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Country Women with Excellent Countrified Voices
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Dolly Parton: Dolly Parton: Certainly, no list of top traditional country music female [countrified] My Tennessee Mountain Home [1973]] singers would be complete without Dolly. Much like Tammy, Dolly has won nearly every award possible, had tremendous solo success Coat Of Many Colors [1971] and had tremendous duet success If Teardrops Were Pennies with Porter Wagoner live in ‘73]. In my opinion, that is where the two take different career paths … whereas Tammy pretty much stuck to her roots [with a few music exceptions and clothing choices], Dolly has dipped her toes in numerous other endeavors. Whoops, slow down … we should interject right here that Pigeon Forges’ Dolly got started very young … here she is
Dolly Parton
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in March of 1959 with her first recording, Puppy Love [at about age 13 at the time]. Added to her resume’ is songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, record producer, actress, author, businesswoman and humanitarian. As a songwriter she has written over, get this, 3,000 songs. She has had 37 top 10 hits, 22 #1s and 2 #1 duets. Then, of course, there is The Dolly Company, Dollywood, Dolly Parton’s Stampede [a Dinner Theater] in Pigeon Forge, Branson and Myrtle Beach [Pirates Voyage Fun, Feast and Adventure], Dollywood's Splash Country, and the Dream More Resort and Spa. All are in Pigeon Forge other than the theaters noted elsewhere. Last but certainly least, many celebrities go on TV and ask everyday folks to be charitable. Dolly, on the other hand, gives a vast amount of money to numerous worthy causes such as to victims of wildfires, floods, etc. … for education, for preservation, to fight disease such as the current pandemic … the list is long. Big-time kudos to Dolly for that! Just think, Dolly has done all the stuff in this write-up and I haven’t even scratched the surface. Oh, that’s right, she did some songs too, chuckle, let’s spin a couple more Dolly Tunes: I Will Always Love You from 2002 and Jolene in 1988.
Marty Stuart: As mentioned earlier, many artists cannot be pigeonholed into one specific style, sound or era. To that end, we added this special category. To find a perfect example, we had to look no further than special talent, Marty Stuart. Being born in 1958 makes him fall outside of our mainly ’40s, ’50s and ‘60s country singers, yet he squarely fits into both Pretty Voices and Countrified Voices … as well as any other category one wishes to put him in, hence, Bridging the Gap of Time and Style. We believe he could sing the Telephone Book. Marty is a superior musician with special talents on the Guitar and Mandolin ... and his songwriting takes a backseat to no one. Marty’s career got underway at a young age … by 1970 he was already in a band;  here’s 14-year-old Marty with Lester Flatt and ...
Bridging the Gap of Time and Style
Marty Stuart
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