Editors’ Notes Dolly Parton has spent recent years reclaiming her artistic edge by exploring bluegrass sounds and interpreting ‘60s-era material. Flashes of nearly every phase of her career are evident in Backwoods Barbie's tracks. Devotees of Dolly’s early work will appreciate “Jesus & Gravity” (an introspective acoustic-oriented number) and the title song (an examination of feminine self-esteem with the feel of a traditional Appalachian tune). Parton rekindles the torment of classic honky-tonk balladry in “I Will Forever Hate Roses,” “Made of Stone” and “Cologne.” Covers of “She Drives Me Crazy” and “The Tracks of My Tears” recall her glossy pop work of the ‘70s and ‘80s, while “Only Dreamin’” is of a piece with her recent folk-tinged output. Beyond these stylistic shifts, Dolly uses tunes like “Better Get to Livin’” and “Somebody’s Everything” to express an uplifting message of self-empowerment.Backwoods Barbie reaffirms Parton’s vitality as both working singer/songwriter and enduring cultural icon.

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