Dolly Parton Quotes (Author of Dolly)
All I Can Do
Parton continues to record and tour regularly. Parton grew up poor in rural Appalachia. She was one of 12 children, and money was always an issue for her family. Her first exposure to music came from family members, including her mother, who sang and played guitar. Parton received her first guitar from a relative and soon began to pen her own tunes. At age 10, she started performing professionally, appearing on local television and radio shows in Knoxville.
Dolly Parton - Rockin' Years (Official Video)
The first impression you get listening to this album is how much happier she sounds than on Dolly , which was a somewhat laboured attempt at seventies schmaltz. The title track All I Can Do was the only single from the album, peaking at number 3. It has handclaps and a gospel feel to its euphoric ending which just makes it a real fun song to sing along with. The Fire That Keeps You Warm is another poppy love song, with some nice guitar and freshness to the vocal delivery. All the songs on this album were self-penned except for two covers and you really hear a renewed vigour in the writing.
Released in , All I Can Do was Dolly Parton 's last album produced by longtime mentor and frequent duet partner Porter Wagoner , though this time out Parton co-produced, and one can sense Dolly was straining slightly at the bit on these sessions. However, despite the country-rock accents on All I Can Do , Parton 's songwriting had changed little, and "When the Sun Goes Down Tonight," "I'm a Drifter," and "All I Can Do" are all tales of life in the South that resonate with emotional honesty and a nostalgia whose sweetness finds room for bitter truths. Similarly, "Preacher Tom" is a song of faith that's as country as cornbread, and just as satisfying. Parton 's covers of Emmylou Harris ' "Boulder to Birmingham" and Merle Haggard 's "Life's Like Poetry" are inspired, and the production is simple and straightforward, and suits Parton 's vocals perfectly. A few years on, Parton 's career and public persona would go through a lot of changes, but All I Can Do serves as a reminder that her commitment to country music was always real, and that she was a first-class talent before she became a multimedia star.