Release Date: Nov. 11, 2003
Label: Blue Eye Records/Welk Music Group
Producers: Dolly Parton with Kent Wells and Tony Smith
The Lord Is My Shepherd
The Star Spangled Banner
God Bless The USA
Light Of A Clear Blue Morning
When Johnny Comes Marching Home
Gee, Ma, I Wanna Go Home
There Will Be Peace In The Valley For Me
Red, White And Bluegrass
My Country Tis (better known as "My Country 'Tis Of Thee")
I'm Gonna Miss You
Go To Hell
Ballad Of The Green Beret
Brave Little Soldier
Tie A Yellow Ribbon
Color Me America
The Glory Forever
Click here for the e-card from Welk Music Group for the CD featuring a message from Dolly on the project, samples of all 18 cuts, some of the great photos included with it and a contest to win an autographed copy of the CD!
The Dollymania Review
Posted Oct. 26. Read it here.
June 12: Dolly's "Welcome Home" from For God And Country falls 18 places to No. 19, down from last week's No. 1 song, in this week's unofficial IndieWorldCountry independent country singles chart, it was announced Friday.
June 5: "Welcome Home" from Dolly's For God And Country tops this week's unofficial IndieWorldCountry independent country singles chart, inching up one notch to take the No. 1 spot, it was announced Friday.
May 29: Dolly's "Welcome Home" from For God And Country keeps creeping toward the top of the unofficial IndieWorldCountry independent country singles chart. The song moves up two more spots to No. 2 on this week's tally, it was announced Friday.
May 22: "Welcome Home" from For God And Country moves up two more spots to No. 4 on this week's unofficial IndieWorldCountry independent country singles chart, it was announced Friday.
May 21: After 10 weeks on the Billboard country chart, Dolly's patriotic and spiritual collection For God And Country falls out of the 75-album tally in the May 29 numbers, Billboard announced Thursday, down from No. 67 the previous week. The CD had peaked at No. 23.
May 17: After one week at No. 18, Dolly's video for "Welcome Home" from For God And Country fell out of the fan-voted top 20 video countdown on the Great American Country (GAC) cable network, it was announced Friday. Visit their site and cast your vote for Dolly here!
May 15: According to the new European CMA charts, Dolly's doing well across the pond. Her single "Welcome Home" from For God And Country sits at No. 10 on the U.K. country airplay chart and No. 147 for overall European airplay.
"Welcome Home" also inches up three spots to No. 6 on this week's unofficial IndieWorldCountry independent country singles chart, it was announced Friday.
May 14: Dolly's patriotic and spiritual CD For God And Country gets a 10th week on the country albums chart but falls five spots to No. 67 in the May 22 chart Billboard released Thursday.
May 10: Dolly's video for "Welcome Home" from For God And Country debuted on the cable network Great American Country's fan-voted top 20 video countdown on Friday at No. 18. The show repeats at midnight, 6 a.m. and 10 p.m. Monday and at noon on Tuesday. This is the first "official" U.S. chart to feature the song. Cast your vote for Dolly on next week's countdown here!
The song remains steady at No. 9 on the unofficial IndieWorldCountry independent country singles chart this week, it was announced Friday.
For God And Country receives a ninth week on the country albums chart in the May 15 numbers, Billboard announced Thursday, but the disc slides two spots to No. 62.
Being on vacation all week I missed it, but several readers wrote in to let me know Dolly made a surprise appearance on Friday's Live! With Regis And Kelly. As part of their "Mom's Dream Come True Celebration" in observance of Mother's Day, they found a viewer whose dream was to meet Dolly. To grant her wish, they had Dolly come out in a garden and sing "Light Of A Clear Blue Morning" to her, and she noted that the song is to be the second single from For God And Country! Thanks!
May 1: Dolly's "Welcome Home" from For God And Country entered the top 10 this week on the unofficial IndieWorldCountry independent country singles chart this week, moving up two spots to No. 9, it was announced Friday.
April 30: With sales spurred by her hosting duties and performance on CMT's Flame Worthy Video Music Awards last week, Dolly's patriotic and spiritual CD For God And Country re-enters the May 8 country albums chart at No. 60 for an eighth chart week, its first appearance on the tally in more than a month, Billboard announced Thursday.
April 22: Dolly talks about the stories behind the songs on the album in an interview with CMT.com's Chet Flippo here and here and performed "Welcome Home" on CMT's Flame Worthy Video Music Awards on Wednesday night.
March 23: Dolly's "Welcome Home" from For God And Country is getting some airplay overseas. The song debuts this week at No. 20 on the French country singles airplay chart, according to the bi-weekly charts of the European CMA posted on Monday. The track debuts at No. 165 on the overall European country airplay chart.
March 19: Dolly's patriotic and spiritual collection For God And Country falls back off the 75-position country albums chart in the March 27 Billboard figures released Thursday, down from No. 69 in its seventh chart week the previous week.
March 12: Dolly's patriotic and spiritual collection For God And Country gets a seventh week on the March 20 Billboard country charts released Thursday, remaining steady at No. 69.
March 5: Post-CBS News Sunday Morning sales get Dolly back on the Billboard charts released Thursday. For God And Country re-enters the March 13 country tally at No. 69 for a sixth week (it had previously peaked at No. 23), and Ultimate Dolly Parton re-enters at No. 70 for a 28th week (it had previously peaked at No. 20).
Feb. 28: Dolly's promotional efforts for For God And Country show up in the March issue of The American Legion's magazine. In a great interview focusing largely on God and patriotism (the album's themes), she notes that she's planning a TV special based on the CD and hopes to do an auditorium and churches tour in the near future (although the interview likely took place before her decision earlier this year not to tour in 2004). Read the interview here. Thanks, Dawn
Feb. 16: The Great American Country (GAC) video network has finally added Dolly's "Welcome Home" from For God And Country to its line-up. The video is scheduled to air in coming days between 6:30-7 p.m. Eastern on Monday and 7-7:30 a.m. and 3:30-4 p.m. on Tuesday. Remember to cast you vote for the video on GAC's weekly countdown here and CMT's MWLhere. Thanks, Bridget!
Feb. 13: For God And Country falls back off the 75-position country albums chart, down from No. 75, in the Feb. 21 Billboard tally, it was announced Thursday. It had returned the previous week to log a fifth chart week after a two-month chart absence.
Country Weekly magazine on Thursday posted an online version of the Dolly interview about For God And Country which appeared in the print edition of the publication three weeks ago. Read it here.
Feb. 12: Cable network Great American Country on Wednesday added Dolly's new video for "Welcome Home" from For God And Country to its list of videos eligible for votes in its weekly countdown. Cast your ballot for it (and Dolly's video with The Larkins on "Steady As The Rain") here, and remember to vote for the videos on CMT as well here (click on "Vote For Your Videos").
Feb. 6: Dolly's patriotic and spiritual collection, For God And Country, re-enters the U.S. country albums tally at No. 75 to get a fifth week after a nearly two-month absence from the chart, Billboard announced Thursday.
Feb. 5: Dolly's video for "Welcome Home," the first single off of For God And Country, was added Wednesday to CMT's playlist. Dolly appears at a Navy pier in the red white and blue dress from the album's cover while families welcome home their sons and daughters, and she appears in her camouflage outfit on stage singing for soldiers. Although the network no longer makes public a schedule showing when specific videos will air, you may view the full-length streaming video on its Web site here (scroll down to "videos"). You may also vote for it on MWLhere.
Jan. 30: Dolly's patriotic and spiritual collection For God And Country got a great profile on Voice Of America Thursday, although the story erroneously reports that she will be touring beginning in March. Read the article here.
Jan. 23: Dolly is all over the Feb. 3 issue of Country Weekly magazine, which hit most newsstands on Tuesday. There's a great feature story focusing on her new patriotic and spiritual CD, For God And Country, complete with a sidebar on Dollywood and one on the tribute album. There's also a shot of her with Melissa Etheridge on stage for CMT's Crossroads concert special in the magazine's "Out And About" section and a review of For God And Country. In her interview, Dolly discusses why she feels that it is the right time for people to be patriotic and to look to God for guidance, in whatever form he may take in their eyes. She also repeats her argument that she's patriotic, not political, and spiritual, not religious. About America, she notes: "In spite of our faults and shortcomings, it's still the greatest place in the world to live. Even if we are nuts!" On God, she says: "I'm not a religious fanatic. I'm not even religious. I'm very spiritual, and I love God. But I'm not trying to cram religion down anybody's throat, because everybody has to find God in their own way, whatever they perceive him to be. God can just be your higher wisdom or whatever, but we need something bigger than us to look to and believe in." The magazine's review of her CD gives it only three out of five stars but is glowingly positive, calling it "bold and beautiful" and noting: "This nervy mix of freshened-up oldies, glowing new original songs and scattered spoken-word bits will make you believe there's pretty much nothing Dolly can't pull off." Get the issue on newsstands now!
Jan. 12: Dolly may have filmed a video over the weekend for her new single, "Welcome Home," from For God And Country, according to unconfirmed reports. A source tells Dollymania that a flier circulated last week around Port Hueneme, Calif., calling for 200 Navy volunteers in dress blues to participate in the filming of a new Dolly music video at the Construction Battalion Center on the base on Saturday. Dolly had said she planned to soon film a video for "Welcome Home," the first single off her patriotic CD, but there has been no official confirmation of this weekend's filming. Thanks!
Jan. 9: Dolly's patriotic and spiritual collection, For God And Country, falls out of the top 50 independent label albums chart, down from No. 42 in its seventh week last week, it was announced Thursday in the Jan. 17 charts from Billboard.
Jan. 2: For God And Country slips seven spots on the Jan. 10 Billboard independent label albums chart to come in at No. 42 in its seventh week, it was announced Thursday.
Dec. 26: For God And Country gains two spots on the Billboard Jan. 3 independent label albums chart, it was announced on Christmas Day, come in at No. 35 in its sixth week; it had peaked at No. 6 indie and the previous week had fallen off the country charts, where it had peaked at just No. 23.
Dec. 19: Dolly's For God And Country falls out of the top 75 country albums chart, Billboard announced Thursday in its Dec. 27 numbers. The CD, which had been at No. 69 the previous week, had spent just four weeks on the country chart, peaking with its debut at No. 23. The album falls seven notches on the independent label albums chart to No. 35 in its fifth week there.
Dec. 16: The Miami Herald on Friday gave a very favorable review to Dolly's patriotic and spiritual CD For God And Country which was picked up by the news wires over the weekend and reprinted in several papers across the country on Monday. Reviewer Howard Cohen gives it three stars and notes that her "ebullient spirit, still terrific voice, and charming spoken-word introductions" make the collection "less hokey than it sounds on paper." He takes a jab at Toby Keith while praising Dolly's "warmth, intelligence and humor . . . without bluster" in the album and singles out "Go To Hell" as "delightful." Read the full review here.
Dec. 15: For God And Country falls another five places in its fourth week on the Billboard country albums chart to come in at No. 69 in the Dec. 20 tally, it was announced Thursday. It had peaked at its No. 23 debut. The CD drops two on the independent labels albums chart, coming in at No. 28.
Dec. 10: If you are a veteran or have a friend or family member who is one, the American Legion is offering a special treat for those giving family gift memberships, a free copy of Dolly's patriotic and spiritual CD For God And Country. For more information, visit their site here.
Dec. 5: For God And Country, Dolly patriotic and spiritual CD, falls another 15 notches in its third chart week to come in at No. 64 country on the Dec. 13 Billboard album charts, it was announced Thursday. It had peaked at its No. 23 debut. The CD drops 13 places on the independent labels albums chart in its third week, coming in at No. 26.
Dec. 4: Dolly gets a few mentions in the December issue of U.S. Gospel News, I'm told. Welk Music Group has a full-page ad for her new patriotic and spiritual collection, For God And Country, and the issue features a review of the CD courtesy Dolly Parton Central and a review from the magazine itself thanking Dolly for paying tribute to her country. Thanks!
Nov. 28: For God And Country, Dolly patriotic and spiritual collection, plummets 26 notches in its second chart week to come in at No. 49 country in the Dec. 6 Billboard charts, down from its debut peak at No. 23, it was announced Thursday. The album falls off the 200-position pop chart and comprehensive chart after just one week on each at No. 167 pop and No. 186 comprehensive. The CD drops only seven places on the independent labels albums chart in its second week, coming in at No. 13.
Nov. 21: Dolly new patriotic and spiritual collection, For God And Country, makes a fair debut in the Nov. 29 Billboard, coming in at No. 23 country, it was announced Thursday. The album also debuts at No. 167 pop and No. 6 on the independent labels albums chart, earning it the "Hot Shot Debut" designation on the latter as the highest-debuting CD of the week by an indie label. Billboard also debuted a new chart this week, titled the "Comprehensive Albums" chart. On that one, God debuts at No. 186.
The Cleveland Free Times weighs in this week with a review of Dolly's For God And Country, and even the negative parts of the review sound positive. John Chaich says that if her recent Sugar Hill recordings offered "mountain-music simplicity," this collection boasts "Grand Canyon-sized productions." He acknowledges the humor in several of the cuts and notes: "The target audience for this CD is the God-fearing, Wal-Mart- shopping American . . . For the rest of us, the best tracks on For God and Country get back to basics: the closing track, 'The Glory Forever,' reminds you that she alone holds one of America's greatest natural resources: her voice." Read the full review here.
Nov. 15: Dolly was all over the tube this week promoting Tuesday's release of For God And Country, starting with an appearance Wednesday morning wearing a camouflage outfit on The Early Show on CBS, where she offered a brief rendition of "Orange Blossom Special" as the show went to commercial, performed "Welcome Home" (which she announced would be released as the album's first single), did an interview with Rene Syler about the CD and her life and career in general and sang "Color Me America" as the show's closing credits rolled. The interview portion of her segment is available on the show's Web site here. Wednesday night, she showed up on The Late Show With David Letterman on CBS, donning a red, white and blue ensemble which led Letterman to comment, "You look like you're in Evil Knievel's will!" On the show, she congratulated the host on his new son and joked that she always wanted to breastfeed, adding, "Well, if you've got a grand piano, wouldn't you want to play it?!" After the interview, she performed "Red, White And Bluegrass." She also appeared on The O'Reilly Factor on FOX News (my apologies for not announcing this one on the site, but it wasn't confirmed until after your webmaster had gone out of town). In a brief interview, available on the show's Web site here, Dolly was asked about her opinion on celebrities who talk politics and why she doesn't as well as whether she herself is a conservative, to which she replied, "not really," adding: "I'm more patriotic than political." Finally, she wrapped things up on NBC's Late Night With Conan O'Brien, where she strutted out in a different, glittery camouflage ensemble for an interview in which she announced that she was recording a duet with Norah Jones and planned to tour military bases to perform for troops in the near future. When O'Brien prodded her to stay on the couch during the rest of the show, she pulled out a microphone and began singing the first verse of "I Will Always Love You," to which he hammingly belted the second verse and joined Dolly on the chorus. She returned at the end of the show in a blue pants suit to sing "Light Of A Clear Blue Morning," a 30-second sample of which is available on the show's Web site here, although it misidentifies the recording as being on the tribute album instead of For God And Country. Dolly is also scheduled to be interviewed by Dan Rather for the CBS News Sunday Morning, although an air date has not been announced.
And the album is still getting some great reviews. The Celebrity Café said here that the collection is "probably one the best albums we've heard of patriotic songs in quite some time," and the U Daily Bulletin in California opined here that "America never sounded better." However, when Billboard conducted an online poll (here)asking readers which of the week's 10 new releases they were most likely to buy, For God And Country came tied for fifth place with the new Kid Rock CD with just 3 percent of votes (but was actually No. 7 or 8, because both the third and fourth places were ties as well).
Nov. 11: A reader last week came across copies of Dolly's Tuesday release For God And Country out in an Indianapolis store a bit early and agrees with the Dollymania review here praising the CD. Tony Gigli notes that the CD is "definitely in the top 5 caliber of Dolly's albums and should be owned by every military veteran, military brat (such as myself), and of course civilian Americans. Dolly has renewed my love and pride of being an American, especially on 'God Bless the U.S.A.', 'Welcome Home' and 'Color Me America.' I also get a kick out of 'Go To Hell' and 'Gee, Ma.'" Thanks! The collection, however, gets a mixed review in Tuesday's USA Today, with the reviewer offering two out of four stars and lamenting that she "apparently saved up all the glitz she left off her recent bluegrass albums for this patriotic collection." Even while criticizing it as "her personal USA revue," the reviewer adds that it features "enough moving performances" to prove her sincerity in recording the album. Read the full review here.Get your copy of the CD here!
Nov. 10: Just a reminder that this kicks off another major promotion week for Dolly! Her new patriotic and spiritual CD For God And Country hits stores on Tuesday (get your copy here!) and she'll be all over TV to promote it. She'll kick things off with an appearance on CBS' The Early Show, which airs at 7 a.m. Eastern, on Wednesday. Then she's scheduled to appear on the network's The Late Show With David Letterman that night (11:35 p.m. Eastern Wednesday). Finally, she's to be on NBC's Late Night With Conan O'Brien, airing at 12:35 a.m. Eastern Friday morning/11:35 p.m. Central Thursday night, with repeats at noon and 6 p.m. Eastern on Friday on Comedy Central.
Nov. 1: Welk Music Group has posted a new e-card for Dolly's Nov. 11 release For God And Country. By visiting it, you may hear a special message from Dolly on the project, listen to samples of all 18 cuts, enter a contest to win an autographed copy of the CD and take a peak at some of the great photos included with it. Visit the e-card here! And reserve your copy of this awesome CD here!
Oct. 11: Thanks to a Wal-Mart clerk who put out the DVD in a store before its scheduled release on Tuesday and an astute reader who saw it and purchased a copy, information is now available on Dolly Parton: Behind The Scenes. The DVD is being released by Dolly's Blue Eye Records, Sugar Hill parent company Welk Music Group and Americana Entertainment. It contains full-length music videos for Dolly's "Shine," "I'm Gone," and "Dagger Through The Heart," as well as Mindy Smith's "Jolene" with its Dolly cameo. But, best of all, it has a brand-new music video for "Color Me America" from next month's new CD For God And Country as well as small samples of each song on that upcoming album. In addition, Dolly is interviewed talking about that project and the tribute CD Just Because I'm A Woman: Songs Of Dolly Parton. And it's at a rock-bottom price. Although Wal-Mart's Web site is showing an already amazingly low price tag of $8.98, my friend found it for $5.88 at his local store. The DVD is expected to be released only to super-sized retailers like Wal-Mart instead of to standard video or music stores. Thanks, Jason!