Dolly Parton reached two milestones this past weekend. Not only did the country legend appear for the first time at England’s famed Glastonbury Music Festival (a rock festival where country artists are not normally headline acts) — she also surpassed the astounding figure of 100 million in worldwide record sales.
From the pain of a George Jones classic and the simple joys of the Judds, on up to the determination of Dierks Bentley to move ahead even as he ‘holds on,’ these ten songs show different shades of nostalgia in contemporary country music.
Randy Travis continues to show positive signs that he’s recovering from the surgery and life-threatening health issues he suffered last year. This past Saturday, the singer appeared at a Dolly Parton concert in Oklahoma. He even dropped by backstage to visit with Parton. He was joined by fellow 1980s country star Janie Fricke.
There’s a poem written by Jenny Joseph that everyone’s heard that starts out, “When I am an old woman I shall wear purple,” that goes on to say how she will spend her pension on “brandy and summer gloves,” “pick flowers in other people’s gardens” and learn to spit. In “Home,” Dolly Parton is at maximum Dolly Parton — and figuratively wearing purple.
Just because an artist is considered legendary doesn’t mean they always top the charts or sell a ton of records (and, of course, vice-versa). But it’s still surprising to learn that an artist of Dolly Parton’s stature hasn’t always reached the Top Ten during her long and successful career.
Have you ever wondered which Dolly Parton song you are? Well, Parton just created a quiz herself via BuzzFeed to tell you.
Dolly Parton is a strong believer in Miley Cyrus. Having seen her grow up right before her eyes, Parton defends Cyrus in her writeup on Cyrus as a part of Time’s 100 Most Influential People that published yesterday (April 23).
“I’ve just about had all the heartache I can stand,” sings Dolly Parton in her new song “Blue Smoke,” the title track to her upcoming album. Watch a new lyric video.
The country legend will perform for the first time this June at the famed U.K. festival. The bill this year also includes Arcade Fire, Lily Allen and Blondie.
Dolly Parton says her new album, ‘Blue Smoke’, which will be released in conjunction with her world tour, is a reflection of her many musical sides.