Dolly Parton’s Blue Smoke

Dolly Parton is dipping another toe into the bluegrass market with her next CD, Blue Smoke. It doesn’t appear to be a completely bluegrass record, like her 2001 release, Little Sparrow, but there are a couple of numbers that will be familiar to grassers, with a grassy feel to several of the other songs.

She covers Bob Dylan’s Don’t Think Twice, previously recorded by Tony Rice in a bluegrass style, and the classic folk song Banks Of The Ohio, which has been cut by countless bluegrass artists, again including Tony Rice.

Here’s a listen to the title track as a lyric video.

The album was released earlier this year in Australia and New Zealand, and hits the US and European markets on May 20. We hope to speak with Dolly next month ahead of the official release.

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John Lawless

John had served as primary author and editor for The Bluegrass Blog from its launch in 2006 until being folded into Bluegrass Today in September of 2011. He continues in that capacity here, managing a strong team of columnists and correspondents.