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This week in
Dolly history
Twenty-nine years ago Monday, Trio hits No. 1 on the country albums chart for the first of five weeks (Dolly's fifth of her six times there, Emmy's third and most recent time and Linda's fourth and most recent); it sells more than 1 million copies to be certified as Dolly's fourth of her six platinum albums (Emmy's sole and Linda's seventh) and reaches No. 6 on the pop albums chart, Dolly's highest position there. Forty-four years ago Tuesday, Dolly records “Washday Blues;“ released as a single three months later, it reaches No. 20. Thirty years ago Tuesday, Dollywood, Dolly's theme park in her home county of Sevier County, Tenn., opens to the public for its first season. That same day, “Tie Our Love (In A Double Knot)” debuts on the country singles chart; it peaks at No. 17. One year later to the day, a statue of Dolly is erected on the Sevier County Courthouse lawn. Forty-eight years ago Wednesday, Just Because I'm A Woman debuts on the country albums chart; it would peak at No. 22. Forty-six years ago Wednesday, Dolly becomes the first woman to record “Mule Skinner Blues (Blue Yodel No. 8);” released as a single two months later, her cover of the Jimmie Rodgers classic reaches No. 3 on the country chart, her highest chart position up to that time. Thirty-eight years ago Thursday, “It's All Wrong, But It's All Right” marks its first of two consecutive weeks at No. 1 on the country charts; it's B-side, “Two Doors Down,” makes it to No. 19 on the pop charts and No. 12 adult contemporary. Twenty-seven years ago Friday, “Why'd You Come In Here Lookin' Like That” debuts on the country singles chart; three months later it becomes the 22nd of her record 25 country No. 1 hits. Twenty-eight years ago Saturday, ABC airs the final episode of the variety series Dolly.

In-person Dolly
(scheduled live appearances, some are tentative)

  • May 6, 2016, 31st Annual Dolly Parade, Pigeon Forge, Tenn.

    Pure & Simple Tour
    Dates TBA June-December 2016

  • June 3, Greensboro Coliseum, Greensboro, N.C.
  • June 4, Infinite Energy Center, Duluth, Ga.
  • June 5, Peace Center, Greenville, S.C.
  • June 7, Charleston Civic Center, Charleston, W.V.
  • June 8, Wolf Trap, Vienna, Va.
  • June 10, Hard Rock Rockino, Northfield Park, OH
  • June 11, Horseshoe Casino, Cincinnati, OH
  • June 12, Artpark Outdoor Amphitheatre, Lewiston, N.Y.
  • June 15, Mann Center for the Performing Arts, Philadelphia, Pa.
  • June 17, Tanglewood, Lenox, Mass.
  • June 18, Darling's Waterfront Pavillion, Bangor, Maine
  • June 22, Mohegan Sun Arena, Wilkes-Barre, Pa.
  • June 25, Forest Hills Stadium, Forest Hills, N.Y.
  • June 26, PNC Bank Arts Center, Holmdel, N.J.
  • June 28, CONSOL Energy Center, Pittsburgh, Pa.
  • July 23, Deadwood Mountain Grand, Deadwood, S.D.
  • July 26, UCCU Event Center, Orem, Utah
  • July 27, Red Rocks, Morrison, Colo.
  • Aug. 2, Ohio State Fair, Columbus, OH
  • Aug. 7, Ravinia Festival, Highland Park, Ill.
  • Aug. 10, Ford Center, Evansville, Ind.
  • Sept. 21, ShoWare Center, Kent, Wash.
  • Sept. 22, Northern Quest Casino, Spokane, Wash.
  • Sept. 25, Santa Barbara Bowl, Santa Barbara, Calif.
  • Sept. 28, Vina Robles Amphitheatre, Paso Robles, Calif.
  • Sept. 30, Laughlin Event Center, Laughlin, Nev.
  • Oct. 1, Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles, Calif.
  • Nov. 15, LeConte Center, Pigeon Forge, TN


    Upcoming television appearances
    (All times Eastern unless noted)
  • May 3, syndicated, Entertainment Tonight
  • May 3, GAC, Great American Playlist
  • May 3, 4:05 a.m., OutMax, Joyful Noise (re-runs 6:20 a.m. May 12)
  • May 4, 3:45 a.m., HBO Comedy, The Best Little Whorehouse In Texas (re-runs 12:05 p.m. May 5, 11:15 a.m. May 7, 1:55 p.m. May 9, 12:45 a.m. May 10)
  • May 5, CBS, This Morning
  • May 5, PBS, Metro Focus
  • May 6, CBN, 700 Club
  • May 7, 10:30 a.m., Freeform, Steel Magnolias
  • May 7, noon, MTV Live, Dolly Parton: Live at the Glastonbury Festival 2014
  • May 7, 11:30 p.m., Ovation, Steel Magnolias (re-runs 8 p.m. May 8, 10 p.m. May 12, 7:30 p.m. May 13)
  • May 8, 11 p.m., GET TV, Dolly (episode with The Parton Family)
  • May 8, PBS, Metro Focus
  • May 12, noon, Freeform, Reba
  • May 12, GAC, Great American Playlist
  • May 30, Hallmark, 10 a.m., Home And Family (new episodes May 31, June 1, June 2, June 3)


    Upcoming or recent releases

  • The Complete Trio Collection Deluxe Sept. 9, three-CD set (and My Dear Companion: Selections From The Trio Collection one-CD version, vinyl release of Trio II, and vinyl two-LP set of bonus tracks as Farther Along)

  • Smart Blonde, biography re-issue, June 7

  • Dolly Parton: Queen Of Country April 5 digital release of hourlong documentary

  • Dolly Parton's Coat Of Many Colors May 3 DVD release

  • The Best Little Whorehouse In Texas (BluRay release), March 8

  • Coat Of Many Colors Feb. 12 vinyl re-issue

  • Mountain Songbird: A Sister's Tribute Stella Parton tribute CD to Dolly, Jan. 19

  • Dolly Parton's Coat Of Many Colors (2015 movie), Dec. 21 download

  • Rhinestone (1984), Dec. 4 download

  • Joshua (1971), Dec. 4 download

  • The Great Pretender (1984), Dec. 4 download

  • Hello I'm Dolly (1967), Dec. 4 download

  • Here You Come Again (1977), Dec. 4 download

  • Jolene (1974), Dec. 11 download

  • The Collection, Dec. 4 download of 10 Dolly albums

  • Christmas Time, Rhonda Vincent CD with Dolly guest appearance, Oct. 30

  • The Essential Porter Wagoner and Dolly Parton Oct. 2

  • Cass County, Sept. 25 Don Henley CD with Dolly duet

  • Picking Up The Pieces, Sept. 11, Jewel CD with Dolly duet

  • Platinum Blonde Australian DVD, Sept. 11 (import)

  • The Blacklist: Music From The Television Series Aug. 21 CD with "Slow Ass Jolene" by Dolly

  • Jolene Aug. 3 vinyl re-issue

  • 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)

  • Country's Greatest 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)

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    Today's Dolly Parton news

    Dolly Adds Five More Tour Dates
    Five more shows were announced Monday for Dolly's Pure & Simple Tour: June 5 at the Peace Center in Greenville, S.C.; July 26 at the UCCU Event Center on the campus of Utah Valley University in Orem, Utah; July 27 at Red Rocks in Morrison, Colo.; Sept. 25 at the Santa Barbara Bowl in Santa Barbara, Calif.; and Sept. 28 at Vina Robles Amphitheatre in Paso Robles, Calif. Seats in South Carolina, $100-$500, go on sale at 10 a.m. Eastern Friday from http://www.peacecenter.org. Tickets for Vina Robles, $75-$199, go on sale via Ticketmaster at 10 a.m. Saturday to the public but have a wine club presale starting Thursday at 10 a.m. Pacific time and internet presale starting at 10 a.m. Friday. Admissions for her Santa Barbara night go on sale at 11 a.m. May 7 while the Red Rocks show, $49-$129, go on VIP sale at 10 a.m. Mountain time Tuesday with regular presale at 10 a.m. Thursday and public sale at 10 a.m. Friday, both through through AXS. Tickets for the Utah concert, $75-$100, will be sold via SmithsTix here starting at 10 a.m. Friday for regular seats and VIP packages. In addition, ticket prices for her Nov. 15 Pigeon Forge engagement have been announced: $25, $50 and $75. As was previously reported here, Dollywood season passholders get presale tickets starting June 15 before the on sale date to the general public on July 1.

    'Coat' DVD Drains Dolly
    Dolly Parton's Coat Of Many Colors hits store shelves on Tuesday with a bonus featurette, alternate version of the film and deleted scenes, prompting Taste Of Country to share an exclusive deleted scene here and AOL's The Boot here. In addition, the film's producer was profiled in the North Mississippi Daily Journal here. Finally, Dolly's Yahoo TV interview to promote the release was posted online Monday here.

    'Home And Family' Celebrates Dolly
    The Hallmark Channel has announced that Home And Family the week of May 30 will feature daily shows from Dollywood with a different “live performance” from Dolly herself every day that week. Check out their promo video here.

    Chart Update Down Under
    The Essential Dolly Parton earned another week on the top 40 Australian country albums chart over the weekend, inching up one to No. 35 in its 89th chart week Down Under.

    U.K. Biography To Be Re-Released
    Stephen Miller's Dolly biography Smart Blonde gets an update and a re-issue by The Overlook Press on June 7, it has been announced. Reserve your copy here!



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    Past news

    April 30:
    Dollywood: No Appearances On Park This Weekend

    Although Dolly normally makes Friday and Saturday appearances at Dollywood for Homecoming Weekend coinciding with her annual Dolly Parade through Pigeon Forge, a park spokesperson on Friday confirmed to Dollymania.net that based on her current schedule there are no expected public appearances for Dolly that weekend except the 6 p.m. May 6 parade on the Parkway. Her official Facebook page on Friday shared live video of her Lumberjack Adventure float for the parade. Watch it here or in the media player above. In related news, The Quad Cities Dispatch on Friday published a story about a local girl who will spend the summer working in a circus act at the dinner theatre. Check it out here.

    '9 To 5' Becomes Dolly's First Gold U.K. Single
    Dolly last week earned her career first-ever gold single in Great Britain as her 1980 classic "9 To 5" earned the honor on April 22 for selling more than 400,000 digital copies, BPI announced Friday. The song previously went silver in the U.K. for digital sales in July 2013 for selling 200,000 downloads since its release as a digital download in 2007. Her other certified U.K. singles were "Jolene" as a digital single in 2014 and "Islands In The Stream" as a silver physical single in 1984 and silver digital single in 2013.

    'Coat' Promotional Appearances Abound
    Dolly will be all over TV in coming days to promote Tuesday's DVD release of Dolly Parton's Coat Of Many Colors by Warner Brothers Home Entertainment. In a press release, Dolly noted: "It is my true belief that if you're lucky enough to have a good mother, that is the greatest gift that you will ever know. So many people responded to my Mother in the 'Coat of Many Colors' movie not only because of the wonderful job that Jennifer Nettles did portraying her, but the love and attention that Mama gave to all of her children." In addition to features in Parade, People, The Huffington Post, FOX411, Rolling Stone Country and more, she is scheduled to visit:

  • April 30, syndicated, Access Hollywood
  • April 30, CMT, After Midnite
  • April 30, CMT, Hot Twenty Countdown
  • May 2, CBS, This Morning
  • May 2, Yahoo TV
  • May 2, CMT Radio, Live
  • May 3, syndicated, Entertainment Tonight
  • May 3, GAC, Great American Playlist
  • May 5, CBS, This Morning
  • May 5, PBS, Metro Focus
  • May 6, CBN, 700 Club
  • May 8, PBS, Metro Focus
  • May 12, GAC, Great American Playlist

    British Chart Updates
    Dolly's The Tour Collection falls back off the top 20 British country compilation albums this week, down from No. 19, Friday's charts revealed, while 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) loses five places to No. 16 and her Original Album Series, Vol. 2 (featuring one track with Dolly harmony and two tracks with Trio harmony) drops five spots to No. 17 on the same chart.

    Disabled Man Praises Dollywood
    Knoxville TV station WATE this week offered an uplifting piece about a disabled guest who was able to ride multiple coasters at Dollywood, saying other theme parks were not as accommodating. Watch it here.


    April 28:
    Dolly's Parade Float Celebrates Lumberjacks, Be Live Streamed
    Dolly announced on Wednesday that instead of riding a Dollywood float – usually touting the park's newest addition – in her annual Pigeon Forge parade, this year she will ride a float celebrating her newest dinner theatre in the city, Dolly Parton's Lumberjack Adventure. In addition, the May 6 parade will be live streamed online via Facebook's new live function that became available to the public in late January. The stream will appear on both Dolly's and the restaurant's feeds from a camera on Dolly's float which will show Dolly, the crowds along the parade route and the mountains. (The 2009 parade was live streamed on the now-defunct website thesmokies.tv, but that was a more stationary view of all of the floats as they passed by rather than a view of the crowds from Dolly's perspective.) A Facebook event for the live stream has been created here. In related news, The Bristol Herald Courier reports here that the restaurant will host a job fair on Monday. The renovated and revamped show is expected to debut later this month and is selling tickets for attendees on its website starting May 21.


    April 27:
    Porter & Dolly Back On Album Charts
    The new Cracker Barrell compilation disc from Dolly and Porter Wagoner, The Right Combination, debuts on the country albums chart this week at No. 45, the May 7 Billboard charts released Tuesday revealed. On the same tally, Don Henley's Cass County, featuring the Dolly duet "When I Stop Dreaming," loses 10 places to No. 47 in its 30th chart week.


    CMA Recognizes Dolly As 'Superwoman'


    To celebrate its 50th anniversary, the Country Music Association is releasing "50/50" videos chronicling its history including a new "Superwomen" series profiling the winners of CMA Female Vocalist of the Year. The first installment released Tuesday focuses on Dolly and her first solo performance on the awards show ("Jolene" in 1974) and winning the Female Vocalist trophy. Watch it on YouTube here or in the media player above.

    Trio Highlights Cover Art Set
    The cover art, at left (click on it for a larger view), was released on Tuesday for the one-CD highlights version of the upcoming Trio project, My Dear Companion: Selections From The Trio Collection. That album comes out from Rhino Records on Sept. 9 along with the full three-CD The Complete Trio Collection Deluxe, vinyl release of Trio II and vinyl two-LP set of bonus tracks as Farther Along.



    Dollywood Nears Coaster Opening
    Dollywood has announced that new coaster Lightning Rod has resumed testing as part of its commissioning process and hopes to be open for guests to ride "within a few weeks," according to Knoxville TV station WBIR here.

    Tour Commercial Hits The Air
    The venue Dolly will play June 22 in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., on Tuesday released a promotional video for ticket sales for Dolly's Pure & Simple Tour. Check it out here or in the media player below.


    April 26:
    Three More Pure & Simple Tour Dates Uncovered
    Dolly's management on Monday formally announced the first leg of her Pure & Simple Tour, officially confirming 14 shows, all but one of which had been already announced by the venues and reported here over the past month. The new date, June 22 at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., goes on pre-sale and VIP package sale via Ticketmaster at 10 a.m. Wednesday with general public sales starting 10 a.m. Friday. The press release also noted that two additional dates will be announced in the near future for the June first leg, bringing its total dates to 16 out of the 60+ total for the tour through December. (The press release also incorrectly noted that her future Canadian dates to be announced constitute "her first trek into Canada in more than two decades;" however, while she has not toured Canada extensively in more than two decades, she has included select Canadian cities on several of her recent tours – three on 2008's Backwoods Barbie Tour, four on 2005's Vintage Tour and one on 2004's Hello I'm Dolly Tour, three out of the six North American tours she has headlined since 2002.) In addition, two more dates for what are likely the second (late summer) and third (early fall) legs of the tour were also revealed by the venues on Monday: Sept. 21 at the ShoWare Center in Kent, Wash., outside of Seattle, which go on sale via Ticketfly.com and the venue box office starting at 10 a.m. Friday (noting that VIP seats will also be offered), and July 23 at the Deadwood Mountain Grand in Deadwood, S.D., which features a Grand Rewards presale and "fan presale" starting at 10 a.m. Tuesday, VIP packages beginning at 10 a.m. Wednesday and general public sales at 10 a.m. Friday. In related news, Dolly on Monday held a conference call with a few journalists to discuss the upcoming Pure & Simple CD, tour and more, revealing one more track from the album: "I'm Standing Outside Your Door" (which is added to previously-announced "I Will Never Not Love You," "Pure & Simple," "I'm 16," "Kiss It And Make It All Better," "Tomorrow Is Forever," "Say Forever You'll Be Mine" and "Mama"). She was also asked about artists cancelling their shows in North Carolina and Mississippi in protest of those states' recent anti-LGBT laws, explaining: ""Oh, I've been seein' all that commotion. A lot of people are canceling shows and all that. I have no plans to cancel the show. I think I serve better from the stage. I think everybody should be treated great and with respect and everybody knows that about me. I can address that from the stage . . . Through the years everybody has known that I have an open, generous heart and I believe that all people should be treated with respect. I really don't like to get caught up into controversial issues, and I certainly don't think it's fair to the public. I can address whatever my thoughts are, if need be, from the stage." Check out coverage from Paper magazine here and Queerty here.

    Haskell Chats 'Coat,' Dolly
    Dolly's producing partner for her NBC movies, Sam Haskell, spoke with awards site Gold Derby this week about his longstanding relationship with Dolly and their projects together. Watch the interview here.

    Chart Update Down Under
    The Essential Dolly Parton earned another week on the top 40 Australian country albums chart over the weekend, dipping two to No. 36 in its 88th chart week Down Under.

    Fan Dinner Adds More Tickets
    According to Facebook posts, the unofficial Dolly fan dinner May 6 in Pigeon Forge following Dolly's annual parade through the city has added 50 additional seats due to demand. Get your tickets here! Also, don't forget that the dragtacular Night Of 1,000 Dollys hits Knoxville's XYZ Club again this year that same weekend the night of May 7.


    April 23:
    New Smokies Book Talks To Dolly
    Dolly is among the prominent Smoky Mountain women profiled and interviewed for a new book, No Place For The Weary Kind: Women Of The Smokies. The book by Courtney Lix is published by the Great Smoky Mountains Association, a fundraising partner for the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Read about the project from Sevier News Messenger here and buy the book for $15 from the official Smokies Information store here.

    Dolly Boxed Set Back On British Charts
    Dolly's The Tour Collection re-enters the top 20 British country compilation albums this week at No. 19, Friday's charts showed, while 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) holds steady at No. 11 and her Original Album Series, Vol. 2 (featuring one track with Dolly harmony and two tracks with Trio harmony) moves up two to No. 12 on the same chart.

    'Parade' Giving Away 'Coat' DVDs
    Parade magazine is giving away 10 copies of the DVD Dolly Parton's Coat Of Many Colors, coming out May 3. Earn chances to win by signing up for the publication's free newsletter and by tweeting @ParadeMagazine with the hashtag #ParadeDolly. Read more here.

    New Movie Features Dolly Songs
    Critics are loving the new film The Meddler, where Oscar winner J.K. Simmons plays the love interest of Susan Sarandon's character. He's a chicken farmer who sings classic Dolly songs to his hens. Read a story on the movie from The Denver Post here.


    April 21:
    Columbus Sales Date, Phili Pre-Sale Announced
    Midwestern fans have been waiting since March for tickets to go on sale for Dolly's Aug. 2 engagement at the Ohio State Fair in Columbus, the first of the now-20 announced dates on her approximately-60-city Pure & Simple Tour. Ticketmaster on Wednesday revealed the public sale date for the show will be noon Saturday, May 14. In addition, the site added VIP presales and an American Express presale starting at 10 a.m. Thursday for her June 15 Philadelphia show. Finally, CNN's Money section is noting her here among the artists playing in Mississippi and/or North Carolina who have not responded to the network's inquiries about their plans to perform in the states after they implemented discriminatory laws aimed at harming LGBT persons.


    April 20:
    N.J., Pa. Shows Added To Pure & Simple Tour
    Two more shows were added to Dolly's Pure & Simple Tour on Tuesday: June 15 in Philadelphia, Pa., and June 26 in New Jersey. Tickets for the Pennsylvania show at the Mann Center for the Performing Arts are listed on Ticketmaster to go on public sale at 10 a.m. Eastern Saturday. The New Jersey show at PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel is listed on Live Nation as having general public ticket sales starting 10 a.m. Saturday but also has VIP packages and Citibank card customer presales which started Tuesday.

    Famous Baby Dolly Fan Photographed
    Actor Bobby Cannavale shared a photo of his and Rose Byrne's two-month-old son Rocco on Instagram Tuesday wearing a Dolly onsie. Check it out here.

    U.S. Chart Update
    Don Henley's Cass County, which features Dolly on "When I Stop Dreaming," gains eight places to No. 37 on the country albums chart in its 29th chart week, the April 30 Billboard charts released Tuesday showed.


    April 19:
    Dolly Chats With 'Style Blueprint'
    Style Blueprint talked to Dolly as one of its "Faces Of The South" series, talking about her Imagination Library, Dollywood and more. Check out the interview here.

    Aussie Chart Updates
    The Essential Dolly Parton re-entered the top 40 Australian country albums chart over the weekend at No. 34 to log an 87th chart week Down Under.

    'Dolly' On Get TV
    Dolly's 1976-77 series was back on the Get TV network this week with the episodes featuring Lynn Anderson and Tennessee Ernie Ford airing Monday with repeats at midnight and 12:30 a.m. Tuesday, 2 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Saturday.


    April 16:
    Indiana Show Added To Tour
    The 18th date of Dolly's Pure & Simple Tour was announced Friday: Aug. 10 at the Ford Center in Evansville, Ind. Ticketmaster shows media, venue and promoter presales starting at 10 a.m. Central Thursday as well as VIP sales at that time. Seats will go on sale to the general public at 10 a.m. Central time next Friday. Also, Ticketmaster updated that her Nevada show will offer VIP seats starting April 26 with public sales starting April 29 instead of the previously-announced sale date of this Friday. In related news, The Traverse Ticker spoke here with the director of the Interlochen arts center in Interlochen, Mich., who relayed their difficulty in securing Dolly for their venue. In December, he said he was working on scheduling her, and in February they were still holding a date for her, but by March they had given her management a deadline to tell them yes or no but when the deadline passed without an answer they had to release the date and end negotiations to try and bring her to the venue.

    Dolly Talks To 'Rolling Stone' About Perry Duet
    Dolly chatted with Rolling Stone about her recent duet with Katy Perry on the Academy of Country Music Awards, commenting: "I met a girl and I liked it!" Read the story released Friday here.

    Broadway Book Features Dolly Story
    Dolly is among the artists who have contributed anecdotes to On Broadway: From Rent To Revolution, a book about SpotCo, the agency responsible for many of the most memorable ad campaigns in the history of Broadway. Get the book, coming out April 26, here.

    British Chart Updates
    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) inches down one to No. 11 on the U.K. country compilations chart released Friday, and her Original Album Series, Vol. 2 (featuring one track with Dolly harmony and two tracks with Trio harmony) loses two to No. 14 on the same chart, while Ronstadt's own Original Album Series (featuring one Dolly cover and one track with Dolly harmony) drops out of the top 20, down from No. 16.


    April 14:
    Stella: Dolly Nearly Died Last Year
    Dolly was much sicker last year than she made herself out to be, according to an interview by her sister Stella this week. Talking about her Dolly tribute album Mountain Songbird: A Sister's Tribute and the film Dolly Parton's Coat Of Many Colors, Stella revealed the reason Dolly was absent from the shooting: "what people didn't know at the time was that Dolly was quite ill in the hospital with kidney stones and sepsis, which is what we just lost Patty Duke from.  We almost lost Dolly and no one knew it at the time, which was quite stressful." The National Enquirer had shortly thereafter published a story saying Dolly had a stomach cancer scare, to which she took the highly unusual step of responding to a tabloid report by saying it was just kidney stones. Stella's interview is available here.

    Dolly Helps New Pigeon Forge Ad
    Dolly has a new commercial! Pigeon Forge has released a new tourism spot which features her near the end. Check it out here.

    Tennessee Gets Funny Or Die Commercial
    Dolly's Dixie Stampede dinner theater gets a cameo appearance in the latest in a series of parody commercials by the comedy website Funny Or Die in response to discriminatory laws being passed throughout the South, with the latest being sent to the Tennessee governor by the state legislature. Dolly's venue shows up near the end of the clip when the narrator talks about the circus that the state government has become. Watch it here and catch the previous installments in the series on Mississippi here and North Carolina here.


    April 13:
    Actor Says 'Coat' Sequel To Film This July


    Ricky Schroder announced Tuesday on Good Day LA that the entire cast of last year's Dolly Parton's Coat Of Many Colors will reunite this July to film a sequel to NBC's ratings smash to air this Christmas season. Watch the remarks toward the end of the interview here or in the media player above.

    LA, NY, Nevada Concerts Announced
    Three additional concerts in Dolly's Pure & Simple Tour were announced on Tuesday: June 25 in New York City, Sept. 30 at Laughlin, Nev.; and Oct. 1 in Los Angeles. VIP packages and a pre-sale for American Express cardholders began at noon Tuesday for the New York show at Forest Hills Stadium in Queens via Ticketfly.com (ranging from $40 to $170) with a 10 a.m. Saturday sale to the general public (although Ticketmaster also lists tickets but has a 10 a.m. Eastern Friday public sale with seats listed at $110 and $258). Ticketmaster on Tuesday listed the Laughlin Event Center show in Nevada with a 10 a.m. Pacific time Friday public sale date and ticket prices between $64 and $350. The Los Angeles show at the Hollywood Bowl goes on sale to the public via Ticketmaster at 10 a.m. Pacific time Monday for $35 to $275, although media accounts also indicate an American Express pre-sale starting at 10 a.m. Thursday. In addition, tickets.com on Tuesday added a page for tickets to her June 8 show at Wolf Trap, showing they go on public sale at 10 a.m. Eastern April 23. Pollstar on Tuesday profiled the tour as announced thus far (although their list is missing the Spokane concert announced and reported here Monday night) here. Finally, NBC News reports here that a new group has formed called North Carolina Needs You to encourage entertainers, including Dolly who is to play there June 3, to keep their planned performances in the state but use their concerts to speak out against the state's discriminatory laws (as Gregg Allman and Jimmy Buffett are doing) and/or donate their proceeds to local LGBT charities (as comedian Joel McHale did a few days ago) instead of cancelling shows like Bruce Springsteen did.

    New Dolly Tribute Released
    Country band Yarn on Tuesday revealed a new tribute song to Dolly from their forthcoming album This Is The Year, hitting stores May 27. Listen to "Sweet Dolly" from AOL's The Boot here.

    U.S. Chart Updates
    Don Henley's Cass County, which features Dolly on "When I Stop Dreaming," loses two spots to No. 45 on the country albums chart in its 28th chart week, the April 23 Billboard charts released Tuesday showed.

    McGraw Ends Dolly No. 1 Tie
    Billboard on Tuesday recognized Tim McGraw for surpassing Dolly with 26 No. 1 songs on the Hot Country Songs chart with "Humble and Kind" to tie Alan Jackson for the seventh-most chart-toppers in the chart's history. (Dolly holds the record for female singers at 25.) Read the article here.


    April 12:
    N.Y., Wash., Third Ohio Shows Announced
    Three additional dates on Dolly's Pure & Simple Tour were announced on Monday: June 10 near Cleveland, Ohio; June 12 near Buffalo, N.Y.; and the first revealed show for the tour's West Coast leg on Sept. 22 in Spokane, Wash. Tickets for the Washington show, at Northwest Quest Casino's Pepsi Outdoor Concert Series, go on pre-sale for members of the casino's Camas rewards program at 6 a.m. Friday and to the general public at 8:30 a.m. Saturday via the venue's website here. Tickets for the Buffalo show, at the Artpark Outdoor Amphitheatre here, start at $22 for those who bring their own chairs for general admission, $52 for grass bowl general admission with chairs provided, $77 for front of stage general admission with chairs provided, and $77 for reserved seating with chairs provided, and they go on sale to the general public at 10 a.m. Friday at the box office and online via tickets.com. Also, VIP packages with backstage tours are $575 and those with meet-and-greets are $1,875 and go on sale at 10 a.m. Wednesday. Tickets for the Cleveland show, at Hard Rock Rocksino here, go on pre-sale for Hard Rock (presale code Rockon) at 10 a.m. Thursday and to the general public at 10 a.m. Friday via Ticketmaster. General seats will be $102.50, $163, $203 and $228, and VIP packages will also be offered. In other tour news, given Bruce Springsteen's cancellation of Sunday's concert at the Greensboro, N.C., Coliseum – where Dolly is scheduled to play on the tour June 3 – to protest the state's recent anti-LGBT law, some observers are suggesting she likewise cancel her show at the venue in protest as well. Read pieces from Albany, N.Y's, The Times Union here and Britain's Gay UK here.


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