Dolly Parton talks Blue Smoke

bluesmokeDolly Parton’s new release, Blue Smoke, isn’t really a bluegrass album, though she does include a number of songs with a grassy feel. Among them are the all-time favorite, Banks Of The Ohio, Bob Dylan’s Don’t Think Twice, which has been recorded bluegrass style several times, and two new Parton songs.

Assisting on these are Scott Vestal on banjo, Bryan Sutton on guitar, Jimmy Mattingly and Stuart Duncan on fiddle, Danny Roberts on mandolin, Jay Weaver on bass, and Randy Kohrs on reso-guitar.

To introduce these songs to her bluegrass fans, Dolly created this video. She runs through the four of them, starting with the title track, talking about how she came to each one in turn.


Dolly’s web site has more details about the new album, just out on Dolly Parton Records, and the Blue Smoke tour kicking off later this month.

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