Dolly's latest single, "Sent from Above", will be released on Tuesday, July 27, to coincide with the release of her new fragrance, Scent from Above. Fans can signup to hear the song early here, although there has been no announcement of when the preview will be made available.
A deluxe edition of Dolly's 2020 book, Songteller: My Life in Lyrics, will be released by Chronicle Books on October 12, 2021. The deluxe box set will feature:
Back in January 2020 Sam Williams posted a picture with Dolly. His caption said he had given her a song he wrote and speculation grew that the two had recorded a duet for Williams' debut album. Originally to be released independently, Glasshouse Children was announced earlier this year, but the release was delayed a little after Williams was signed to UMG Nashville. The album is now scheduled to be released on August 20, 2021. The official announcement of the duet was quietly slipped into the Bio section on Williams' page on the UMG Nashville website. The duet titled "Happy All the Time" was written by Williams and Mary Gauthier.
Williams said it wasn't until Dolly entered the picture that his debut album really began to take shape. "I had this song called 'Happy All The Time' that I’d been sitting on for a couple years. I'd always envisioned Dolly singing on it, so I wrote her this two-page letter on an old typewriter, and when it finally got to her, she loved the track and said she’d be honored to record on it. That changed everything for me, because suddenly I had this duet with Dolly Parton on my hands, and I knew I was going to have to really push myself if I wanted to write an album of songs powerful enough to stand alongside that."
Williams' new single "Kids" is his fifth from the upcoming album and is scheduled to be released Friday, July 16, along with the album's pre-order and full track listing.
Sam Williams @ UMG Nashville
Record club Vinyl Me, Please will be offering a rainbow-splattered vinyl reissue of Dolly's iconic 1971 album Coat of Many Colors in August, just in time for the album's 50th anniversary this year. The press release from Vinyl Me, Please is available below. To sign up visit Vinyl Me, Please here.
Celebrating another monumental landmark of a foundational country record, in August, VMP Country will feature Dolly Parton’s breakout album, Coat of Many Colors, just ahead of the album’s 50th anniversary. Our August Country ROTM pressing is AAA remastered, cut from tapes by Sterling Sound’s Ryan Smith and comes on 180g Rainbow Splatter vinyl.
“Especially knowing VMP got to work closely with a legend like Dolly and her team around an occasion as special as the record’s 50th anniversary, featuring Coat of Many Colors in VMP Country is nothing short of a dream,” said VMP’s Head of Editorial and Dolly fanatic, Amileah Sutliff. “It’s an essential Dolly record. It’s an essential piece of country music. And country music affinity aside, it’s a special little slice of songwriting mastery and storytelling perfection that every music lover should have a solid copy of in their arsenal, and I really believe our version does it justice.”
Coat of Many Colors will be available for sign-ups starting July 27.
A new compilation album titled Early Dolly is scheduled to be released July 23, 2021, by Stardust Records. The album contains both sides of Dolly's 1959 debut single on Goldband Records and all six tracks she recorded for the 1963 Somerset compilation Hits Made Famous by Country Queens. The album is available for pre-order from Amazon here.