Dolly Parton no longer has tour plans.
The ‘Jolene’ hitmaker, who will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on November 5, is doubtful that she will hit the road again for a “full blown tour”.
The 76-year-old country superstar told Pollstar, “I don’t think I’ll ever tour again, but I know I’ll do special shows here and there every once in a while. Maybe do a long weekend of shows, or just a few shows at a festival. But I don’t intend to do a full-fledged tour anymore.”
Dolly thought she had spent her “whole life” traveling to perform, but now wants to “stay a little closer to home” with Carl Dean, her husband, whom she married in 1966.
She said: “I’ve done it all my life, and it takes a lot of time and energy. I like to stay a little closer to home with my husband [Carl Dean]. Now we’re getting older and I don’t want to go there for four or five weeks at a time. Something could happen. I wouldn’t feel good about it, if I was gone and someone needed me. Or I’d feel bad if I had to leave a tour if someone got home sick and needed me and then I had to go out with the fans.”
The Grammy winner, who also has a side career as a children’s literacy advocate with her charity Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, wants to collaborate with ’70s rock gods Jimmy Page and Robert Plant on his Led Zeppelin-inspired bluegrass album.
Dolly said, “But I’m going to do it again with the money. I did it bluegrass when I did it; but when I do the rock album, I’m going to re-record it and make it more true to the regular record. I’m trying to see if Robert Plant could sing on it. Maybe Jimmy Page could do the pickup part on it. I really want to drag some of the great classics, boys and girls, to sing some of the songs. I’m not far enough along to talk about who and what, but I’m going to make an album.”