Dolly Parton on Dollywood and a New Trio Reissue

Her Unreleased Tracks With Emmylou Harris and Linda Ronstadt Could Arrive Later This Year

Dolly Parton’s career longevity and success across entertainment frequently makes her a trending topic in Internet searches, especially recently with the 30th anniversary of the Dollywood theme park in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.

In a recent interview with CMT Hot 20 Countdown, Parton said that Dollywood’s success has surpassed her wildest dreams.


“It’s just amazing,” she said. “It just boggles my mind. … We are in the museum right now, and every time I’m in here, it just boggles my mind. You know, all the things that have gone on through my career, but I’ve been at it a long time. It’s amazing to look around and see your whole life like that. It’s great, though.”

Regarding the theme park’s success, she added, “I had hope that it would just do well, but it not only has done well, it has just done great. It just keeps growing and, now this year, we have our resort which was a dream I had early on, too. It took a long time, but you’ve gotta stay after them dreams.”

Parton’s fans may have a dream come true in the near future, too, with the possible release of unreleased recordings she made with Emmylou Harris and Linda Ronstadt. The threesome teamed up for Trio, a Grammy-winning album released in 1987. And despite a second album, 1998’s Trio II.

Parton hopes to repackage the sessions with some additional recordings that have never been heard by the public.

“We’ve been trying for years to put out the thing that we had in the can and repackage the things that we did,” she said. “Emmylou has been working at this for a long time. We thought it was coming out two to three years ago — actually even before that — but I just got a note from Emmy and Linda saying that they had signed off on it, and so it is gonna happen. I don’t have a date, but it’s supposed to be coming out this year.”

For more country music news, tune into CMT Hot 20 Countdown this Saturday and Sunday (April 4-5) at 9 a.m. ET/PT.