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Suggest me some Dolly Parton songs?

Asked by wildpotato (15104points) September 17th, 2016

Fans of country, I would like to pick your brains. I discovered “Jolene” recently and then “Bargain Store”. I had no idea Dolly Parton was so good. What other songs of hers might I enjoy, based on those two? (Example of one of her songs that didn’t click: “Joshua”)

More broadly, care to suggest more country I might be able to get into? I like some older stuff – lots of Johnny Cash and John Prine, “Big Iron” by Marty Robbins…that’s about it. I love folk and bluegrass, so country that bleeds a bit into those genres might be good. Not so much into the current trend of “pop” country, but I’m sure there are modern artists I haven’t heard of who fall outside that trend.

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BellaB's avatar

I’m a fan of old bluegrass and country. I like a lot of the work that Dolly did with Emmylou Harris and Linda Ronstadt in their Trio formation. Three sterling voices – with the best musicians backing them up.

The harmonies in this give me chills.

janbb's avatar

Emmylou Harris fits in nicely between country and folk – “Red Dirt Girl” is a great album. Emmylou Harris and Mark Knopfler also did a great album together. Try Gillian Welch, Lucinda Williams and Allison Kraus as well.

Seek's avatar

I know very little Dolly Parton. My favourite Dolly Parton song is actually a cover of “Jolene” by a band called Me First and the Gimme Gimmes from their “Love Their Country” album. Here it is

If you’re into Cash, you should listen to Merle Haggard, Patsy Cline, Hank Williams and the present-day country done by Hank Williams III (also known as Hank3). He goes back to his Grandpa’s roots, and it’s awesome. Avoid Hank Williams Jr. He sucks. If you want to expand into Southern Rock, Lynyrd Skynyrd has way more songs than Sweet Home Alabama and Free Bird, and they are wonderful.

BellaB's avatar

Asleep at the Wheel – alone and in their many collaborations are tremendous. Good musicians and great fun.

Hot Rod Lincoln

Great band if you can catch them live

Lyle Lovett with Asleep at the Wheel – Blues for Dixie

Now I want to dance :)

ibstubro's avatar

Randy Travis. On The Other Hand is a personal favorite of mine.

@BellaB and I were separated at mirth!
Asleep at the Wheel swings, Miles and Miles of Texas.

filmfann's avatar

Love is like a butterfly
Jolene
I will always love you

jca's avatar

The only Dolly Parton song that I really know of was her big hit that was out when I was a teen, ”Islands in the Stream” which was a duet with Kenny Rogers.

ibstubro's avatar

Dolly Parton?
Just watch “The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas”.
One of the best movies ever made.
Hard Candy Christmas, etc.

wildpotato's avatar

Thanks guys, I’ll check these out!

ZEPHYRA's avatar

Nine to five.

ibstubro's avatar

Coat of Many Colors
Listen to the young, clean voice she had.
She’s had no equal, but lived in a time where there weren’t many songwriters that could highlight her vocal strengths.

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