Dolly Parton released her two-disc DVD/CD set, An Evening With… Dolly on April 2, exclusively at Cracker Barrel Old Country Stores. The set features performances from a sold-out show at London’s O2 Arena as well as personal stories and backstage footage. The album debuted at No. 2 on Billboard’s Top DVD Music Videos Chart this week.
“I’m thrilled that this DVD and CD set has been welcomed so warmly,” Dolly said. “While I was performing in front of the sold-out audience at the O2 arena in London for that concert, I could feel the energy and excitement of the fans and I was able to send it back to them in the songs I sang that night. Sharing them through the Cracker Barrel exclusive music program was a natural way to continue the excitement of that concert experience. Cracker Barrel fans are the same wonderful people who are my fans.”
Dolly recently sat down with MusicRow to discuss her new project. Dolly narrowed down her extensive catalog of hit songs to thirteen on the live CD and fifteen on the DVD. She decided what made the cut with her fans in mind.
“You just figure out what you think they’ll enjoy the most and what you can entertain them with the most, what your best stories would be about this song, or how that song came to be,” she told the magazine. “You have to leave out so much stuff, it breaks your heart! I think this album has something for everybody, all the hits with stories about them.”
Dolly has fans all over the world and while she appreciates all of them, she has noted a couple of differences over the years between the United States and abroad. “Here, they know they can see you the next time you perform,” she said. “You’re not out of reach. Since I don’t get there that often, when I go overseas, they’re glad to get to see you. And they want to be over excited because they want you to come back. Sometimes they get a little rowdier, only because they’re excited and they want you to know they love you so.”
One of the songs featured on An Evening With… Dolly is “Only Dreamin.’” Dolly wrote the song while in New York rehearsing for the Broadway music 9 to 5. The song and its unique arrangement were inspired by Dolly’s East Tennessee roots.
“It was my birthday,” she said. “I usually try to write something on my birthday every year. So I was just riding in the limousine looking out at the skyline and thinking, ‘Lord, here I am in New York City all the way from the Smoky Mountains.’ And I was just singing in the back of the car, ‘Oh, I know I’m only dreaming…’ just to take myself back home. I thought, ‘Wow! This is kinda an usual feeling being in the big city writing something that mountain-ish!’”