On Wednesday night, Dolly Parton brought her Pure and Simple Tour to Huntsville’s Von Braun Arena. Unlike other shows out there right now, Dolly’s Pure and Simple was in fact… Pure and Simple. No fancy backdrops or pyrotechnics… Dolly let her music, her voice and her stories entertain the crowd for the 2 hour set.
At the age of 70, Dolly makes performing and entertaining look easy… effortless even. Besides belting out hits old and new like “Coat of Many Colors,” “Islands in the Stream,” “Two Doors Down,” “Here You Come Again,” “Why’d You Come In Here Lookin’ Like That” and the title track of her latest album, “Pure and Simple,” Dolly gave the crowd something more… a piece of herself. She told stories of her life growing-up in the Smokey Mountains that inspired her ‘Coat of Many Colors’ and ‘Christmas of Many Colors’ movies. She also talked about her songwriting and where certain tunes came from.
Throughout the set, she played several instruments including acoustic guitar, electric guitar, sax, piano, harmonica, piano, fiddle, recorder and more. But more impressive than her instrumental talents was her humor and ability to laugh at herself without sounding degrading. Far from politically correct, Dolly balanced a line of faith and humor.
Highlights of the evening were obviously “9 to 5” and her biggest hit, “I Will Always Love You.”
If you haven’t had the chance to see Dolly Parton live, I suggest you get your butt in gear. She insists that she’s nowhere near done, but you certainly don’t want to miss it. It’s like nothing you’ve ever see, and you certainly won’t regret it.
You can see all of our photos from the show here.