With the dog days of August raging on and worries of what to do with the children as a new school years looms, it is a little difficult to think of the winter holidays, the spreading of good tiding of joy, and new music to help keep the spirit merry and bright.

But those hot summer days are just the time of year that musicians enter the studio to create those wonderful sounds of the season and bring fans a new take on some old holiday classics and to share some new sounds of the season.

On October 2, Country music icon Dolly Parton will release “A Holly Dolly Christmas” – her first album of holiday music in 30 years.  The album features some new tunes and holiday classics performed by Parton along with some special guests including Michael Bublé, Billy Ray and Miley Cyrus, brother Randy Parton, Jimmy Fallon, and Willie Nelson.

While Parton started working on the album last year, it wasn’t completed until this year during the pandemic. Noting that she is an older person and didn’t want to catch the virus, Parton said, “we were working in our little circle with our masks and with our gloves and we had our engineer and we just had the very few people that we had to have when we were in there when I was singing.”  Adding, “I’m hoping I can outrun all that. We’ve been all very, very smart, but it didn’t slow us up.”

Older or not, Parton is not sitting around and letting the dust settle, she has been very busy and has a number of projects coming out later this year including a career spanning coffee table book titled “Dolly Parton, Songteller: My Life in Lyrics” on November 17; along with an audio book edition set for release on the same day.

Also set for release in the fall is a TimeLife DVD collection “The Ultimate Dolly Parton DVD Collection”.

The tracklisting for “A Holly Dolly Christmas”:
“Holly Jolly Christmas”
“Christmas Is” with Miley Cyrus
“Cuddle Up, Cozy Down Christmas” with Michael Bublé
“Christmas On The Square”
“Circle Of Love”
“All I Want For Christmas Is You” with Jimmy Fallon
“Comin’ Home For Christmas”
“Christmas Where We Are” with Billy Ray Cyrus
“Pretty Paper” with Willie Nelson
“I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus”
“You Are My Christmas” with Randy Parton
“Mary, Did You Know?”


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