Dolly Parton Pays Tribute to Her Hometown and ‘All the People in It’: VIDEO

by Jennifer Shea
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Country superstar Dolly Parton is teaming up with Marty Stuart, Connie Smith, Ken Burns, the Library of Congress and the Smithsonian to pay tribute to her hometown.

And in a new video posted to Twitter today, she explains why. She’s hoping others will do the same and will make it an annual celebration.

“Now, I have so many memories of my hometown,” Parton says in the video. “I even wrote a song called ‘In My Tennessee Mountain Home.’ Didja ever hear it? It’s just kind of like an everyday thing, of like—” and she begins singing— “In my Tennessee mountain home, life is as peaceful as a baby’s sigh. In my Tennessee mountain home, crickets sing in the fields nearby.”

“But the crickets weren’t the only things singing in our hometown,” she adds with a smile. “My people were very musical. We used to love to go to all the hoedowns, all the jamborees, pie suppers. Anywhere that we could sing and go listen to singing. Of course, we loved the county fair. I loved everything about our little town of Sevierville, Tennessee.”

Dolly Parton then goes on to single out for special mention the doctor who delivered her, Dr. Robert F. Thomas, a missionary doctor who rode his horse into the countryside to treat the mountain folks who couldn’t make it to the nearest hospital. She also wrote a song about him.

Watch Parton’s video tribute here:

Dolly Parton Is Out with A Holly Dolly Christmas Deluxe

Meanwhile, Parton recently announced the release of A Holly Dolly Christmas Deluxe, a new deluxe edition of her 2020 album A Holly Dolly Christmas. The deluxe edition also features the tracks “I Still Believe,” “Three Candles” and “The Wish Book.”

A Holly Dolly Christmas is a collection of original songs and classic hymns produced amid the pandemic. It includes duets with the likes of Michael Buble, Billy Ray Cyrus, Miley Cyrus, Jimmy Fallon, Willie Nelson and Parton’s brother Randy Parton.

The album, Parton’s third Christmas collection, hit No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart. It also climbed to the pinnacle of Billboard’s Top Holiday Albums chart.

Looks like Parton, never one to skimp on holiday spirit, is gearing up for Christmas a little early this year. More power to her.