SET FOR ADDITIONAL U.S. DATES THIS FALL
WORLD TOUR KICKS OFF
JULY 17 IN TENNESSEE BEFORE HEADING
TO EUROPE IN AUGUST
DOLLY TAKES OVER TV AIRWAVES WITH
TONIGHT SHOW, BETTER TV, CMT AND GAC APPEARANCES
LATER THIS MONTH
“Resilience, adaptability, stick-to-itiveness, devotion: they’re her superhero traits, delivered without pretension. And ‘Better Day’ captures them faithfully: it’s Dolly to the bone…she sounds almost ageless: expressive even at a whisper, and glorious at full cry. The songs are all hers, and they cover a lot of ground: falling in and out of love, taking umbrage, carrying on.”
--Nate Chinen, NEW YORK TIMES, June 28, 2011
On the heels of her critically acclaimed new album BETTER DAY (Dolly Records, distributed through Warner Music Nashville) entering the country albums chart at #11, DOLLY PARTON has announced a second leg of U.S. dates in October (see dates below) as part of her world tour that commences July 17 in Knoxville in her home state of Tennessee.The first leg of U.S. dates include two nights at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles (July 22 and 23), marking her first-ever concerts at the historic venue.
While in Los Angeles, the iconic singer, songwriter, musician, actress and philanthropist will perform BETTER DAY’s first single, the uplifting “Together You And I” on “The Tonight Show” Friday, July 22. DOLLY will also appear that same day on the syndicated “Better TV” show (check local listings). Other notable DOLLY TV appearances include GAC (“On The Streets” 7/19: 10:00am, 2:00pm, 7:30pm, 10:30pm ET; “The Collection” 7/14: 8:00PM, ET); and CMT (“Top 20 Countdown w/Evan Farmer” aired 7/8-7/10. DOLLYalso is CMT’s "Posted Artist of the Month" with new content every posted daily at www.posted.cmt.com).
After wrapping the first leg of U.S. dates August 3, the “Better Day” tour moves overseas for 18 shows in England, Ireland, Denmark and Sweden 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 praised2009 two-disc DVD/CD set that included songs from her 2008 Backwoods Barbie album alongside her many classic hits.
The fall U.S. dates kick off Friday, October 7 in Cedar Park, TX and will continue through mid-October before she heads to Australia in November for a run of dates.
BETTER DAY is DOLLY’s much-anticipated album of all-new studio material. Featuring 12 original DOLLY compositions, BETTER DAY marks the fourth release on the independent label. The album continues to earn DOLLY huge critical accolades. Here are some of them beyond the New York Times review cited above.
“Parton is that rare singer who can make optimism seem like a viable philosophy. When country music goes upbeat, it often traffics in cornball novelty tunes, but Dolly plays her album full of love 'n' hope with straight-up sincerity. In the midst of hard economic times, the positive anthems that fill ‘Better Day’ — all new material, no covers — come off as brilliant strategy, with some equally brilliant vocal performances.” Grade: A-
--Ken Tucker, ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY June 22, 2011
"She’s country music’s ultimate can-do gal, a reputation ‘Better Day’ deepens with a dozen bright-eyed originals...Parton’s irrepressible personality is the star attraction, and on ‘Better Day’ it shines."
--Mikael Wood, LOS ANGELES TIMES, June 28, 2011
"...a collection of positive-minded, good-humored odes to love, faith and endurance...this age-defying country girl, with her resilient soprano and infectious pluck, seems incapable of a truly false note."
--Elysa Gardner, USA TODAY, June 28, 2011
“..Parton displays her signature sass throughout this excellent set of self-written odes to optimism. Uplifting tunes such as the bluesy title track and the upbeat ‘In The Meantime,’ a call to ‘drop this doomsday attitude and get on with the show,’ offer the kind of straight talk that has endeared her to fans since the 1960s. Other standouts include the rock-tinged ‘Shine Like The Sun’ and the hoedown-ready ‘Country Is As Country Does.’ The milder moments are equally engrossing, especially the kiss-off ballad ‘Get Out and Stay Out’ and the piano-laced ‘I Just Might,’ both showing that an artist can keep getting better with time…”
--Ivory Jeff Clinton, PEOPLE, July 18, 2011
“With things being tough all over, count on Dolly Parton to grab a handful of sparkle and let it shine…the undisputed heavyweight champ of modern country returns to the mainstream with a collection that reflects her unsinkable tenacity and charm. Downhome but polished, Parton and producer Kent Wells create an often pop-country gem that empowers as it punches country radio’s clichés with a freshness that says “real country is more engaging than warmed over AC and AOR with fiddles on it.”
--Holly Gleason, PASTEMAGAZINE.COM, June 28, 2011
"...she returns with a sun-dappled romp through fields of dazzling musical flowers. The ever-irrepressible Dolly Parton is back with Better Day, a portfolio of feel-better, lift-yourself-up, rejoicing sermons....Country music's Sister Sunshine marches on indefatigably, preaching an uplifting message of love and happiness and cheer and faith, along with an honest work ethic."
--Chet Flippo, CMT.COM, July 7, 2011
“…with tight production, accessible melodies and expressive songs, Better Day accomplishes being an uplifting collection that celebrates today while managing to continue looking to an even brighter tomorrow.”
--Daryl Addison, GACTV.COM, July 5, 2011
DOLLY’s updated U.S. tour dates are as follows. **Indicates new date.
DATE CITY VENUE
Sun 7/17 Knoxville, TN U. of Tennessee/Thompson Boling Arena
Tue 7/19 Dallas, TX Verizon Theatre Grand Prairie
Wed 7/20 Albuquerque, NM Sandia Casino
Fri 7/22 Los Angeles, CA Hollywood Bowl
Sat 7/23 Los Angeles, CA Hollywood Bowl
Sun 7/24 Concord, CA Concord Pavilion
Wed 7/27 Prior Lake, MN Mystic Lake Casino
Thu 7/28 Chicago, IL Rosemont Theater
Sat 7/30 Wallingford, CT Toyota Presents Oakdale Theatre
Sun 7/31 Vienna, VA Wolf Trap
Tue 8/2 Durham, NC Durham Performing Arts Center
Wed 8/3 Alpharetta, GA Verizon Wireless Amp @ Encore Park
** Fri 10/7 Cedar Park, TX Cedar Park Center
** Sat 10/8 Tulsa, OK BOK Center
** Tue 10/11 Biloxi, MS Mississippi Coast Coliseum
** Fri 10/14 Valdosta, GA Wild Adventures Theme Park
** Sat 10/15 Clearwater, FL Ruth Eckerd Hall
** Sun 10/16 Sarasota, FL Van Wezel PAH