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    Thu, 24 Jul 2014 16:09:44

    Dolly Parton Tells All to Country Woman - Southern cooking, Dollywood + more

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    • Dolly Parton - NASHVILLE, TN - AUGUST 01: Former First Daughter Jenna Bush is joined by Kenny Rogers to sing Kenny & Dolly's 1983 hit single 'Islands in the Stream' (Karakoee style) for NBC's 'Today' Show. Kenny Rogers jacket from his 1980's collection and Jenna Bush wearing a jacket from Dolly Parton's collection at The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum on August 1, 2014 in Nashville, Tennessee. An exhibit highlighting Kenny Rogers' career will open next month at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.
    • Dolly Parton - NASHVILLE, TN - AUGUST 01: Former First Daughter Jenna Bush is joined by Kenny Rogers to sing Kenny & Dolly's 1983 hit single 'Islands in the Stream' (Karakoee style) for NBC's 'Today' Show. Kenny Rogers jacket from his 1980's collection and Jenna Bush wearing a jacket from Dolly Parton's collection at The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum on August 1, 2014 in Nashville, Tennessee. An exhibit highlighting Kenny Rogers' career will open next month at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.
    • Dolly Parton - NASHVILLE, TN - AUGUST 01: Former First Daughter Jenna Bush prepairs to join Kenny Rogers to sing Kenny & Dolly's 1983 hit single 'Islands in the Stream' (Karakoee style) for NBC's 'Today' Show. Kenny Rogers jacket from his 1980's collection and Photo Bomber Jenna Bush wearing a jacket from Dolly Parton's collection at The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum on August 1, 2014 in Nashville, Tennessee. An exhibit highlighting Kenny Rogers' career will open next month at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.

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    Dolly Parton spoke to Country Woman the country music legend was candid about a LOT of things, from Southern cooking and recipes to her Dollywood theme park.

    Settle in -- Dolly reveals all!

    Her Southern cooking and family recipes: "I'm the one they'll always ask to bring the chicken and dumplings. I make it like my mama and my grandmas and my aunts. I definitely still cook like a country woman."

    Where she gets inspiration from her songs: "My songs are the door to every dream I've had and every success I've ever achieved."

    On playing the guitar at age seven and what she used as a fake microphone: "I used to put a tin can on a tobacco stick. And those were not chickens out there in the yard, they were my audience."

    What she would have done if she didn't pursue her passion: "If it hadn't been for music, I'd have been a beautician. Or maybe I'd have been a missionary; but where would I get my hair done?"

    How Dollywood got started: "I just love [the mountain range] the Smokies. I bought the old home place years ago and fixed it up as a retreat."

    Why she doesn't ride roller coasters: "I have motion sickness. I'd even get sick riding the school bus and the merry-go-round on the playground. Plus I'm always afraid I'll lose my hair or something else might fall out."

    Her goals for Dollywood's DreamMore Resort (opening next summer): "With the resort, we want to inspire people to bring their families and connect again. In this high-tech world, everybody is off in his or her own little world and always on some smartphone or a computer or something, and we're not connecting as a family. Everybody is living separately, together. We're trying to encourage people to bond with family again...at least for a vacation."

    On being the book lady when it comes to her organization Imagination Library: "We send a book once a month to kids from the time they're born until they start school. Many of the kids don't know I sing or write songs. To them, I'm the book lady."

    How her father inspired Imagination Library, which is open to all children regardless of family income: "He was from a huge family also, and, like a lot of folks in the mountains, he didn't have a chance to get an education. He had to go to work to help feed the rest of the family. I know how smart my daddy was, even though he couldn't read and write. That was what inspired me to do the Imagination Library, and I am really passionate about it."

    Her views on education: "You can't get enough books into the hands of enough children. We need them to learn to read, because even if you can't go to school, if you can read, you can educate yourself."

    On fond family memories growing up in the country: "In the country, it's just too hot in your old house in the summertime to be inside. 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."

    How her faith and country roots have kept her sane: "Well, it's all kept me sane. It's kept me stable. A belief in God is essential. You have to believe in something bigger than yourself. We grew up believing that through God all things are possible. I think I believed that so much that I made it happen. I just live by that Scripture. The fact that I can write is very helpful, too. I can write about anything I feel. Also, family helps me stay grounded and humble. I know what it's like to be without, and I know what it's like to have things. And I appreciate both."

    What she's working on now: "Right now, I'm writing my life story as a musical for the stage. That's really one of my big dreams, and it's in the works."

    On landing a career among country music's most honored performers: "I think of myself as a working girl."

    Just when we thought we couldn't love her ANY MORE...

    She is amazing. Just flawless. We love us some D. Parton.

    What is the best thing you learned about Dolly Parton via Country Woman?

    —Carly Costello
    07.24.14



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