Though she never changed her image, Parton managed to get folks to pay attention to her music and skills as an entertainer and businesswoman, and not so much to her wardrobe and makeup.
“Blue Smoke” is her first album in three years. She wrote many of the songs on the album, sings duets with Willie Nelson and Kenny Rogers and takes a trip into unlikely territory on covers of Bob Dylan’s “Don’t Think Twice” and Bon Jovi’s “Lay Your Hands on Me,” which she gives a Sunday-morning flavor. She recently announced hundreds of millions of dollars in business investments and will tour the world this year.
“And I am not finished yet,” Parton said. “I still have a lot of other business things I want to do. I just think it’s the love of it. I just really try to keep my creative hat on. I just love to write, I love to think. I love the business end of things. I love to work. Energy begets energy. And dreams beget dreams. So I just keep on keeping on.”