That One Time I Got to Talk to Dolly Parton

Posted November 1, 2017 by Prairie Wife - 16 comments

You may not know this but, I am a HUGE Dolly Parton fan. It’s on my bucket list to make it to one of her concerts AND visit Dollywood.

It’s hard to put into words why I adore her so much but, I think it all started when I saw her in the movie 9 to 5 as a kid.

I fell in love with this woman that was beautiful AND strong, kind AND firm, and let’s face it a fabulous sense of humor AND oh that voice!

dolly head shot

It was the first time I realized that I didn’t have to pick just one thing to be…

When I began this blog and started our Prairie Wife of the Week interviews I had Dolly at the top of my list.

Somehow the Interview God’s smiled upon me and her media group responded to my inquiry email and invited me to participate in a virtual press conference. It was a week after I had my Preventive Mastectomy and while I was disappointed that I was unable to actually ask a question, hearing her voice well…it was pretty dang amazing.

When I was invited back for another interview I was no less thrilled. Even though yet again, I was unable to ask a question, it was still another highlight of my blogging career.

Dolly’s media company must have liked my post because a month ago they invited me AGAIN to a virtual press conference!

Dolly recently released her first children’s album “I Believe In You” It’s a beautiful album full of inspiring catchy songs. One of the perks of this interview was that I was able to listen to the album weeks before it was released to the public. The two littlest Cowkids loved bopping around to the title song and we were all humming and singing “woo woo woo woo woo I can do it so can you” for days lol!

I crossed my fingers and chanted “third times the charm” over and over again as the day for the interview drew closer.

The interview began in true Dolly style with her manager saying…

“She’s ready to rock, let’s get this thing started!”

I belive in you

You could hear Dolly’s iconic laugh in the background and we were off. Dozens of reporters were on mute waiting with bated breath to hear their names called and jotting down notes as their contemporaries asked questions.

As always, I had a list of questions to ask. With my top two highlighted in bold, I was ready to go. It’s best to be over-prepared, you just never know what clever reporter may ask one of your questions!

I sat locked in my bedroom with The Cowboy next to me listening to Dolly talk about her children’s album and how ALL the proceeds will go towards her Imagination Library. Many of the songs on the album were actually inspired by books they give away through Imagination Library.

As Dolly described how “Chemo Hero” was inspired by her niece Hannah who was diagnosed with Leukemia when she was 4,  I realized that there was SO much more depth to Dolly’s life than I originally thought.

A few Dollyisms that came from this interview…

If you know how to read you can educate yourself on any subject you want.

Men have never intimidated me, I grew up with a house full of brothers. I’ve always had an understanding of how men work.

My songs are like my children, some are prettier than others but I love them all…and expect them to support me when I’m older.

As I was smiling and laughing along with Dolly I suddenly heard my name.

My heart began to race and I fumbled to turn my MUTE button off.

I smiled and said “Hello from Wyoming”

“Wyoming, I love Wyoming!” said Dolly…and just like that we were best friends for life!

OK, not really.

dolly seated

Instead, I dove in and asked her why she thought her song “Coat of Many Colors” (it’s included on this album) and the recently made-for TV movie has struck such a chord with her fans (and created thousands of new ones).

Her response had me nodding along in agreement.

“Children love to hear stories about how others live. Right now I think families are longing for a simpler life, they are feeling that there is a need for them to pull together. I think stories [like mine] based on love and faith are meeting this need and bringing families together.”

And then it was all over.

I said thank you hit mute and enjoyed the rest of the interview. OK…I have to admit, there was a fist pump and bounce or two on the bed before I calmed down.

I’m secretly hoping that if I’m asked back to do any more interviews when I say “Hello from Wyoming!” she’ll remember me and THEN we can become best friends…

Either way, I’m thrilled that I was able to talk to one of my heroes, and that her answer to my question was exactly what I hoped.

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16 thoughts on "That One Time I Got to Talk to Dolly Parton"

  1. Bennie says:

    You go girlfriend!! Woop, Woop! I’m so glad you were able to ask your question.

    As you know – no kids here, just my little third cousins. I’ll let someone who has kids vie for the CD.

    I do love Dolly though from her movies. As a working gal I can totally relate to 9 To 5. That movie totally hits home. I also love her in Steel Magnolia. That’s always a tear-jerker even though I’ve seen it many times.

    Great Job Wyoming!

    1. Prairie Wife says:

      Thanks Bennie I was so excited and I’m just gonna keep at them until maybe I can be in the same room as her someday lol 😉

  2. Lish says:

    I love her music. Would love to hear her kids music! I’m so glad you got to ask a question!

  3. Abbey says:

    So I have to say I teared up a little reading this cause I know you and can only imagine you waiting for them to say your name 3 times! But I laughed at the part about jumping on the bed causeni can see that too! Congrats and who wouldn’t want to be your best friend?!?! You kinda rock 🙂

  4. Kelly says:

    IT FINALLY HAPPENED!!! Congrats! I’m so happy for you… and your new best friend. 😉

  5. Amber Lompe says:

    I LOVED the movie Steel Magnolias as a young adult, and I absolutely adored Dolly’s character.

  6. Julie Terry says:

    Congrats to you! I love Dolly I have been listening to her music since I was a kid and would love to have this cd for my girls.

  7. Katrina Angele says:

    I’ve just always loved her go get em attitude. I’ve never seen her angry.

  8. ShellyC says:

    Dolly is down to earth and real. I love her singing and her songs about life. She writes her own music and deserves more credit for that alone! She is an inspiration to women who want to be singers or just the everyday women. Her laugh is also fun, who doesn’t love Dolly? Also she has raised a lot of money for charities.

  9. Elizabeth Brooks says:

    How amazing. I love imagination library. I love how caring she is

  10. Becky Phelps says:

    I love Dolly. She is so down to Earth, will do anything for anyone she is a angel with a beautiful voice

  11. kristina daniels says:

    I have grown up in the Great Smokey Mountains, and Dolly Parton has always been my idol. She loves her roots and has never forgot where she came from. She’s a very generous person, after the wildfires last years she gave and still is giving for the relief fund…don’t even get me started on her music…jolene, i will always love you, coat of many colors…the list goes on…oh and there is always fun at Dollywood!!

    1. Prairie Wife says:

      Jolene is my fav! Dollywood is on my bucket list 🙂

  12. Dawn says:

    What’s not to love?! Dolly is an amazing person through and through, showing us the very definition of a graceful and strong lady! Tough yet compassionate, sassy yet sweet.

    1. Prairie Wife says:

      Amen. I just adore her! Have you listened to the podcast “Dolly Parton’s America” it is SO good!

  13. Jean davies says:

    beautiful story thank you for sharing.

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