Dolly Parton to Make a "Better Day" This Summer
Thu, 24 Mar 2011 13:15:44
Dolly Parton will return this summer with a much-anticipated album of all-new studio material, dubbed Better Day. She will also embark on world tour bringing her throughout America and then onto the UK, Europe and Australia. The excitement gets underway when the iconic singer, songwriter, musician, actress and philanthropist unveils the album's soaring first single "Together You & I" with a live performance Thursday, May 26th on The Ellen DeGeneres Show as the song simultaneously arrives at radio. The song's video will debut shortly thereafter. Go Dolly.
"I wanted to do an album that would be very uplifting and positive, as well as inspirational," said the seven-time Grammy winner who was hailed as "one of our national treasures" by Newsweek in 2008. "Times are hard all over. I think people need to feel better and I thought Better Day was a perfect title because it says ‘hope.'" See a DOLLY Q&A below.
Dolly's last album Backwoods Barbie came out in 2008. Better Day looks to come out in June or July.
Check out this Dolly Q&A:
Can you describe what sets apart Better Day from your recent albums?
"Well, I always think every album is better than the last one…at least I strive for that. I wrote all the songs for this one; plus, I think it may be a little more contemporary than what I usually do."
Since Better Day will mark fourth release on Dolly Records, can you talk about the freedoms associated with making and releasing records on your own terms?
"It's always best to be your own boss since you can do what you think is right. It's also nice knowing what a nice person the boss really is and that you can pretty much get away with anything. (LOL!) Seriously, though, I'm proud Dolly Records has done so well."
With your return to the road in 2011 in North America, Europe and Australia, what can fans expect from your performances and stage show?
"I'm very excited, first of all, to be going back on tour at all. But I love the fans and I miss the live stage shows. With the new stage show I hope to have a lot of new things for the fans, especially all the new songs from the Better Day CD and some new and different segments in the show with a lot more fun things as well. Of course, we will always be doing the biggest and most popular songs. We're looking for a good time for ourselves as well as for the fans."
Better Day track listing:
In the Meantime
Together You & I
I Just Might
Shine Like the Sun
Let Love Grow
Are you looking forward to a Better Day?