I remember all the jokes people used to make about Dolly Parton when I was a kid in the late 1970s. Of course, I thought she was the most amazing lady walking the face of the earth (other than my mom of course). There was a real snobbery flying around when it came to Dolly, who was just crossing over into mainstream super stardom at that time. You can see the attitude for yourself in this interview she did with Barbara Walters who asked Dolly a bunch of condescending questions and kind of treated her like she was some sort of a circus animal. As Dolly predicted in that very interview, it is she who has had the last laugh (all the way to the bank). She's become someone who is adored and admired by people the world over. Nobody denies her brilliance. She's become one of the most critically acclaimed songwriters in the country and she showed women entertainers a way to steer their own destinies and live empowered lives. And there's so much more.
So happy birthday Dolly! Thank you for your music and your message of love, acceptance, independence, individuality, and overcoming adversity.
The selection of the day comes from Dolly's 1973 concept album "My Tennessee Mountain Home" for which she wrote all the songs. It's a lovely tribute to her childhood in the Smokey Mountains and bravely breaking away to find her musical destiny.
Oh, and speaking of Dolly, I'm happy to announce my upcoming 4th annual celebration of the ladies of classic country, TOUCH YOUR WOMAN will be at the Kenton Club on Saturday 3/28. So close out Women's History Month by appreciating the female pioneers of country.