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‘Blue Smoke’ World Tour

Published October 24, 2013 / Last Updated August 23, 2015

Team Dolly

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

Dolly announces “Blue Smoke” world tour across North America, Europe and Australia

Dolly launched her “Blue Smoke” World Tour in Rancho Mirage, California, playing to more than 40 audiences across North America, Europe, and Australia.

She mentioned how excited she was to start the tour,

“It’s always great to perform at home in the good ole USA. We’re kicking off our Blue Smoke World Tour right here at home. I love traveling all over the world, but it’s true, there’s nothing like home.”

Dolly toured in support of her 42nd studio album “Blue Smoke,” the title of which comes from the Cherokee word “Sha-Kon-O-Hey,” which means “Land of the Blue Smoke.”

The tour was officially announced on “The Queen Latifah Show” in October 2013.

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Dollywood adds new ‘Sha-Kon-O-Hey!’ show

Published May 9, 2009 / Last Updated October 17, 2015

Dolly honors the history of her home with Dollywood’s addition of her new show “Sha-Kon-O-Hey!”

Dollywood, with Dolly’s help, expanded its entertainment lineup to welcome “Sha-Kon-A-Hey! Land of Blue Smoke,” the most elaborate musical production in the park’s 24-year history. Dolly said,

“Having grown up and lived in the heart of these beautiful mountains, my love for this area is deep, genuine and heartfelt. Sha-Kon-O-Hey! celebrates the wonderful people, music and proud heritage of this spectacular place,”

With Dolly’s help, Dollywood also added “Le Grande Cirque’s Imaginé,” showcasing international performers from around the world.

“I’m proud that Dollywood offers families a great place to spend time together, and this year, they get to enjoy two incredible new shows that I’m especially excited about. There’s special effects and things I’ve only dreamed about, and some great music, some I even wrote myself, that’s absolutely going to leave folks speechless.  Maybe even me, too!”

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‘Sha-Kon-O-Hey! Land of Blue Smoke’

Published February 11, 2009 / Last Updated August 23, 2015

Team Dolly

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

Dolly’s releases ‘Sha-Kon-O-Hey! Land of Blue Smoke’

In 2009, Dolly released the album “Sha-Kon-O-Hey! Land of Blue Smoke” on her Dolly Records label. The album is exclusively available at Dollywood or through the Great Smoky Mountains Association. For the first year after the release of “Sha-Kon-O-Hey! Land of Blue Smoke,” all profits from the album were donated to the organization Friends of the Smokies.

The song “Sha-Kon-O-Hey” is performed at Dolly’s Dixie Stampede Dinner Attraction and the eight songs on the album were written originally by Dolly for a stage show of the same name at Dollywood. The musical was written to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Great Smoky Mountain National Park.

The phonetically spelled Sha-Kon-O-Hey is a representation of a Cherokee term meaning Land of Blue Smoke and refers to the name given to The Great Smoky Mountains.

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Great Smoky Mountains National Park 75th Anniversary

Published February 10, 2009 / Last Updated October 17, 2015

Dolly named ambassador for Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Dolly is proud of her Tennessee Mountain Home, so when officials from the Great Smoky Mountains National Park (GSMNP) asked her to serve as the park’s celebrity ambassador during its 75th anniversary, she answered with a resounding YES! Dolly said,

“Having grown up and lived in the heart of these beautiful mountains, my love for this area is deep and genuine. The mountains have inspired so much of my music, and through my songs, I’ve always been sort of an unofficial ambassador for Great Smoky Mountains National Park. I’m truly honored to join this yearlong celebration.”

To commemorate the Great Smoky Mountains National Park 75th anniversary, Dollywood unveiled a new show, “Sha-Kon-O-Hey!.” The 45-minute musical production incorporated scenic elements and stage effects never before seen at Dollywood. “Sha-Kon-O-Hey!” captured the spirit of the mountains and the rich heritage of the people who call them home. The title, Sha-Kon-O-Hey is the phonetic spelling of “Shaconage,” the Cherokee word which means “land of the blue smoke.”

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