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‘American Idol’

Published April 1, 2008 / Last Updated August 23, 2015
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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 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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‘The Acoustic Collection 1999 – 2002’

Published October 10, 2006 / Last Updated August 23, 2015
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Senior Editor - Amanda Webb
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Dolly’s acoustic box set, ‘The Acoustic Collection 1999 – 2002,’ includes songs from her popular Bluegrass recordings

On October 10, 2006, Dolly released a box set called “The Acoustic Collection 1999 – 2002,” produced on the Sugar Hill label. This acoustic collection includes several of her most beloved Bluegrass albums (“The Grass is Blue,” “Little Sparrow,” “Halos and Horns“) and a bonus disc including several remixes of previously released songs, two songs from the tribute album “Just Because I’m a Woman,” four music videos (“Shine,” “I’m Gone,” “Dagger Through the Heart,” “The Grass is Blue” – with Norah Jones), and a full album of pictures from the recording sessions for the three albums that form the core of the set.

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‘Just Because I’m a Woman: The Songs of Dolly Parton’

Published October 14, 2003 / Last Updated August 23, 2015
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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
Creative Director - Sarah Chapman
Senior Editor - Amanda Webb
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A tribute album featuring an elite group of artists performing Dolly’s songs

On Oct. 14, 2003, Sugar Hill Records released a multi-artist Dolly tribute album entitled “Just Because I’m a Woman: The Songs of Dolly Parton,” named after her 1968 song and album of the same name. The album included cover versions of Dolly’s songs from an impressive and diverse list of stars–

  • Alison Krauss
  • Melissa Etheridge
  • Norah Jones
  • Joan Osborne
  • Shelby Lynne
  • Mindy Smith
  • Emmylou Harris
  • Shania Twain
  • Kasey Chambers
  • Sinead O’Connor
  • Allison Moorer
  • Me’Shell Ndegeocello

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Shania Twain and Alison Krauss’ version of Dolly’s song, “Coat of Many Colors” received a GRAMMY nomination for Country Collaboration With Vocals. Emmylou Harris said of the album and Dolly,

“I believe it is the poet in Dolly, the songs that pour out from her soul and into our grateful waiting hearts that have both anchored and lifted her over the years… This is perhaps her most enduring legacy as an artist and the one we celebrate here with this album. Dolly you done good.”

Dolly’s reaction to the album and the contributions of so many young artists reflected her usual good humor and perspective,

“With all these young people (around), I had this joke I’ve been kidding them with… I said, ‘Hell, I was already into plastic surgery when you were still sleeping on plastic sheets!'”

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‘Shine’ wins GRAMMY

Published February 21, 2001 / Last Updated August 23, 2015
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Dolly wins GRAMMY for Best Female Country Vocal Performance for her cover of the Collective Soul song ‘Shine’

Dolly won the 2001 GRAMMY Award for Best Female Country Vocal Performance for her cover of the Collective Soul song “Shine” from her album “Little Sparrow,” marking her third win in that category and seventh overall.

Collective Soul lead singer Ed Roland was blown away when he found out Dolly covered the group’s song,

“In all honesty, the first CD, which has ‘Shine’ on it, basically was a songwriter’s demo, trying to get a publishing deal and try to showcase songs. It’s the first time ever we’ve had one of those songs covered, and it’s an honor, and really cool… especially coming from someone who’s a great songwriter. It’s not necessary for her to use anyone’s songs except her own.”

Dolly explains that the cover comes from a real affinity for the original version of the song.

“When that record came out years ago, my husband and I were riding in the car and heard it…We listened to see who it was and went and got it and played it off and on in the house for years. I’ve been trying to think of how I can sing it without all the rock stuff; it sounds spiritual and all that, and the melody lent itself well to some bluegrass harmonies. I figured we’d kick it around and if it didn’t work, we wouldn’t put it on. But it worked out great.”

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‘Little Sparrow’

Published January 16, 2001 / Last Updated August 23, 2015
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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
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Dolly releases 36th solo album, ‘Little Sparrow’

Dolly released her 36th studio album “Little Sparrow” on Jan. 16, 2001. The album was second in a series of folk and bluegrass albums which began with Dolly’s GRAMMY Award-winning release, “The Grass is Blue.”

Dolly wanted to continue her exploration of her bluegrass roots but also add elements beyond bluegrass with the album,

“… I’m calling it ‘blue mountain music…It’s mountain music and it’s bluegrass.”

Charlotte Robinson, in her review of the album, felt that the combination of styles “goes right back to the source of bluegrass—Celtic music. Not only are there banjos and autoharps on the album, but Northern Irish group Altan contributes whistles, bouzoukis and haunting Gaelic verse.”

“Little Sparrow” hit No. 97 on the Billboard 200 and reached No. 12 on the country albums chart. It received a GRAMMY nomination for Best Bluegrass Album.

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