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Dolly Parton reveals the background behind her new album title, Blue Smoke

May 30, 2014

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Chatting with host Kathie Lee Gifford about everything from her trademark Barbie Doll looks to the release of her brand-new album, Blue Smoke, Dolly delved into why she chose to name her 42nd disc after “the haze that comes off the Smokey Mountains.”

“I think that’s a beautiful title. I grew up in the Great Smoky Mountains of East Tennessee, as you know. And Cherokee, North Carolina is right across the mountain there. The Cherokee have a word called ‘Shakonohey,’ which means ‘Land of Blue Smoke.’ They say that the haze that comes off the Smoky Mountains is kind of blue. So [it's] a beautiful title, and the fact that we did a lot of bluegrass harmonies and bluegrass instruments on several of the songs in the CD, so [the title] just kind of lent itself to that.”

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