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Music Review: Dolly Parton - Pure & Simple

Music Review: Dolly Parton - Pure & Simple
Now 70, Dolly is unstoppable. The country music icon, currently on a 60-date tour, is celebrating her 50 th year in show business as well as her 50 th wedding anniversary. She’s in the midst of a four-movie deal with NBC, working on a sequel to the acclaimed Dolly-inspired Coat of Many Colors TV movie. Dolly’s 43 rd studio album is a testament to her marriage to retired businessman Carl Thomas Dean. “All the songs I’ve written [for it] are love songs because I’m celebrating 50 years with my husband this year,” says Dolly. “So I thought it would be a good time to do an album of love songs.” The album lives up to its name, with stripped-down acoustic accompaniment to Dolly’s crisp, heartfelt l...
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Dolly Parton - Blue Smoke

Now 68, Dolly keeps on rolling. Her 42nd album is a patchwork quilt of styles, from the opening bluegrass title track, a rollicking train song, to the closing “Try,” an inspirational power-pop ballad. In between, she covers Bob Dylan and even Bon Jovi and displays her characteristic down-home honesty on the stirring backwoods country of “Home.”
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