Dolly Parton to release album, docuseries ‘SMOKY MOUNTAIN DNA’

Dolly Parton at the 2022 Academy of Country Music Awards Arrivals at Allegient Stadium on March 7^ 2022 in Las Vegas^ NV

78-year-old country music legend Dolly Parton shared news of a new album and docuseries set for fall release titled “Dolly Parton & Family: Smoky Mountain DNA — Family, Faith & Fables”.

According to a press release, the four-part docuseries acts as a companion piece to the album and is described as both a musical and visual experience. The performer’s “Smokey Mountain DNA” project will explore the legacies of both her paternal Parton side of her family, as well as her mother’s Owens side.

The press release reads: “The project traces their origins from the United Kingdom in the 1600s to their home today in the Great Smoky Mountains of East Tennessee. Through this release, audiences will discover the treasured heritage that has been preserved and echoed in the music and vibrant culture of Appalachia.” The docuseries follows Parton’s family lineage from the U.K. to eastern Tennessee and is set to include interviews with a variety of family members. The four-part series will also include performances at Knoxville’s Bijou Theater. Produced by her cousin, Richie Owens, the album will feature “some tracks include the voices of beloved family members who have passed, alongside contemporary contributions from today’s generation.”

“Dolly Parton & Family: Smoky Mountain DNA — Family, Faith & Fables,” will be released Nov. 15, per the release, which described the docuseries as “in production,” but did not clarify if the release date would be the same. Fans can pre-order the album on June 21, the same day as the full track list is set to drop. According to a press release, the album will be available through streaming platforms, as well as on CD and vinyl.

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