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Dolly Parton was the surprise of all surprises at the Newport Folk Festival

Dolly Parton at Newport Folk Festival | via @DollyParton on Twitter | photo by Daniel Jackson

While we were busy with XPN Fest this weekend, some crazy stuff was going down at the Newport Folk Festival. And by crazy stuff I mean DOLLY PARTON WAS THERE. When Lucy Dacus arrived on XPN’s River Stage on Sunday afternoon, one of the first things she said was that she was in a daze because she met Dolly Parton the night before at the Folk Fest. We can’t blame you, Lucy! Continue reading →

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XPN MusicNotes: Celebrate ten years of Brandi Carlile’s The Story with Dolly Parton, Jim James, The Avett Brothers, Adele and more

Brandi Carlile | Photo by Sydney Schaefer for WXPN | sydneyschaeferphotos.com

Ten years ago, Brandi Carlile vaulted into the music scene with her 2007 breakthrough album The Story. Now, a new tribute covers album is on the way called Cover Stories: Brandi Carlile Celebrates Ten Years of The Story – An Album to Benefit War Child.  It features a bevy of well-known artists including Dolly Parton and her wonderful cover of Brandi’s “The Story.”

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Just Announced: Dolly Parton is headlining the Mann Center in June

Dolly Parton
Dolly Parton | photo courtesy of the artist

Okay, everyone, calm down – the wait is over. Country icon and American music treasure Dolly Parton will be performing in Philly this summer after all. The singer and songwriter just announced a June 15th headlining show at the Mann Center for the Performing Arts.

For newbs wondering why this is a big deal, Dolly has quite the resume. Some stats: 100 million sold records worldwide, 25 number one songs on the Billboard Country charts, seven Grammy Awards, ten Country Music Association Awards, three American Music Awards and on and on. Plus she wrote the immortal “Jolene” – not to mention the infectious 80s anthem “9 to 5,” her first major crossover hit. Plus she’s got a theme park / town named after her in Tennessee – how cool is that? Continue reading →

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Why Dolly Parton’s “Jolene” is a modern ballad and CocoRosie’s genre-bending session that blew my mind, tonight on Folkadelphia Radio

CocoRosie by Rodrigo Jardon
CocoRosie by Rodrigo Jardon

At her recent concert at the International House, Norwegian musician Susanna (of the Magical Orchestra) performed a chilling rendition of Dolly Parton’s “Jolene,” trading in the familiar guitar riff for dark piano chords. Inspired by its universality, a quality that grants many ballads and tunes timeless, Folkadelphia will be focusing on “Jolene” and playing back a few diverse covers of this classic song.

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XPN Fest Recap: Lucy Dacus breaks through the simulation on the River Stage

Lucy Dacus | photo by Ashley Gellman for WXPN

Lucy Dacus had a big day at Newport Folk Fest yesterday, and was coping not only with losing her voice, but with whatever the mental state is that comes from meeting Dolly Parton. But even though she was existing in what she called an “alternate thread of the simulation,” and didn’t feel like any of this was real, she kept the energy high throughout her River Stage set, winning over a crowd of old and new fans with her thoughtful indie rock. Continue reading →

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Whitney is back with a beautiful LP 2 teaser

Whitney | photo by Tyler Asay for WXPN

After three long years, Whitney has finally given us a taste of their second album — and what a lovely early week surprise it was. The band released “FTA” Monday morning and a music video to go along with it. The track is their first release since their single, “You’ve Got a Woman,” and their cover of Dolly Parton’s “Gonna Hurry (As Slow as I Can),” both from 2017. They first made their debut with Light Upon the Lake in 2016. Continue reading →