After taking a 10-year break from touring, country legend Dolly Parton is going back on the road. She gets "thousands of calls a day" from people asking when she is going on tour, so she decided that

After taking a 10-year break from touring, country legend Dolly Parton is going back on the road. She gets "thousands of calls a day" from people asking when she is going on tour, so she decided that if people really want to see her, she'll take her show back on the road. Parton made the announcement last weekend at the opening of the 17th season of her Dollywood theme park. The tour itinerary is still being finalized.

The artist will begin rehearsing in May with her new band, Blue-Nique, which features four members of Parton's former backing group, the Mighty Fine Band. Blue-Nique backed Parton on her forthcoming Blue Eye/Sugar Hill album "Halos and Horns," due July 7. Alongside a host of originals such as "Hello God" and the title cut, the self-produced set will feature covers of Led Zeppelin's immortal "Stairway to Heaven" and a bluegrass version of Bread's 1971 ballad "If."

As previously reported, Parton will play a benefit concert May 17 in Minneapolis for a scholarship fund for victims of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on the U.S. In February, Parton won the female country performance Grammy for her version of Collective Soul's "Shine," a track from her most recent studio set, "Little Sparrow."


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