I just love anyone who manages to rhyme a’courtin’ with ought’n, which makes me predisposed to adore Dolly Parton. The Queen of one-liners is the focus of an NPR Music tribute in honor of her release of, well, Dolly — a new 99 song box set. Like Madge before, NPR took this festive occasion to get some of its staffers to highlight some of their favorite songs and albums.
Trey Graham writes, “Behind the big wigs and the rhinestone dazzle, beyond the big-screen successes and the unmistakable entrepreneurial savvy, Parton is one of the greatest singer-songwriters country music — and maybe the country — has ever produced. Over a five-decade career, she’s proved equally adept as a spinner of delicate old-school bluegrass tunes and Nashville-savvy chart-bait. If there’s a purer, cleaner, more heartbreaking high-lonesome voice still singing at her age (not that we’d mention it), Parton has probably written a deeply moving story-song for the person who owns it.”
Now you try it!