The queen of country music is
on the road again and sharing her
travel insights and highlights.
ILLUSTRATION BY JOHN KASCHT
[ FELLOW TRAVELER ]
Dolly Parton is nothing less than a national treasure in the U.S. the musi- cian/songwriter/actress/
humanitarian is also an avid traveler,
having entertained audiences for more
than five decades—and she’s got no
plans to hang up her stirrups. Her latest international tour is to promote her
42nd studio album, Blue Smoke.
JWM | How does travel inspire you?
Dolly Parton | Every place i go inspires me. there is a face in every
town i visit that reminds me of why
i got into the music business in the
JWM | Do you have any specific travel
DP | Not really. i have been traveling
for over 50 years, so my whole life has
been spent on the road, and i have
loved every mile.
JWM | What do you always pack?
Do you have a particular method of
DP | No real method. But i always
pack a guitar, comfortable clothes and
lots of books. and my favorite pillow.
JWM | What indulgences do you
allow yourself when you travel?
DP | i am really disciplined, so i really
don’t indulge in much. i love to get up
early and start my day off clear-headed.
if there is one indulgence, it would
be ordering one of everything off the
JWM | What’s your favorite souvenir?
DP | whatever the last gift from a
JWM | What is your favorite city
to hang out in when you have a day
off on tour?
DP: You know, i am truly happy
everywhere. i am blessed enough to
get to see the world, so i soak up
every city i go to.
JWM | What song or album always
reminds you of home?
DP | Gotta be “rocky top”! just because it was written by my friends Felice
and Boudleaux Bryant, in the hills of
tennessee. it reminds me of home, and
it’s also the University of tennessee’s
JWM | Your latest album was released
this year, and you are currently on a
world tour. Considering all the miles
you’ve traveled, does the world feel
bigger or smaller to you than when
you first began touring?
DP | You know, i still see the world
just like i did at four years old. it never
ceases to amaze and thrill me. the
world is huge and beautiful—get out
there and embrace it!
Blue Smoke is available on Sony Masterworks. For upcoming tour dates, visit dollypartonmusic.net.