Colorful childhood memories of fall are on Dolly Parton’s mind this year.

Published October 28, 2020 / Last Updated October 28, 2020
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Dolly Parton’s special childhood memories of fall in the Great Smoky Mountains play out in Dollywood during the season.

Reminiscing about her childhood days in the Smokies brings back fond memories for Dolly Parton. She recalls the excitement of gathering around a bonfire, built by her father, and cooking their supper of potatoes and corn within the ashes under the fire. Even as a young child she had an appreciation for the vibrant colors on display in the Great Smoky Mountains of East Tennessee during autumn. She recalls seeing the beautiful leaves changing colors in the hills and hollows she called home.

Today, Dolly is very proud to bring a little bit of her childhood to guests who visit Dollywood. The park is all aglow with the sights and sounds of fall. Live music fills the air and mixes with the enticing aromas of delicious fall foods. At night, guests are treated to an amazing display of artistic elegance as meticulously carved pumpkins light the park’s paths in unique and creative displays. Dolly said,

“I just remember all of us kids loving playing the fun games. Mama making pumpkin butter and Mama making pumpkin pies and just doing all sorts of things with apple cider. We just loved the autumn and we’d find ways to celebrate it in our own way.”

Visit Dollywood.com to plan a visit and experience some of what made Dolly’s childhood in the Great Smoky Mountains so special.

Team DollyColorful childhood memories of fall are on Dolly Parton’s mind this year.

Dolly Parton Shares Heartwarming Holiday Memories in “Comin’ Home for Christmas”

Published October 26, 2020 / Last Updated October 26, 2020
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Dolly’s new song, “Comin’ Home for Christmas,” gives us a glimpse into her childhood Christmas traditions.

Dolly Parton is known for wrapping the stories of her cherished childhood into the melodies of unforgettable songs. They are her gifts to the world. With the arrival of her new Christmas album, A Holly Dolly Christmas, she has given fans a real holiday treat; twelve songs, including five penned by Dolly herself. The lyrics of one such song, “Comin’ Home for Christmas,” reveal the heart of what made her family’s two-room log cabin a home.

Dolly reminisces about many of the holiday traditions her family shared. Her father, Robert Lee Parton, and her brothers would go out into the woods to chop down a tree, while the girls were busy inside making ornaments. Dolly fondly recalls the colored rags her mother would tie into beautiful bows to hang on the freshly cut Christmas tree. They even made a star out of cardboard and tinfoil to place atop the precious pine. Each family member played a special part in the creation of their Smoky Mountain Christmas memories. Dolly reflects,

“It was fun, because it gave us all something to do together. We all felt like we contributed to it, and Mama always made everything special too.”

Even after Dolly left home to move to Nashville, she still returned to East Tennessee to spend Christmas with her loved ones. Through the years, Dolly has continued to celebrate with her family during the holidays. She’ll be the first to tell you she loves Christmas so much that she has a Christmas tree in nearly every room of her house!

In “Comin’ Home for Christmas,” Dolly shares with listeners the magic of her Appalachian roots. The memories made in her Tennessee mountain home are treasures to Dolly. She hasn’t forgotten where she came from, and that firm foundation is what she continues to build on today. Dolly’s message serves as a wonderful reminder to embrace your heritage and cherish the people you hold dear.

Parton Family Circa 1980s
Dolly Parton With Her Parents Circa 1980s
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Parton Family Circa 1950s

Team DollyDolly Parton Shares Heartwarming Holiday Memories in “Comin’ Home for Christmas”

Dolly Calls on Billy Ray Cyrus and Goddaughter Miley Cyrus For A Holly Dolly Christmas

Published October 15, 2020 / Last Updated October 16, 2020
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The family ties are stronger than ever between Dolly Parton and Billy Ray Cyrus and Dolly’s goddaughter, Miley Cyrus!

Christmas is such a special time of year, and a great deal of planning and preparation goes into big family gatherings that celebrate the season. This year, Dolly Parton began planning her holiday gathering back in June. Dolly focused her creative energy on recording a new holiday album, which would become her first Christmas release in 30 years. She knew she wanted to share this experience with her family and dear friends, and among those special people in her life are Billy Ray Cyrus and Miley Cyrus.

Dolly’s love for the Cyrus family goes all the way back to when Billy Ray toured with her in the 90s. And Dolly has a special fondness for Miley. Dolly said,

“I’ve known Miley before she was even born, I rubbed on her mama’s belly knowing that she was going to be kind of like my little goddaughter. Because Billy Ray and I had got to know each other, we performed together when he had ‘Achy Breaky Heart.’”

Dolly penned a new song entitled “Christmas Is” and set it aside for what would become her first holiday recording with her goddaughter, Miley Cyrus. The tender ballad emphasizes the truest emotions that fill our hearts during the Christmas season; love, kindness, compassion and giving. Dolly initiated this new collaboration when she sent Miley a fax with the request. Yes, you read that right, Dolly Parton’s preferred way of communication is through her trusty fax machine. On The Graham Norton Show, the host asked Miley if Dolly called her to sing on the holiday album and she responded with an enthusiastic “She faxed me!” Miley also outed her dad for owning a fax machine and two Blackberry phones.

A Holly Dolly Christmas reunites Dolly and former duet partner Billy Ray Cyrus. Dolly may have bypassed her fax machine to reach out to Billy Ray. Dolly said,

“I really was happy that they both said ‘Yeah.’ I knew that Billy Ray would say ‘Yeah.’ I knew I’d have to run Miley down…but she’ll do anything I ask her to do if she has the time.”

Just like she did with Miley, Dolly had a special song in mind for Billy Ray. “Christmas Where We Are,” a song written by Dolly’s niece Jada Star and her singing partner Barry J has an upbeat holiday swing to it. The song’s cheerful message reminds everyone that the true joy of Christmas is found in the love we share with friends and family, much like the special bond shared between these three artists that transcends music.

“Christmas Where We Are” and “Christmas Is” are sure to be fan-favorites and holiday hits.

Throwback Facts

Dolly’s 1993 release, Slow Dancing With the Moon, included a duet with Billy Ray on “Romeo.” Also, Dolly and Miley recorded “Rainbowland” together on Miley’s 2017 release, Younger Now.

A Holly Dolly Christmas

Available now, A Holly Dolly Christmas is Dolly’s first holiday album in 30 years. This festive collection of music includes treasured Christmas songs we all know and love, as well as five original tunes written by Dolly, one she co-wrote with Kent Wells and one written by her niece, Jada Star, with co-writer Barry Jobe. The album features incredible duets with some of Dolly’s dearest friends, including Michael Bublé, Billy Ray Cyrus, Miley Cyrus, Jimmy Fallon and Willie Nelson and also spotlights a special song with her brother, Randy Parton, and niece, Heidi Parton.

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Dolly Includes A Christmas Song By Niece Jada Star And Singing Partner Barry J On A Holly Dolly Christmas

Published October 9, 2020 / Last Updated October 26, 2020
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 Surprises Niece Jada Star And Barry J By Recording Their Song “Christmas Where We Are”

When Dolly Parton heard the original version of “Christmas Where We Are,” written and recorded by her niece, Jada Star, and Jada’s singing partner Barry J, she knew she wanted to record it on A Holly Dolly Christmas. The singer/songwriter duo was thrilled to learn that “Aunt Dolly” had recorded their song. Dolly said,

“I’m very proud of all my family… And Jada’s a great writer, great singer. I think she’s going to write a lot of good stuff through the years.”

Jada and Barry co-wrote the holiday song for their 2019 Dollywood Christmas show, A Songbook Christmas. Dolly’s version of the song gave her and longtime friend Billy Ray Cyrus the opportunity to sing together again. The upbeat duet is a cheerful reminder that the joy of the holidays is found in the love we have for family and friends. Barry said,

“It’s incredible to actually have two iconic singers sing something that came from you as a songwriter. We’re so truly blessed.”

Songwriting comes naturally to Jada, as it’s practically in her DNA. Her mother is Dolly’s sister, Frieda Estelle, who co-wrote “Sing for the Common Man,” which appears on Dolly’s iconic 9 to 5 and Odd Jobs album.

Jada Star and Barry J

Singer/songwriters Jada Star and Barry J (Jada Roberts and Barry Jobe) have been performing and writing songs together for several years. When they are not touring, they can be found onstage at Dollywood. In addition to their Songbook show, they are featured performers in My People, My Music, alongside Randy Parton and Heidi Parton. Find performance dates and purchase their music at Jadastarandbarryj.com.

A Holly Dolly Christmas

Available now, A Holly Dolly Christmas is Dolly’s first holiday album in 30 years. This festive collection of music includes treasured Christmas songs we all know and love, as well as five original tunes written by Dolly, one she co-wrote with Kent Wells and one written by her niece, Jada Star, with co-writer Barry Jobe. The album features incredible duets with some of Dolly’s dearest friends, including Michael Bublé, Billy Ray Cyrus, Miley Cyrus, Jimmy Fallon and Willie Nelson and also spotlights a special song with her brother, Randy Parton, and niece, Heidi Parton.

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Team DollyDolly Includes A Christmas Song By Niece Jada Star And Singing Partner Barry J On A Holly Dolly Christmas

Country Music Icons Willie Nelson and Dolly Parton Unite for “Pretty Paper”

Published October 5, 2020 / Last Updated October 9, 2020

Longtime friends Willie Nelson and Dolly Parton collaborate on “Pretty Paper” on A Holly Dolly Christmas

Country Music icons and longtime friends, Dolly Parton and Willie Nelson, reunite on “Pretty Paper” for Dolly’s new holiday album, “A Holly Dolly Christmas.” The album is Dolly’s first Christmas release in 30 years and features an array of special guests. Willie’s appearance on “Pretty Paper” is certainly a highlight, as it reunites two of music’s most honored performers.

Willie and Dolly’s friendship extends beyond music, but it was music that brought them together. In the early days of their careers, Willie and Dolly bonded over a shared love of songwriting. Later, they would go on to perform and record together on songs such as 1982 Top 10 hit, “Everything’s Beautiful (In Its Own Way),” from the collaborative compilation album The Winning Hand. They also shared the small screen with their dear friend Kenny Rogers for the 1989 television special, Kenny, Dolly and Willie: Something Inside So Strong. In 2013, Willie released To All the Girls…, which featured a touching duet with Dolly on her song “From Here to the Moon and Back.” Today, their long-lasting friendship has brought the legendary songwriters back together to recreate Willie’s timeless classic, “Pretty Paper.” When reflecting on his friendship with Dolly, Willie said,

“I love her! Anything she sings!… And I’m glad to sing with her anytime, anywhere.”

In an exclusive Front Porch interview, Willie talks about his relationship with Dolly. In addition to their friendship, Willie discusses his excitement to collaborate with her again.

Watch Willie Nelson’s Front Porch interview to hear more about their special collaboration on “Pretty Paper,” then see what Dolly had to say about Willie in her exclusive Front Porch interview.

 

 

 

A Holly Dolly Christmas

Available now, A Holly Dolly Christmas is Dolly’s first holiday album in 30 years. This festive collection of music includes treasured Christmas songs we all know and love, as well as five original tunes written by Dolly, one she co-wrote with Kent Wells and one written by her niece, Jada Star, with co-writer Barry Jobe. The album features incredible duets with some of Dolly’s dearest friends, including Michael Bublé, Billy Ray Cyrus, Miley Cyrus, Jimmy Fallon and Willie Nelson and also spotlights a special song with her brother, Randy Parton, and niece, Heidi Parton.

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Team DollyCountry Music Icons Willie Nelson and Dolly Parton Unite for “Pretty Paper”