Dolly Parton Reveals What a Woman Who Has Done Everything Plans to Do Next
Dolly Parton could write a book on adapting to the times… and maybe she will. The country legend has been a mainstay for over 50 years. She’s done movies, television, theater, pop music, amusement parks, children’s books and — well, how much time do you have? Just this month, Parton released ‘An Evening With … Dolly‘ on DVD and CD through Cracker Barrel Old Country Stores.
The double-disc project, only available at the restaurant and store, was recorded at London’s O2 arena, and in an interview with Taste of Country recently, Parton talks about how she’s always been a fan of the restaurant and how they helped her release ‘Backwood Barbie’ in 2008. She said that the thrill of releasing a new project hasn’t faded with time.
“I really believe God gave me a talent that he wanted me to make the most of,” Parton tells Taste of Country. “I never get tired of writing a song. I never run out of things to write about. And I love, of course, to sing the songs I write. But I hear other songs and think, ‘Man I gotta sing that.’”
The singer’s still-to-do list is almost longer than her resume. Even at age 66, she’s got big dreams and high hopes, which include more music, tours, a children’s television show and more children’s books. “I’d love someday to have my own cosmetic company, and start up my wig line again,” Parton adds, referring to a line of hair pieces she sold through Revlon in the early ’90s.
“One of these days, in addition to doing a musical for stage … I wanna do a movie also of my life that has music in it, that would tell the story. Not just the Porter-Dolly (Porter Wagoner) days but my whole life, with my husband.” Kristin Chenoweth or Megan Hilty would be ideal candidates to play her on stage, but in a movie she says she’d sing her songs, so any actress with the right look could play her and lip sync.
“Maybe Johnny Depp could play my husband and I’d finally get a chance to work with him because I love him,” she spilled.
Parton pays close attention to modern country music and admits that the work done by artists like herself, Kitty Wells and Patsy Cline made it easier for today’s country females. In the ’50s, ’60s, and ’70s it was a man’s world. Some would argue that it still is today. “But we were way, way, way outnumbered,” she says. “But now, you watch the award shows it’s as many women as men any more. Which is great! I love that.”
‘An Evening With … Dolly’ includes a 13-track CD that features two songs — ‘Shattered Image’ and ‘My Tennessee Mountain Home’ — which have never been released before now, as well as a 15-song live DVD. In addition to being available at over 600 Cracker Barrel stores, it’s also available at CrackerBarrel.com.
Watch Dolly Parton Discuss Her Career and ‘An Evening With … Dolly’