Pop Rap R&B Rock Country Latin Underground Reggae Electronic Elements Community
Parton Brings Crowd-Pleasing Country To Big Apple
Source: Reuters/Hollywood Reporter
Posted on: May 3, 2008 09:14 MST
Filed under: Country

Dolly Parton

NEW YORK (Hollywood Reporter) - For a musical performer, a clearly defined persona can be just as important as talent, and after 50 years in show business, Dolly Parton possesses both in spades. Performing to an adoring sold-out crowd at Radio City, the country singer-songwriter displayed in equal parts her still beautiful soprano voice and a knack for comic shtick that makes her seem like a modern-day Minnie Pearl.

With her trademark rhinestones given abundant display on everything from her form-fitting outfits to her musical instruments, Parton delivered an entertaining two-hour-plus show (including intermission) that featured representative hits from her lengthy career and a generous sampling of songs from her strong new disc, "Backwoods Barbie."

Between numbers, she delivered a running self-parodying monologue with the expert timing of a standup comedian. "You know I need the money," she said while thanking the audience. "It costs a lot to make someone look this cheap." She also borrowed from Jeff Foxworthy, with a series of one-liners playing off the title of the new album.

The well-paced evening featured all the songs people came to hear, from the vintage tracks ("Jolene," "Coat of Many Colors") to the huge-selling pop hits ("Here You Come Again," "9 to 5," "Islands in the Stream") to such terrific new songs as the tender "Only Dreamin"' and the rousing "Better Get to Livin."'

This clearly was a show designed for the mainstream, mostly lacking in the sort of pure bluegrass material that she has made her specialty of recent years. A token gospel segment featured unchallenging numbers like "When the Saints Go Marching In."

The evening's sole misstep was a perfunctory medley of vintage rock hits, which was intended to show off the instrumental and vocal talents of the band.

Parton, briefly accompanying herself on such instruments as piano, dulcimer and autoharp, was in fine vocal and physical form, showing no ill effects from the back problems that had delayed the onset of the tour. 

See Also:

Post to del.icio.usdel.icio.us Post to redditreddit Stumble It!Stumble It! Post to BlinklistBlinklist

Folk singer Utah Phillips, 73, dead

Country Singer Mark Chesnutt To Release New CD

Chesney sought fan support before ACM Awards

Shania Twain, husband split

Shania Twain Splits From Producer Husband

Dolly Parton versus Howard Stern

Humiliated Dolly Parton Considering Lawsuit Against Howard Stern

Carrie Underwood Puts ACMs In Perspective


Home | Contact Us | Community | Privacy Policy | Terms of Service
Copyright 1995-2019 HipHop-Elements.com. All rights reserved.