Dolly Parton will hit the road this fall for her most extensive tour in decades. Hello, I'm Dolly will find the artist performing material from throughout her storied career, from early country favori
Dolly Parton will hit the road this fall for her most extensive tour in decades. Hello, I'm Dolly will find the artist performing material from throughout her storied career, from early country favorites and pop hits to recent recordings that revisit her bluegrass roots. The outing kicks off Oct. 14 in Greenville, S.C.
"In 2002, I went on a tour for three months to promote [the Sugar Hill Records bluegrass set 'Halos & Horns']," Parton says. "I realized how much I missed the road and how much the fans seemed to have missed me. It was just magical. I saw that I had some fans about all areas of my career... So I decided to combine all the things that I've done through the years."
Parton is also expected to perform slated for her fourth bluegrass collection, "Blue Smoke," due in the first half of 2005 via Sugar Hill. On Sept. 14, the label will separately release a double-CD and a DVD of performances from the tour in support of "Halos & Horns." Both titled "Live and Well," the sets were captured at the Celebrity Theater in her Pigeon Forge, Tenn., theme park, Dollywood.
Rehearsals for the upcoming tour will get underway in Nashville shortly after Parton plays a quartet of Bluegrass/Southern Gospel Festival dates at Dollywood at the end of the month.
"I think there will be something for everybody," she says. "I wanted to do it in a big way so all of us can enjoy it. My band and I are really looking forward to this!"
The Grascals, who will join other musicians to back Parton's nightly performances, will open each show on the tour. The group of accomplished Nashville musicians is comprised of Terry Eldredge (guitar/vocals), Jimmy Mattingly (fiddle/mandolin), David Talbot (banjo), Jamie Johnson (vocals), Danny Roberts (vocals, mandolin) and Terry Smith (bass).
The act has been working on its debut Rounder album. A single boasting a bluegrass rendition of "Viva Las Vegas" that features Parton, along with the tracks "Me and John and Paul" and a version of the traditional "Sail Away Ladies," is due in October.
Here are Parton's tour dates:
Oct. 14: Greenville, S.C. (Pepsi Pavilion at the Bi-Lo Center)
Oct. 15: Atlanta (Fox Theatre)
Oct. 16-17: Biloxi, Miss. (Grand Casino Biloxi)
Oct. 19: Cleveland (Gund Theater)
Oct. 20: Columbus, Ohio (Value City Theatre at the Schottenstein Center)
Oct. 22-24: Toronto (Casino Rama Entertainment Centre)
Oct. 26: Detroit (Fox Theatre)
Oct. 27: Green Bay, Wis. (The Theatre at Resch Center)
Oct. 29: St. Paul, Minn. (The Theatre at Xcel Energy Center)
Oct. 30: Omaha, Neb. (Qwest Center Theatre)
Oct. 31: St. Louis (Concert Club at Savvis Center)
Nov. 4: Raleigh, N.C. (Moonlight Theatre at RBC Center)
Nov. 6: Norfolk, Va. (Theatre at Scope Arena)
Nov. 7: Winston-Salem, N.C. (Joel Coliseum Theatre)
Nov. 11: East Rutherford, N.J. (Continental Airlines Theatre)
Nov. 12: Atlantic City, N.J. (Circus Maximus Theatre at Caesars)
Nov. 13: Uncasville, Conn. (Mohegan Sun Arena)
Nov. 14: Fairfax, Va. (Patriot Center)
Nov. 17: Albany, N.Y. (Pepsi Arena)
Nov. 18: Philadelphia (Spectrum Showcase Theatre at the Wachovia Spectrum)
Nov. 19: Wilkes Barre, Pa. (Wachovia Arena)
Nov. 20: Reading, Pa. (Sovereign Center)
Nov. 21: State College, Pa. (Bryce Theatre at the Bryce Jordan Center)
Dec. 2: San Antonio, Texas (Theater at the SBC Center)
Dec. 3: Dallas (Theatre at American Airlines Center)
Dec. 5: Houston (Theatre at Toyota Center)
Dec. 7: Las Vegas (Coliseum)
Dec. 8: Phoenix (Dodge Theatre)
Dec. 9: Anaheim, Calif. (Theatre at the Arrowhead Pond)
Dec. 10: San Jose, Calif. (Theatre at HP Pavilion)
Dec. 11: Reno, Nev. (Reno Hilton Theatre)
Dec. 12: Sacramento, Calif. (Theatre at ARCO Arena)
Dec. 16: Boise, Idaho (Idaho Center Theater)
Dec. 17: Portland, Ore. (Theatre of the Clouds at the Rose Garden)
Dec. 18: Spokane, Wash. (Star Theatre at Spokane Arena)
Dec. 19: Seattle (Key Arena)