My fascination with Dolly Parton began in 2005 when I took an Appalachian Fiction class here at WVU, with one of the best teachers I have ever had, Anna Elfenbein. We watched a documentary about Appalachian music and the culture that developed over the last couple hundred years here in the hills.
Dolly is a legend in so many ways. She really embodies the Appalchian culture and worked her way to the top. Her father couldn’t read or write, and did the best that he could for his kids at the time. She’s such an amazing story. She wrote this song in his honor, which I was first introduced to when David Archuleta sang it last year on American Idol. Both Dolly and David sing it with such conviction and passion. The lyrics and sincerity is just overwhelming at times.
Corny, I know but listen to it once and tell me it’s not one of the most beautiful songs you’ve ever heard!
Click here to download the full length song on iTunes which includes a 2 minute preview of why she dedicates this song to her Dad each time. It’s amazing.