Dolly Parton is still throwing the tunes but has no plans to do so on the big stage anymore.
In a new interview with Pollstar, Parton boldly claimed, “I don’t think I’ll be touring again,” before adding, “I’ll do special gigs here and there from time to time. Maybe do a long weekend of gigs, or just a few shows at a festival. But I don’t intend to do a full-fledged tour anymore.
At 76, the country legend is still producing new music but wants to enjoy a simpler life with her husband, Carl Thomas Dean.
Speaking of touring, Parton says, “I’ve been doing this all my life, and it takes so much time and energy. I like to stay a little closer to home with my husband. We’re getting older now, and I I don’t want to be gone for four or five weeks at a time. Something could happen. I wouldn’t feel good about it, if I was gone and someone needed me. Or I would feel bad if I had to leave a tour if someone was sick at home and I needed me then I had to let the fans down.”
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Parton, who has been married to Dean since 1966, says her husband is who she is currently making new music for – in the form of a rock and roll album.
“When I was nominated for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, I thought, well, no better time to do it.” I always wanted to do this. My husband is a huge hard rock ‘n’ roll fan, and for years I thought, ‘One of these days I’d like to do an album mostly just for him, just to do a little bit of that.'”
Parton was honored and inducted into the Hall of Fame in May.
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While busy with new music, the musician is also hard at work on a Christmas “special,” as she calls it, for NBC.
“It’s a show within a show. What we do is all about the drama. It shows everything that happens while you’re putting together a show. All the fights you have with producers, all the issues you have with artists, all the issues you have with sets falling and all the things that go on behind the scenes, people having to cancel and reschedule really quickly… I wouldn’t consider myself an actor, because I’m totally myself in there. I’m just Dolly all the way, not playing a character.”
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She also has a movie, “Run, Rose, Run” in the works with famed actress-turned-producer Reese Witherspoon, which is adapted from the novel she co-wrote with author James Patterson.