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Dolly Parton’s America: Tennessee Mountain Trance


30 October 2019

We journey into the Dollyverse Dimension: “Tennessee Mountain Home”. Like all law abiding Tennesseans, Jad grew up with Tennessee Mountain Home on loop. He hadn’t planned to talk with Dolly about it, but much to his surprise he is drawn into a Tennessee Mountain Trance. The trance opens a portal into many questions about country music, authenticity, nostalgia and belonging. And to a place called Dollywood. We visit the replica of Dolly’s childhood home and find thousands of other pilgrims similarly entranced. Along the way we meet Wandee Pryor, who lived in a Dolly dreamworld as a girl. And also, halfway around the world, Esther Konkara, the self proclaimed “Kenyan Dolly Parton “ who sings “Tennessee Mountain Home “ as an ode to the hills of Nairobi – hills she has not yet left. The Tennessee Mountain home begins to seem like part of a Disney fairytale. But then Jad and Shima get a call from Dolly’s nephew and head of security Bryan Seaver who makes an irresistible offer.

About the series

In this intensely divided moment, one of the few things everyone still seems to agree on is Dolly Parton – but why? That simple question leads to a deeply personal, historical and musical rethinking of one of America’s great icons. Join us for a nine episode journey into the Dollyverse. Hosted by Jad Adumrad. Produced and reported by Shima Oliaee. Dolly Patton’s America is a production from OSM Audio and WNYC Studios.

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