Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Dolly Parton Keeping It Both Pure and Simple on Her New Tour

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Dolly Parton Keeping It Both Pure and Simple on Her New Tour

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Music icon Dolly Parton is on her biggest tour in 25 years, "Pure & Simple," but she says the production for the show itself will be fairly small.

"It's just me and three guys onstage, and we just have a good time," she says of the stripped-down show, coming Saturday night to Scottrade Center as part of an extensive North American tour.

"I really don't have as big a band on this tour as I've had in the past. It's pretty much broke down, just the four of us onstage. There's not a lot of big music, not a lot of big lighting, whatever they call all that pyrotechnic stuff. We don't have a lot of that. That's why it's called 'Pure & Simple.'"

Parton says every time she puts together a tour, the goal is to make something entertaining while also freshening things for those who have been checking her out live over the years.

"And of course, we always do our big hits, the famous songs 'Jolene,' 'Coat of Many Colors,' '9 to 5,' 'I Will Always Love You,' 'Here You Come Again,'" she says. "I do a segment about family; I try to involve some gospel music, mountain music, bluegrass stuff and some stories."

In pulling all this together, compiling the set list proved to be the trickiest part of the tour for Parton not surprising, considering her vast repertoire.

"It was a hard job," she says. "There are so many things you feel like you should do. You have to think of the entertainment element. You can't just sing songs. You've got to be able to talk, tell stories, have some songs that are fast, some that are slow. You have to really work on that. That's the hardest part, trying to think like your fans and with your fans. I hope we pulled it off."

The 70-year-old singer, who spoke on a conference call with reporters, says she embarked on this tour because "it has been 25 years since I've done a tour this extensive. I've done shows here and there, and I've done lots of European touring, but this is the first time doing this in North America (in a long time). …

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