Dolly Parton has been a busy woman lately. Her latest album, Blue Smoke, became her highest selling debut as a solo artist to date, and she recently celebrated selling 100 million albums. Parton is also headlining her worldwide Blue Smoke Tour. When she has a break, she likes to spend it with her family – and they have a dinner request.
“I’m the one they’ll always ask to bring the chicken and dumplings,” she told Country Woman. “I make it like my mama and my grandmas and my aunts. I definitely still cook like a country woman.”
Growing up in the mountains of Tennessee with little money, Parton and her family had to find their own fun during the summer months. They spent a lot of time together in their favorite “room” of the house.
“In the country, it’s just too hot in your old house in the summertime to be inside,” she said. “So everybody gathered on the front porch or the back porch, depending on where the shade was. That’s where we’d sit to gossip, to talk together and to sing and to play. The porch was a very special place for us.”
With such a successful music career, it’s hard to imagine Dolly as anything other than a musician. So what other career path would she have pursued if music had not been an option? “If it hadn’t been for music, I’d have been a beautician,” she said. “Or maybe I’d have been a missionary, but where would I get my hair done?”