Feb. 28: Dolly Announces Glastonbury Concert On Tour Dolly took to Twitter early Thursday morning to announce her Blue Smoke World Tour's European leg has added a June 29 performance at England's Glastonbury Festival, that country's largest annual music fest. For years, she has been rumored annually as a headliner for the event, which does not announce its performers until after its 120,000 tickets have sold out, but each year in the past the rumors have turned out to be false. A London gossip tabloid a few months ago reported "insider" sources confirming her participation this year, but Thursday's announcement made it official. On Twitter, Dolly revealed: "I'm incredibly excited to FINALLY announce that the #BlueSmokeWorldTour is coming to @GlastoFest on June 29th! ;) Stay tuned for more info…" Coverage was all over the world, with a couple of examples coming from The Evening Timeshere and The Guardianhere. Don't forget to enter the contest to win a trip to London to meet Dolly and see her in concert just before the Glastonbury date here. In related news, she wrapped up the Australian leg of her tour Thursday night in Perth. The concert garnered raves from The Daily Mailhere and Perth Nowhere.
Nelson's CD Remains Almost Steady On Chart Willie Nelson's To All The Girls, featuring a Dolly duet, inches up one digit to No. 40 in its 19th week on the Billboard country albums tally, the March 8 charts released Thursday confirmed. In other news, the magazine on Thursday counted down the top 50 movie songs of all time in advance of this weekend's Oscars, and Dolly's "9 To 5" ranked at No. 41 while Whitney Houston's cover of the Dolly-penned "I Will Always Love You" was No. 9. See the full list here.
Artist Covers Dolly Pic With Tatoos Wonder what Dolly would look like with loads of tattoos instead of the handful she hides underneath clothing and/or make-up? Artist Cheyenne Randall has become famous for covering pictures of famous people with tats, including Dolly's 1978 Playboy pic. Check them out here.
See Behind-The-Scenes Of New Coaster It's now just three weeks until Dolly unveils Dollywood's new FireChaser Express roller coaster at season pass holder preview day on March 21 before its debut to the general public when she is on park March 22. Check out a behind-the-scenes video the park released Wednesday here.
Dixie Stampede Opens For New Season Dolly's Dixie Stampede dinner theatre in Pigeon Forge and Branson has opened for its 27th season featuring new video projection technology that fills the arena floor with moving images of stampeding horses during the show and a giant American flag during Dolly's "Color Me America" finale. In a press release, Dolly noted: "When I wrote 'Color Me America!,' I never dreamed the song would be brought to life quite like this. When that giant American flag fills the arena, you just swell with pride. Between the finale and a few other surprises we've worked into the show, I just know families will be talking about Dixie Stampede all the way home!"
Miley Cyrus Films Dolly Cover Dolly's goddaughter Miley Cyrus has been performing her "Jolene" in concert on her Bangerz Tour, and Wednesday she filmed a selfie during the song and uploaded it to Instagram here.
Vincent Chats About Dolly In Interview Rhonda Vincent talks about her treasured friendship with Dolly in part two of a two-part interview with Country Stars Centralhere.
Feb. 26: Latest News From Australian Tour As Dolly continues to move toward the end of the Australian leg of her Blue Smoke World Tour, the press continues its love affair with her. The Cairns Post reviewed her concert in that city here, and Tone Deaf called her new CD "fun, cheeky, tender, homely, sincere, star-studded, and uplifting across its dozen dazzling tracks, just like Ms Parton herself." Read the full review here. Finally, reader Chris Middleton sent in some photos from his meet-and-greet, including the one at left from Sydney. Thanks!
Dolly Helps Celebrate BMI Head The Broadcasters Foundation of America on Monday presented its Golden Mike award to BMI president Del Bryant in a ceremony that featured video greetings from BMI songwriter Dolly, including her singing some of "I Will Always Love You" to Bryant. Read more from Broadcasting Cablehere.
Dolly Inducted Into Another Hall Of Fame The National Hall of Fame for Mountain Artisans has selected Dolly among its 2014 class of inductees. The others are woodcrafter John Brock and author Jeri Landers. Read more from Harland Dailyhere.
Dollywood Foundation Staffer Wins Award Congratulations to Dollywood Foundation Operations Services Coordinator Karen Wilson, who has been named VIP Woman of the Year by the National Association of Professional Women. Read the press release here.
Feb. 24: 'Blue Smoke' Falls From N.Z. Pop No. 1 Postiion Dolly's Blue Smoke may have topped the New Zealand pop albums chart last week, its second on the tally, but it slips out of the top 10 this week, dropping 16 places to No. 17, while in Australia it gains one spot to No. 7 pop, slides eight to No. 39 digital albums and retains its No. 1 country position for a third week. The Very Best Of Dolly Parton: Australian Tour Edition drops 19 to No. 28 in its ninth week on the New Zealand pop albums tally, while Down Under The Very Best Of Dolly Parton, Volume 1 stays at No. 2 country in its 318th week on the top 40 and rises 17 to No. 38 in its third week on the pop chart, two to No. 4 for a 35th week on the catalog albums list and 14 to No. 36 on the digital albums sales tally. Also on the Australian country albums chart, Dolly's The Hits loses one to No. 9 in its second week, while The Essential Dolly Parton adds five to No. 26 in its 66th week on the top 40. In Ireland, the 3-CD compilation The Real Dolly Parton gains 16 places to No. 49 in its 19th week on the Irish pop albums chart. And in the U.K., Emmylou Harris's Original Album Series, Volume 1, released in 2011, holds steady at No. 2 on the British country compilations chart in its 23rd week back on the tally with two Dolly covers, one track with Dolly harmony and one track with Trio harmony, her Original Album Series, Volume 2 (featuring one track with Dolly harmony and two tracks with Trio harmony by Dolly and Linda Ronstadt) rebounds four to No. 5 in its 24th week on the same chart and Ronstadt's own Original Album Series (also from 2011 and featuring one Dolly cover and one track with Dolly harmony) re-enters the top 20 at No. 20.
Dolly's Aussie Tour Nearing End The Australian leg of Dolly's Blue Smoke World Tour is getting close to wrapping up. Her final two dates are Monday night in Cairns and Thursday night in Perth. Then she takes a nearly three-month break before returning for her second American leg and the European leg. The Northern Daily Leader profiled the seamstress who helped Dolly in Tamworth here and reviews of her Brisbane concerts made News.comhere and The Brisbane Timeshere.
Feb. 21: Ronstadt Duets CD With Dolly Track Coming In honor of her April 10 induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Rhino Records on April 8 will release a career-spanning Linda Ronstadt Duets CD featuring 14 previously released tracks with various artists and one previously unreleased song with Laurie Lewis. The set will include her 1977 top 10 country single with Dolly, "I Never Will Marry," from her album Simple Dreams. Other recordings include three duets with Ann Savoy, two with Aaron Neville and one each with Carl Jackson, Emmylou Harris, Don Henley, J.D. Souther, James Taylor, James Ingram, Bette Midler and Frank Sinatra. Pre-order it here.
Porter & Dolly Price Tag Revealed Although I haven't seen a U.S. importer put a price on the collection yet, German label Bear Family Records has added the May 5 complete recordings boxed set of Dolly and Porter Wagoner duets to its web store for 125.88 Euros, or approximately $175 U.S., if you order it directly from the label.
Latest From Aussie Tour Dolly continues to entertain the fans Down Under with the Australian leg of her Blue Smoke World Tour. The Daily Mail had some photos of her out and about here.
Nelson Dips On U.S. Albums Chart Willie Nelson's To All The Girls, with its Dolly duet, continues to drop on the March 1 Billboard charts released Thursday, losing four spots to No. 41 in its 18th week on the country albums chart.
AOL Chats Up Porter & Dolly Break-Up AOL's country music blog, The Boot, this week profiled the 40th anniversary of Dolly's announcement that she and Porter Wagoner were starting the break-up of their prolific duet partnership. They didn't completely sever ties until two years later. Read the piece here.
Feb. 19: Dolly Wows Australian Crowds Dolly continues to earn rave reviews on the Australian leg of her Blue Smoke World Tour. The Brisbane Times praised her first Sydney show here, as did News.comhere. In related news, Australia's ABC television network has a blog entry about a Tamworth seamstress who was on "rhinestone patrol" for Dolly at her show in that city. It is available here, and The Northern Daily Leader had a story about her Tamworth show here.
Billboard Celebrates Dolly's Achievement Billboard magazine this week celebrated the 33rd anniversary of Dolly's "9 To 5" topping the pop Hot 100 singles chart. Check out the column here.
Feb. 17: Dolly Tops New Zealand Pop Chart In its second week, Dolly's Blue Smoke CD shot up over the weekend eight places on the New Zealand pop albums chart to reach No. 1, while in Australia the set advanced two to No. 8 pop, retained its No. 1 country position and slipped 15 spots to No. 31 Aussie digital albums. The Very Best Of Dolly Parton: Australian Tour Edition gained three to No. 9 in its eighth week on the New Zealand pop albums tally, while Down Under the chart combined that re-issue along with The Very Best Of Dolly Parton, Volume 1 and gave that title the No. 2 country position in its 317th week on the top 40, a re-entry for a second week on the pop chart at No. 38, a re-entry on the catalog albums chart at No. 6 for a 34th week and debut at No. 50 on the digital albums sales list. Also on the Australian country albums chart, a Dolly compilation called The Hits debuted at No. 8 and The Essential Dolly Parton rose seven to No. 31 in its 65th week on the top 40. In Ireland, the 3-CD compilation The Real Dolly Parton advanced 10 slots to No. 65 in its 18th week on the Irish pop albums chart. And in the U.K., Emmylou Harris's Original Album Series, Volume 1, released in 2011, rebounded one to No. 2 on the British country compilations chart in its 22nd week back on the tally with two Dolly covers, one track with Dolly harmony and one track with Trio harmony while her Original Album Series, Volume 2 (featuring one track with Dolly harmony and two tracks with Trio harmony by Dolly and Linda Ronstadt) slid four to No. 9 in its 23rd week on the same chart.
Blue Smoke Tour Continues Down Under Dolly's Blue Smoke World Tour continues to conquer Australia. She played Hunter Valley on Saturday and Tamworth on Sunday, with the first of her two Sydney shows on Tuesday. Check out a gallery from Hunter Valley by The Daily Mailhere and one from Tamworth by The Northern Daily Leaderhere. The Courier Mail had a story on her Adelaide concert from last week here. Thanks to Jacob Jeffery for sending in some shots from Tuesday night's Melbourne concert, including the one at left. Check out the rest here. And Yahoo Singapore posted an Associated Press video about Dolly feeling like a rock star when she tours overseas. Check it out here or in the media player below.
May 5 Release For Porter & Dolly Set Bear Family Records has announced the official release date for its upcoming six-CD, 160-song set Just Between You And Me: Complete Recordings 1967-76 that contains every duet Porter Wagoner and Dolly recorded during their partnership at RCA Records. The set is slated to come out May 5. Check out the label's page on the release here.
CMT Announcing 40 All-Time Best Hits Dolly is among nearly 100 artists who helped CMT select the network's All-Time Top 40: Artist's Choice countdown. The songs will be revealed once-per-week starting March 15 and conclusing in December. Learn more here.
London Concert, Meet-And-Greet Contest Open The contest to win a trip to London to see Dolly in concert and meet her before the show thanks to St. Mark's Roman Catholic Church (where she's performing a fund-raiser concert on May 27) went live on Saturday morning, and you may enter it here. Contestants receive one entry in the contest for each penny that is donated to the project, with a minimum 50-cent online donation. Those not wishing to make a donation may submit a mailed-in entry at no cost. Entries will be accepted through May 15 and the winner will be announced at Dolly's May 27 concert.
Australian Leg Of Blue Smoke Tour Continues Dolly continued the Australian leg of her Blue Smoke World Tour this week, playing Adelaide on Thursday night. A review of that concert is available from Adelaide Nowhere. In addition, check out a humorous tale of one writer bribing his son to go to the concert with him from News.comhere. Finally, additional coverage of her Imagination Library expansion Down Under made News.comhere and The Agehere. A new publicity image for the program's Australian chapters has also been released. Click on it at left for a larger view.
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Gaming manufacturer IGT on Thursday released a video to YouTube of Dolly's recent visit to its showroom to view her themed shot machines in person for the first time. Check it out here or in the media player above.
London Contest Starts Saturday Don't forget that midnight Saturday morning begins the start of St. Mark Roman Catholic Church's contest to win a trip to London to meet Dolly and see her in concert. The church's pastor, Rev. James W. Sichko, will appear on Lexington's WLEX-TV Sunrise on Friday to publicize the contest. Get more information starting Saturday here.
American Chart Update Shows Nelson Dips Willie Nelson's To All The Girls, with its Dolly duet, declines on the Feb. 22 Billboard tallies released Thursday. The set drops 14 places to No. 37 in its 17th week on the country albums chart and falls back off the top 200 pop chart and current albums chart, down from No. 174 and No. 131, respectively.
LGBT Channel Adds 'Hollywood To Dollywood' Hollywood To Dollywood, the award-winning Dolly fan documentary, has been added to premium LGBT cable network Here TV. The film appears on the network as well as its premium subscription YouTube channel.
Study: Dolly Wrote Third-Most-Perfect Love Song In honor of Valentine's Day, Spotify scientifically studied what makes the best love song and the experts named the Dolly-penned "I Will Always Love You" (noting both the Dolly and Whitney Houston versions) No. 3 on the list of the most perfect love songs. The characteristics of a good love song were sentimental lyrics, a slow tempo, a syncopated rhythm, major key and standard chord protection. The list placed Adele's version of the Bob Dylan song "Make You Feel My Love" at No. 1 and Marvin Gaye's "Sexual Healing" at No. 2. Read more here.
Feb. 12: More Coverage Of Dolly's Australian Arrival The Australian media are going crazy over Dolly's return Down Under. Reviews of her first night in Melbourne made The Agehere, The Herald Sunhere, Take 40here and The Guardianhere. Photos made The Daily Mailhere. An interview made Sunrisehere while a story made SBS here. Press conference coverage included Newshere and The Sydney Morning Heraldhere and here. A piece on her business empire came from BRWhere, and her Imagination Library's Aussie expansion was covered by The Australianhere.
Dolly Singing Contest Returns The Sevierville Chamber of Commerce is now accepting entries for the May 17 10th annual Mountain Soul Vocal Competition, the world's only yearly singing contest that relies solely on Dolly-written songs. Contestants will be accepted in age 12-and-under or age 13-and-up age divisions. Applications are available at BloominBBQ.com and are due by April 11 with an audition tape, CD, VHS or DVD. A total of 30 finalists will be invited to perform at the event with the older winner takes home $500 and a recording session, while the younger winner takes home $100 and Dollywood season passes. Entrants are asked to use the Dollymania.net list of songs Dolly has written and recorded here to confirm her authorship of one's chosen performance piece.
Feb. 11: Dolly Lands In Australia For Blue Smoke Tour
Dolly has landed in Australia for her Blue Smoke World Tour's leg Down Under and held a press conference where she was asked the usual questions and gave her usual answers. Radio station 3AW posted a clip to YouTube of her answering what her favorite karaoke tunes of her songs are and her views on same-sex marriage. Watch it in the media player above or here and read more from her press conference here. The tour kick-off made Yahoo Australia here and an interview posted there here. In related news, the launch of her Imagination Library's launch in Australia is covered by Pro Bono Australiahere.
Sony Officially Announces CD Release Although it was reported here several days ago, Sony Masterworks on Monday officially announced the May 13 U.S. release of Dolly's Blue Smoke album. In a press release, Dolly observed: "On this CD I think there are all of the colors of my life in all the areas of music that you've allowed me to dabble in through the years. You will hear my old world mountain voice on songs like 'Banks of The Ohio' and 'If I Had Wings' my tender side on songs like 'Miss You - Miss Me' and 'Unlikely Angel.' My country/bluegrass side of songs like 'Home,' 'Blue Smoke' and 'Don't Think Twice' and my funny tongue-in-cheek side on 'Lover du Jour.'" The track listing confirms the American version will contain the same 12 songs as the Australian release that came out at the end of January. Reserve your copy here!
Feb. 10: 'Blue Smoke' Makes Aussie, Kiwi Pop Top 10s The Australian release of Dolly's Blue Smoke CD sees big debuts Down Under this week. The album enters the New Zealand pop albums tally at No. 9 and the Australian pop albums list at No. 10. The set is the week's No. 1 country album in Australia and No. 16 Aussie digital album. (In related news, a review and gallery of images from one of her two New Zealand shows made Libel magazine here.) The Very Best Of Dolly Parton: Australian Tour Edition rises four to No. 12 in its seventh week on the Australian country albums chart and gains two to No. 22 in its ninth week on the New Zealand pop albums chart. The original The Very Best Of Dolly Parton, Volume 1 resurges 24 places to No. 16 in its 308th week on the country top 40 list Down Under, while The Essential Dolly Parton re-enters the top 40 Australian country albums list at No. 38 for a 64th week. And in the U.K., Emmylou Harris's Original Album Series, Volume 1, released in 2011, holds steady at No. 3 on the on the British country compilations chart in its 21st week back on the tally with two Dolly covers, one track with Dolly harmony and one track with Trio harmony while her Original Album Series, Volume 2 (featuring one track with Dolly harmony and two tracks with Trio harmony by Dolly and Linda Ronstadt) rebounds two to No. 5 in its 22nd week on the same chart. Ronstadt's own Original Album Series (also from 2011 and featuring one Dolly cover and one track with Dolly harmony) falls back off the top 20, down from No. 15.
Feb. 8: Next Leg Of Blue Smoke Tour Begins The Australian/New Zealand leg of Dolly's Blue Smoke World Tour kicked off Friday night Down Under (Thursday night U.S. time) with her first of two shows at Auckland, New Zealand's Vector Arena. Reviews are available from Stuff.cohere and The New Zealand Heraldhere, a preview aired prior to the concert on 3 News here and TV New Zealand's One News interviewed her here. She's scheduled to have a press conference Tuesday morning in Melbourne, Australia, prior to her first concert that evening in that country. In related news, the upcoming European leg of the tour prompted Herald Scotland to profile her as a "style icon" here and New Zealand publication 13th Floor reviewed her Blue Smoke CD here.
U.S., Irish Chart Updates Willie Nelson's To All The Girls, with its Dolly duet, continues its move back up the charts in the Feb. 15 numbers released Thursday. The CD rises three places to No. 23 in its 16th week on the country albums chart, 18 places to No. 174 on the top 200 pop chart and 26 spots to No. 131 current albums. Overseas, the 3-CD compilation The Real Dolly Parton gains 17 places to No. 75 in its 17th week on the Irish pop albums chart.
Chenoweth Uses Dolly Tunes In Concert I'm told that earlier this week Kristin Chenoweth opened her current tour in Lancaster, Pa., and brought on special guest Jonathan Groff, since that was his hometown, to perform the Kenny & Dolly classic "Islands In The Stream" with her – making up for a duet they had planned at the Chicago stop on her most recent tour, a date that had been cancelled due to illness. Also at the end of the show, she used Dolly's "I Will Always Love You" as her encore, as she did on the last tour as well. Thanks, Brian!
Lane Twins Thank Dolly For Help Gary and Larry Lane of Hollywood To Dollywood tell me they had their "final curtain call" with Dolly at one of her recent concerts out West. They met her backstage and thanked her for being in the film and allowing her music to be used in it and reported she replied "It was a lot but we got it all done, didn't we." Thanks to them for sharing their photo at left.
London Contest Start Nears Don't forget that the contest to win a trip to London to see Dolly in concert and meet her before the show by making a donation as small as a penny to St. Mark's Catholic Church in Richmond, Ky., kicks off at midnight next Saturday, Feb. 15, on their website here. Get more details from a photo they provided below (click on it for a larger view).
Feb. 6: U.S. 'Blue Smoke' Release Date Revealed Dolly's new album, released last week in Australia and New Zealand, will see its U.S. release May 13, it was announced Wednesday. It had previously been revealed that the U.S. and European versions of the disc would come out in May, but the exact date had yet to be announced. It is not yet known whether the European release will also be out May 13 or on a different date that month. Pre-order the U.S. version from Amazon here or get an import of the Australian version here.
New Dolly Website Launched Dolly's management this week launched a new website, Dolly Parton Entertainment.com, featuring news (pictures from the private VIP meet-and-greets from her concerts over the past few weeks), her tour itinerary and music purchase links. It appears that the site went live on Saturday, but starting Wednesday some visitors to her official record label website, Dolly Parton Music.net, began being redirected to the new site. Visit it here and remember that her "official website" remains Dolly Parton.com.
Feb. 5: Six-CD, 160-Song Porter & Dolly Boxed Set Coming You may recall it first reported here three months ago that a new Porter & Dolly boxed set was in the works, and on Tuesday the official announcement came that their entire 1967-1976 recordings will be issued in May as a massive six-CD collection from German collectors' label Bear Family Records. The set, which will be boxed to LP-size and include an 80-page hardcover book with tons of photos and in-depth liner notes by Dolly biographer Alanna Nash, will feature all 160 of their tracks recorded for RCA Records, appearing largely in the order they were originally recorded. This covers all 13 of their studio albums (1968: Just Between You and Me and Just the Two of Us, 1969: Always, Always, 1970: Porter Wayne and Dolly Rebecca and Once More, 1971: Two of a Kind, 1972: The Right Combination/Burning the Midnight Oil and Together Always, 1973: We Found It and Love and Music, 1974: Porter 'N' Dolly, 1975: Say Forever You'll Be Mine, and 1980: Porter & Dolly -- which consisted of overdubbed songs that had originally been recorded by the duo between 1968 and 1976 – the boxed set versions will be the original pre-overdubbed versions rather than the overdubbed versions that were released in 1980), the four duets that were released on Dolly's 1970 live concert album A Real Live Dolly (which appear at the end of the final disc instead of in the order of recording), their 1976 single "Is Forever Longer Than Always" that did not appear on any of their studio albums, the 1973 charity single "Here Comes The Freedom Train" (along with Porter's solo B-side, "All Aboard America"), the 1971 single "Better Move It On Home" (which was the sole new track on their album The Best Of Porter Wagoner and Dolly Parton), four previously unreleased alternate recordings of songs that were eventually re-recorded and released on their albums ("Good As Gold," "Daddy Was An Old Time Preacher Man," "There'll Always Be Music" and "Come To Me"), the previously unreleased 1969 track "Tangled Vines" which had been issued on the 2012 compilation Playlist: The Very Best Of Porter Wagoner and Dolly Parton and nine never-before released recordings: "One By One" from December 1968, "Waldo The Weirdo" from September 1971, "Carolina Moonshiner" from May 1974 and six tracks from their final two duet recording sessions in April 1976: "I Learned It Well," "In The Morning," "About Susan, About Your Man," "A Fool Like Me," "Golden Streets Of Glory" and "Twin Mounds Of Clay." As a matter of full disclosure, the set's recording of "Here Comes The Freedom Train"/"All Aboard America" was digitized from your webmaster's personal collection, and some Dollymania.net photos of the duo appearing at the Grand Ole Opry may appear in the liner notes booklet. The complete track listing is as follows:
CD 1: Just Between You And Me - Before I Met You - Two Sides To Every Story - Mommie, Ain't That Daddy - Four O Thirty Three - Love Is Worth Living - The Last Thing On My Mind - Sorrow's Tearing Down The House (That Happiness Once Built) - Home Is Where The Hurt Is - This Time Has Gotta Be Our Last Time - Put It Off Until Tomorrow - Because One Of Us Was Wrong - Slip Away Today - Holding On To Nothin' - Just The Two Of Us - Closer By The Hour - Afraid To Love Again - I Washed My Face In The Morning Dew - Jeannie's Afraid Of The Dark - The Party - I Can - We'll Get Ahead Someday - The Dark End Of The Street - Somewhere Between - Making Plans - Malena - Good As Gold - One By One - Good As Gold - Yours Love
CD 2: Just Someone I Used To Know - No Reason To Hurry Home - Milwaukee, Here I Come - The House Where Love Lives - Why Don't You Haul Off And Love Me - Mendy Never Sleeps - I Don't Believe You've Met My Baby - Anything's Better Than Nothing - Always, Always - My Hands Are Tied - There Never Was A Time - Forty Miles From Poplar Bluff - Each Season Changes You - Daddy Was An Old Time Preacher Man - Tangled Vines - We Can't Let This Happen To Us - Tomorrow Is Forever - Silver Sandals - No Love Left - I'm Wasting Your Time And You're Wasting Mine - Run That By Me One More Time - It Might As Well Be Me - I Know You're Married But I Love You Still - Daddy Was An Old Time Preacher Man - Fight And Scratch - A Good Understanding
CD 3: Once More - Ragged Angel - Before Our Weakness Gets Too Strong - Let's Live For Tonight - One Day At A Time - Thoughtfulness - There'll Be Love - Daddy Did His Best - Possum Holler - The Fighting Kind - All I Need Is You - Curse Of The Wild Weed Flower - Today, Tomorrow And Forever - The Flame - Her And The Car And The Mobile Home - Is It Real - Two Of A Kind - The Pain Of Loving You - Better Move It On Home - The Right Combination - Burning The Midnight Oil - Love's All Over - Take Away - You And Me, Her And Him - How Close They Must Be - On And On - More Than Words Can Tell - In Each Love Some Pain Must Fall
CD 4: Anyplace You Want To Go - Somewhere Along The Way - The Fog Has Lifted - Looking Down - If You Go, I'll Follow You - Waldo The Weirdo - I've Been This Way Too Long - Lost Forever In Your Kiss - Sounds Of Nature - Through Thick And Thin - We Found It - Poor Folks Town - Together You And I - Christina - Together Always - Ten Four-Over And Out - There's Singing On The Mountain - Say Forever You'll Be Mine - That's When Love Will Mean Most - Love Have Mercy On Us - Sweet Rachel Ann - Satan's River - I Am Always Waiting - I've Been Married (Just As Long As You Have) - Little David's Harp - Between Us - Love City - In The Presence Of You
CD 5: How Can I (Help You Forgive Me) - Come To Me - Laugh The Years Away - There'll Always Be Music - I Have No Right To Care - Come To Me - Beneath The Sweet Magnolia Tree - Love Is Out Tonight - If Teardrops Were Pennies - You - There'll Always Be Music - I Get Lonesome By Myself - Sounds Of Night - Wasting Love - All Aboard America - Here Comes The Freedom Train - Too Far Gone - Again - Something To Reach For - The Fire That Keeps You Warm - Without You - Sixteen Years - Carolina Moonshine - If You Say I Can - The Power Of Love - The Beginning - Please Don't Stop Loving Me
CD 6: Life Rides The Train - Two - Hide Me Away - We'd Have To Be Crazy - Love To See Us Through - If You Were Mine - Our Love - Is Forever Longer Than Always - I Learned It Well - Touching Memories - In The Morning - About Susanne, About Your Man - A Fool Like Me - Someone Just Like You - Golden Streets Of Glory - Twin Mounds Of Clay - Presentation by Don Howser - Run That By Me One More Time (live) - Jeannie's Afraid Of The Dark (live) - Tomorrow Is Forever (live) - Two Sides To Every Story (live)
Opening Acts Added To One Aussie Show Dolly will have two Australian performers open her Feb. 15 concert at Hope Estate when she's Down Under. Newcastle Herald reports that Catherine Britt and John Williamson have been added to that show. Read more here. The Australian leg of her Blue Smoke World Tour kicks off Friday.
Feb. 4: Dolly Signs With New Touring Agent Dolly's public relations firm on Monday announced she has signed with new representation for her North American touring and personal appearances, APA. The announcement garnered attention from The Hollywood Reporterhere and Billboardhere.
Miley Wants To Keep Going Like Dolly Dolly goddaughter Miley Cyrus tells W magazine in a new interview that she hopes to never retire, just like Dolly. "Maybe [legendary artists] succeed because they don't have anything to prove. They're just doing it because they love it. I hope I'm like [godmother] Dolly [Parton], where I'm just still going at 75," she said. Yahoo, however, noted that Dolly is just 68. Read more here.
Feb. 3: Win London Concert Trip, Meet-And-Greet In addition to seeing Dolly perform in Richmond, Ky., in May, fans have an opportunity to win a trip to London to meet her and see her sing live in England. The contest is part of a fund-raiser for St. Mark Roman Catholic Church, which is hosting Dolly at the Eastern Kentucky Center for the Arts on May 27 (a concert for which fewer than 100 tickets remain, organizer Rev. James W. Sichko said – get yours here!). Donations of any amount from a penny up will provide an entry into the contest, which starts at midnight Feb. 15 here. The winner will get two round-trip first-class airline tickets from Lexington, Ky., to London, five days/four nights at the five-star JW Marriott Grosvenor House Hotel, two VIP tickets to see Dolly in concert at the O2 Arena June 27 and a meet-and-greet with her prior to the show plus an extra $500 if they are in the audience at the May 27 show. "Of course, people can donate more than a penny, but one penny could win you the concert experience of a lifetime," Sichko said in a press release. Local coverage of the announcement came Sunday from The Richmond Registerhere.
Dolly Projects Move On Overseas Charts It should be another week before Dolly's Blue Smoke debuts on the Australian and New Zealand albums charts, but Sony's new The Very Best Of Dolly Parton: Australian Tour Edition continues to do well. The set gains three to No. 16 in its sixth week on the Australian country albums chart while dipping nine to No. 24 in its eighth week on the New Zealand pop albums chart (it has gone gold in New Zealand). Also on the Australian country albums tally, the original The Very Best Of Dolly Parton, Volume 1 continues to do well. On the Australian country albums chart, the title falls nine spots to No. 40 in its 307th week on the country top 40 list Down Under. And in the U.K., Emmylou Harris's Original Album Series, Volume 1, released in 2011, holds steady at No. 3 on the on the British country compilations chart in its 20th week back on the tally with two Dolly covers, one track with Dolly harmony and one track with Trio harmony while her Original Album Series, Volume 2 (featuring one track with Dolly harmony and two tracks with Trio harmony by Dolly and Linda Ronstadt) dips two to No. 7 in its 21st week on the same chart. Ronstadt's own Original Album Series (also from 2011 and featuring one Dolly cover and one track with Dolly harmony) re-enters top 20 at No. 15.
Feb. 1: Blue Smoke Tour Wraps Up First U.S. Leg Dolly may have wrapped up the first U.S. leg of her Blue Smoke World Tour, heading Down Under for its Australia-New Zealand leg in another week, but the news from the tour keeps coming. Thanks to reader C.J. Morgan for sending in the shot at left and the shot at right from her Primm, Nev., concert. Check out photos from her Phoenix, Ariz., show from The Phoenix New Timeshere and a review from Arizona Centralhere. Also, with this week's release of her Blue Smoke album in Australia, check out a review from The Musichere.
Texas Teen Records 'Jolene' With Dolly Dolly will soon have another duet out, as The Houston Chronicle notes that teen artist Mary Sarah has spent the last couple of years recording covers with legends of country music for her new album, Bridges, expected to be released in April. Among the tracks is a duet with Dolly on "Jolene." Read more here.
Miley Wanted Dolly For 'Unplugged' Concert Dolly goddaughter Miley Cyrus was a hit on MTV's Unplugged this week, even performing a cover of "Jolene" and noting online (see story from Entertainmentwisehere) that her outfits were in tribute to Dolly, too. She even told Access Hollywoodhere that Dolly was her first choice for a surprise guest for the taping, but she couldn't make it due to the launch of her Blue Smoke World Tour, which left her with second-choice Madonna.
Chart Updates Willie Nelson's To All The Girls, featuring a new Dolly duet, sees a jump on the Feb. 8 charts that Billboard released Thursday. The set increases 13 places to No. 26 in its 15th week on the country albums tally and re-enters both the top 200 pop chart and top 200 current albums list for a ninth week on each at No. 192 and No. 157, respectively. Overseas, the 3-CD compilation The Real Dolly Parton dips a dozen digits to No. 92 in its 16th week on the Irish pop albums chart.