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article imageCatching up with Dolly Parton on touring and future plans Special

By Markos Papadatos     Jul 12, 2014 in Music
Stockholm - On July 10, Digital Journal was afforded the privilege to partake in a teleconference with country queen Dolly Parton, while she was on her European tour stop in Stockholm, Sweden.
Most recently, the country icon garnered a special plaque, which commemorated album sales of over 100 million units sold throughout her five decade career in music; moreover, her latest album Blue Smoke is her highest-charting CD to date and it has garnered rave reviews from critics.
Country star Dolly Parton with her plaque of 100 million albums sold
Country star Dolly Parton with her plaque of 100 million albums sold
Courtesy of Webster PR
She opened up about her cover version of Bon Jovi's "Lay Your Hands On Me," which is found on her latest Blue Smoke studio album. "I just fell in love with that song, and when I first heard it years ago, it sounded like a gospel song, because I grew up in a church, where people did lay hands on, to pray for the sick or just to make you feel better, which is a spiritual thing. I thought it would be a good song to turn into a gospel song to have a conversation with God. I asked Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora if they would consider re-working it into a gospel tune and they were willing to do that, and it turned out to be one of my favorites," she said.
Parton, who had a dog named after her that was found at Glastonbury festival, revealed that the true owners of "Doggy Parton" were found. "We got a call in the last five minutes from the main people with the government and they told us that the true owners did come forward. They had reported the dog missing, but there was a language barrier. They got the dog back, and everybody feels good about it. I do not get to take her home, but I was looking forward to it. I was going to rename her 'Glassy.' I have been very instrumental in making sure that the dog is taken care of all the way through, so now they have her back. She is 15 years old, and everybody is happy. I feel kinda sad, since I was looking forward to taking her home, but I am glad she is back where she belongs. The Happy Landings shelter has a happy ending now," she said with a sweet laugh.
Country superstar Dolly Parton
Country superstar Dolly Parton
Webster PR
When asked about how Parton overcomes heartbreak in her life, she stated, "The way everybody else does. Time has to heal all wounds. I am one of those people that wound easy and heal fast. I always thought about how a broken heart is like a broken bone, and I even wrote about that in a song. A heart is like a broken wing, it must have its time to mend. You need to look at it like an injury, and you try to think positive, and live above it and beyond it."
Country singer Dolly Parton
Country singer Dolly Parton
Courtesy of Webster PR
Regarding her plans for the future for touring and new music, she remarked, "I am going to take off a little while. I am working on some new music. I am doing my life story as a musical and I am also doing it as a movie, which has a lot of music in it. I may possibly do some television and some producing, so I have a lot of business thoughts in mind. I do not plan to do more touring in the near future. We have done this world tour and we are winding that up pretty soon. I am sure as years go by, we will be doing other things. For now, I am concentrating more on the business end of things and the creative aspects such as musicals, movies and television."
To learn more about veteran country star Dolly Parton, visit her official website.
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