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Friday, Jul 17, 2009
by PopMatters Staff
by Rob Blackhurst
Financial Times (10 July 2009)

Only 30 years ago, this urban sprawl was deep in the backwoods, and just a short trek away is Locust Ridge, where Dolly Parton was born in 1946, a child of impoverished sharecroppers, sharing a log cabin with 11 siblings but without electricity or running water. Today, though, the area is home to Dollywood, Parton’s hugely lucrative entertainment empire, a place that combines stars-and-stripes patriotism, southern gluttony, Dixie nostalgia and some pretty unlikely horse-tricks.


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