Dolly Parton – for those old enough to remember the name – has released a new album. It is the 43rd music album to be released by this 70-year old. Released this week the album, called “Pure & Simple”, remains true to the signature work of Dolly Parton whose music has always been anything but pop-music. It can perhaps be described as mixture of modern country, gospel and country pop music.
For those who have grown up to Dolly Parton’s voice on a double-deck cassette player the Pure & Simple album is as pure as were those voice notes. There are the two old tracks ‘Say Forever You’ll Be Mine’ and ‘Tomorrow is Forever’. The sound has been remade but is still crisp and brings forth memories of the old Dolly. New tracks include ‘I just love you’ and ‘Pure and Simple.’ All-in-all the new album arouses the nostalgia for the old Dolly but comes with some new material and verses to mimic.
Generally tasteful and acoustic, the album is most effective at its most effortless, as when she breezes with contented charm through the title track’s celebration of uncomplicated love.
Dolly preceded the release of the album with the Pure & Simple Tour in 60 cities throughout the United States and Canada. It is her largest North American tour in over 25 years with many sold-out performances.
The release of the album was the cherry on top of the cake. She also celebrated, in May this year, the 50th anniversary of her marriage to husband Carl Dean. They met outside the Wishy Washy Laundromat in Nashville, on the first day Dolly moved to Music City. Falling in love and getting married were, perhaps, the last things on young Dolly Parton’s mind. Yet, here was a tall, dark and handsome man who swept her off her feet. She said, “I was surprised and delighted that while he talked to me, he looked at my face (a rare thing for me). He seemed to be genuinely interested in finding out who I was and what I was about,” Dolly says on her promotional website as well as in various interviews including the one she granted to Elle magazine.
Two years after that fateful meeting, Dolly and Carl were married on May 30, 1966. It was Memorial Day, Dolly and Carl traveled to Ringgold, GA, with her mother. They had a simple, private ceremony with only Avie Lee, the preacher and his wife in attendance. Since that day, Dolly and Carl have lived happily-ever-after for 50 years. They’ve loved and supported each other while respecting each other’s independence.
The singer defended her choice for a love song album, saying a lot of the songs are based “on the emotions and feelings I’ve had through the years with my husband.”
“I also wanted to write love songs about different people I knew. But true love is the basic theme…even with the cheating songs. At least they were true to what their feelings were,” she told the Elle magazine.
She also says it has not been easy 50-years of marriage, given that she is a musician and entertainer. But credit the success of the marriage to the fact that the husband is not in entertainment business and they do not spend most of their time “in each other’s faces.”
“I tell ya, it ain’t that easy in this business. It helps too that we’re in different businesses. He’s not in show biz so we don’t have that to argue about. But the real main thing, truly, is respect. He’s got a great sense of humour and so do I. We have a good time. We have fun. We’re very compatible. For the people who follow the signs, I’m a Capricorn, which is the mountain goat—I’m always climbing. And he’s a Cancer, which means he’s a homebody. So we’ve always been pretty compatible and easy-going. It’s pure and pretty simple with us. We just get along,” says Dolly.
And as far as retirement is concerned Dolly would rather drop dead in the middle of a song, than retire. “The only thing that would slow me down would be sickness or if my husband was in bad shape and needed me there. I hope to work until I fall over. My daddy worked till he died. Daddy had a stroke and two weeks later he was dead and he didn’t have to lie around. I’m sure he thought, If I don’t work I best be dead. I hope I just fall dead in the middle of a song,” she says in the interview with Elle magazine.
Caption (Pic: Dolly Parton.jpg): The 70-year old Dolly Parton released her 43rd music album this week called “Pure & Simple.”
Caption (Pic: Dolly Cover.jpg): The “Pure & Simple” album remains true to the signature work of Dolly Parton whose music has always been anything but pop-music.
(Photos: Dolly Parton website)