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Monday, May 19 2014

You Can't Make Old Friends: An Interview with Dolly Parton

On the occasion of the release of Blue Smoke, Dolly Parton talks to PopMatters about her songwriting process, her legacy, and the stories behind her strongest collection of songs in years.

Tuesday, December 6 2011

The Best Country Music of 2011

At first it seemed like an especially quiet year in country music, and in some ways it might have been. At the same time, country is country: it rolls on.

Thursday, December 17 2009

The Best Re-Issues of 2009

PopMatters presents our 20 best re-issues of 2009, highlighted by the long overdue remastering of the Beatles oeuvre, a number of '80s and '90s classics, and one of the most storied catalogues in electronic music.

Wednesday, May 16 2007

Growing Up Hurts: Dolly Parton's Albums of "Independence"

The songs in the new Dolly Parton re-issue series illustrate her story of attaining stardom, of growing up in a one-room cabin in the mountains of Tennessee as one of 12 children and then leaving that all behind for a career in Nashville.


Sunday, July 5 2009

You Can Call Her 'Dr.' Dolly Parton

With her honorary doctorate in hand, here's hoping she'll next broker peace in the Middle East, repair the economy, and explain the twisted plotlines of 'Lost' -- Lord knows, the woman is capable.


Monday, November 12 2012

Tracey Thorn: Tinsel and Lights

A good holiday album for smart, gentle souls who like fires, sweaters, and evocative songwriting, and who avoid the mall on Black Friday.

Wednesday, July 20 2011

Dolly Parton: Better Day

The songs are purposefully generic, designed to resonate with the most people at once. Think of this as Dolly’s Life Lessons.

Monday, August 30 2010

Dolly Parton: Letter to Heaven: Songs of Faith and Inspiration

A welcome reissue of Parton’s Golden Streets of Glory album from 1971.

Thursday, November 12 2009

Dolly Parton: Dolly

The most comprehensive portrait of her significant body of work yet, Dolly is the perfect opportunity to consider the rich bounty of stories and ideas that live in her songs.

Thursday, June 11 2009

Dolly Parton: 9 to 5 and Odd Jobs

Syrupy Nashville country pop perfect for someone with a perverse nostalgia for the '80s.


Wednesday, June 18 2014

Hello, Dolly: The 10 Best Dolly Parton Songs (Plus One More)

Dolly Parton was perhaps the first country mega-star, and the first to successfully cross-over into the world of pop music. Today, we celebrate her 10 finest achievements as a performer, plus another one that we simply couldn’t forget to mention.


Friday, July 25 2014

Country music’s twang heard around the world

Country musician Brad Paisley’s first tour of the United Kingdom in 2000 didn’t leave him much to write home to West Virginia about. Paisley

Monday, July 18 2011

For Dolly Parton, it's just instinct

Don't get Dolly Parton started about end-of-the-world prognosticators. The Country Music Hall of Fame member was raised and remains devoutly religious, as she demonstrated so

Monday, October 20 2008

Dolly Parton remains a down-home treasure

Dolly Parton is down home, or so I am told. Oh, she absolutely looks that way on TV and in concerts. She's an adorable treasure

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