Ruthie Collins Shines in “Dear Dolly”

One of CMT’s Next Women of Country Says “Thank-You” to a Country Icon

When the going gets tough for Ruthie Collins, she knows exactly where to turn in her heart and mind: Dolly Parton.

In a beautiful love letter to the country music icon, Collins sings about Parton’s strong influence in her life and how it’s given her the strength and courage to keep on singing when times get hard in the often tumultuous music business.

Is there a better role model out there for girls than Parton? I think not.

From humble beginnings to musical world domination, Parton has navigated the rocky waters of show business with incredible heart, humor and chutzpah and paved the way for girls with big dreams everywhere.

What a fitting “thank-you” from one of those girls, Collins, now seeing her dream coming true.

I can’t wait for Parton to see this.

Samantha is a country radio insider with a deep love for the music and its stars. She can often be found on a red carpet or at a late-night guitar pull.