Cracker Barrel’s Front Porch Series With Dolly & Lauren

Published September 21, 2016 / Last Updated September 28, 2020

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?”

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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‘American Idol’

Published April 1, 2008 / Last Updated August 23, 2015
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Dolly mentors contestants and performs on ‘American Idol’ Season VII’s Country Week

Dolly was the center of FOX’s “American Idol” Season VII’s Country Week on April 1 and 2, 2008, mentoring, performing, and watching the remaining contestants render covers of several of her classic songs.

Dolly mentored finalists as they prepared to perform her songs on the April 1, episode and returned on the April 2, show to perform her song “Jesus and Gravity” from her 2008 “Backwoods Barbie” CD. She chose not to judge the contestants’ performances of her songs saying,

“I couldn’t go on and criticize somebody else’s singin’.”

The remaining nine “American Idol” contestants performed:


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