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Perry joins Parton at ACMs

Tuesday, March 22, 2016 – Katy Perry and Dolly Parton will join forces for a joint performance at the 51st Academy of Country Music Awards.

There was no word on what the pop star and Parton would sing. Parton also will be honored with the Tex Ritter Award for her television movie, "Dolly Parton's Coat of Many Colors." This award is given to a movie released and/or receiving major exposure during the preceding calendar year, featuring or utilizing country music.

The ACMS will be held in Las Vegas on April 3 at 8 p.m. live eastern/delayed Pacific on CBS.

The movie aired on NBC in 2015 in a story of faith and family. Set in 1955 in the Great Smoky Mountains, the film showcases a time in Parton's childhood, as her family struggles with loss and grapples with religion, while love of family prevails.

Parton and Perry join previously announced performers, including Jason Aldean, Kelsea Ballerini, Dierks Bentley, Luke Bryan, Cam, Kenny Chesney, Eric Church, Brett Eldredge, Sam Hunt, Tim McGraw, Thomas Rhett, Chris Stapleton, Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban, Chris Young with Cassadee Pope and Florida Georgia Line. Additional acts and presenters will be announced.

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Pure & Simple CD review - Pure & Simple
Dolly Parton is no stranger to flash. Even before our modern country era, where many of the most successful artists rival contemporary pop stars for high profile image manipulation, Parton had the city girl look down pat (alas, without ever denying her Appalachian roots). However, this master songwriter has simply given us an album about as close to purity as one can get. The incredibly bright Parton is far from simple, however, so the "simple" in this album's title solely refers »»»
Blue Smoke CD review - Blue Smoke
Of all the songs you never expected Dolly Parton to cover, Bon Jovi's "Lay Your Hands on Me" has got to be near the top of the list. Although by the time Miley Cyrus's godmother gets through personalizing the song there's not enough of the original left to call it a cover - just a word or two here and there and the chorus, which for those of you who have forgotten this masterpiece of 80's hair metal is just the title of the song repeated almost enough times to make a »»»
Better Day CD review - Better Day
If Dolly Parton were to host a summer replacement daytime TV show, her new record album could very well be the soundtrack. It is so totally Dolly - an hour's worth of can-do, I'm-country-gol'-dang-it-but-don't-forget-I'm-Hollywood, yet never abandoning the singer-songwriter that's been her overriding trademark. It gets a little silly, which you expect from Dolly. In fact, the song she co-wrote with Mac Davis, Country Is as Country Does - gets a lot silly. »»»