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Jewel Chats About Dolly Parton, Imagination Library & More

Published October 24, 2015 / Last Updated November 2, 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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Singer/songwriter and Dolly Parton fan, Jewel talks about her new song,
“My Father’s Daughter,” the Imagination Library and more

Jewel’s latest project, “Picking Up the Pieces,” is her 12th album. This self-produced recording is a collection of what the artist calls a throwback to her first album, “Pieces of You.” She says she abandoned all she had learned from the music business over the past two decades in order to achieve her goals with this album. In doing so, she called on Dolly Parton to join her on the album’s first single, “My Father’s Daughter.”

Jewel was kind enough to talk about why she chose Dolly for the song. Much like Dolly’s “Coat of Many Colors,” this song is an autobiographical telling of Jewel’s family and childhood. She says her unique lifestyle, growing up on a remote Alaskan homestead, is part of why she looked up to Dolly, both musically and as a role model. She said,

“I loved that Dolly always was very unapologetic about who and what she is. She was just very proud of who she was and where she came from, and that gave me a lot of courage as a young woman to say and speak my mind and to be exactly who I was and to be authentic.”

In the official video, a young Jewel dances to Dolly’s 1972 album, “Just the Way I Am.” Fittingly, this particular song is about proudly accepting unique personality traits, especially free-spirited ones. Dolly is a big Jewel fan and has been for a long time. She said,

“I’ve loved Jewel from the first time I saw her and heard her. She’s like a little sister to me. We have so much in common in how we grew up poor girls, how we feel about God, family and music. I am so proud of this duet with her. I think our voices blend like family. We hope you love it as much as we loved doing it.”

Watch the official video of “My Father’s Daughter” by Jewel (featuring Dolly Parton).

Jewel went on to talk about releasing this album along with a new book, “Never Broken,” while maintaining her primary role as mother to her four-year-old son. She even offered some tips to other moms who face similar challenges when balancing family and work. She said,

“Go slow and see what works for you. Whether you are a stay-at-home mom or a mom that’s actually going back into the workplace, both are really great and really noble things, and you have to find what works for you and what works for your family.”

Most Dolly fans are aware of Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, which is a book gifting program that has sent over 72 million free books to children in four countries. The program is active in Telluride, CO, where Jewel and her son live. It is also present in Homer, AK, near her family’s homestead, the setting of the Discovery Channel’s “Alaska: The Last Frontier.” Jewel says the Imagination Library is wonderful and even talks about the importance books have played in her music and songwriting. She shared,

“As a young child it meant the world to me to be able to escape into books, and I learned everything I know about writing from books, by reading great authors.”

“Coat of Many Colors,” originally released in 1971, was the first of Dolly’s songs Jewel remembers hearing. She says it resonated with her because of her own humble upbringing. Knowing NBC plans to release the film version of the song this December and more movies based on Dolly’s music in 2016, Jewel says, if given the chance, she would like to play Jolene!

With the release of “My Father’s Daughter,” Jewel joins a long and distinguished list of Dolly’s duet partners. Surely, she found gold while picking up the pieces.

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‘I Believe In You’ free music download

Published July 5, 2014 / 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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Imagination Library gives free music download of children’s song ‘I Believe In You’ by Dolly Parton

All families who receive the gift of Imagination Library books were also presented with a free download of Dolly’s song “I Believe In You” that she wrote for the Imagination Playhouse at Dollywood.

Eleven additional songs will soon be coming for purchase, with 100 percent of sales supporting the longevity of The Dollywood Foundation.

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Glastonbury performance draws over 180,000

Published June 29, 2014 / 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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Dolly performs before a crowd of more than 180,000 Glastonbury festival goers, a record for the event

In the summer of 2014, Dolly performed at the Glastonbury Festival of Contemporary Performing Arts. When she took to the Pyramid stage, it was said that all the other stages were empty and even the performers were likely gathered to see her concert. In a sharp contrast to the famous Glastonbury mud, Dolly greeted her fans in a white rhinestone-covered pants suit.

She sang many of her hits including “Coat of Many Colors,” and “9 to 5” while the eager young audience sang along, many wearing blond wigs in admiration. The security staff even choreographed their own moves to “Jolene.”

The festival staff had been trying to book Dolly since their very first event back in 1970. However, the timing of her touring schedule did not work out until now. Dolly was excited to perform at Glastonbury and especially admired the large farm that hosts the annual event. She said,

“I’m just a country girl and now I feel like a rock star.”

The BBC aired the entire event and made it available on their networks around the world. During the performance, Bon Jovi’s Richie Sambora joined in on Dolly’s version of “Lay Your Hands On Me.” The song appears on Dolly’s album, “Blue Smoke” as a spiritual tune.

Before the event, Dolly received a special presentation marking her total career album sales surpassing 100 million worldwide.

The Glastonbury Festival of Contemporary Performing Arts is a five-day music and arts event. The festival hosts multiple stages and is set on Worthy Farm in Pilton, Somerset, England.

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‘Blue Smoke’

Published May 13, 2014 / 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 42nd solo album, ‘Blue Smoke’

Dolly released her 42nd album “Blue Smoke” in North America on, May 13, 2014. “Blue Smoke” was the fifth album recorded on her label, Dolly Records (in collaboration with Sony Masterworks).

Dolly grew up in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains and the famous fog that gives the mountains their name inspired the album title and the Smokies themselves inspired much of the album content. As she has said,

“It was a song that brought me out of the Smoky Mountains and it will be a song that lays me back down in the ground in the Smoky Mountains.”

Dolly has said that this record would be a celebration of “all the colors” in her life by featuring the bluegrass, country, gospel, and mountain music influences she says the fans have allowed her to “dabble in through the years.”

“Blue Smoke” includes a duet with long-time collaborator Kenny Rogers (“You Can’t Make Old Friends“), a gospel version of a Bon Jovi classic (“Lay Your Hands on Me”), and a version of a Bob Dylan song (“Don’t Think Twice”). The album also features Dolly’s duet with Willie Nelson, “From Here to the Moon and Back.” Dolly released two singles from the album, “Try” and “Home.” She delighted fans with a music video for “Home.”

Dolly began her “Blue Smoke” World Tour in early 2014 and made appearances on AXS TV (Dan Rather), and Access Hollywood to promote the album and tour. She also performed tracks from the album on QVC on, April 27, 2014.

“Blue Smoke” debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard Country Charts and No. 6 on the Billboard Pop Charts making it Dolly’s highest debuting solo album to date.

Blue Smoke – Song List (click for lyrics)

  1. Blue Smoke
  2. Unlikely Angel
  3. Don’t Think Twice
  4. You Can’t Make Old Friends
  5. Home
  6. Banks Of The Ohio
  7. Lay Your Hands On Me
  8. Miss You, Miss Me
  9. If I Had Wings
  10. Lover Du Jour
  11. From Here To The Moon And Back
  12. Try
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‘Just Between You And Me – The Complete Recordings 1967 – 1976’

Published May 13, 2014 / 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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Creative Director - Sarah Chapman
Senior Editor - Amanda Webb
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‘Just Between You And Me,’ the much-anticipated box set containing the beloved recordings of Dolly and Porter Wagoner was released in 2014 with 13 previously unreleased tracks

Tuesday, May 13, 2014, marked the release of the six-disc box set of Porter Wagoner and Dolly Parton songs entitled – “Just Between You and Me: The Complete Recordings 1967 – 1976.” The set was released on Bear Family Records who specialize in retro collections. Dolly and Porter released 13 albums together (every song is included in the box set), had 21 singles on the Billboard Hot Country Singles charts, and had 139 duets during that period – they also released a single during the 2000’s (a re-recording of the Gospel standard “Drifting too Far From the Shore).

Despite the massive output, the pair had an often fiery relationship as Dolly mentioned in 2012 (Dolly has attributed the development of some of her Doralee character from “9 to 5” to her time with Wagoner),

“He was in charge, and it was his show, but he was also very strong willed. That’s why we fought like crazy, because I wouldn’t put up with a bunch of stuff. Out of respect for him, I knew he was the boss, and I would go along to where I felt this was reasonable for me. But once it passed points where it was like, your way or my way, to prove to you that I can do it, then I would just pitch a damn fit. I wouldn’t care if it killed me.”

Despite the years of drama, the pair made up around 1988 and remained friends until Porter Wagoner’s death in 2007.

Disc 1

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Disc 3

Disc 4

Disc 5

Disc 6

The Box Set includes 13 previously unreleased tracks as well as some alternate takes of songs that had previously been released and an 80 page hardcover book including more details on all of the songs as well as commentary from important contributors. Emmylou Harris wrote the forward.

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