Dolly Parton charms a packed house at LA record release

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Dolly Parton charmed a packed house at her record release party in Los Angeles on March 28.

The veteran singer was celebrating the release of her new album ‘Backwoods Barbie’ and performed a handful of songs.

Backed by a full band and three back-up singers, Parton performed three songs from her new album including ‘Better Get To Livin’ and the album’s title track, as well as classics ‘Jolene’ and ‘Nine To Five’, at the intimate Roxy on the Sunset Strip.

“It’s good to be back where I belong!” she told the crowd as she took the stage wearing a white and silver-sequined dress. “I wrote several records here and people have always been very nice.”

The singer appeared in top form, despite having recently postponed her US tour due to back problems.

The crowd were in high spirits, with people periodically shouting: “We love you, Dolly!”

When Parton spotted a banner that said ‘I Love Barbie’ in the front row, the singer quipped, “I paid for that, didn’t I?”

Audience members included actress Emmy Rossum, Dita Von Teese, comedian Kathy Griffin, and celebrity blogger Perez Hilton, as well as actress Alison Janney, who is set to star in the upcoming musical ‘9 To 5’, for which Parton wrote the music and lyrics.

Parton also performed her song ‘I Will Always Love You’, which Whitney Houston made into a huge hit in the 1980s. “This is the song that won’t die, and I have to thank Whitney for making me a lot of money with it,” Parton said when introducing the song.

Parton concluded her set with ‘Jesus & Gravity’, the new single from ‘Backwoods Barbie’.

“It’s about spirituality and reality,” she said of the song. “I grew up in a Christian family, so anything about Jesus is good.”

Parton played:

‘Better Get To Livin’

‘Backwoods Barbie’

‘Jolene’

‘Nine To Five’

‘I Will Always Love You’

‘Jesus & Gravity’

Parton‘s rescheduled US ‘Backwoods Barbie’ tour is set to begin on April 22 in Pittsburgh and concludes on May 11 in Dallas.

–By our Los Angeles staff.

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