Dolly Parton is an iconic figure in country music, but her accomplishments extend far beyond that. She’s a successful actress as well and even owns her own theme park! In addition to this, Dolly has been dedicated to bettering the lives of children by providing them with free books year after year- all while keeping true to herself along the way.
Recently, Parton was featured in an interview with Pollstar to discuss her remarkable career achievements and current projects as well as certain things she has no intention of doing again.
What is she up to now, you ask? Well for starters, Ellen Pompeo has been hard at work on a special Christmas movie commissioned by NBC. Additionally, the beloved actress and author is also starring in an adaptation of her collaboration with James Patterson – “Run Rose Run”. On top of all that, she’s currently crafting something truly unique: a Rock ‘n Roll album! She was recently nominated for the Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame but didn’t accept as she believed that without a Rock ‘n Roll album under her belt it wouldn’t be right. Releasing one is how she plans to prove herself worthy and gain satisfaction from the accomplishment.
What’s the one thing she’ll never do again? Tour. When queried concerning touring within the next five years, Parton replied a resounding, “I do not think I will ever tour again.” Regrettably, the pandemic has prevented Dolly Parton from going on tour since 2016. Fortunately, she has been able to stay connected with fans through online performances during that time.
Don’t assume that Dolly Parton will never take the stage again just because she’s not touring any longer. In fact, quite the opposite is true! She has plenty of future performances planned and isn’t done with performing for good. She added, “I’ll do special shows here and there, now and then. Maybe do a long weekend of shows or just a few shows at a festival. But I have no intention of going on a full-blown tour anymore. I’ve done that my whole life, and it takes so much time and energy.”
At 76 years old, Dolly Parton’s decision to take it a bit slower and stop touring is understandable. However, this isn’t merely for her own benefit: she’s also doing it for her beloved husband Carl Dean. She said, “I like to stay a little closer to home with my husband. We’re getting older now, and I don’t want to be gone for four or five weeks at a time. Something could happen. I would not feel right about that if I were gone and somebody needed me. Or I would feel bad if I had to leave a tour if somebody got sick at home and needed me and then I had to walk out on the fans.”