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Dolly Parton Holding Imagination Library Benefit Concert in Pigeon Forge

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Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library is one of her most wide-reaching humanitarian efforts, providing books for children in Tennessee from birth to age 5 for free. On her upcoming tour, she’s hosting a concert in Pigeon Forge, Tenn. — home of her theme park Dollywood — Nov. 15 to benefit the program.

Parton recently announced her first major headlining North American tour in 25 years, which will coincide with the release of her new album, Pure & Simple With Dolly’s Biggest Hits, featuring new songs as well as many of her classics.

“We’re so excited to get out there and see the fans again,” she says. “I’m really looking forward to singing songs the fans have not heard in a while, as well as the hits, while debuting a few new ones off Pure & Simple.”

A full list of dates for the tour has not yet been released, but tickets for the Imagination Library benefit go on sale July 1, with early access for Dollywood pass holders.

The country icon is gearing up to appear on the ACM Awards April 3 alongside pop star Katy Perry, a performance that is sure to be a memorable one. She’s also receiving the Tex Ritter Award during the ceremony for her television film Coat of Many Colors, based on the hardships her family faced one summer while she was growing up in rural East Tennessee and her classic tune by the same name.

The Tex Ritter Award recognizes films from the past year that utilize or feature country music prominently. The film was the first of three she’s signed on to do with NBC based on her life and music, in an attempt to provide more family-friendly programming on TV. The next one is slated to be based on her song “Jolene.”

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