Dolly Parton’s latest album, Backwoods Barbie has been in stores for a few weeks now and though her tour has been postponed due to back troubles the album is a shining example of mainstream Dolly.
Since the last several albums (basically everything in the last twenty-odd years) Ms. Parton has released have been in the more traditional bluegrass style, it’s nice to hear something a little different.
She and Loretta Lynn might have to arm wrestle over the title “Queen of Country Music” but really there’s just not a whole lot that Dolly can do wrong.
If you think you don’t like Dolly Parton it’s just because you don’t know her well enough.
Better Get To Livin’
Where else are you gonna get a song that says “I’m not the Dali Lama”? Or “If I had a violin I’d play”? It’s Dolly’s version of a kick in the pants.
It’s a biography song, but who else admits to too much make-up, too much hair? And it’s true, there’s much more to Dolly than the iconic figure… She’s a great business woman, does some great things with her hometown and the state of Tennessee. Heck, she started a literary program to provide a book a month for children from birth until age five.
Drive Me Crazy
If for no other reason than it’s gutsy to record a Fine Young Cannibals song, and to put a good, old-fashioned hoedown in the middle of it.
And who else (Michael Jackson doesn’t count) can say they have their own themepark?