I have a special place in my heart for Dolly Parton. Maybe it's my Tennessee roots showing here, but she's just swell. I read her autobiography, Dolly: My Life and Other Unfinished Business, this summer and just fell in love with her. Her book talks about her life growing up in the "holler" in the hills of Tennessee-- less than dirt poor. It dives into her relationships with family,Christ, and her tumultuous relationship with Porter Wagoner. I was captured by her humor, wit, and wisdom.
For some, I know, Country is not your cup of tea-- but Dolly has something for everyone-- she is an AMAZING songwriter and was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2001 and American Idol featured her songs on last year's show. David Cook sang Little Sparrow,
So if you don't like country, maybe you can still like Dolly if someone is covering her songs... This is my favorite cover-- Jolene, covered by Mindy Smith
And on the flip side, this is one of my favorite songs that Dolly covers-- Shine, by Collective Soul