird" Nov. 5
My Blue Ridge Mountain Boy, 1969 album available for digital download Oct. 22
To All The Girls Willie Nelson CD (with Dolly duet) Oct. 15
You Can't Make Old Friends Kenny Rogers CD (with Dolly duet) Oct. 8
Rhinestone DVD re-issue Aug. 6
Heartbreak Express, 1982 album available for digital download July 16
Under The Influence Straight No Chaser CD (with Dolly guest vocals) May 7
Duets Paul Anka CD (with Dolly duet) April 9
Unsung Hero: A Tribute To The Music of Ron Davies (features Dolly track) March 25
At Last Lulu Roman CD (with Dolly duet) Jan. 15
Dream More book (Putnam) Nov. 27 (audio book available here)
Hollywood To Dollywood DVD (Breaking Glass Pictures), Nov. 6
Playlist: The Very Best of Porter Wagoner and Dolly Parton (Sony Legacy) Oct. 9
Joyful Noise Songbook (Hal Leonard) May 30
Joyful Noise DVD (Warner Brothers) May 1
Joyful Noise Soundtrack (Watertower) Jan. 10
Bill Anderson: The First 10 Years: 1956-1966, Bill Anderson (previously unreleased duet "If It's All The Same To You") (Bear Family Records), Nov. 22
Les Grands Espaces, Isabelle Boulay, Nov. 15, duet on "True Blue"
"He's Everything", single from Joyful Noise soundtrack, Oct. 28
Chicago XXXIII: O Christmas Three, Oct. 4, duet on "Wonderful Christmas Time" (Chicago II)
First Dog DVD (features original songs by Dolly) Sept. 6
The Words and Music of Dolly Parton, July 31 (The Praeger Singer-Songwriter Collection)
The Tour Collection, July 26 (re-issue via Sony UK)
Better Day, June 28 (Dolly Records) (Vinyl version available here Aug. 16)
Straight Talk, May 10 (Mill Creek Entertainment) Blu-Ray disc release
. Hannah Montana Forever: Final Season, The Ultimate Fan Experience, March 8 (Disney DVD)
The Grascals, Country Classics With A Bluegrass Spin (Cracker Barrel exclusive) Jan. 10
Dolly's 9 To 5: The Musical songbook Jan. 5
Wanted Dec. 14, seven previously unreleased Monument-era songs (Jukebox Records)
Super Hits/Heartbreaker, Nov. 9, re-issue (Sony)
Dolly Parton Triple Feature, Vol. 2, Nov. 9, re-issue of Coat of Many Colors, My Tennessee Mountain Home and Jolene (Sony)
Playlist: The Very Best Gospel Of Dolly Parton, Oct. 12 (RCA/Legacy)
Taken Rhonda VIncent (with Dolly duet), Sept. 21 (Upper Management)
Desgining Women: Season Four DVD, Sept. 14 (Shout)
"Made For Loving You" (digital single) (duet with Curly Putman) Aug. 31
Fairest Of Them All/My Favorite Songwriter, Porter Wagoner Aug. 17 (Omni; re-issue)
Brother Clyde (CD by Billy Ray Cyrus' new band, Brother Clyde, featuring a Dolly duet) Aug. 10 (Disney)
The Essential 3.0 Dolly Parton (compilation) June 15 (Sony Legacy)
Letter to Heaven: Songs of Faith and Inspiration May 4 (RCA)
A Real Live Dolly March 19 (RCA, download only)
Stars Live Vol. 1 Jan. 26 (Shout! Factory)
"Comin' Home For Christmas" (single only) Dec. 1 (Dolly Records)
Dolly: Live From London (DVD and CD concert set) Nov. 10 (Dolly Records) (DVD portion available for downloading from Amazon here)
Dolly (four-CD boxed set) Oct. 27 (Sony Legacy)
Kenny Rogers: The First 50 Years (three-CD boxed set with new Dolly duet) Oct. 27 (Time Life Records)
"Change It" (single) July 28 (Dolly Records)
9 To 5: The Musical (Soundtrack) July 28 (Dolly Records)
www.dollymania.net News June 29, 2015
Today's Dolly Parton news
Aug. 1 Nashville Show Added, On Sale Thursday
Given the 24-minute sell-out of her July 31 Ryman Auditorium show in Nashville to benefit a local music school, Dolly has added a second charity concert at the same venue for a different organization, The Tennessean revealed here very early Monday morning. She told the newspaper: “"The show won't be flashy, but I will be. I don't have … video screens, pyrotechnics and the like. But I hope people will enjoy sittin' back and enjoying the stories and songs told and done in a simple way. Hopefully the shows will represent the spirit of our beloved, historic Ryman Auditorium, the original home of the Grand Ole Opry...where I became a member back in 1969. I am so looking forward to performing there again." The concert will benefit the Opry Trust Fund. In a press release, she explained: “"I love being a member of the Grand Ole Opry...have been since 1969. It's important to me to be able to do a concert for the Opry Trust Fund as so many of my old Opry friends have benefited from it through the years. The money raised will go to help fund the medical needs and hospitalization for those who are not able to afford it and need the help. I am proud to be of help in any way." Tickets, $100 each and $55 each, will go on sale via Ticketmaster and Ryman.com at 10 a.m. Central time Thursday. Ticketmaster shows a "fan club presale" starting at 10 a.m. Tuesday but doesn't give any details; but since Dolly no longer has an official fan club, that is likely referring to some type of club associated with the Opry instead.
'Blue Smoke' Still No. 1 Overseas
Dolly's Blue Smoke retains the No. 1 spot on the British country compilation albums chart for a 55th consecutive week atop the charts, it was revealed Sunday. Also on the U.K. country compilations tally, Emmylou Harris's Original Album Series, Volume 1 (with two Dolly covers, one track with Dolly harmony and one track with Trio harmony) holds steady at No. 9 and her Original Album Series, Volume 2 (featuring one track with Dolly harmony and two tracks with Trio harmony by Dolly and Linda Ronstadt) gains two to No. 15.
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Official: 'Coat' Movie To Start Filming Aug. 10
NBC's adaptation of Dolly's classic song "Coat Of Many Colors" into a TV-movie is scheduled to begin filming on Aug. 10, the day after she concludes her four sold out Dollywood benefit concerts for her Imagination Library, Dolly Parton Productions President Ted Miller announced to the attendees at her literacy project's international conference on Thursday. He added that negotiations are ongoing over whether the movie will film in Tennessee or Georgia but Dolly is trying to get it shot in her home state. Earlier this year, Dolly had previously revealed the movie in answering a question from your webmaster, adding that it should air sometime around Christmas this year, and in subsequent interviews has said in addition to the story of her coat that the song tells, the film will share the story of her little brother, Larry, who tragically passed away a few days after being born. Miller said Dolly is currently in Los Angeles finishing her work writing songs for the film.
1977 Concert Coming To CD Next MonthHigher And Higher
Hotspur Records has announced plans to release a CD on July 24 of Dolly's May 13, 1977, final show of her three-night gig at New York's famed Bottom Line nightclub under the title Live From The Bottom Line. The concert, which the nightclub had recorded for its radio series, has been available from website Wolfgang's Vault since 2007 as streaming audio and since 2009 as a download for its members. If the CD track listing is the same as the online version, it will be 56 minutes long and feature the following songs (reserve your copy here!):
All I Can Do
There's No Place Like Home (one instrumental verse of Dolly playing the dulcimer)
My Tennessee Mountain Home
Do I Ever Cross Your Mind
Coat Of Many Colors
Light Of A Clear Blue Morning
I Will Always Love You
Getting In My Way
Me And Little Andy
How Does It Feel
Holdin' On To You
You Are (followed by the spoken word verse of "I Will Always Love You")
Love Is Like A Butterfly
'Evening With Dolly' Gets Another Week On Charts
The Cracker Barrel exclusive CD/DVD set An Evening With Dolly . . . Live holds steady at No. 22 in its 51st week on the top 40 music DVD sales, Billboard's July 4 tallies released Thursday revealed.
'Billboard': Put Dolly On $10 Bill
Billboard on Thursday offered its opinion on female artists who should be considered for replacing Alexander Hamilton on the 10 dollar bill, including Dolly. Nearly all of the publication's suggestions, including Dolly, are still living, which means they are ineligible for actual consideration. See their full list here.
Video Of Urban Singing 'Applejack' Available
Thanks to YouTube poster Keith Urban Superfan for bringing my attention to a video he recently posted of a 10-year-old Keith Urban singing Dolly's "Applejack" on an Australian television show. Watch it here.
June 25: Dolly's Special Greeting
Library's Children's Music CD Debuts At Conference
A full year after first making the song "I Believe In You" available for free download and announcing that a full CD of 12 songs to benefit her Imagination Library would be soon released, the album was made available this week to attendees at the literacy project's biennial conference, "Homecomin'." "I Believe In You" Love, Dolly features the 12 songs from her various Imagination Playhouse musicals, a welcome message from Dolly and a bonus track of her reading her 2009 children's book I Am A Rainbow. No word yet on when it will be available for the general public to purchase. In related news, the conference welcomes author Lori Nichols on Friday to Dollywood to sign copies of her Maple series of books. Read more about the book signings from The Sevier News Messenger here. The CD's track listing is:
I Believe In You
I Am A Rainbow
A Friend Like You
Always Choose To Be Nice
You Can Do It
You Gotta Be
We Will Always Be Friends
Bonus: I Am A Rainbow Book read by Dolly
Dolly Helps British Animal Shelter
The Shepton Mallet Journal overseas reports that Dolly is helping a fundraising campaign by animal shelter Happy Landings to raise money for new kennels. She contributed a signed photo and merchandise to the shelter which last year accepted a lost dog that had been found at the Glastonbury Music Festival, named in her honor, and she had offered to adopt. Read more here.
Teacher Award Photo Released
Dolly's publicist this week released the photo taken in May of her presenting the 2015 Chasing Rainbows Award to Dyane Smokorowski, instructional technology coach for Andover Public Schools in Andover, Kan. The honor goes to a former state Teacher of the Year who has overcome great obstacles to have a positive impact on children. About the honor, Smokorowski said: "It is difficult to admit that my personal struggles actually prepared me to be a stronger person today. I wanted to be someone who could inspire others to reach beyond their environments, beyond their extremities, and to do as I have always done—to dream big!"
Music City Show Sells Out Within 25 Minutes
Tickets went on sale to the public Saturday for Dolly's July 31 benefit concert at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium and sold out in 24 minutes, according to event organizers The Dustin J. Wells Foundation as posted on the founder's Facebook page. Fans posted to Facebook that while most were unable to obtain tickets due to the large number of people online at the same time attempting to buy seats, some who tried again and again were able to secure tickets as late as 20 minutes after the sale began. In a press release afterward, Dolly's management claimed the period ranked "among the fastest in Ryman Auditorium history" for a concert at the famed venue to sell out. Dolly said in the release: "I think back to all the people who encouraged me and helped me on my way up, and if I can help some young person make music, then I absolutely want to do that. Music is important to me and my family, and I'm grateful that so many people wanted to come see the show that it sold out so quickly." The Tennessean used some hyperbole to claim the concert sold out "in seconds" but later changed the length of time to "record time" instead here.
'Blue Smoke' Sticks Around At No. 1 On U.K. Tally
Dolly's Blue Smoke holds on to the No. 1 spot on the British country compilation albums chart for a 54th consecutive week atop the charts that came out Sunday. Also on the U.K. country compilations tally, Emmylou Harris's Original Album Series, Volume 1 (with two Dolly covers, one track with Dolly harmony and one track with Trio harmony) holds steady at No. 9 and her Original Album Series, Volume 2 (featuring one track with Dolly harmony and two tracks with Trio harmony by Dolly and Linda Ronstadt) loses one to No. 17.
Danielle Steel Loves Dolly
Romance novelist Danielle Steel is a Dolly fan, The Tennessean reports here, adding the author said: "I met her several years ago, and was absolutely bowled over by her, how smart, funny, down to earth and absolutely wonderful she is. She's an amazing woman, and I love her songs and the lyrics she writes and sings."
Pre-Sale Sells Out, Public Seats On Sale Saturday
The portion of the Ryman Auditorium set aside for pre-sales for Dolly's July 31 benefit concert sold out within about an hour of becoming available Friday morning. The remainder of the venue's seats go on sale to the public at 10 a.m. Central time (11 a.m. Eastern) Saturday via Ryman.com. In anticipation of the sale, The Tennessean celebrated Dolly here with the five top reasons they love her.
Dolly's Website Shares Daddy's Dinner Bucket Story
Dolly's official website, DollyParton.com, on Friday debuted a new section called "Front Porch Stories," where tales from Dolly's life will be told. In honor of Father's Day, the first story focused on her father's dinner bucket. Brother Randy sang the "Dinner Bucket Song" Dolly wrote about the lunch box and provided the box for photos. In the story, available here, Dolly said: "Our sweet Daddy worked so hard for all of us. At night we used to take turns rubbing Daddy's cracked, hard-working hands with corn silk lotion and we soaked and washed his tired old feet. My sister Willadeene sweetly (and jokingly) dried them with her long beautiful hair. If Jesus could wash the feet of his disciples, at least we could do it for Daddy. If you're lucky enough to have great parents, it's truly one of God's greatest gifts. Happy Father's Day to all the good daddy's out there…and to the bad ones, too. Maybe they weren't lucky enough to have a Daddy as good as mine." Happy Father's Day, all!
Dolly Featured In Women Who Changed Lives Book
The Guardian British newspaper noted Dolly is among the women profiled in the upcoming anthology Here She Comes Now: Women In Music Who Have Changed Our Lives, coming out Aug. 11. See the story here and order your copy of the book here.
In Memoriam: Cynthia Hurd
Dolly's Imagination Library on Friday paid tribute via its Facebook page to one of the victims of this week's Charleston, S.C., shooting: Cynthia Hurd, who managed a branch of the county's public library system and worked with Dolly's literacy program in South Carolina. See the tribute here.
Benefit Tickets On Pre-Sale Friday, Regular Sale Saturday
The Dustin Wells Foundation on Thursday revealed ticket details for Dolly's July 31 Gift of Music Benefit concert at the Ryman Auditorium that had been first announced on Tuesday. A limited number of VIP seats were sold out within just a few hours of being announced on Thursday at $1,000 each featuring a Dolly meet-and-greet, valet parking, a signed poster, dinner and premium seating. Regular seats go on pre-sale at 10 a.m. Central time Friday (you had to be a customer of the dental clinic of the foundation's founder on his customer e-mail list to receive the pre-sale code), and the remaining seats will go on sale to the general public at 10 a.m. Central time Saturday. Tickets, $85 and $55 with a limit of four seats per person, will be sold via Ryman.com. In a press release, Dolly said: "The 'Gift of Music' is something that runs deep within my kin folks. I love and cherish The Ryman and I am really excited to perform there to help raise money for the Dustin Wells Foundation. This goes to help many young kids that are part of the W.O. Smith School of Music. Through all of us working together we can make a difference in helping a child feel the magic in making music." The press release incorrectly states this is Dolly's first full Nashville concert in 12 years. (Actually, her most recent full public concert in Nashville was 13 years ago when her Halos & Horns Tour visited The Ryman – a fact noted by Rolling Stone in its coverage of the announcement here, and her most recent full private concert in Music City was a "friends and family" preview concert at Belmont College nine years ago to test the set list in preparation for the handful of U.S. dates she performed in 2006 and 2007 and her 2007 European tour.) Other coverage included The Tennessean here, WSMV here and The Nashville Business Journal here.
Cracker Barrel DVD Back On Charts
After being off the charts for several months, the Cracker Barrel exclusive CD/DVD set An Evening With Dolly . . . Live re-enters the top 40 music DVD sales, Billboard's June 27 charts released Thursday showed. The set earned a 50th week on the tally to re-enter at No. 22.
July 31 Nashville Benefit Concert Announced
The Dustin J. Wells Foundation on Monday announced that Dolly will be the performer for this year's Gift of Music Benefit Concert, which supports Nashville's W.O. Smith Music School. Ticket information for the July 31 concert, to be held at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium, has not been released yet. Her show will be another performance of her "Pure And Simple" acoustic set that she'll perform in a series of four sold out concerts a week later at Dollywood as a benefit for her Imagination Library charity. Check out the announcement from a Facebook page for the Nashville Center for Aesthetic Dentistry, which is associated with the Foundation's founders here. Dolly had previously played the annual benefit concert in 2009 as one of several performers including Ronnie Dunn and Kellie Pickler.
Fan Chenoweth Shares Dolly Picture
Major Dolly fan Kristen Chenoweth on Tuesday sent out a picture from her dressing room at the Library of Congress' theatre before a performance, gushing over the fact that a picture of Dolly in the same theatre adorned her wall. Check out her Facebook posting here.
Bluegrass Band Loved Dollywood Performances
Wonder what it's like to play Dollywood's BBQ & Bluegrass Festival? Band Due South tells you in an interview with The Thomaston Times here.
Alaska's Library Faces Financial Trouble
Alaska's affiliates of Dolly's Imagination Library literacy project are in trouble due to state funding cuts, The News Miner reports here.
Dolly No. 3-Selling U.K. Female Artist Last Year
Dolly was the third-biggest-selling female solo artist in the U.K. last year, the British Phonographic Industry (BPI) revealed in its Music Market 2015 report released Monday. She was behind only Taylor Swift and the woman who was the only one to sell over 500,000 CDs in Britain last year, Paloma Faith. As was previously reported here, her Blue Smoke moved about 355,000 copies in the final six months of last year, making it the year's 13th-biggest-selling CD in that country. Sales of her other albums following her massively-successful headlining gig at last year's Glastonbury Festival likely pushed her overall total to between 400,000 and 450,000 in the U.K. Read the press release here.
Dolly Steady In U.K., Back Off Down Under
Dolly's Blue Smoke this week enters its second year in the No. 1 spot on the British country compilation albums chart, logging a 53rd consecutive week atop the charts that came out Sunday. The U.K. country compilations tally also sees Emmylou Harris's Original Album Series, Volume 1 (with two Dolly covers, one track with Dolly harmony and one track with Trio harmony) slip one to No. 9, her Original Album Series, Volume 2 (featuring one track with Dolly harmony and two tracks with Trio harmony by Dolly and Linda Ronstadt) fall five to No. 16 and Ronstadt's own Original Album Series (featuring one Dolly cover and one track with Dolly harmony) drop off the top 20, down from No. 19. Down Under, The Very Best Of Dolly Parton falls back off the Australian top 40 country albums chart, down from No. 38 for a 351st week.
USA Today: Henley Album Should Be Out This Fall
Coverage of Don Henley's country album continued over the weekend, and although most stories just recapped what had already appeared about the CD's preview party, USA Today added a new tidbit that when Dolly came into the studio she told Henley that the key was too high, so she'd have to rare back and get it. Two takes later, he recalled, "she had rared back and got it." The piece also noted that it should be released in the fall. Read more here.
Dolly Acquires Second Pigeon Forge Dinner Theatre
Dolly on Friday announced that she had acquired Pigeon Forge, Tenn., dinner theatre Lumberjack Feud Dinner Show. The venue becomes part of Dolly's World Choice Investments LLC, which manages her Dixie Stampede dinner theatres in Branson, Mo., and Pigeon Forge as well as her Pirate's Voyage dinner theatre in Myrtle Beach, S.C. The purchase was effective immediately, although the theater will be leased back to its current operators for the remainder of the current season before a revamping by Dolly's company for the 2016 season. In a press release, World Choice President Jim Rule explained: "We plan to make major renovations to the facility and add significant family fun action and comedy elements for the 2016 season." Dolly added in the release: "Since its opening in June 2011, Lumberjack Feud has been well accepted by the guests. We believe it has a great future here and I'm excited to get started! This will be a fun, creative project for all of us as we continue to develop Pigeon Forge into a world class family destination. As Jim said, we plan to develop a new, exciting version of the Lumberjack show and unveil it next spring. It will include major updates, changes and enhancements that I feel will greatly exceed guest expectations." The release also noted that the purchase is "expanding Parton's entertainment offering in Pigeon Forge and setting the stage for future growth," which suggests the company may begin placing Lumberjack Feud theaters in other cities in the future. Coverage included Knoxville TV stations WATE here and Local 8 News here.
Henley Duet Heard At Nashville Preview
Critics this week finally got to hear Dolly's duet with Don Henley that the pair recorded four years ago and had been originally reported here at that time. Henley has been working on his country album, Cass Country, for five years and has finally completed it. The track is a cover of the Louvin Brothers classic "When I Stop Dreaming." Rolling Stone reported here that Dolly "almost steals the show" as a highlight of the CD, while Billboard noted here that her collaboration received "the biggest reception" from critics and that Henley told them she recalled during the recording that she used to sing it with Porter Wagoner. (She only recorded it once previously, with Emmylou Harris on Harris' 1977 album Luxury Liner.) Capitol Records will release the CD, although the final release date has yet to be announced.
Delta's 'Sky' Magazine Features Article By Dolly
Thanks to Jonathan for alerting me to a Dolly article in Delta's current issue of its in-flight Sky magazine. The piece by Dolly is about the Great Smoky Mountains Parkway and surrounding area in Tennessee.
USA Today Announces Best Music Destinations
USA Today has released its list of the world's 10 best music destinations, ranking Dollywood at No. 6. See the full list, which named Graceland No. 1, here and see a story from Knoxville's Local 8 News here.
Miley Sings '9 To 5' With Zit Cream On Her Face
Dolly goddaughter Miley Cyrus on Tuesday night played around singing along to "9 To 5" while wearing acne cream, filmed herself, and posted the footage to Instagram. Check it out in coverage from E! Online here and Billboard here.
Keith Urban Dons Dolly Duds For CMT Awards
Major Dolly fanatic Keith Urban on Wednesday pulled out a new custom-made Dolly t-shirt for his performance at the CMT Awards. Check it out below.
New Linda Ronstadt DVD Features Dolly Collaborations
A new DVD titled Linda Ronstadt & Friends is slated to come out on Tuesday with special appearances by Dolly. The track listing includes "Applejack" with Dolly and "After The Goldrush" and "To Know Him Is To Love Him," both listed as with Emmylou Harris, so it's likely that the "Applejack" is with Dolly and Harris from their appearance on Dolly's 1970s variety show and the other two titles are Trio performances from various television appearances to support their two albums together in 1987 and 1999. The other performances listed are "Don't Know Much" with Aaron Neville, "I Never Will Marry" and "A Mile In My Shoes" both with Johnny Cash, "Somewhere Out There" with James Ingram, "I've Got A Crush On You" with Nelson Riddle," "Back In The USA" with Chuck Berry, "Different Drum" and "On" both with The Stone Poneys, and "Desperado," "It's So Easy" and "Tracks Of My Tears." Get your copy here! Thanks, Tony!
Dollywood Preps For Great American Summer Launch
Dollywood's Great American Summer returns on Saturday with special entertainment, longer operating hours and nightly fireworks. In a press release, Dolly noted: "There's nothing quite like those warm summer nights right here in the middle of the Great Smoky Mountains. I still remember lying in the grass and watching the stars dance across the sky, and we'd chase those ol' lightnin' bugs all night long through the hills where we grew up. I'm so glad we're able to give families more time to stay up late during my Great American Summer so they can enjoy everything that is so special about spending time together under the stars." The park is open 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily during the festival, which features Dolly's Nights Of Many Colors fireworks extravaganza at 9:30 p.m. (this year with popular music from the past 30 years to celebrate the park's 30th anniversary), The Gazillion Bubbles Show (which moves to the larger DP's Celebrity Theatre this season), the debut of Old Bear And His Cub and Betty Bunny Didn't Do It at the Imagination Playhouse (plus the return of The Little Engine That Could), the new Live At The Back Porch music show and the new roving "Pick-Up Patrol" dance party throughout the park and "Lite The Nite" dance party at Wilderness Pass just before the fireworks, The festival concludes Aug. 2.
'Blue Smoke' Tops U.K. Country Compilations Tally For One Year
With one solid year on the chart overseas, Dolly's Blue Smoke this week holds the No. 1 spot on the British country compilation albums chart for a 52nd consecutive week with the release of Sunday's charts. The U.K. country compilations tally also sees Emmylou Harris's Original Album Series, Volume 1 (with two Dolly covers, one track with Dolly harmony and one track with Trio harmony) gain one to No. 8 while her Original Album Series, Volume 2 (featuring one track with Dolly harmony and two tracks with Trio harmony by Dolly and Linda Ronstadt) rise five to No. 11 and Ronstadt's own Original Album Series (featuring one Dolly cover and one track with Dolly harmony) inch up one to No. 19. Down Under, The Very Best Of Dolly Parton re-enters the Australian top 40 country albums chart, at No. 38 for a 351st week.
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