Dolly Parton Plans Massive 2016 Tour, Double Album
The year 2016 is going to be a huge one for Dolly Parton: The country icon has revealed plans for both a tour and new album.
Parton's 2016 tour, which will include dates in the U.S. and Canada, will be her largest North American tour in 25 years. For the last two decades, the singer has only performed select dates here and there, but her upcoming trek will feature stops in more than 60 cities, with exact dates and locations to be announced at a later date.
"It’s been about 25 years since I’ve toured in Canada," Parton revealed to The Boot and other reporters at a press conference. "We’re doing a few shows in America, but we’re going to be really doing an extensive tour starting in June, through December. Of course, I’ll have a few weeks off in between."
The tour coincides with the release of a double-disc project, Pure & Simple with Dolly's Biggest Hits, this summer.
"I don’t know how pure I am, but I know I’m pretty simple," Parton jokes. "The reason that I’m calling it that is because, actually, I’ve stripped down my show quite a bit, to where we don’t have a lot of electric instruments, we don’t have a lot of videos -- we don’t have any, really. In the bigger places where we play, we’ll have to have some video cameras for you to be able to see me, because I’m so little."
A track listing and release date will be announced soon.
“We’re so excited to get out there and see the fans again," Parton adds. "I’m really looking forward to singing songs the fans have not heard in a while, as well as the hits, while debuting a few new ones off Pure & Simple."
Parton may be 70 years old, but retirement is the farthest thing from her mind; in fact, she says, it's really not her thing. In addition to her tour and new record, Parton will be releasing her first made-for-TV movie, Coat of Many Colors, on DVD in May. She is also adding new attractions to her Dollywood theme park and will soon open a new family-focused dinner theater.
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