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Dolly Parton’s 93 Song Surprise Makes Staying Home More Hopeful

Published April 10, 2020 / Last Updated April 10, 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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Six classic Dolly albums make their return to all streaming partners today in Dolly Parton’s 93 Song Surprise

Globally beloved entertainment icon, Dolly Parton, surprised the world with the digital re-release of six classic albums today, Friday, April 10th. Doing what she does best, Dolly has been uniting generations of fans through love, laughter and music in a time when we need her the most. For kids out of school due to the COVID-19 Crisis, she reintroduced “Goodnight With Dolly” as a weekly storytime YouTube series. She has been reading weekly bedtime stories from her Imagination Library, the non-profit book gifting program that has sent 130 million books to children all over the world. For adults in “Stay at Home” situations, she’s posting humorous poems about “the stayin’ home” on Facebook and light-hearted #squadgoals photos on Instagram. “If you don’t follow Dolly on Instagram something is wrong with you,” Tonight Show’s Jimmy Fallon urged his following. For lifelong fans, the wave of music she’s made available everywhere today is a refreshing respite from the staleness of the same scenery and the heaviness of life’s realities.

The largest-ever digitally available catalog of Dolly Parton songs now includes the albums Little Sparrow (2001), Halos & Horns (2002), For God & Country (2003), Live & Well (2004), Those Were the Days (2005) and Better Day (2011). Featured on these albums is fan favorite “Little Sparrow” and Grammy Award-winning vocals on “I’m Gone.” Parton’s discography delivers a slice of nostalgia, infectious fun and fervent hope of a bright and better future.

In 2002, Parton originally released “Hello God” from Halo & Horns as a prayer in response to the terror attacks of 9-11 and she made it available again now with the hope that it would again bring healing and help.

“Hello, God? Can you grant us love enough to make amends?
Hello, God? Is there still a chance that we could start again?
Can you help me go the distance? Hello God?”

The following year, she released For God & Country, which included covers of famous patriotic mainstays and original Parton cuts. USA Today referred to the album “as her personal USO revue.” A call back to a simpler, united time; something she wishes for us all again.

Live & Well was first released in 2004, and is a live album recorded at Dollywood, the world-famous 150-acre theme park which is as unique as its namesake and owner. Those Were the Days (2005) is collection of cover songs from the 1960’s and 1970’s and features a guest on every track including Norah Jones, Keith Urban, and Alison Krauss. The most recently recorded album made available again today is Better Day (2011), which was her first completely original body of work.

Dubbed Southern Living’s “Southerner of the Year,” Dolly Parton continues to make a difference, in the good times and the bad. It is her hope and wish that by making more songs of hers available for streaming that listeners will be streaming joy into their hearts and homes during this unprecedented time.

Little Sparrow (2001)
Halos & Horns (2002)
For God and Country (2003)
Live and Well (2004)
Those Were the Days (2005)
Better Day (2011)

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Dixie Stampede’s New Audio & Visual Effects

Published March 13, 2014 / Last Updated August 23, 2015
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’s Dixie Stampede enhances 2014 season with all-new audio and visual special effects

Dolly’s Dixie Stampede in, Pigeon Forge, Tenn., thundered into 2014 with all-new special effects and the return of some fan favorites. Known as “The Smokies Most Fun Place to Eat,” Dixie Stampede enhanced its 2014 show with state-of-the-art audio and video technology.

With a new overture, highlighted by newly added video projections, the floor of Dolly’s 35,000 square foot arena is filled with the images of stampeding horses. Coupled with new audio technology, the stampede is so lifelike that the thundering hooves rattle the guests’ tables. In a breathtaking addition to the show’s patriotic finale, the entire arena floor is filled with the image of the American flag blowing in the breeze as a dozen horses and riders proudly present our nation’s colors and Dolly’s “Color Me America” (from her albumFor God And Country“) is performed.

Dixie Stampede’s 27th season in, Pigeon Forge, Tenn. also marks the return of two fan-favorite segments: miniature horse races and the bucket brigade competition. Along with a cast of talented performers and skilled riders leading the show’s 32 magnificent horses, Dixie Stampede has become a cherished family tradition!

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‘For God And Country’

Published November 11, 2003 / Last Updated August 23, 2015
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Dolly releases 38th solo album, “For God and Country”

Dolly released her 38th solo album, “For God and Country” on Veterans Day in 2003. The album is a collection of patriotic songs which include famous tunes such as “The Star-Spangled Banner,” Lee Greenwood’s “God Bless the USA,” and “When Johnny Comes Marching Home.” Ten of the songs are written by Dolly and include, “Welcome Home,” “Red, White & Bluegrass,” and “Color Me America.” The album was released on Nov. 11, 2003, on the Welk Music Group label.

In an interview with Country Weekly Dolly said,

“I’m not a bit political, but I’m extremely patriotic.”

The album represents Dolly’s deep patriotism and spiritual beliefs.

The album features a new version of Dolly’s beloved 1977 hit, “Light of a Clear Blue Morning.” The song, “Color Me America” is featured in the patriotic finale at Dolly’s Dixie Stampede Dinner Attraction in Pigeon Forge, Tenn. and Branson, Mo.

“For God and Country” rose to No. 23 on the U.S. Country Albums Charts

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‘Straight Talk’ soundtrack

Published March 20, 1992 / Last Updated August 23, 2015
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The ‘Straight Talk’ soundtrack includes 10 original songs including ‘Light of a Clear Blue Morning’

In Dolly’s role as Shirlee Kenyon she finds herself hosting a successful radio talk show in Chicago. “Dr. Shirlee” delivers advice to callers using what Dolly calls “Dollyized” sayings.

The title song, “Straight Talk” captures Dr. Shrilee’s approach to answering caller’s questions. She says,

“Just tell me how you really feel, Be on the up and up, With questions I can understand, For answers you can trust.”

“Light of a Clear Blue Morning” first appeared on Dolly’s 1977 album “New Harvest… First Gathering.

Track listing:

  1. “Blue Grace” 
  2. “Light of a Clear Blue Morning” 
  3. “Dirty Job” 
  4. “Blue Me” 
  5. “Straight Talk” 
  6. “Fish Out of Water” 
  7. “Burning” 
  8. “Livin’ a Lie” 
  9. “Thought I Couldn’t Dance” 
  10. “Burning to Burned” 
  11. “Light of a Clear Blue Morning (Reprise)”

The “Straight Talk” soundtrack was released in March of 1992 and reached number 22 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart.

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