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Dolly Parton To Release New Album, “Blue Smoke”

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Country legend and entertainment icon Dolly Parton is back with new music!

With an incomparable career spanning nearly five decades and countless chart-toppers and awards, Parton is set to release her new album, Blue Smoke, on May 13th through Sony Music Masterworks and Dolly Records. This will mark  her 42nd album release… talk about impressive! The seven-time Grammy Award winner will also be hitting the road for tour dates in the United States, England, Ireland, Scotland, Denmark, Germany, Norway and Sweden.

Get ready, fans! Check out all of the details below!

Kenny Rogers & Dolly Parton reunite on new album

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Country music icon Kenny Rogers will be teaming back up with Dolly Parton on his brand new album! The two pair up on “You Can’t Make Old Friends,” the title track from his new record due out October 8th on Warner Music. It was thirty years ago, almost to the day, when Kenny and Dolly recorded “Islands In The Stream.”

It’s a big deal for Kenny, who shares his excitement to be working with Dolly again:

“What a thrill it was for me to work again with my buddy, Dolly Parton, and what a special song.  Working with Dolly is always a little like going home.  Everything felt comfortable.”

With a collaboration of producers, including Kyle Lehning, Warren Hartman, and Dann Huff, You Can’t Make Old Friends is Rogers’ first country album since the release of Water & Bridges in 2006.  Kenny considers this upcoming release the most varied and complete album of his lifetime.

“I can honestly say this may be the best album I’ve ever recorded.  The musical diversity is extraordinary. It goes from songs I would normally sing, to songs I would normally never even listen to.  In this business, you do albums to both grow artistically, and for the sheer love of music.  We chose what I think are the most diverse and best songs I’ve ever had access to.”

You Can’t Make Old Friends showcases a certain familiarity that can be expected from Kenny Rogers, along with fresh twists of creativity that see the versatile Grammy Award-winner stretching his artistry into new musical territory.  In addition to the great story songs and love songs Kenny has become well known for, flavors of rock and roll, soul, gospel, southern rock, zydeco, and sounds of the Southwest are embraced in this bold recording.

he digital download of You Can’t Make Old Friends is available for the very first time today on iTunes here: http://smarturl.it/kennyrogers.  Customers who pre-order the new album on iTunes will also receive an instant download of the “You Can’t Make Old Friends” duet.  Special pre-sale bundles, including a physical copy of the CD, are being offered at www.kennyrogers.com.

Kenny Rogers has already had a massive year in 2013, including the announcement of his induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame this fall.  Rogers also performed on the main stage at this year’s Glastonbury Festival to a colossal audience on the grounds and around the UK as it was televised on BBC.  His Through The Years World Tour has included stops in Morocco, England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland, Switzerland, Canada and the U.S.

This fall and winter, Rogers’ tour will roll on with more U.S. and Canadian dates, including the Christmas & Hits Through The Years Tour, his annual holiday performances, in late November and December.  In addition, a novel Rogers co-wrote with Mike Blakely, What Are The Chances, is being released today (September 3rd) and Rogers’ New York Times Best Selling autobiography, Luck Or Something Like It, will be released in paperback on September 27th.

 

Dolly Parton Offers An Economical Price On Merchandise

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At this year’s CMA Music Fest, Dolly Parton fans will have the opportunity to take of piece of the country diva home with her, and at an economical price to boot.  Although Dolly will not be at the Fest this year, fans who visit the CMA Music Fest exhibit hall will have a chance to play “Do You Know Dolly,” a family feud style game show with chances to win Dolly prizes and merchandise.

The merchandise will include t-shirts, buttons, photos, posters, CDs, DVDs, tote bags, among many other items!  All the merchandise will be retailing for $5-$15.  One special bundle deal for $50 will be available and will include your choice of an autographed Vinyl “Better Day” LP or an autographed 2011 Better Day World Tour program, poster of your choice, Backwoods Barbie CD, water bottle, and a t-shirt.

Fans will also be able to purchase Dolly’s latest project “An Evening with…Dolly,” which retails exclusively at Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, at the Cracker Barrel booth across from Dolly’s booth.

For more information on Dolly Parton, please visit www.dollypartonmusic.net.

Dolly Parton’s “Coat of Many Colors” added to the National Recording Registry

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Dolly Parton‘s self-written song, “Coat of Many Colors,” was added to The Library of Congress’ National Recording Registry. Each year, the Library of Congress selects twenty-five songs that are at least ten years old and are categorized as “historically”, “culturally”, or “aesthetically significant” to be added to the National Recording Registry. With this year’s selections, the total number of recordings in the registry is now 350.

“Coat of Many Colors” recounts Parton’s own impoverished childhood. In “Coat of Many Colors,” Parton sings “My coat of many colors that my momma made for me; Made only from rags but I wore it so proudly; Although we had no money oh I was rich as I could be; In my coat of many colors my momma made for me.” The song aided in establishing Parton’s credibility as a songwriter. Parton has called this song her favorite of her compositions because of the attitude and philosophy it reflects.

The Library of Congress strives to preserve the selections on the National Recording Registry so they will forever be available for future generations to experience. Song nominations for the registry come from online submissions from the public and from the National Recording Preservation Board, comprised of leaders in music, recorded sound and preservation.

Dolly Parton’s Exclusive Cracker Barrel CD Goes Gold

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Released on April 2, the Dolly Parton and Cracker Barrel two-disc set, “And Evening With…Dolly” has been certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). This certification is a first for Cracker Barrel and the first for Dolly Records in the United States. Recorded in London, the album is also the first two-disc set released by Cracker Barrel. It is available for $11.99 exclusively at all Cracker Barrel locations and online at www.crackerbarrel.com.

“I’m thrilled that so many fans are listening to my songs and taking a look behind-the-scenes of my European tour,” said Dolly.  “I had a wonderful time performing in London and I think the audience did too.  It’s exciting to be able to share my experiences with Cracker Barrel fans.  And I have to tell you, I’m even more excited that An Evening With…Dolly earned the first Gold in the Cracker Barrel exclusive music program.  That’s just icing on the cake.”

Dolly Parton Reacts To The Passing Of Donna Summer

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People all over the world are mourning the loss of Queen of Disco Donna Summer, who passed away earlier today at the age of 63 after a fight with cancer.  Country music icon Dolly Parton released this statement after hearing the news of Summer’s death:

I can’t believe we’ve lost another wonderful singer. Donna, like Whitney, had one of the greatest voices ever. I loved her records. She was the disco queen, and will remain so. I knew her and found her to be one of the most likable and fun people ever. She will be missed and remembered.

Dolly Parton Remains #2 For Second Week

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Congratulations to Dolly Parton and Cracker Barrel! She remains the second-best selling CD/DVD combo package this week as reported by both Billboard magazine and Nielson Soundscan. The country music superstar’s latest project “An Evening with… Dolly” is a two-disc CD/DVD disc set on-sale only at Cracker Barrel locations across the United States. The project was originally released on April 2nd, and continues to dominate the album charts. The CD/DVD set features live recordings of some of Dolly’s biggest hits including “9 to 5″, “Jolene,” “Coat Of Many Colors,” “I Will Always Love You,” and “Islands In The Stream.”

Dolly is currently out promoting the disc set with quite a few upcoming television appearances. See where you can catch Dolly on your television below:

Dolly Parton Releases Exclusive Two-Disc CD/DVD Set at Cracker Barrel

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The most recent exclusive music release from Cracker Barrel is a two-disc CD/DVD combo from none other than the amazing Dolly Parton. The $11.99 combo entitled “An Evening with… Dolly,” is a look a Dolly concert from both the audience and behind the scenes backstage perspective. The DVD and CD contain some of Dolly’s most popular songs, all performed live in London during her sold-out O2 arena concert, including “Coat of Many Colors” “9 to 5″ and “Jolene.”

Also featured on the 15-track-DVD and the 13-track CD are “Here You Come Again” and “I Will Always Love You.” The CD also has the previously unreleased live bonus tracks “Shattered Image” and “My Tennessee Mountain Home.” The DVD shares with the fans some of Dolly’s best moments, the best Dolly stories, and the best seat in the house!

Dolly Parton Cracker Barrel Album Release

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Some exciting news for any Dolly Parton fans out there. Dolly will be releasing a Cracker Barrel exclusive album on April 2nd, one day after the Academy of Country Music awards. It’s a two-disc DVD and CD set that retails for only $11.99. It’s the first time Dolly has partnered with Cracker Barrel for an exclusive CD & DVD set release. The DVD and CD will give fans the chance to experience the front row of a Dolly concert from London as she performs some of the biggest songs in country history, including “9 to 5,” Jolene,” and “I Will Always Love You.” The set also includes the previously unreleased tracks “Shattered Image” and “My Tennessee Mountain Home.” See the full tracklisting below.

“Cracker Barrel and Dolly Parton are a great collaboration,” says Dolly Parton’s manager Danny Nozell. “We are excited to continue our successful venture together, and thrilled to offer this live concert experience with some of Dolly’s biggest hits.”

Check out the official “An Evening With… Dolly” CD and DVD track listings below, and don’t forget to pick up your copy at Cracker Barrel on April 2nd!

Dolly Parton Bringing Entertainment To Nashville

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Woah Dolly! Country music queen Dolly Parton has announced plans to bring a major family entertainment complex to Nashville. She’ll be teaming up with Gaylord Entertainment to bring a 114-acre family entertainment zone adjacent to the Gaylord Opry Resort & Convention Center. The first announced phase will be a $50 million water and snow park, the first in the United States. The park is set to open in 2014.

The theme park will have future expansion, but phase one will contain both a water park and a snow park for Winter activities. The first-year attendance is already expected to be around 500,000 people! They’re also expecting to hire 450 Nashville locals for the theme park for both full and part time.

“I’m so excited about this opportunity,” Dolly said. “I am confident that partnering my Dollywood Company with a great company like Gaylord will create something truly special. We’re all working on new types of entertainment to do in the daytime and nighttime for the whole family so we bring new folks to the area year round.”

What do you think about a Dolly theme park in Nashville? Is it too much, or will you be going?