Cracker Barrel’s Front Porch Series With Dolly & Lauren

Published September 21, 2016 / Last Updated September 21, 2016
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Team Dolly is a collaboration of writers, editors, and publishers assembled by Dolly Parton Productions. Each member is dedicated to accurately publishing the latest news and historical archives of the living legend that is Dolly Rebecca Parton.

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Dolly Parton and Lauren Alaina are “sooo country” on Cracker Barrel’s Front Porch Series.

Georgia native and former “American Idol” contestant, Lauren Alaina dons her retro Dolly Parton t-shirt and takes her turn on the front porch with the most honored female country star of all time.

Inspired by her WWDD (What Would Dolly Do) t-shirt, Lauren asked Dolly if given the chance what would she go back and tell her 21-year-old self. Lauren then brought out her great-grandmother’s coat of many colors, a cherished family heirloom which Dolly said was very similar to her own famous little coat. Dolly also gave Lauren her secret to communicating with all different types of people throughout her career.

When Lauren confessed she was nervous about an upcoming on-camera kiss, Dolly shared her silver screen experience and reassured Lauren that all would be fine.

Next, the two Southern songstresses get the paddles out for a quick game of “Sooo Country or Not So Country?” Watch the video and see Lauren’s reaction to Dolly’s reflection on a surprisingly tasty dish from her past.

Dolly’s newest CD, “Pure & Simple” debuted at #1 on national country charts worldwide. A deluxe edition which includes a 48-page book of photos, memories and stories, as well as two bonus tracks, is available exclusively at Cracker Barrel.

Lauren Alaina is currently touring with Alan Jackson and supporting her self-titled five-song EP, the highly-anticipated follow-up to her No. 1 debuting first album “Wildflower.”

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Cracker Barrel’s Front Porch Series With Dolly & Kelsea

Published September 15, 2016 / Last Updated September 15, 2016
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Team Dolly is a collaboration of writers, editors, and publishers assembled by Dolly Parton Productions. Each member is dedicated to accurately publishing the latest news and historical archives of the living legend that is Dolly Rebecca Parton.

Managing Editor - Jacob Timmons
Senior Editor - Amanda Webb
Creative Director - Sarah Chapman
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Featured photo by Jeremy Westby/Webster Public Relations

Dolly Parton and Kelsea Ballerini reminisce about the Smoky Mountains and more on Cracker Barrel’s Front Porch Series.

These two East Tennessee girls talked about home, songwriting and musical influences on Cracker Barrel’s Front Porch Series. On the subject of early influences, Dolly shared a story about how impressed she was watching some early performances by a family group known as The Maddox Brothers and Rose.

Kelsea managed to spark one of Dolly’s classy comebacks when she asked Dolly how she plays guitar with her long nails. Dolly responded,

“Pretty good.”

Dolly and Kelsea put their knowledge of country songs to the test when they played “Real or Fake”? Watch and see which outrageous song titles are real or fake and if Dolly and Kelsea can be stumped.

Dolly’s newest CD, “Pure & Simple” debuted at #1 on national country charts worldwide. A deluxe edition which includes a 48-page book of photos, memories and stories, as well as two bonus tracks, is available exclusively at Cracker Barrel.

Crowned New Female Vocalist of the Year at the 51st ACM Awards, Kelsea Ballerini is blazing her own trail to superstardom. She’s the first solo female artist in 15 years to hit #1 with her first two country singles and one of only 11 women to have ever hit the top of the charts with a debut.

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Cracker Barrel’s Front Porch Series With Dolly & RaeLynn

Published September 9, 2016 / Last Updated September 16, 2016
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Team Dolly is a collaboration of writers, editors, and publishers assembled by Dolly Parton Productions. Each member is dedicated to accurately publishing the latest news and historical archives of the living legend that is Dolly Rebecca Parton.

Managing Editor - Jacob Timmons
Senior Editor - Amanda Webb
Creative Director - Sarah Chapman
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Featured photo by Jeremy Westby / Webster Public Relations

Dolly and RaeLynn get a little sassy but stay classy on Cracker Barrel’s Front Porch Series.

“A dream come true!” That’s how singer/songwriter RaeLynn described her afternoon with Dolly Parton on Cracker Barrel’s Front Porch Series.

Dolly and RaeLynn chatted about songwriting and onstage fashion while rocking in the iconic Cracker Barrel chairs. RaeLynn wanted to know if Dolly lounges around her home in sparkles and high heels. According to Dolly, the sparkles are optional, but the high heels are a must! The eight-time Grammy Award winner also told the budding artist how each of her big dreams “branch out” and grow new projects in her tree of life.

Dolly and RaeLynn were challenged to a game called “Classy or Sassy?” They confess how they would react in certain situations. Watch the video and see how classy or sassy Dolly and RaeLynn see themselves.

Dolly’s newest CD, “Pure & Simple” debuted at #1 on national country charts worldwide. A deluxe edition which includes a 48-page book of photos, memories and stories, as well as two bonus tracks, is available exclusively at Cracker Barrel.

Originally from Texas, RaeLynn is currently touring with Blake Shelton. A connection she made after joining Team Blake on “The Voice” back in 2012.

See RaeLynn’s Tour Dates and more

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Cracker Barrel’s Front Porch Series With Dolly & Cam

Published September 8, 2016 / Last Updated September 8, 2016
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Team Dolly is a collaboration of writers, editors, and publishers assembled by Dolly Parton Productions. Each member is dedicated to accurately publishing the latest news and historical archives of the living legend that is Dolly Rebecca Parton.

Managing Editor - Jacob Timmons
Senior Editor - Amanda Webb
Creative Director - Sarah Chapman
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Featured photo by Jeremy Westby/Webster Public Relations

Dolly Parton joins one of Country Music’s newest faces on Cracker Barrel’s Front Porch Series.

Rising country star, Cam, sits down with Dolly Parton on Cracker Barrel’s classic wooden rockers. Cam asks Dolly about her songwriting, the Imagination Library and her legacy.

Cam gets a giggle out of Dolly with her reference to Dolly’s “songwriting muscles” which Dolly admits are big. The two blond beauties go head to head in a trivia game called “Dolly or not Dolly?” Faced with witty quotes, they must decide if Dolly said it or not.

Watch the video and see which daring comments Dolly owns up to and which she wishes she had made famous.

Dolly’s newest CD, “Pure & Simple” debuted at #1 on national country charts worldwide. A deluxe edition which includes a 48-page book of photos, memories and stories, as well as two bonus tracks, is available exclusively at Cracker Barrel.

Cam is hitting the road on her first headlining tour this fall.
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The Complete Trio Collection

Published July 2, 2016 / Last Updated August 11, 2016

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Harmony of Heart & the Sisterhood of Song

Before GRAMMY awards were presented, before millions of records were sold and before hearts were ever touched by the musical harmony that can easily leave poets at a loss for words, there was a phone call.

Watch: “Wildflowers (alternate take 1986)” lyric video

When Emmylou Harris decided to share the joy of a visit with another songstress friend of hers, history was in the making and an extraordinary union was set in motion. When she telephoned Linda Ronstadt to invite her to her home for a visit with Dolly Parton, none of the three ever anticipated how harmonious that meeting would be. Linda recalls the phone ringing in her Malibu cottage,

“I was living at the beach, about 45 minutes from Emmy’s house, when she called to tell me that Dolly was coming over and asked if I wanted to come too. I think I made it to her house in about 20 minutes!”

Fortunately, they did more than just talk during that visit…they sang together, and what they discovered was more than just three part harmony.

Although all three have extremely unique and recognizable vocal stylings of their own, they couldn’t have anticipated the heavenly blend of their combined voices.

Linda explains,

“I don’t think any of us were prepared for what the sound was the first time we heard it. It blew us all away. It was a serendipitous combination of voices that was stunning!”

Simply stated, there are moments in life that are destined to be, and in that moment they knew they not only shared a melodious connection between the three of them, but they also realized that beautiful connection needed to be shared with the world. Although they had to wait several years to coordinate their schedules, Dolly says,

“You always know when it’s the right time when you listen close to your heart, and timing is everything!”

Timing is everything indeed! The first Trio project was hailed as one of the greatest collaborative efforts in American music history, garnering four huge hit singles and crossing genres and generations to remain at the top of the charts for five consecutive weeks. The album also won two GRAMMY Awards, one for Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals and the other for Best Country Collaboration with Vocals.

Twelve years later, Trio fans around the world were elated when the friends reunited for another spectacular recording and released Trio II, which won the supergroup another GRAMMY for Best Country Collaboration with Vocals.

Now, nearly 30 years after the release of the first Trio album, Emmylou has championed the highly anticipated “Trio Collection,” which features newly remastered Trio and Trio II albums, plus a third disc filled with rare, unreleased music!

The “Trio Collection” holds a special place in the hearts of these friends and their fans due to Linda’s battle with Parkinson’s disease. She shares,

“No one can sing with Parkinson’s disease, no matter how hard you try. My life is very different. That’s all there is to it.”

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Although Linda may be unable to sing, the timeless songs go on.

Dolly says,

“We had a wonderful time doing the sessions and just loved every minute. Now that we’re all older and that’s been so many years past, some of my fondest memories are thinking back on a lot of the days I spent with the two of them working on all of this wonderful music. What could be greater than that? Hope everybody enjoys this Trio project as much as we have.”

It all started with one phone call all those years ago. Little did Emmylou know it would be a call to us all, not only to listen to the sisterhood of song, but more importantly to hear the harmony of heart.

THE COMPLETE TRIO COLLECTION

LISTEN: “Do I Ever Cross Your Mind” (Dolly Lead – Alternate Take 1994)

Disc One – Trio 
1. “The Pain of Loving You”
2. “Making Plans”
3. “To Know Him Is To Love Him”
4. “Hobo’s Meditation”
5. “Wildflowers”
6. “Telling Me Lies”
7. “My Dear Companion”
8. “Those Memories of You”
9. “I’ve Had Enough”
10. “Rosewood Casket”
11. “Farther Along”

Disc Two – Trio II
1. “Lover’s Return”
2. “High Sierra”
3. “Do I Ever Cross Your Mind”
4. “After the Gold Rush”
5. “The Blue Train”
6. “I Feel the Blues Movin’ In”
7. “You’ll Never Be The Sun”
8. “He Rode All The Way To Texas”
9. “Feels Like Home”
10. “When We’re Gone, Long Gone”

Disc Three – Bonus Material
1. “Wildflowers” (Alternate Take unreleased 1986)
2. “Waltz Across Texas Tonight” (Unreleased 1994)
3. “Lover’s Return” (Alternate Mix – Unreleased)
4. “Softly and Tenderly” (Unreleased 1994)
5. “Pleasant As May” (Unreleased 1986)
6. “My Dear Companion” (Alternate Take 1986)
7. “My Blue Tears” (Unreleased 1998)
8. “Making Plans” (Alternate Take 1986)
9. “I’ve Had Enough” (Alternate Mix 1986)
10. “Grey Funnel Line” (Unreleased 1986)
11. “You Don’t Knock” (Unreleased 1986)
12. “Where Will The Words Come From” (Unreleased 1985)
13. “Do I Ever Cross Your Mind” (Dolly Lead – Alternate Take 1994)
14. “Are You Tired of Me” (Unreleased 1986)
15. “Even Cowgirls Get The Blues”
16. “Mr. Sandman”
17. “Handful Of Dust” (Unreleased 1993)
18. “Calling My Children Home” (Unreleased Acapella Version 1986)
19. “White Snow” (Unreleased 1986)
20. “Farther Along” (Alternate Mix 1986)

MY DEAR COMPANION: SELECTIONS FROM THE TRIO COLLECTION
Track Listing

1. “The Pain Of Loving You”
2. “My Dear Companion”
3. “To Know Him Is To Love Him”
4. “Telling Me Lies”
5. “Farther Along”
6. “Lover’s Return”
7. “After The Gold Rush”
8. “The Blue Train”
9. “You’ll Never Be The Sun”
10. “When We’re Gone, Long Gone”
11. “Waltz Across Texas Tonight” (Unreleased 1994)
12. “Do I Ever Cross Your Mind” (Dolly Lead – Alternate Take 1994)
13. “Wildflowers” (Alternate Take 1986)
14. “Calling My Children Home” (Unreleased Acappella Version 1986)

The Trio Collection pre-order available on Amazon & iTunes.

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