Sept. 30: Free Arkansas Dolly Concert Set For Tonight Dolly will headline a free concert in rural Arkansas Saturday night to honor her longtime co-producer and band leader Kent Wells, Texarkana FYI reported here on Thursday following a report the previous day from radio station KQDN here announcing she would be in town Saturday to recognize Wells at the sold out Ashtown High School Alumni Banquet, where he is their annual award winner. The jam session concert, dubbed Wells Family and Friends Ashdown High School Reunion Jam, will follow at 9 p.m. in a hangar at Garrison's Air Strip located between Ashdown and Wilton, Ark., located at 482 U.S. Hwy. 71. The concert is free but parking will be $10 per car. In addition to Dolly and Wells, the show is set to feature Lynyrd Skynyrd drummer Artemis Pyle and unnamed Nashville "legends." Proceeds from both events fund alumni association scholarships.
Dolly Earns Four New Gold, Platinum Awards Now that Dolly is once again associated with RCA Nashville Records, which released this week's I Believe In You and last year's Pure & Simple in partnership with her own Dolly Records, the label is interested in certifying her music for gold and platinum awards. Three old RCA singles on Monday were awarded RIAA Awards for digital sales: gold records for her original 1973 recordings of "Jolene" and "I Will Always Love You" for more than 500,000 downloads each and a platinum record for 1980's "9 To 5" having 1 million downloads. This is the first U.S. certification for Dolly's versions of "Jolene" and "I Will Always Love You" but "9 To 5" had previously been certified gold for selling 1 million 45 rpm singles in its original release (although now that gold singles are 500,000 and platinum singles 1 million, the physical single should be classified as platinum and if the two were conbined it would be double platinum). In addition, the RIAA's British equivalent, BPI, earlier this month certified "Jolene" gold for 400,000 downloads overseas.
Dolly Prepping New Film Soundtrack For 'Dumplin'' Adaptation While doing promotions for her new children's CD, Dolly let news slip to E! Onlinehere about her involvement in the film Dumplin' which Jennifer Anniston is currently filming based on the bestselling book about a woman with an overweight daughter who is a huge Dolly fan and lives her life through her music. Dolly noted that the film will use several of her classic hits but she has also been asked to write and record the movie's theme song and several additional songs for the film soundtrack.
Miley Duet Came Out Friday Miley Cyrus's highly anticipated album Younger Now hit stores Friday featuring the Dolly co-written duet "Rainbowland," which garnered a lot of media attention. By days' end, the album was ranked No. 1 on iTunes and No. 6 at Amazon. Coverage and reviews included The Houston Chroniclehere, USA Todayhere, The Cleveland Plain Dealerhere, E! Onlinehere, The Guardianhere, NMEhere, Refinery 29here and The Times Of Indiahere.
Dolly Children's Album Hits Downloads Also released Friday was the digital download version of Dolly's new children's album to benefit her Imagination Library literacy program, I Believe In You, which was ranked No. 32 iTunes albums and No. 135 Amazon albums (No. 15 Amazon digital albums). Songs from it took the top spots on the iTunes children's downloads chart. The physical CD, available here, comes out Oct. 13.
Dolly Song Wins Bluegrass Award Dolly on Thursday night won her fourth International Bluegrass Music Award when "Sacred Memories" by Joe Mullins and The Radio Ramblers with Ricky Skaggs and Sharon White Skaggs won Gospel Recorded Performance of the Year. Dolly wrote and recorded the song back in 1974, and the award is presented to the song's performers, producers and composers. She previously won Album of the Year in 2000 for The Grass Is Blue and Recorded Event of the Year in 2002 and 2004 as part of the various artist projects Clinch Mountain Sweethearts and Livin', Lovin', Losin': Songs of the Louvin Brothers.
New 'Appalachian Memories' Duet Coming Dolly has recorded a new version of her classic "Appalachian Memories" with singer Brad Hudson, who will include the collaboration on his next album, Next New Heartbreak, coming out Nov. 3. Get the CD here and download here.
Pigeon Forge Mayor, Family Channel Dolly The mayor of Pigeon Forge, Tenn., and his family have taken carpool karaoke to the next level, TV station Local 8 Now reported here, noting their favorite is Dolly.
'Vogue' Recreates '9 To 5' Opening With Models Vogue magazine this week celebrated the end of New York Fashion Week by gathering models including Kate Upton and Sara Sampaio to lipsynch to Dolly's "9 to 5" and re-create the opening scene from the movie. This prompted the publication to post several Dolly-themed articles to go along with the video: one on her marriage wisdom here, one on her hair here, one on her guide to Tennessee travel here, one on her style here and one on the feminist stance of the movie here.
Seely Talks To 'Mr. Nashville' Former Dottie Rambo manager Larry Ferguson has a new YouTube series called Mr. Nashville Talks which recently interviewed Jeannie Seely, who chatted about Norma Jean and Dolly on The Porter Wagoner Showhere plus a bonus clip here.
U.S., British Charts Updated The Oct. 7 Billboard charts released Tuesday show Linda Ronstadt's 40th anniversary re-issue of Simple Dreams with the Grammy-nominated Dolly duet "I Never Will Marry" debuts at No. 16 country catalog albums. Elsewhere on the charts, Kesha's Rainbow, featuring the Dolly duet "Old Flames (Can't Hold A Candle To You)," loses 11 to No. 27 Hot 200 all-genre pop albums, 13 to No. 46 current albums, 13 to No. 47 album sales, and one to No. 25 Canadian pop albums lists, dropping off the digital albums list, down from No. 19. Overseas, The Complete Trio Collection Deluxe gains three to No. 2 on the British country compilation albums chart in 55th chart week, it was announced Friday. On the same tally, Ronstadt's Original Album Series (featuring one Dolly cover and one track with Dolly harmony) rises six to No. 13 and Emmylou Harris's Original Album Series: Volume 1 (with two Dolly covers, one track with Dolly harmony and one track with Trio harmony by Dolly and Linda Ronstadt) re-enters the top 20 at No. 11. On the main country albums chart, Ronstadt's Simple Dreams rises two to No. 16.
President Donald Trump's internet trolls and legion of ignorant minions set their sights last week firmly on Dolly to condemn her standing next to legendary actors and liberal activists Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda during the Emmy telecast as they made a joke about the villain in the trio's 1980 hit film 9 To 5. Fonda noted they refused in 1980 to submit to the film's famous phrase of a "sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical bigot," and Tomlin added that in 2017 they still refuse to submit to a "sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical bigot" as Dolly's eyes grew wide and she added she thinks they were talking about the fictional Mr. Hart from the movie. (Tomlin noted on her Facebook page that since they never identified Trump by name in their joke that his fans must know in their hearts that the statement of him being a "sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical bigot" is true or they could not have taken offense at what was said.) Immediately, Trump fanatics headed over to Dolly's Facebook page to insult her, calling her "unchristian" and "a traitor" and "un-American" and claiming they'd never buy another album or visit Dollywood again – although I'd bet almost not a single person who made those claims has ever actually visited the park or bought a Dolly album in the past couple of decades, and certainly none of them were actually Dolly fans, even though several media reports misidentified these literally thousands of Trump trolls as her fans. (Even this website received a handful of hate e-mails directed at Dolly personally in response to her apparance.) A typical post on Dolly's Facebook page gets between 200 and 700 comments, although occasionally one will see 1,000 or more. However, last week one about her upcoming children's album to benefit her early childhood literacy charity saw over 2,200 comments and more than 10,000 reactions – the comments were mostly negative while the reactions were almost all positive (9,600 loves or likes versus 290 hates, sads, or surprises). Similarly, a post about her recent ACM humanitarian award saw over 5,100 comments, mostly negative, and 18,000 reactions (again almost all positive: 17,000 likes and loves versus 620 hates, sads, or surprises). Other than gaining some press, no impact appears to have occurred from the outburst of stupidity by the president's supporters. Her number of Facebook followers remained relatively unchanged at about 4 million. Liberals tended to defend Dolly, saying either the joke was honest and funny so no one should be offended or that she didn't participate in it and obviously looked uncomfortable with it on stage, and some conservatives also stood up for her, most notably avid Trump supporter and Straight Talk co-star James Woods, as Biz Pac Review noted here. Some liberals also attacked her, such as this column from The Huffington Posthere that criticized her silence as an endorsement and normalization of Trump's extreme fringe behaviors. General coverage included The Advocatehere, conservative publication Western Journalismhere, The New Yorker (which called their appearance and actor Alexander Skarsgård's acceptance speech immediately afterward the telecast's "strangest five minutes") here, The Tennesseanhere and Inside Editionhere. Even Facebook god George Takei shared a story about the backlash by the end of the week. The best reaction to the whole thing came from comedian Loretta Jenkins, who records tongue-in-cheek "drunken" rants about various subjects, this time slaying conservative snowflakes, defending Dolly and parodying the famous "Leave Brittney Alone" video from a decade ago. Watch it here or in the media player above. In non-controversial news, Dolly spoke to the Emmy "Thank You Cam," interview footage is available here, and actresses Ellie Kemper and Jane Krakowski gushed to Todayhere that seeing Dolly at the awards was their personal highlight of the evening.
'The View' Apparance Added To Promote 'Believe' Dolly has been added as a guest for the Oct. 16 taping of ABC's The View in what is her first known promotional appearance to celebrate the physical CD release of her children's album I Believe In You to benefit her Imagination Library, which hits stores Oct. 13. Tickets for the show are available for free here. The album comes out in digital format this Friday. Get your download here! (That's the same day that goddaughter Miley Cyrus will see her Younger Now hit stores, featuring the Dolly duet "Rainbowland" which they wrote together. Reserve your copy of that album here, and hear a snippet of the song in a Miley interview with NPR from over the weekend here!)
Dolly Honors Reba At Grand Ole Opry Forty years ago, Dolly surprised the audience by showing up at the Grand Ole Opry to perform unexpectedly, taking one song from the two-song-set for a young singer making her Opry debut that night, Reba McEntire. Celebrating her 40th Opry debut anniversary at the country music institution Friday night with a special concert featuring friends Carrie Underwood and Vince Gill, Reba was surprised once again with an unannounced drop-in by Dolly, who led the singing of "Happy Anniversary To You" in Reba's honor. The Opry instagrammed a photo of the pair backstage here Friday night. Coverage is available from many sources, including The Tennesseanhere and Taste Of Countryhere.
U.S., Overseas Chart Updates Kesha's Rainbow, featuring the Dolly duet "Old Flames (Can't Hold A Candle To You)," dips four spots in its sixth week on the Australian albums chart to No. 38, it was announced Sunday. Elsewhere overseas, The Complete Trio Collection Deluxe inches up one on the British country compilation albums chart to No. 5 in 54th chart week, it was announced Friday. On the same tally, Linda Ronstadt's Original Album Series (featuring one Dolly cover and one track with Dolly harmony) gains one to No. 19. On the main country albums chart, Ronstadt's 40th anniversary remastered reissue of her Simple Dreams album with the Grammy-nominated Dolly duet "I Never Will Marry," debuts at No. 18. In the U.S., the Sept. 30 Billboard tallies released Tuesday showed Kesha's album falls 12 to No. 16 Hot 200 all-genre pop albums, 15 to No. 19 digital albums 27 to No. 33 current albums, 28 to No. 34 album sales, and 13 to No. 24 Canadian pop albums lists, dropping off the Internet albums list, down from No. 19.
Dollywood Preps Fall Festival The new Great Pumpkin LumiNights during Dollywood's Harvest Festival opens Friday and runs through Oct. 28 with the first time the park has opened every day during the fall and the first time it has stayed open past dark in the fall. In addition to whimsical fall family activities (such as intricately-carved lighted pumpkin displays, a glow maze and a nightly dance party) and special food, the festival features more than 500 performances in its Southern Gospel Jubilee. "Fall truly is the most beautiful time of year here in the Smokies," Dolly said in a press release. "I love coming home to see the amazing masterpiece God has painted across the mountains. Our folks at Dollywood always do a great job of making sure the park looks stunning with those fall colors as a backdrop. You also know that Southern gospel music holds a very special place close to my heart. I guess you could say my singing career really got started in that kind of music because our family would visit churches and sing about God's love for us. This year we're adding even more fun to the festival with Great Pumpkin LumiNights, and I know families are going to love all those glowing pumpkin displays up through Timber Canyon. I used to love sitting around with my brothers and sisters during the fall carving pumpkins and tellin' stories, but I don't think our pumpkins turned out quite the same as these though!" A new Dolly-narrated commercial for the festival premiered last week and is viewable in the media player below.
Sept. 18: Dolly Loses Emmy Award Dolly on Sunday was bested at the Emmy Awards by Black Mirror: San Junipero, an episode of a British television series which qualified in the movie category by just one minute of screen time with a 61-minute run time, winning Best Television Movie over Dolly Parton's Christmas Of Many Colors: Circle Of Love, for which she was nominated as executive producer. She still managed to steal the show of the evening, presenting Best Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or TV Movie with 9 To 5 co-stars Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin. The trio received the ceremony's first standing ovation upon their entrance on stage more than an hour into the program, and while Dolly remained quiet while Jane and Lily criticized President Trump without saying his name, she managed to throw in a boob joke, Dabney Coleman reference and vibrator gag related to Jane and Lily's show. It was Dolly's second personal Emmy nomination, having been up for Best Supporting Actress in a Variety or Musical in 1978 for her appearance on Cher . . . Special, which she lost to Gilda Radner for Saturday Night Live. In addition, her ABC Dolly variety show was nominated for camerawork and won a sound-mixing "Technical Emmy" while Kenny, Dolly, & Willie: Something Inside So Strong was nominated in 1989 for lighting and won sound-mixing, and an episode of The Midnight Special hosted by Dolly was nominated in 1979 for camerawork. Leading up to Sunday's awards, Dolly was the belle of the ball at several industry Emmy parties, with reporters gushing over her gown and the crowds of stars who surrounded her at the events for photos. Coverage includes the Associated Press here, Page Six noted how Dolly hung out with Tina Fey at the NBC party here, Fonda talked about the reunion here, Varietyhere, The Los Angeles Timeshere and The Telegraphhere. Co-executive producer Sam Haskell spoke about the awards with The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journalhere.
ACM Honors Airs With Dolly Dolly's acceptance of the Academy of Country Music's Gary Haber Lifting Lives Award for humanitarian efforts aired on the ACM Honors telecast Friday night on CBS. As was previously reported, Brad Paisley presented her award and performed "My Tennessee Mountain Home" from the previously taped ceremony, but Dolly's acceptance speech was edited down significantly.
Pre-Order 'I Believe In You' As was previously reported here, Dolly's children's album, I Believe In You, all proceeds from which benefit her childhood literacy program, became available for pre-orders on Friday. You may reserve your copy of the Sept. 29 digital download from Amazon here or the Oct. 13 physical CD from Amazon here. Dolly's Imagination Library is also taking direct orders for the CD and for a combo of the CD and her children's book Coat Of Many Colors on a special order page here. Advance orders are also offered by iTunes, Spotify, Google Play and Pledge Music, the latter of which is offering several special limited-edition packages here including signed CDs for $75, a personalized postcard from Dolly with the CD for $450, a signed lyric sheet with the CD for $300, a t-shirt with the CD for $38, a popsocket with the CD for $25, a signed laminate from a past tour with the CD for $350, a signed set list from a past tour with the CD for $175, a lifesize wall cling with the CD for $175 and a personalized MP3 file from Dolly for your voice mail with the CD for $1,250.
Dolly Surprises Kellie Pickler On New Show Dolly popped in unexpectedly at Friday's premiere taping of Kellie Pickler's new talk show, Pickler & Ben with Ben Aaron and executive produced by Faith Hill. The first episode airs in syndication on Monday with a Tuesday morning repeat on CMT. Check out a preview video from Entertainment Tonighthere.
Overseas Chart Updates Kesha's Rainbow, featuring the Dolly duet "Old Flames (Can't Hold A Candle To You)," falls nine spots in its fifth week on the Australian albums chart to No. 34, it was announced Sunday. Elsewhere overseas, The Complete Trio Collection Deluxe holds steady on the British country compilation albums chart to No. 6 in 53rd chart week, it was announced Friday. On the same tally, Ronstadt's Original Album Series (featuring one Dolly cover and one track with Dolly harmony) re-enters the top 20 at No. 20.
British 'Vogue' Loves Dolly's Look British Vogue chatted recently with Cher about some of her more risqué outfits and took the opportunity to list some of its favorite "showgirls" and their style including Dolly. Check out the piece here.
Cochran Discusses Dolly Duet Artist Debbie Cochran told The Log Cabin Democrathere how she came to record a duet with Dolly on the title track to her album Born Again Wildflower that came out in June.
Sept. 14: Dolly To Present At Sunday's Emmy Awards The Emmy Awards on Wednesday announced Dolly as a presenter at Sunday's ceremony. Also announced were her 9 To 5 co-stars Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda. Although Dolly has said in interviews she was working to try and get the three of them to present together as a reunion on the show, no formal announcement has been made that they will actually present together. All three are nominees this year, Dolly as executive producer of Best Television Movie nominee Dolly Parton's Christmas Of Many Colors: Circle Of Love.
Paper Gives Guide For One Day At Dollywood The Knoxville News-Sentinel on Wednesday offered tourists a guide on what to see in Dollywood if you just have one day. Check it out here.
Scammers Cheat Dolly's Charity Five people have been indicted for scamming Dolly's My People wildfire relief fund of money by posing as people who lost their homes in last year's fire. Read more from The Knoxville News-Sentinelhere.
Sept. 13: Dolly Celebrates Golden Ticket Awards Dolly on Monday reacted to Dollywood winning four first place Golden Ticket Awards this year, as was reported here Sunday night. In a statement, she said: "Families can feel the love our folks have for them by the effort and attention they put in to every single detail of the park. They want to make sure every guest leaves with a smile on their face. Dollywood will continue to grow, but I'm thankful my team will never forget what got us to where we are: going above and beyond to give our guests experiences they'll always remember." Read more here.
Children's CD Available For Pre-Orders At End Of Week The Dollywood Foundation has announced that Dolly's upcoming children's CD I Believe In You, a fundraiser for her Imagination Library literacy program coming out on Dolly Records and Sony Music for downloads Sept. 29, will be available for pre-orders at the end of this week.
Wailin' Jennys Cover Dolly On Upcoming Album Folk trio The Wailin' Jennys has announced a covers album Oct. 27, Fifteen, which will feature their a capella version of Dolly's "Light Of A Clear Blue Morning," which they had previously recorded for the now out-of-print soundtrack for the 2011 film The Year Dolly Parton Was My Mom. The album also includes a cover of Emmylou Harris' "Boulder To Birmingham," which Dolly has also recorded. Reserve your copy here.
New Dolly Biography Arrives Jan. 6 Another academic examination of Dolly and her impact will come out Jan. 6 with the release of Dolly Parton, Gender and Country Music by Leigh H. Edwards, an Associate Professor of English at Florida State University, from Indiana University Press. Reserve your copy here!
Kesha CD With Dolly Still Selling Well The Sept. 23 Billboard charts released Tuesday showed Kesha's Rainbow, featuring the Dolly duet "Old Flames (Can't Hold A Candle To You)," gains two to No. 14 on the Hot 200 all-genre pop albums, nine to No. 4 digital albums and seven to No. 6 current albums and album sales, losing two to No. 11 Canadian pop albums lists and six to No. 19 internet albums.
Sept. 11: Dollywood Takes Four Golden Ticket Awards Amusement Today over the weekend announced this year's winners of the Golden Tickrt Awards and Dollywood earned four first place awards and eight top five finishes. First place awards were received for Friendliest Park (its sixth consecutive first place win in that category), Best Shows (its ninth consecutive first place win in this category), Best Christmas Event (its 10th consecutive first place win in this category) and Best Food (for which it ranked No. 2 last year – its fourth nonconsecutive first place win in this category). Other finishes were third place for Best Park, the same ranking it had last year, behind No. 1 Europa-Park in Germany and No. 2 Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio; No. 2 Cleanest Park, No. 4 Best Landscaping, No. 5 Best Wooden Roller Coaster for Lightning Rod (up from No. 11) and No. 8 Best Wooden Roller Coaster for Thunderhead (down from No. 7). Dollywood's Splash Country took No. 4 Best Water Park, down from No. 3 last year.
Chart Updates Kesha's Rainbow, featuring the Dolly duet "Old Flames (Can't Hold A Candle To You)," loses eight places in its fourth week on the Australian albums chart to No. 23, it was announced Sunday, while in the U.K. it drops off the top 100 pop albums tally, down from No. 66 in its third week. Elsewhere overseas, The Complete Trio Collection Deluxe inches down one on the British country compilation albums chart to No. 6 in 52nd chart week, celebrating a full year on the chart, it was announced Friday. On the same tally, Emmylou Harris' Original Album Series: Volume 1 (with two Dolly covers, one track with Dolly harmony and one track with Trio harmony by Dolly and Linda Ronstadt) falls off the top 20, down from No. 17. In the U.S., the Sept. 16 Billboard charts released Wednesday showed Kesha's album loses 11 to No. 16 on the Hot 200 all-genre pop albums, eight to No. 13 digital albums, four to No. 9 Canadian pop albums lists, seven to No. 13 internet albums, and nine to No. 13 current albums and album sales, falling off the Tastemakers tally, down from No. 24. PTX Vol. IV: Classics, featuring Pentatonix's Grammy-award-winning collaboration with Dolly on a cover of her "Jolene," falls back off the top 100 current albums chart, down from No. 88.
Dolly Reissues Selling The vinyl reissue of Just Because I'm A Woman came out last week and almost immediately sold out on Amazon.com. Reserve a copy here for when they get more in stock. Also don't forget that the 40th anniversary edition of Linda Ronstadt's Simple Dreams comes out Friday remastered and featuring her Grammy-nominated duet with Dolly on "I Never Will Marry." Get it here!
Miley Chats Up Dolly Collab Miley Cyrus recently told Ellen about her collaboration with Dolly on the song they co-wrote together for her upcoming album Younger Now. Check out the footage from Entertainment Tonight Canadahere.
Heidi Has CD Coming Dolly's niece Heidi Parton, a featured performer in Dollywood's "My People" show, will release her first album, This Kind Of Love, later this year and was recently in the Carolinas to shoot the album cover, WSPA reported here.
Dolly UT Course Revisited Knoxville's Local 8 Now last week took another look at the University of Tennessee's Dolly honors class. Check out the story here.
Sept. 4: Kesha Album With Dolly Still Selling Overseas Kesha's Rainbow, featuring the Dolly duet "Old Flames (Can't Hold A Candle To You)," loses eight places in its third week on the Australian albums chart to No. 15, it was announced Sunday, while in the U.K. it drops 33 spots in its third week on to No. 66 pop albums. Elsewhere overseas, The Complete Trio Collection Deluxe inches down one on the British country compilation albums chart to No. 5 in 51st chart week, it was announced Friday. On the same tally, Emmylou Harris' Original Album Series: Volume 1 (with two Dolly covers, one track with Dolly harmony and one track with Trio harmony by Dolly and Linda Ronstadt) falls three to No. 17.
'Real Live Dolly' Sells Out On Amazon The first-ever mainstream CD release of the 1970 RCA album A Real Live Dolly came out Friday and immediately became out-of-stock on Amazon.com. The album, released by the High Cotton imprint music label, was recorded live from Dolly's alma mater Sevier County High School and previously only released on CD as a bonus item for those who ordered the 2009 Dolly boxed set directly from the record label, although Sony released it digitally for download in 2010 here.
Another 'Jolene' Cover Comes Out Newcomer Maris recently covered Dolly's "Jolene" with the group Postmodern Jukebox, which give modern songs arrangements from the big band and jazz eras. Check out her version here and an article from The Young Folkshere where she talks about the recording.
Carson DVD Set Coming Time/Life has announced a new Tonight Show boxed set, The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson: Johnny and Friends, comes out Sept. 19. The 10-box set contains 28 complete episodes including a December 14, 1990, Dolly Christmas episode on the "Three Decades Of Christmas" DVD where she was promoting her TV special and CD Home
For Christmas. Dolly also appears on the "Best of the 1960s and 1970s" DVD in the set. Amazon is selling the $100 set for $80 here.
New Dolly Mini-Bio Video Posted The List over the weekend released a little biography of Dolly. Watch it on YouTube here or in the media player below.