Dolly Parton, Willie Nelson and Kenny Rogers Featured in A&E Specials

Two TV biographies and a live-concert special are set for mid-April.

Written by Chris Parton
Dolly Parton, Willie Nelson and Kenny Rogers Featured in A&E Specials
Dolly Parton; Photo by Karolina Wojtasik/ Copyright 2020

Dolly Parton, Willie Nelson and Kenny Rogers will all be highlighted in television specials this spring, with a flurry of country-music programming coming to A&E.

Set for April 12 at 8 p.m. ET/PT, an in-depth exploration of Parton’s life and career is up first. Biography: Dolly will canvas the Tennessee superstar’s five decades long time in the spotlight, starting from her childhood in poverty and culminating with her recent 50th anniversary celebration at the Grand Ole Opry. Along the way viewers will see interviews with Parton herself, as well as Lily Tomlin, Chris Stapleton, Jane Fonda, Kylie Minogue and more.

Immediately after that comes a live-music tribute to Nelson, one of the most prolific and beloved artists in country history. Airing April 12 at 10 p.m. ET/PT, Willie Nelson: American Outlaw captures a star-studded Nashville concert which originally took place in January of 2019. The rollicking night featured performance by George Strait, Jimmy Buffett, Stapleton, Dave Matthews, Eric Church, Emmylou Harris, Jack Johnson, Sheryl Crow, Vince Gill, Norah Jones and The Little Willies and more, culminating with an all hands on deck sing along of the classic “On the Road Again.”

Then just one night later, the network will give Rogers the same treatment Parton got, airing Biography: Kenny Rogers on April 13 at 9 p.m. ET/PT. Telling Rogers’ life story from the very beginning, it will reveal his time with The First Edition, breakout as a solo artist/actor and even feature live-concert footage from Rogers’ 2017 farewell concert, All In For The Gambler. Along the way the show will feature interviews with Parton, Lionel Richie, Stapleton, Reba McEntireLittle Big Town, Lady Antebellum, Jamey Johnson, and more, plus behind-the-scenes content and never-before-seen photos.

Talk about a packed lineup!