From Dollywood to Hollywood: Dolly Parton Sparkles & Shines During Hollywood Bowl Show

“I pray everyday that the Lord will let me be a light…”

That’s exactly what Dolly Parton proved to be last night during her sold-out concert at the Hollywood Bowl, as she closed out the third leg of her Pure & Simple Tour.

Dolly Parton Hollywood Bowl

There was belly laughter. There were tears. There were words of wisdom from an icon that had everyone in the audience feeling unbelievably thankful that they had the chance to experience such wit, humility and talent from one of the greatest stars of all time.

Dolly Parton is an entertainer, ladies and gents! Give her a stage, a mic, an audience and a rhinestone get-up, and that’s all she needs to perform the best concert I’ve ever been to, bar none.

Fans heard Dolly signatures like “Jolene,” “Coat of Many Colors,” “9 to 5,” and “I Will Always Love You,” which she sang during the encore. People just couldn’t get enough! But it were her stories, compiled over her 70 year life thus far, that painted such vivid pictures that made this a show the audience will never forget.

From her childhood memories in the Smoky Mountains to her tributes to her momma and daddy to her stories about the love of her life, the over-arching theme she expressed was gratitude. It was her message of love and faith and being who you are and remembering where you come from that affected the audience in the most positive and intimate of ways. If anyone knows who she is and is proud of it, it’s Dolly!

Add to all of that emotion, witty one-liners and the funny ogling of her assistant Steve, and there you have it – life changed! 😉

A few of her best – and truly sincere – one-liners from the night included:

“It costs a lot of money to look this cheap.”

“It’s a good thing I was born a girl, otherwise I’d be a drag queen.”

“My granddaddy asked me, ‘don’t you wanna go to heaven? I said, ‘Well, do I have to look like hell to get there?’”

“I don’t want to fall on this stage. They’d have to milk me to get me up!”

“I’m so excited to see so many friends at this show. I just saw a lot of my doctors backstage.”

I mean honestly…what a queen!

Even with a head cold, Dolly managed to sing her heart out and sounded both powerful and delicate throughout her concert. Let’s not forget the many instruments she broke out during her two-hour show (harmonica, piano, guitar, saxophone and on and on and on). As she said, she was “feeling saxy tonight,” when she played the saxophone like a true natural. She ended that song saying, “That was some good sax. Was it as good for y’all as it was for me?!,” propelling the audience into uncontrollable laughter.

From the funny, lighthearted notes to the inspiring message she shares, Dolly’s music and talent is without exception the best in the business. Take it from a girl who grew up with season passes to Dollywood to then seeing my idol perform in Hollywood…her concert will stay with me forever. She has inspired me and many others, I’m sure, to love more, dream bigger, work harder and always keep my faith at the forefront.

Me and Dolly

After an evening with Dolly Parton, you can’t help but realize you’ve just experienced one of the greatest talents ever to walk this earth, and her fans left with a greater appreciation for love, life and art.

Dolly kicks off the fourth leg of her Pure & Simple Tour on November 15th. After that comes – “Dolly Parton’s Christmas of Many Colors: Circle of Love.” You better believe I’ll be watching what’s sure to be a wonderfully heartwarming holiday film about family and faith. Fans can watch Dolly on NBC on November 30th.

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