When Dolly Parton arrived in Nashville, a few days after her high-school graduation, she found a world light years from the Smoky Mountains of Locust Ridge, Tennessee. She grew up a sharecropper's child, one of twelve born to Robert and Avie Lee Parton. The first songs she heard were the old-time ballads played by her mother, a half-Cherokee, and her grandfather, a Church of God preacher who played fiddle and even published a few gospel numbers. The coat of many colors of her signature song wasn't a conceit; you can see the patchwork dress, a symbol of the poverty she endured and the imagination that saved her, in a... More >>>