Dolly Parton Announces Retirement from Touring, Embracing Quality Time with Husband at Home

Dolly Parton, a renowned figure in country music and the entertainment industry, has decided to retire from touring while continuing to create music. In a recent interview with Pollystar, the 77-year-old legendary superstar expressed her intention to no longer embark on full-scale tours. Instead, she plans to perform occasional special shows, participate in festivals, or engage in short weekend performances.


Despite bidding farewell to the touring life, Dolly Parton remains committed to her music career and will devote her energy to spending quality time with her beloved husband, Carl Thomas Dean. Dolly and Carl’s love story began in 1964 when they met outside a laundromat in Nashville, Tennessee. Since then, they have been inseparable, and in May 1966, they tied the knot in a private ceremony in Ringgold, Georgia. Their enduring love and dedication to each other have been evident throughout their 50 years of marriage.


Dolly Parton reflects on her touring experiences and explains her decision to retire from the stage. The demanding nature of touring, which requires substantial time and energy, led her to prioritize being closer to home and her husband as they both grow older. She expressed concern about being away for extended periods and not being available if someone needed her. Furthermore, she emphasized her desire to remain present for her fans and not abandon a tour abruptly in case of emergencies.


While Dolly continues to work on her music, she also ventures into new projects. She reveals her upcoming album in the rock ‘n’ roll genre, inspired by her husband’s passion for hard rock music. Additionally, she collaborates with actress-turned-producer Reese Witherspoon on an adaptation of her co-written novel with James Patterson, titled “Run, Rose, Run.” Dolly’s creativity extends beyond music, as she recently premiered an NBC special called “Dolly Parton’s Mountain Magic Christmas,” which showcases the behind-the-scenes aspects of putting on a show.

Dolly Parton poses with American country music singer-songwriter Loretta Lynn circa 1997 at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Ron Davis/Getty Images)

Dolly Parton’s decision to prioritize her health and well-being stems from her past experiences. In the 1980s, she faced health challenges but disregarded the warning signs, focusing solely on her career. Eventually, she collapsed on stage in Indianapolis and was diagnosed with endometriosis, a condition characterized by pain, heavy periods, and fatigue. Despite her doctor’s advice to take a break, Dolly ignored it, leading to her collapse and subsequent medical consultations. Ultimately, she underwent a partial hysterectomy, realizing the importance of self-care and listening to her body.


Dolly Parton’s remarkable journey, from a humble upbringing in poverty-stricken Appalachian Mountains to becoming a music icon, exemplifies her strength and resilience. Her decision to retire from touring and prioritize her health reflects a newfound understanding of the importance of balance and well-being in her life.

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