If you're a Dolly fan or enjoyed the Ken Burns' CM series, you might be interested in this. First three episodes of a 9 part series out now. Focuses on her early years and songwriting. The only sour note is the strange dance-mix overdubs interspersed periodically.
"She just had a knack for imagining lives that weren't being seen." "What you get from her is a relentless optimism, a relentless hope."
Can Dolly Parton heal America? That's the question posed by a new podcast from WNYC, Dolly Parton's America, hosted by Radiolab's Jad Abumrad. It's not as far-fetched as you might think.
The public radio host saw something in the iconic country singer — the way she's composed of contradictions — that seemed somehow revelatory of the country as a whole. Dolly's concert-attending fan base is composed of people we don't think of having a lot in common these days.
"You've got evangelical church ladies standing next to men in drag — Dolly is massive in the LGBTQ community — standing next to guys in trucker hats," Abumrad says. "All of these different communities, on either side of the 'culture wars,' all standing together, shoulder-to-shoulder, singing the same song."
NPR's Ari Shapiro spoke to Abumrad about reexamining Dolly's cultural legacy, including her overlooked musical genius, her ability to exist as a container for so many ideas about America and her unexpected rejection of the label "feminist."
full link: https://www.npr.org/2019/10/29/774339834/can-dolly-parton-heal-america?fbclid=IwAR1kNPbi1TsBW5Jp8uqL34A3cwKghoTygV5WKHJ-1NnwPz6A39pDPD1aw6k