Dolly Parton To Release New Album, Launch World Tour

Dolly Parton To Release New Album, Launch World Tour

A ‘better day’ is coming. And who better than Dolly Parton to start spreading the news?

One of the most honored female country singers of all time returns this summer with a much-anticipated album of all-new studio material–Better Day–and a world tour bringing her throughout America and then onto the U.K, Europe and Australia. The excitement gets underway when the iconic singer, songwriter, musician, actress and philanthropist unveils the album's soaring first single “Together You & I” with a live performance Thursday, May 26 on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” as the song simultaneously arrives at radio. The song's video will debut shortly thereafter.

“I wanted to do an album that would be very uplifting and positive, as well as inspirational,” says the seven-time Grammy winner who was hailed as “one of our national treasures” by Newsweek in 2008. “Times are hard all over. I think people need to feel better and I thought Better Day was a perfect title because it says 'hope.'”

Better Day is the follow-up to her critically acclaimed and successful Backwoods Barbie album in 2008. Featuring 12 original Dolly compositions, the album will be released worldwide on her own Dolly Records in June or July (exact date TBA), marking the fourth release on the independent label.

The “Better Day” world tour launches July 17 in Knoxville in her home state of Tennessee and will be highlighted by two shows (July 22 and 23) at the historic Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles. Next, the tour moves overseas starting August 20 and will feature a pair of shows (September 7 and 8) at the O2 Arena in London, the venue where Dolly recorded and filmed Live From London (Dolly Records), her widely praised 2009 two-disc DVD/CD set that included songs from Backwoods Barbie alongside her many classic hits.

To see a full listing of tour dates, click HERE.

[rmore type=”more”]Click the ‘more’ button below to read a short Q& A with Dolly about her new projects and view the track listing for Better Day.[/rmore]

DOLLY Q&A:

–Can you describe what sets apart Better Day from your recent albums?

“Well, I always think every album is better than the last one…at least I strive for that. I wrote all the songs for this one; plus, I think it may be a little more contemporary than what I usually do.”

–Since Better Day will mark fourth release on Dolly Records, can you talk about the freedoms associated with making and releasing records on your own terms? (The label's three previous releases were 2008's Backwoods Barbie, 2009's Original Broadway Cast Recording of 9 to 5: The Musical and Live From London.)

“It's always best to be your own boss since you can do what you think is right. It's also nice knowing what a nice person the boss really is and that you can pretty much get away with anything. (LOL!) Seriously, though, I'm proud Dolly Records has done so well.”

–With your return to the road in 2011 in North America, Europe and Australia, what can fans expect from your performances and stage show?

“I'm very excited, first of all, to be going back on tour at all. But I love the fans and I miss the live stage shows. With the new stage show I hope to have a lot of new things for the fans, especially all the new songs from the Better Day CD and some new and different segments in the show with a lot more fun things as well. Of course, we will always be doing the biggest and most popular songs. We're looking for a good time for ourselves as well as for the fans.”

Here's the full Better Day track listing:

In The Meantime
Just Leaving
Missing You
Together You & I
Country Is
Holding Everything
The Sacrifice
I Just Might
Better Day
Shine Like The Sun
Get Out
Let Love Grow