Movies & Television

Dolly Announces Pure & Simple Tour and Double-Disc Album

Published March 7, 2016 / Last Updated April 30, 2016

Dolly Parton will visit 60 cities on her new Pure & Simple tour and release a new double-disc album this summer.

Dolly Parton will bring her boundless energy to stages in over 60 cities as she embarks on her first major U.S. and Canadian tour in more than 25 years. For the last 20 years, she has only played select dates in the U.S., but her 2016 tour will cover cities across North America.

In what is sure to be one of the summer’s most sought-out concerts, Dolly will perform her hit songs all while weaving in a few new songs from her new double-disc album “Pure & Simple with Dolly’s Biggest Hits.” She will delight fans by playing songs they have not heard live for decades. Dolly said,

“We’re so excited to get out there and see the fans again. I’m really looking forward to singing songs the fans have not heard in a while, as well as the hits, while debuting a few new ones off Pure & Simple.”

“Pure & Simple with Dolly’s Biggest Hits” 2-CD set will include all new material as well as a compilation of Dolly’s biggest hits. A track listing will be announced soon.

The Country Music Hall of Famer is on one of the biggest hot streaks of her career after her hugely successful TV movie, “Dolly Parton’s Coat of Many Colors,” attracted a network record of 15.8+ million viewers making it the most-watched movie on network TV in more than six years. “Dolly Parton’s Coat of Many Colors,” is coming to DVD on May 3.

Tour dates and album details are coming soon.

WATCH: RAW Press Conference Video Footage

Michael MartinDolly Announces Pure & Simple Tour and Double-Disc Album

Lightning Rod On Mayfield’s Newest Ice Cream Flavor

Published February 24, 2016 / Last Updated April 27, 2016

The newest ice cream flavor from Mayfield Dairy features Dollywood’s highly anticipated new wood coaster, Lightning Rod.

As anticipation mounts for the opening of Dollywood’s Lightning Rod, fans now have one more way to satisfy their appetite for the world’s fastest wood coaster—a new Lightning Rod-themed ice cream flavor, thanks to Mayfield Dairy.

The packaging for Mayfield’s newest flavor, Smoky Mountain Fudge, features the colorful artwork of Lightning Rod launching riders to a world-record 73 mph top speed. The special ice cream flavor features chocolate ice cream swirled with fudge and chocolate sandwich cookie pieces. Dollywood fans can purchase Lightning Rod Smoky Mountain Fudge at Food City, Ingles, Weigel’s, Kroger, Publix, Walmart and Food Depot stores in Tennessee, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia. Scottie Mayfield, Mayfield President Emeritus said,

“Smoky Mountain Fudge is the perfect flavor to tell the story of Lightning Rod. Guests are taken for a wild ride through the foothills of the Smoky Mountains every time they board! Now, they can taste some of that excitement at home.”

While the ride has yet to open, it already has received much attention. USA Today called it “The most anticipated ride of 2016.”

Lightning Rod rolls to the starting line as part of an adrenaline-packed 2016 season. Both the world’s fastest wood coaster and the world’s first launching wood coaster, it provides guests nearly 20 seconds of airtime, a number of innovative ride features and an unforgettable journey through the hills surrounding Dollywood.

Lightning Rod is not the first Dollywood coaster to receive special Mayfield ice cream packaging. In 2014, Mayfield helped celebrate the opening of FireChaser Express with Crunchy Caramel Pretzel.

For more information about Dollywood, please call 1-800-DOLLYWOOD or visit

Michael MartinLightning Rod On Mayfield’s Newest Ice Cream Flavor

“Dolly Parton’s Coat of Many Colors” On DVD May 3

Published February 12, 2016 / Last Updated April 30, 2016

“Dolly Parton’s Coat of Many Colors” becomes available on DVD, May 3, 2016, just in time for Mother’s Day!

Since the world premiere of the film on NBC, fans have asked for a DVD version they can watch over and over again with their families. Warner Bros. Home Entertainment will grant their wish on May 3, a few days before Mother’s Day.

The premiere of the critically acclaimed television movie smashed records and with 15.9 million total viewers, it became the number one movie on broadcast television in six years. It earned the Epiphany Prize, Movieguide® Awards’ highest honor, and Alyvia Alyn Lind received the Grace Award for her performance as young Dolly.

Set in Dolly’s childhood home in the Great Smoky Mountains of Tennessee, the film tells the story of how the tight-knit Parton family overcame tragedy and heartbreak as a simple hand-made coat brought them closer than ever.

For the first time, audiences got a glimpse into the lives of the people who helped make Dolly Parton, well, Dolly Parton. Fans fell in love with Dolly’s parents Avie and Robert Lee Parton played by singer/songwriter Jennifer Nettles and actor Ricky Schroder of “NYPD Blue” and “Silver Spoons” fame. Gerald McRaney delivered a moving performance as Dolly’s grandfather, Rev. Jake Owens. Viewers also enjoyed meeting some of Dolly’s 11 siblings. Not only did they get to see Farrah Mackenzie play a young Stella Parton but they also got the added treat of watching the real-life Stella as Corla Bass. First-born Willadeene Parton, played by Carson Meyer, became another fan favorite, due in part to her place as a second mother to her younger siblings, a duty in which many viewers related.

DVD Bonus Features include “Coat of Many Colors: Bringing the Song to the Screen (Featurette)” and deleted scenes.

See full interviews with some of the cast of “Dolly Parton’s Coat Of Many Colors” and look for the DVD on May 3.

Alyvia Alyn Lind, Jennifer Nettles, Ricky Schroder, Gerald McRaney

Executive Producers
Dolly Parton, Sam Haskell, Pamela K. Long

Written By
Pamela K. Long

Stephen Herek

Line Producer
Hudson Hickman

Casting Director
Patrick Rush

Produced By
Warner Bros. Television, Magnolia Hill Entertainment, DP Productions

Michael Martin“Dolly Parton’s Coat of Many Colors” On DVD May 3

Stella Parton Releases Mountain Songbird “A Sister’s Tribute”

Published January 19, 2016 / Last Updated April 18, 2016

Dolly’s sister, Stella Parton releases a new album, Mountain Songbird “A Sister’s Tribute.”

Stella Parton, who recently starred as Corla Bass in “Dolly Parton’s Coat of Many Colors,” released a new album called Mountain Songbird “A Sister’s Tribute.” The project features 11 of Stella’s favorite Dolly songs and two original cuts.

Stella co-wrote the title track “Mountain Songbird” with Tom T. and Dixie Hall. It shares Stella’s perspective of what she and the family were feeling when Dolly left for Nashville, TN at 18-years-old. The sisters teamed up to co-write “More Power To Ya,” an empowering, original song featuring Dolly’s harmony vocals. Dolly said,

“Stella is a great singer, entertainer and songwriter. All the more reason I am so proud she decided to do a tribute CD of my songs.”

Choosing 11 songs from Dolly’s musical vault was a difficult task for Stella, especially considering Dolly has written over 3,000. Stella commented on making her selections,

“So in the end, while making the decision to record this tribute album of 11 of my favorites, I decided to sing the story songs, because they resonated with me the most.”

“Coat of Many Colors,” “Jolene” and “I Will Always Love You” are among those songs Stella selected. Stella will promote Mountain Songbird “A Sister’s Tribute” in an upcoming tour in the United Kingdom.

For tour dates, visit Stella Parton’s Facebook page.

Michael MartinStella Parton Releases Mountain Songbird “A Sister’s Tribute”

Christmas Day Encore for “Dolly Parton’s Coat of Many Colors”

Published December 17, 2015 / Last Updated January 4, 2016
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NBC will present an encore showing of “Dolly Parton’s Coat of Many Colors” on Christmas Day at 9/8c

“Dolly Parton’s Coat of Many Colors” received a standing ovation from more than 13 million viewers. It drew a record-breaking audience and became the most watched television movie on NBC in years.

After the premiere, critics raved and fans flocked to social media sites sharing personal stories of how the film moved them. Now, NBC is giving everyone the chance to relive Dolly’s heartwarming story in a special encore performance on Christmas Day.

Tune in on Friday, December 25, at 9/8c to watch “Dolly Parton’s Coat of Many Colors” on NBC

Fans can also enter to win an amazing Smoky Mountain vacation in Dolly Parton’s “Coat of Many Colors” Sweepstakes.

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