There's more than meets the eye to Dolly Parton, the autobiographical title cut of "Backwoods Barbie" tells us, and her first mainstream country album in years is an important reminder of the breadth
There's more than meets the eye to Dolly Parton, the autobiographical title cut of "Backwoods Barbie" tells us, and her first mainstream country album in years is an important reminder of the breadth of her singing and songwriting talents.
"When new country came along several years back, most artists my age got shoved off to the side, no matter how talented they might still be," Parton continues. "I tried a few country albums after that, but to no avail and no chart play. In between I did continue to write. I recorded a few favorite things: 2-3 bluegrass CDs [and] a patriotic CD, but none of that sold very well at all except out of the trunk of my car!"
The classic country of "Do You Think I'm Made of Stone" is a passionate plea for a man to stop his cheating ways, while first single "Better Get to Livin'" is laden with pull-yourself-by-your-bootstraps advice to women who play the victim.
Parton wrote nine of the songs for the album, which she is self-releasing on her own Dolly Records label. Covers include Smokey and the Miracles' "Tracks of My Tears" and Fine Young Cannibals' "She Drives Me Crazy." "We brought in the very best musicians Nashville has to offer, including some of my favorite old timers who played on all of my hit records in the past, like Pig Robins and Lloyd Green," Parton says.