Doom 'n' gloom is very much the norm these days, and it's easy to see why. In Dolly Parton's world, however, there is cause for hope no matter how dire things seem. On-record as well as in conversation, the woman somehow still exudes an optimism that is as refreshing as it is unusual. Trust me, you could use a dose of it. So check out the interview, previewing her upcoming show in Durham.
Dolly Parton sees better days
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David Menconi has been the News & Observer's music critic since 1991. Before that, he spent five years at the Daily Camera in Boulder, Colo. He has a masters in journalism from the University of Texas and a B.A. in English from Southwestern University. You can find more of his writing here.