Dolly Parton Has Announced That She Will Stop Touring And Spend More Time At Home With Her Husband

Dolly Parton is renowned in both the country music and celebrity realms.

Despite spending the majority of her life performing and singing, the Tennessee native has become nothing short of a legend, delighting her countless fans with her entertainment prowess.

Despite her ongoing releases of new music, the 76-year-old music legend has recently announced her decision to cease touring.

Dolly Parton elaborated on her decision to cease touring in a recent interview with Pollystar, stating:

"Every now and then, I'll do special performances. Perhaps a few shows during a festival or a long weekend. However, I don't have any intentions of embarking on a full-scale tour anymore."

The 76-year-old country music icon will persist in songwriting and devote her attention to her loving husband, Carl Thomas Dean.

Dolly and Carl Dean first crossed paths in 1964 in Nashville, Tennessee, right in front of the Wishy Washy laundromat. Carl, aged 21 at the time, instantly noticed the distinctive charm of the 18-year-old Dolly.

According to an interview with Entertainment Tonight, Dean remarked when they first met, "I'm going to marry that girl."

My second thought was, "Lord, she's gorgeous. My life truly began in that moment. I wouldn't trade the last fifty years for anything in this world."

Dean called out to Dolly when he spotted her while sitting in his pickup truck, as Dolly recalled in a 1976 interview with the New York Times. However, she turned down his offer for a date. Instead, she invited him to visit a few days later while she was watching her nephew. Thus began a love story that would endure forever.

In May 1966, in Ringgold, Georgia, Dolly and Carl exchanged vows in a private ceremony. Despite her job commitments and advice from her record company to delay the wedding, Dolly and Dean opted not to wait. They chose to marry in Georgia rather than Tennessee to avoid publicity. Only three people attended: Dolly, Carl, and her mother.

Since then, Carl and Dolly have remained deeply in love. In 2016, the couple celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary by renewing their vows.

They’ll now spend a lot more time together.

In her interview with Pollstar, Parton went into more detail about her travels.

"I've been touring all my life, and it demands a lot of time and effort. Nowadays, I prefer to spend more time at home with my husband. As we're getting older, I don't want to be away for extended periods, maybe four or five weeks at most. There's always a chance that someone might need me back home. I wouldn't feel right if I were away and someone required my help. If I had to cut short a tour because a family member needed me, it would devastate me, and I couldn't leave the fans hanging."

The singer asserts that her husband would categorize her latest musical compositions as rock 'n' roll. In fact, Parton received a nomination for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in May.

Upon learning of my nomination for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, I thought, "Well, there's no better time than now." For as long as I can remember, I've wanted to pursue this. My husband is a huge fan of hard rock 'n' roll, so I've often thought, "One of these days, I'd like to make an album primarily for him, just to make it happen."

The singer is reportedly finishing up her upcoming album while also working on a Christmas special for NBC this year. As she clarified:.

You’ve been very kind to us, Dolly, so just enjoy yourself and soak it all in right now. We’ll love you forever.

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