Dolly Parton

August 27 at the Halifax Metro Centre

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photo Michael Tompkins
Published September 01, 2005.
Dolly Parton
August 27 at the Halifax Metro Centre
Promoting her upcoming album of golden oldies in collaboration with contemporary musicians, Dolly Parton sparkled (literally) on the Halifax stop of her Vintage Tour. Parton charmed with her between-song banter, engaging the audience members, cracking wise and attempting to fill requests shouted from the balcony. She giggled and chirped her way through some of her most recognizable hits ("9 to 5" and "Jolene" played back-to-back...unbelievable) and sung other classics from the '60s and '70s, prompting most of the audience to sing along. Switching like a true pro from heartbreaking tear-jerkers to barn-dance tear-downs, Parton displayed her phenomenal musical ability by playing no less than six instruments (including autoharp, dulcimer and harmonica), most of which were festooned with rhinestones. Whether she was telling touching stories about her family or making jokes about boobs, weed and Willie Nelson, Dolly held the audience in the palm of her hand like a little sparrow. And need we mention that the woman is still built like a brick house?

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