Dolly Parton blows the roof off the Greek
Country legend charms and stuns an East Bay crowd with the stuff of legends
I've decided who I would like to vote for for President this year—Dolly Parton. The country legend stormed through the East Bay last night on her "Backwoods Barbie" tour, offering up one of the most entertaining concerts I've seen in a long, long time. Parton was warm, self-deprecating, hilarious and in outstanding vocal form in a two hour show that started right at 8 p.m. (I found out that the Greek Theatre has a 10 p.m. sound curfew on weeknights, which answered my longstnding question about why they don't book more weeknight shows.) Opening with "Two Doors Down", Parton tore through a set of new tracks (a highlight was her rambunctious cover of Fine Young Cannibals' late 80s dance track "Drives MeCrazy") as well as classics like "Coat of Many Colors". In additon to her fantastic country crooning, Parton played a wide variety of guitars, harps, tamborines, and other instruments. A brief intermission and costume change invited a second set that apexed in genuinely stunning gospel, and finished with a medly of her biggest hits, including "9 to 5" and "I Will Always Love You". It was a beautiful night for all, and a particular thrill for Parton's rabid followers, who flocked to souvenir stands and claned the place out of t-shirts and programs with a fervor I've never before seen. And I've been to Graceland. This was easily one of the best concerts of the year.