Country music has but one queen, and she has no intention to abdicate the throne. Dolly Parton has entered a new phase of increasing cultural relevance. Her latest studio album Blue Smoke is the singer's first to debut in the top ten of the Billboard 200, while the CD/DVD set An Evening with Dolly is on the verge of going platinum. She been both the star (Joyful Noise) and subject (Hollywood to Dollywood) of popular recent films. Parton's charitable literacy organization Imagination Library has also delivered over 70 million books to children worldwide. And she's just getting started.
The crux of Parton's appeal comes from her dedication to honest storytelling, often about her own life and without regard for cultural taboo. On Blue Smoke, she sings through the perspective of a child about the pain of divorce ("Miss You Miss Me"). A little girl wonders whether her parents retain t...
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