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Dumplin’ Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

Published November 30, 2018 / Last Updated December 10, 2018

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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 releases Dumplin’ Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

Released on Nov. 30, Dumplin’ Original Motion Picture Soundtrack includes both new and canon tracks from Dolly Parton! Produced by GRAMMY nominee Linda Perry, the soundtrack features exceptional guests including Sia, Elle King, Mavis Staples, Miranda Lambert, Willa Amai, Rhonda Vincent, Alison Krauss, Macy Gray, and DOROTHY, as well as cameos by Dumplin’ stars Danielle Macdonald and Jennifer Aniston.

“Because I just love people, little things, and I think people are blind without knowing it sometimes. Sometimes if you can open their eyes, and throw a little light on the darkness that they didn’t even realize they were in the darkness. And hopefully, through music, we can do a lot of that. That’s what I was hoping to do.” Dolly Parton

Dolly Parton has always been intent on building people up. As an actress in 9 To 5, Steel Magnolias and a host of films, her characters show kindness, support and inspire others. As an activist, she launched her Imagination Library in 1995. The program sends over 1 million free books per month to registered children around the world. Children receive a book a month from birth to age five and today the program has sent over 100 million free books. In 2016, she organized and hosted the Smoky Mountain Rise telethon to benefit the My People Fund, created when fires destroyed the area where she grew up.

But Dolly Parton’s real power lies in the moving songs she writes about growing up in Appalachia, coming into her own as a dreamer, owning her strength, smarts and sensuality as a flesh and blood woman. Those songs – and her distinctive looks – have taken her around the world and made her a beloved global superstar.

Dumplin’ Original Motion Picture Soundtrack now joins the ranks of Dolly’s previous released soundtrack albums which include “Best Little WhoreHouse In Texas,” “Rhinestone,” “Straight Talk” and “Joyful Noise.”

DUMPLIN’ ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK Track Listing:

  1. Here I Am (Dolly Parton & Sia)*
  2. Holdin’ On To You (Dolly Parton & Elle King)*
  3. Girl in the Movies**
  4. Red Shoes**
  5. Why (Dolly Parton & Mavis Staples)*
  6. Dumb Blonde (Dolly Parton & Miranda Lambert)+
  7. Here You Come Again (Dolly Parton & Willa Amai)^
  8. Who**
  9. Push & Pull**
  10. If We Don’t (Dolly Parton & Rhonda Vincent with Alison Krauss)**
  11. Two Doors Down (Dolly Parton & Macy Gray with DOROTHY)*
  12. Jolene (New String Version)*

Songwriters: *Dolly Parton, **Dolly Parton/Linda Perry, +Curly Putman, ^Barry Mann/Cynthia Weil

NOTE: Additional original catalog songs and catalog remixes as featured in the film from Parton will be available as part of the streaming version of the album.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

Dumplin’

It makes sense that when Julie Murphy published Dumplin’, the YA novel about a plus-size teen with a former beauty queen mother who finds confidence through the songs of Dolly Parton, it became a No. 1 New York Times best-seller. Parton, an avid reader, was delighted to see her songs imbuing self-worth in someone else’s story, but even with her production company, she never considered taking it to the silver screen.

Enter superstar Jennifer Aniston, who not only optioned, then signed on to produce and star as the Mom, but tapped Patti Cake$ breakout star Danielle Macdonald for the starring role. Knowing Parton’s tremendous humility, they realized her role would be more unseen – and Aniston approached her to contribute a title theme and perhaps re-record a few of her classics.

And that’s when the magic happened.

Linda Perry

Music supervisor Buck Damon enlisted Linda Perry, the musically aggressive former 4 NonBlondes frontwoman and producer. He couldn’t have picked someone less like the Appalachian-born superstar. Perry, who’d first met Parton after an appearance on The Talk, had been talking to her manager about trying to do some tracks. Suddenly, her intentions had manifested.

“When we met to work on a song for the movie, well, we just started writing one song after another,” Parton recalls. “And they were good! We were just so excited, we started recording them. We didn’t even know if all these were going to go into the movie; but (the producers) started loving all this music. Before you know it, they’ve got this whole soundtrack!”

“My goal,” explains Perry, “was not to go Nashville, but not go alt-rock, either. I wanted to get players with great feel, then put them together in a room. We’d go through things; I’d have a guitar, and we’d bounce ideas back and forth…

“We’re the same. Our work ethics are insane, and we’d both be like, ‘Are you good? I’m good,’ and we’d stay all night working. That’s how this soundtrack ended up as a body of work that holds together. It blends everything Dolly is.” What a soundtrack it is.

From seven-time Country Music Association Female Vocalist of the Year and two-time Grammy winner Miranda Lambert joining Parton on her very first single, the wry “Dumb Blond,” to a dry old-time vocal into a funk throwdown with Macy Gray and DOROTHY on “Two Doors Down,” the classics are revisited with unbridled, unrepentant joy. There are wafts of Appalachia as 27-time Grammy winner Alison Krauss and International Bluegrass Music Association Entertainer of the Year and seven-time Female Vocalist Rhonda Vincent resurrect “If We Don’t,” and ache on the wide open “Holdin’ On To You” with firebrand rocker Elle King and the stark “Here You Come Again,” featuring 14-year-old Willa Amai.

But it’s the gospel of “Wonder Why,” featuring soul and gospel legend Mavis Staples, that burns.

Mavis Staples

“Singing with all of these artists was a joy,” Parton enthuses. “I’m honored, and pleased. But singing with Miss Mavis? Knowing what she meant to my soul, how much I loved her before, her Dad and her whole family, back in the day (of the Staples Singers)! Just to be singing with her in the studio, to hear her through my headphones was such a thrill for me!

“I told her, ‘You just be Mavis. You sing whatever you want to sing, dart in on me if you want to. You sing under me, all over me, sing around me! You just sing,’ And it worked!”

As magical as the duets are, though, it’s the solo originals that shine the brightest.

“‘Red Shoes’ is kind of like my modern day ‘Coat of Many Colors,’ because even though they refer to red shoes in the movie, and it’s also in the book,” notes Parton. “I told a story many years ago about how when I was a tiny little kid, and we lived up on the mountain, we had nothing, no electricity or anything. They used to send clothes up, boxes of clothes from the welfare or just for poor people; there was a pair of red high-heeled shoes. I thought they looked little, and I wanted those shoes so bad! I never could get that image out of my head, and I’ve always had red shoes! So when I started to write, I just kind of took that based on Aunt Lucy, and made it my own.”

That same hope and imagination tempered with determination and hard work informs the genreless Parton classic-to-be “Girl in the Movies.” Laughing as much at her own desire to make it, as the empowerment one can find in the movies, Parton offers, “My whole life has been built on positive thinking and dreams, believing that I could do it. So, yes, I’ve been influenced back when I was a kid by (the movies). There’s something about so many of us who’ve gone to the movies. When you’re a kid, you look up at that screen, you see people living their lives with confidence. You feel that.

“I’d see those movie magazines, and I’d want to be that! I wanted to have fancy clothes, and make up. I wanted to be pretty. I was Backwoods Barbie!”

And today, she’s a woman who’s written movie themes, acted opposite Sally Field, Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin, Sylvester Stallone, seen her music played in discos, at bluegrass festivals and been a cornerstone in rock/country/pop’s first female super-group with Linda Ronstadt and Emmylou Harris.

“I’m always amazed by what’s going on now, and that I’m still around,” Parton demurs when confronted by the high-level collaborators she still attracts, “or that a lot of these people kind of look up to me. You worry that you can’t be that good, you can’t be all that. I’m just a regular person, just trying to live my life.

“I want to do good. I want to touch people. I’m not preaching a gospel; I’m not trying to do anything but live my life the way I see fit. If that’s touched people, and is an inspiration, then that makes me feel good. Sometimes you’re better being an example than trying to go fight a battle. My way has always been to address things naturally and honestly, and let it be part of my personality. Just be it.”

That personalizing even songs for others tempers “Push And Pull,” which encapsulates the tension between Aniston and Macdonald, serves the story. But it also captures real life and real family dynamics. As Parton shares, “One of my sisters was going through the same thing with her daughter at the same time. They’d just go back and forth, back and forth. It really inspired me, that one particular emotion of just trying to use your own control to control another person. And it never works!

“But that let me personalize these songs a little bit more than just reflecting the story.”

In many ways, Parton is the universal woman. She understands and nurtures, but she also breaks ground, seeks to press the limits of her own insurmountable talent. After five decades, it’s hard to believe there are new horizons, but the pride of East Tennessee sees vistas ahead. And all of it makes perfect sense.

Considering Gray, the progressive soul songstress, Parton exclaims, “I just love her sound. She was hanging around the sessions, and I got such a kick out of her, because she’s as unusual as a person as she is with her look and her sound. She is a complete… the word is unique, and I love that in a person.

“Like the song with Rhonda and Alison, the bluegrass feel. I wanted a real country, funky track, kind of a June Carter/Johnny Cash kind of track, but with a funky sound. That’s what’s so great about this record.”

“Jolene” (New String Version)

“Her voice is insane,” Perry marvels. “The keys haven’t dropped down, and she’s singing all her songs in the original keys. When we decided to do a string arrangement of ‘Jolene,’ Dolly wasn’t so sure. But when she saw the kids come in – because I’d hired a young string section for the song – she was like, ‘Well, do you want me to go sing with them?’ I had the mic set-up, because that was exactly what I wanted.

“She went out there, and we rolled tape. We did it three times, but you’re hearing the first take. But not just the first take, the first take with no punches, no auto-tune, just one complete performance all the way through.”

Sometimes we don’t know what we need until it happens.

“Linda had all these great, great melodies, so we worked really well together. Completely different people. We are so different, yet we’re almost totally alike on the creative level. You know, I’ve never worked with a women before! I’ve never had a female producer. I’ve never really written with anyone, so this was all so different.

“And she’s gay. I’ve never worked that closely with someone on a creative level like that, and it opened up a whole lot of… well, her take on how people don’t accept, all through the years. That’s what this story is, really.”

Parton shines as she says this. It’s not a revelation, just something she’d never considered, and she likes it. “I feel for everybody. I am everybody, all the time. And as I writer, I really get involved in what people go through, whether they’re gay, whether they’re black, or white, or yellow, or brown, or gray. Everybody is who they are, and they should be allowed to be that!

“As a writer, I have to leave my heart open. That’s why I’ve always said I couldn’t harden my heart against hurt, or anything. If you do that, you’re not going to feel all that emotion you need to feel to write what the people are actually feeling. That’s what we need. Listen to what you feel.”

For Dumplin’, her mother, as well as the women who join Parton for these collaborations, feeling is the bottom line to getting where they need to be. It’s not always easy, but it makes the journey – and the listening – worth the effort.

 

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Dolly Parton Releases “Girl In The Movies” And The Music Video For “Here I Am”

Published November 2, 2018 / Last Updated November 6, 2018

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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

Double Release From Dolly Parton With “Girl In The Movies” And The Music Video For “Here I Am,” Her Acclaimed Collaboration With Sia, From The Dumplin’ Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

Pre-order the Soundtrack Now and Instantly Receive “Girl In The Movies” and Previously Released “Here I Am”

Music fans can pre-order now the highly anticipated Dumplin’ Original Motion Picture Soundtrack and instantly receive Dolly Parton’s “Girl In The Movies” and her previously-released collaboration with Sia, “Here I Am.” The soundtrack, which features Parton on every song, releases Nov. 30, and “Dumplin’” will premiere in select theaters and on Netflix on Dec. 7.

Pre-Order Dumplin’ Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

In addition to retail pre-orders, fans will have access to limited edition Dumplin’ Original Motion Picture Soundtrack merchandise bundle offerings. From The Girl In The Movies Tiara to t-shirts and coffee mugs, plus a limited run of Dolly autographed album covers, fans can explore the full D2C store online.

Highlighting exceptional guests including Sia, Elle King, Mavis Staples, Miranda Lambert, Willa Amai, Rhonda Vincent, Alison Krauss, Macy Gray, and DOROTHY, as well as cameos by “Dumplin’” stars Danielle Macdonald and Jennifer Aniston, the project was produced by GRAMMY nominee Linda Perry, who co-wrote six songs with Parton.

One of those co-writes, “The Girl In The Movies,” has already garnered a nomination for Best Original Song from a Feature Film by the Hollywood Music In Media Awards. Media attention is swirling leading into awards season with Entertainment Weekly proclaiming “‘an empowering anthem” and Vanity Fair opining “one thing is clear, Oscar season will be a lot more joyous with [Parton] in it.”

The music video for Dolly Parton’s “Here I Am” featuring Sia is available to stream. Upon this track’s release in September, it quickly hit No. 1 on iTunes Country Songs and Top 10 all-genre chart.

About The “Dumplin'” Film

Netflix recently released the key art for “Dumplin’.” Dumplin’ (Macdonald) is the teenage daughter of a former beauty queen (Aniston), who signs up for her mom’s pageant as a protest that escalates when other contestants follow her footsteps, revolutionizing the pageant and their small Texas town. The film stars Macdonald (Bird Box, Patti Cake$) and Aniston (Upcoming Murder Mystery, Horrible Bosses, Marley and Me), in addition to Odeya Rush (Lady Bird, Goosebumps), Dove Cameron (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Liv and Maddie, Descendants), and Harold Perrineau (Claws, Lost). It is directed by Anne Fletcher (The Proposal, 27 Dresses).

Screenwriter Kristin Hahn wrote the adaptation of Julie Murphy’s No. 1 New York Times bestselling novel of the same name. Producers include A Cota Films and 50 Degrees Entertainment Presentation – Michael Costigan (American Gangster, A Bigger Splash, Brokeback Mountain, Ghost in the Shell), Hahn (The Switch, Cake), Mohamed AlRafi (Above Suspicion, Lying and Stealing), and Trish Hofmann (Gringo, Get On Up). Executive producers are Aniston and Danny Nozell.

DUMPLIN’ ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK Track Listing

  1. Here I Am (Dolly Parton & Sia)*
  2. Holdin’ On To You (Dolly Parton & Elle King)*
  3. Girl in the Movies**
  4. Red Shoes**
  5. Why (Dolly Parton & Mavis Staples)*
  6. Dumb Blonde (Dolly Parton & Miranda Lambert)+
  7. Here You Come Again (Dolly Parton & Willa Amai)^
  8. Who**
  9. Push & Pull (Jennifer Aniston & Danielle Macdonald)**
  10. If We Don’t (Dolly Parton & Rhonda Vincent with Alison Krauss)**
  11. Two Doors Down (Dolly Parton & Macy Gray with DOROTHY)*
  12. Jolene (New String Version)*

Songwriters: *Dolly Parton, **Dolly Parton/Linda Perry, +Curly Putman, ^Barry Mann/Cynthia Weil
NOTE: Additional original catalog songs and catalog remixes as featured in the film from Parton will be available as part of the streaming version of the album.

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“I Believe In You”

Published October 13, 2017 / Last Updated February 21, 2018

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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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Senior Editor - Amanda Webb
Creative Director - Sarah Chapman

Dolly Parton releases first children’s album and 44th solo album “I Believe In You”

Released on Oct. 13, “I Believe In You” is Dolly Parton’s first children’s album and 44th studio album. This project is especially for children and those young at heart. All of the proceeds will benefit Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library.

“My first album was released 50 years ago and it’s been an amazing 50 years since then. I am very excited that now I’m coming out with my first children’s album in all of those 50 years.”

“I Believe In You” includes 14 songs, all written and performed by Dolly. In addition to the title track, kids of all ages are sure to enjoy tunes like “I Am a Rainbow,” “Makin’ Fun Ain’t Funny” and “Brave Little Soldier.” The CD also includes a new recording of “Coat of Many Colors” and a special audio track of Dolly reading her book of the same name.

 

“I Believe In You” Track List

  1. I Believe In You
  2. Coat of Many Colors (new recording)
  3. Together Forever
  4. I Am a Rainbow
  5. I’m Here
  6. A Friend Like You
  7. Imagination
  8. You Can Do It
  9. Responsibility
  10. You Gotta Be
  11. Makin’ Fun Ain’t Funny
  12. Chemo Hero
  13. Brave Little Soldier
  14. Bonus track spoken audio: Coat of Many Colors (book read by Dolly Parton)

“I Believe In You” is released by Dolly Records/RCA Nashville. Tracks 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, and 10 were produced by Tom McBryde and executive produced by Paul T. Couch. Tracks 2, 11, 12, and 13 were produced by Tom Rutledge and Richard Dennison and executive produced by Dolly Parton. All 14 tracks on “I Believe In You” were written and performed by Dolly Parton.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Imagination Library

Sharing a love of reading and books with children is very important to Dolly. In 1995, she founded her Imagination Library to honor her father who was smart and hardworking but never learned to read or write. Dolly believes that if you can read, you can do anything, dream anything and be anything. She is committed to giving children from all walks of life a chance that her father never had.

“It’s been 20 years since the Imagination Library was launched. We’ve seen 100 million books get into the hands of children and hopefully there will be many more.”

Since launching in Dolly’s home county in East Tennessee, the Imagination Library has expanded into four countries. Today the Imagination Library sends over one million free high-quality, age-appropriate books each month to children around the world.

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“Puppy Love” Re-Release Planned For April 2017

Published January 31, 2017 / Last Updated January 31, 2017

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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

A remastered special edition version of Dolly Parton’s first record “Puppy Love” to be released on April 22, 2017!

“Puppy Love” recorded, by a 13-year-old Dolly Parton, back in 1959 will be the first in a string of re-releases by Southern Folklife Collection and Yep Roc Records. Dolly said,

“Like a first love, a first record for a singer will always be remembered above all others. Hopefully, I’ve improved since I recorded ‘Puppy Love,’ so don’t laugh…just enjoy.”

*Original 1959 recording of “Puppy Love”

Read about the 30-hour bus trip Dolly took with her grandmother, Rena Owens to make the original recording in Puppy Love – Dolly Parton’s First Single.

The inaugural release— Dolly Parton’s first single, “Puppy Love”—is a 45-RPM with a B-side of “Girl Left Alone.” The limited edition run will be available exclusively in participating stores on April 22, Record Store Day. Subsequent releases will be available on compact disc, vinyl and from digital providers.

Dolly recorded “Puppy Love” for Goldband Records in 1959. This edition is remastered from the original mono master tape. Packaging will include reproductions of the original Goldband record labels, housed in a picture sleeve featuring an early promotional photograph of Dolly.

These rare recordings are made possible through a partnership between the Southern Folklife Collection (SFC) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Yep Roc Records, based in Hillsborough.

The SFC, part of the Wilson Special Collections Library, will create digital masters of rare archival recordings from its collections, which Yep Roc Records will produce, package and distribute. Glenn Dicker, co-owner and A&R for Yep Roc Records said

“This is an amazing opportunity for Yep Roc to work with Steve Weiss and the Southern Folklife Collection to help bring some incredible music to a worldwide audience of music fans.”

Additional releases include:

“Swampland Jewels” (Sept. 22)
A compilation of classic Cajun music from Goldband Records,“Swampland Jewels” features recordings by Jo-El Sonnier, Boozoo Chavis, Iry LeJune Jr. and Cleveland Crochet. Packaging features the original album art of a bikini-clad girl riding a giant crawfish, and includes the booklet “From the Bayou,” a history of Goldband Records by music writer Mike Leadbitter and Goldband Records founder Eddie Shuler.

Doc Watson: “Live at the Club 47” (Date TBA)
A newly discovered performance by Doc Watson, “Live at the Club 47” was recorded in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1963. This recording features unreleased songs from Watson’s early repertoire.

Southern Folklife Collection
Yep Roc Records

*Preview is of the original track, not the remastered version.

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Dolly, Linda & Emmylou Release “The Complete Trio Collection”

Published September 29, 2016 / Last Updated September 29, 2017

Team Dolly

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

Country Music’s most timeless Trio release “The Complete Trio Collection” including unreleased tracks and never-before-heard versions of their original recordings.

Their collaboration wasn’t the masterful plan of a studio executive. They didn’t have a worldwide tour to support their albums. They were simply three artists who held mutual admiration for one another and formed a sister-like bond that led to what is arguably the most stunningly beautiful music of the 20th century.

Today, 42 years after their first meeting, Dolly Parton, Linda Ronstadt and Emmylou Harris are releasing their final Trio project. Still pulled in different directions both professionally and personally, Dolly, Emmylou and Linda are still fans of one another and consider it a privilege to have been a part of The Trio phenomenon.

“The Complete Trio Collection” is a three-disc set that ties together remastered versions of the 1987 and 1999 albums, but also includes another disc of rarities and unreleased takes on many of the songs that fans have come to know over the past 30 years.

In talking about the new release Dolly said,

“It’s nice to have it all together. I just think we all take such pride in this. I know that for me, this will always stand as one of the greatest musical things that I’ve done in my entire life. I’ve never been prouder of anything else. I love these girls like sisters, but what we did as ‘The Trio’ will stand up long after we’re all gone.”

Hearing the music as a collective unit was a moment that Emmylou said she would treasure.

“When I heard it, I remembered we did that, but I had forgotten how great it was. It was like a Christmas present that you forgot to open, and you finally get to discover.”

Disc one is a remastered version of the original Trio album. Released in the spring of 1987, the set went on to sell over four million copies. Produced by the award-winning George Massenburg, Linda says the ladies could not have made a better choice in the role of producer. She said,

“He was just great at listening and at carrying out a whim. The music ideas would come from us, and he would keep us from getting into a muddle and going off in twenty-nine different directions. He has the best way of recording acoustic instruments – where they still sounded natural, but they sounded at their best. He was really an invaluable partner, in that he really didn’t interfere with us. He let things develop, and just kept things organized.”

The treasure of “The Complete Trio Collection” is the third disc of the collection. A twenty-cut collection of outtakes and unreleased tracks from the original 1986 and 1994 sessions, the set features never-before-heard versions of songs such as “Farther Along” and “Wildflowers,” which is notable for its’ more up-tempo arrangement. The collection also is highlighted by the soaring harmonies of “Grey Funnel Love” and the groove of “You Don’t Knock.” There is also a stunning a cappella version of “Calling My Children Home,” as well as the historic cuts of “Even Cowgirls Get The Blues” and “Mister Sandman,” which are generally regarded as the recordings that began the Trio process.

As The Trio, Dolly, Linda and Emmylou have sold over 5 million albums and won three Grammy Awards. “The Complete Trio Collection” is in stores now.

Continue reading about The Trio’s journey in Harmony of Heart & the Sisterhood of Song

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