Longtime Dollywood Performer (and Dolly’s Niece) Heidi Parton to Release Album

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Musical roots run deep in the Parton family tree! This October, Dolly’s niece Heidi Parton will release her very first album. Regular visitors to Dollywood may recognize Heidi from her appearances in the My People show at the theme park. Visit My Smokies has all the details on Heidi’s debut record. Continue reading

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Dolly Parton Sings Duet on Kesha’s New Album (Listen to the Song Here!)

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At age 71, Dolly Parton is more in-demand than ever before! The legendary country star recently sang with Kesha on the pop singer’s new album, Rainbow. While Dolly and Kesha may not seem like an obvious match, their collaboration is simply phenomenal. The two artists share a duet on Dolly’s classic tune “Old Flames (Can’t Hold a Candle to You)”, which is the highlight of the record. Watch the video below to hear the song for yourself: Continue reading

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Dolly Parton to Release New Album for Children: “I Believe in You”

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After 50 years in the music business, Dolly Parton is releasing her very first children’s album! The legendary country artist made the big announcement at a press event in Nashville on August 15, 2017. Titled I Believe in You, the eagerly anticipated album will feature 13 songs written and performed by Dolly herself. Read on to learn all about Dolly’s latest record. Continue reading

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Dolly Parton’s “Christmas of Many Colors” TV Movie Nominated for an Emmy

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Over the course of her career, Dolly Parton has won nine Grammy Awards and been nominated for two Oscars and a Tony. This September, Dolly might just add an Emmy to her collection! It was recently announced that Dolly Parton’s Christmas of Many Colors: Circle of Love was nominated for an Emmy Award in the “Outstanding Television Movie” category. Continue reading

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Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers to Sing Together One Last Time

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Country music legends Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers have been friends and collaborators for over three decades. This fall, the two stars will perform together one last time. While Dolly has no plans to stop touring anytime soon, Kenny has decided to hang up his spurs so he can spend more time with his wife and teenage sons. To celebrate his retirement, Rogers will headline a farewell concert that will feature appearances by Parton and other special guests. Visit My Smokies has all the details on Dolly and Kenny’s final duet. Continue reading

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Dolly Parton Ranked Among Rolling Stone’s Top 10 Country Artists of All Time

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Everyone’s favorite Smoky Mountain songstress has received some well-deserved recognition! Rolling Stone magazine recently updated its list of the “100 Greatest Country Artists of All Time” and Dolly Parton was ranked among the top 10 musicians. To compile the list, Rolling Stone considered an artist’s musical output, their impact on the genre, and, above all, their status as a true original. Given the above criteria, it’s easy to see why Dolly was placed among the best of the best! Continue reading

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Students at the University of Tennessee Can Now Take a Course About Dolly Parton

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Dolly Parton’s life has inspired movies, dinner theaters, a theme park, and now…a college course! The world’s most famous Smoky Mountain native has been honored with her very own class at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, which is located less than an hour from Sevier County. Continue reading

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Iconic Dolly Parton Statue Turns 30: Sevierville Celebrates with Special Exhibit

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While Dolly Parton turned 71 in January, she will be having another “birthday” this spring! On May 3, 1987, the city of Sevierville, TN unveiled a bronze statue of the country legend in front of the Sevier County Courthouse. This year, the iconic Dolly Parton statue will turn 30 years old, and Sevierville is marking the occasion with a special exhibit that is free and open to the public. Visit My Smokies has all of the details on the new exhibit. Continue reading

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Happy Birthday, Dolly Parton!

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The world’s most famous Smoky Mountain native is celebrating her birthday! Dolly Parton turns 71 years old today – although she certainly doesn’t look like a typical septuagenarian. While most people tend to slow down as they age, Dolly seems to be doing the opposite. In 2016, Dolly had one of her busiest and most successful years ever. To mark the country star’s birthday, Visit My Smokies has put together a quick recap of some of the biggest personal and professional moments for Dolly Parton in the past year. Continue reading

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Dolly Parton’s “Smoky Mountains Rise” Telethon Details Announced

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We are so thankful for Dolly Parton and what she’s doing to help take care of her Smoky Mountain hometown. Continue reading

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