Dolly Parton Talks Gold Records, Gay Fans and More
Dolly Parton has earned dozens of gold and platinum records throughout her career, but her latest marks a special first for the entertainer and for Cracker Barrel Old Country Stores. Dolly's live album/DVD, "An Evening With Dolly," released in April of this year, has become the iconic singer's latest gold disc and the first gold album to be released via Cracker Barrel stores. At a Friday (Aug. 10) morning press conference where the gold-record plaque was unveiled and presented to her, Dolly also fielded questions about her music and other projects she's currently working on. The philanthropic superstar began by revealing that the plaque will be donated to her Chasing Rainbows Museum at Dollywood, which houses memorabilia from throughout her six-decade career.
More highlights from Dolly's chat with reporters:
On what she's been doing this summer: "I've been taking off this summer to visit with family. Right now I'm just enjoying hanging out with my little nieces and nephews. I have several little-bitty ones now. I don't have kids of my own but I'm a great "Aunt Granny," they call me. Now I've got some that are the great-grandchildren of my mom and dad. They call me "G.G.," which is great grandma. It's fun playing with them and visiting with some brothers and sisters I haven't spent a lot of time with through the years. I love my family and I'm very close to them. There are several people in your family, you're always close to some of 'em. I just mean close physically but ... I meant the other, too. [laughs] But that's true with all families. I have a lot of real country family. A lot of backwards people that ain't gonna get in a car and come see