Veteran country artist Dolly Parton will take to the road for the first time in a decade when she kicks off a 13-city club tour July 10 in New York.
Veteran country artist Dolly Parton will take to the road for the first time in a decade when she kicks off a 13-city club tour July 10 in New York. Promoted by House of Blues, the trek will find Parton stopping in several of the company's namesake clubs, as well as such notable venues as the 9:30 Club in Washington, D.C., Nashville's Ryman Theater, and New York's Irving Plaza. Parton will also perform a free show July 5 in New York as a part of NBC's "Today" concert series.
The tour will get underway just two days after the release of her latest Sugar Hill Records album, "Halos & Horns." The bluegrass set is her third for the independent label, following last year's "Little Sparrow" and 1999's "The Grass Is Blue." Earlier this year, Parton won the female country performance Grammy for her version of rock act Collective Soul's "Shine," which appears on "Little Sparrow."
"Halos & Horns" and the tour feature Parton's new band, Blue-Nique, which includes four members of her former backing group, the Mighty Fine Band. As previously reported, the self-produced new album will boast a host of originals such as "Hello God" and the title cut, as well as covers of Led Zeppelin's "Stairway to Heaven" and a bluegrass version of Bread's 1971 ballad "If."
An Internet-only ticket presale opportunity is already underway via a specially created House Of Blues Web site. Remaining tickets will go on sale to the general public beginning Saturday (June 8).
The site also features clips of several songs from the album, and beginning June 14, will offer a sweepstakes with a top prize of a trip for two to attend Parton's Aug. 10 show at Las Vegas' House Of Blues.
Here are Parton's upcoming tour dates:
July 10: New York (Irving Plaza)
July 15: Washington, D.C. (9:30 Club)
July 21: Nashville (Ryman Theater)
July 25: Atlanta (Earthlink Live)
July 29: New Orleans (House Of Blues)
Aug. 3: Dallas (Granada Theatre)
Aug. 7: Los Angeles (House Of Blues)
Aug. 10: Las Vegas (House Of Blues)
Aug. 13: Denver (Paramount Theatre)
Aug. 17: Chicago (House Of Blues)
Aug. 21: Lowell, Mass. (Lowell Auditorium)
Aug. 28: St. Louis (the Pageant)
Aug. 31: Kansas City, Mo. (the Uptown)