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Dolly Parton: Lifelong Entertainer at Shoreline

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BLONDE AMBITION: Dolly Parton has been a country music and entertainment icon for more than 50 years.

BLONDE AMBITION: Dolly Parton has been a country music and entertainment icon for more than 50 years.

In the ever expanding pantheon of country music, there are several performers that could genuinely be called living legends. Dolly Parton is one such individual. She has transcended the confines of her genre, making her presence known across the entertainment spectrum. For more than 50 years now, the beloved icon has touched fans through music, acting, writing, producing and beyond.

From the haunting classic “Jolene” to Whitney Houston’s mega hit, “I Will Always Love You,” Parton has written and recorded some of the most recognizable songs to ever hit the airwaves.

Not content stay in one lane, this independent-minded firebrand from Tennessee is recognizable for her roles in a number of movies. She made audiences roar with laughter in the 1980 comedy 9 To 5 (for which she also wrote and sang the theme song). Then she tugged at viewers’ heartstrings, with a dramatic turn in the 1989 tearjerker Steel Magnolias.

As an author, Parton has written a variety of books—including an autobiography, a collection of inspirational volumes, and several colorful children’s storybooks. In a related venture, her Imagination Library program has distributed millions of books to young people around the world over the last 20 years.

And don’t forget Dollywood, the resort and theme park she built in her hometown, where fans can revel in everything Dolly.

For many of her followers, though, Parton’s music remains the largest jewel in her multi-pronged crown. She recently returned to singing, songwriting and performing. Her latest album, Pure & Simple, was released just last month, and though she turned 70 earlier this year, Parton doesn’t show any signs of slowing down. She is currently in the midst of a 60-date U.S. tour in support of the record.

Fans can expect to hear some of her new tunes plus a selection of her biggest hits when she plays at Shoreline Amphitheatre this weekend. Parton is promising to include some rarer tracks and deep cuts in the set as well.

While some veteran performers are content to dwell in their past glories, Parton clearly is not; she remains a vivacious force—timeless and forever loved.

Dolly Parton
Sep 24, 8pm, $32+
Shoreline Amphitheatre, Mountain View

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