Singer makes country LP ahead of European shows

Dolly Parton is set to release her first country album in 17 years.

‘Backwoods Barbie’ is out on June 9 in the UK, having had a US release earlier in the year.

“The song ‘Backwoods Barbie’ pretty much says it all,” said Parton of the new record’s title track.

“I grew up poor and ragged, always dreamed of being beautiful like Barbie and the models in the Fredericks catalogue. It’s true that the way I look is just a country girl’s idea of glamour, but it comes from an honest place.

‘Backwoods Barbie’ just seemed like such a perfect title for a country album for me.”

As previously reported, Parton is set to play the following UK and Irish dates:

Kilkenny Nowlan Park (June 22)

Belfast Odyssey Arena (24,25)

Glasgow SECC (27, 29)

Manchester Evening News Arena (28)

Nottingham Arena (July 1)

Birmingham NIA (2)

Cardiff International Arena (4)

London 02 Arena (5,6)

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