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MUSIC REVIEW: Dolly Parton’s smokin’ single, “Blue Smoke

Hello, again, Dolly.
The lovely and legendary Dolly Parton is returning to the music scene with a brand new album and a brilliant new title track. She dove deep into her gospel roots for this fun little breakup song and we’re, well… we’re totally in love.

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Who knew breaking up could be so much fun? Parton, apparently. The Grammy-winning country artist’s new single, “Blue Smoke,” is centered entirely on the best kind of breakup: the freeing variety.

More a “ditty” than a song, single or track, “Blue Smoke” is exactly the kind of song you’d expect from the 68-year-old songstress. Parton’s repetitive utilization of “rollin'” and the various onomatopoeia used to illustrate her train ride to freedom could seem trite, but they’re not. There’s a sweetness to the track that’s reminiscent of every song our grandmas ever sang to us while bouncing us on their knees. That may have something to do with our overall love for this gem of a first single, though our abiding adoration of Parton may be the leading reason.

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“Blue Smoke” is the title track and first single off Parton’s upcoming new album and is available on iTunes right now. The entire album releases on May 13. Directly after Blue Smoke hits stands, Parton will hit the tracks on a world tour. Among the more than two dozen tour dates, Parton will play seven shows in the U.S.

May 22 and 23 — Hard Rock Casino in Tulsa, Oklahoma
May 25 — Harrah’s Cherokee Casino in Cherokee, North Carolina
May 27 —  EKU Center for the Arts (St. Mark’s Evening Among Friends) in Richmond, Kentucky
May 28 —  University of Tennessee (benefiting Dolly’s Imagination Library) in Knoxville, Tennessee
May 30 and 31 —  WinStar Casino in Thackerville, Oklahoma

Make sure to catch the Blue Smoke World Tour when it rolls through your neck of the woods and buy Blue Smoke when it hits stands this summer.

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