Parton hosts very first Cracker Barrel Front Porch Series with top emerging country artists
Cracker Barrel Old Country Store® today announced that Dolly Parton is its latest Spotlight Music artist. The legendary singer will exclusively release a deluxe version of her new album “Pure & Simple” in Cracker Barrel stores nationwide and online at crackerbarrel.com on Friday, Aug. 26, 2016.
This deluxe offering of “Pure & Simple” features 10 new tracks inspired by Parton’s East Tennessee roots. The album is complemented by several pieces of content exclusive to Cracker Barrel, including two versions of the singer’s chart-topping hits “Jolene” and “9 to 5” recorded live at Glastonbury Festival and a 48-page magazine filled with photos and interviews highlighting memorable stories from Parton. The deluxe edition also includes coupons to various Parton attractions.
To celebrate the album’s launch, Parton will host the Cracker Barrel Front Porch Series. This video series features Parton and some of today’s emerging artists as they play humorous games such as “You’re Sooooo Country,” “Real Song or Fake Song,” and “Dolly or Not Dolly.” The original content will be released on Cracker Barrel’s YouTube channel beginning Aug. 26.
“My relationship with Cracker Barrel goes back a long way,” said Parton. “We are giving their guests something very special with this deluxe album filled with pictures and interviews from my past and present. I am very excited to be working with them on this project; we make a great team.”
Parton is an iconic superstar with more than 100 million records sold worldwide. She has garnered 25 No. 1s on the Billboard Country Music Chart, received seven Grammy Awards, and is one of only five female artists to win the Country Music Association’s Entertainer of the Year Award.
“Dolly has been a wonderful friend to Cracker Barrel for many years,” said Cracker Barrel Old Country Store Senior Marketing Manager Julie Ulmer. "With our shared Tennessee roots and authentic Southern styles, Dolly and Cracker Barrel are a natural fit. From limited edition rocking chairs to exclusive and gold-certified albums, we’ve had a long and successful relationship, which we're incredibly proud to continue today."
Cracker Barrel has released albums with a wide variety of artists, some of which have debuted in top spots on a range of Billboard charts. Recent Cracker Barrel Old Country Store Spotlight Music partners include the brand’s first pop albums with a cappella group Pentatonix and “Fight Song” singer Rachel Platten, its first R&B album with Anthony Hamilton, as well as recent albums from Cole Swindell, Blake Shelton and NEEDTOBREATHE.
Pure & Simple Track Listing
- Pure and Simple
- Say Forever You’ll Be Mine
- Never Not Love You
- Kiss It (And Make It All Better)
- Can’t Be That Wrong
- Outside Your Door
- Tomorrow Is Forever
- I’m Sixteen
- Head Over High Heels
- Forever Love
- Jolene (LIVE from Glastonbury)
- 9 to 5 (LIVE from Glastonbury)
About Dolly Parton
An internationally renowned superstar, the iconic and irrepressible Dolly Parton has contributed countless treasures to the world of entertainment. All-inclusive sales of singles, albums, hits collections, paid digital downloads and compilation usage during her illustrious career have topped a staggering 100 million records worldwide. Achieving 25 RIAA certified gold, platinum and multi-platinum awards, Parton has had 25 songs reach No. 1 on the Billboard Country charts, a record for a female artist. Parton has garnered 7 Grammy Awards, 10 Country Music Association Awards, 5 Academy of Country Music Awards, 3 American Music Awards and is one of only five female artists to win the Country Music Association’s Entertainer of the Year Award. Making her film debut in the 1980 hit comedy “9 to 5,” Parton earned rave reviews for her performance and an Oscar nomination for writing the title tune, along with her second and third Grammy Awards. Roles in “Steel Magnolias,” “Best Little Whorehouse in Texas,” “Rhinestone,” and “Straight Talk” followed. Parton saw a cherished dream become a reality in 1986 with the opening of her own theme park, Dollywood, in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. In 1988, Parton began the Dollywood Foundation which funds Parton’s Imagination Library across America and in Canada by giving every preschool child a book each month from the time he or she is born until the child reaches kindergarten. Currently 80,000,000 books are mailed to children in the U.S., Canada and throughout the U.K. In 1999, Parton was inducted as a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame. She has her own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and in 2004, the U.S. Library of Congress presented her with their Living Legend Award for her contribution to the cultural heritage of the United States. In December 2015, more than 13 million tuned into “Dolly Parton’s Coat of Many Colors” and was the most-watched film on broadcast networks since May 2012. To learn more about this American icon, visit DollyParton.com.
About Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Inc.
Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Inc. (NASDAQ: CBRL) provides a friendly home-away-from-home in its old country stores and restaurants. Guests are cared for like family while relaxing and enjoying real home-style food and shopping that’s surprisingly unique, genuinely fun and reminiscent of America’s country heritage…all at a fair price. Established in 1969 in Lebanon, Tenn., Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Inc. and its affiliates operate 640 Cracker Barrel Old Country Store® company-owned locations in 43 states and own the fast casual restaurants Holler & Dash™. Nation’s Restaurant News’ 2016 Consumer Picks survey named Cracker Barrel Old Country Store® the Best Family-Dining Restaurant in America. For more information about the company, visit crackerbarrel.com.