I wrote this earlier in the week and was holding onto it for a Friday post. Then, this morning pitchfork runs a piece on them. Damnit! WTF are the hipsters @ p4k doing writing a piece on Dolly Parton anyway? Oh well, ninebullets is pretty hand to mouth and I have nothing else to post instead so here is my take on Dolly Parton.
April saw the remastered and reissue of three of Dolly Parton’s earlier albums; 1971’s Coat of Many Colors, 1973’s My Tennessee Mountain Home, and 1974’s Jolene. I never paid much attention to Dolly Parton until recent years (think post 30). As a kid Dolly Parton was just a person who totted around these gigantic boobs that were the punch line of many jokes in my 5th grade repertoire.
Q: Do you know what size of shoe Dolly Parton wears?
A: Neither does she.
Fifth grade snickers.
So there were the jokes, the duet with Kenny Rogers, and her appearance in 9 to 5. That was my perception of Dolly as a kid. Growing up she became a name of the past and was completely off my radar. Flash forward 20 years and I met the wife. One day she asks me if I could download a song for her.
Sure, I say. What do you want?
Jolene by Dolly Parton.
I love that song soooo much.
And I download it.
Slowly, the name Dolly Parton comes back into my universe. A few months later the wife’s dad sends us some classic country comps that have some other Parton songs on them and damned if they aren’t pretty good to. Things have not progressed too much further from there but I plan on using these remastered reissues as a jumping on point for the Dolly Bandwagon. Seems lately she is making a push to get back into the public eye and now I am mature enough to see the true talent she possesses behind those gigantic twin orbs of love and beauty. Here are some quotes from amazon and wiki about each reissue:
Coat of Many Colors
Parton’s early years under the tutelage of Porter Wagoner were rich in material and performances, and “Coat of Many Colors” contains some of her best. The title track weaves biography, bible verse and gospel soul into one of Parton’s most heart-rending compositions. Her words capture the emotional turmoil of childhood through the discovery of an adults nostalgic memory, and her voice holds both a little girl’s confusion and a women’s knowingness. It’s breathtaking to hear songwriting, singing and production mesh so fully. ~redtunictroll
Dolly Parton – Coat of Many Colors
My Tennessee Mountain Home
My Tennessee Mountain Home was a 1973 Dolly Parton album, the title track of which became one of her better known compositions. Largely a concept album about her childhood in rural Tennessee, the album began with a recitation of the first letter Parton wrote to her parents, shortly after moving from her hometown of Sevierville, Tennessee to Nashville in 1964. Most of the songs were fond reminiscences of her youth and family, though in one song, “In the Good Old Days (When Times Were Bad)”, Parton candidly admits that though she is grateful for the lessons the poverty of her childhood taught her, she is no hurry to repeat the experience. ~Wikipedia
The album was released around the time Parton was embarking on a solo career, after having spent seven years as part of Porter Wagoner’s weekly TV series and road show, and one of the album’s songs, “I Will Always Love You”, was reportedly written to express the remorse Parton felt over the professional breakup. Released as the album’s second single, it also became a number-one country single. In 1992, Whitney Houston’s version of “I Will Always Love You” was a mega-hit pop ballad.
March also so the reissue of (6) Dolly Parton cds as “twofers” (2 albums on one cd). They were:
- All I Can Do/New Harvest…First Gathering
- Great Balls of Fire/Dolly, Dolly, Dolly
- Burlap & Satin/Real Love