Dolly Parton: American Hustler

She's the most decorated female singer in the history of country music. And she has no plans of slowing down.

“It’s all about the year that we all pitched in enough money to buy a wedding ring for Mama,” she says. “She’d never had a ring, having so many kids and no money. So that’s one of the storylines in the movie. Then the other is a Christmas miracle that happens when we almost froze to death in a blizzard up there in a holler in the Smoky Mountains. So it really has a lot of colors, a lot of love, forgiveness, acceptance and miracles and fun and music. “The song ‘Coat Of Many Colors’ tells a good story and we covered it all, I think, in the movie. But as far as being able to expand on those ideas and visually see all of that come together, I think people really love seeing that done. I know I do.” As if a new album and new TV movie (which Parton herself appears in, as the “Town Tramp” from whom she adopted her signature makeup, hair and wardrobe) weren’t enough for one year, Parton also, along with Emmylou Harris and Linda Rondstadt, rereleased their Trio catalog in the form of The Complete Trio Collection. The collection features both 1987’s Trio…

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