Blue Smoke  (Sony Masterworks)
by Dolly Parton

FOR FANS OF: Loretta Lynn, Emmylou Harris, Linda Ronstadt
Rating: 4 Stars

One of the most famous faces in all of country music (and a lifelong believer) continues her popularity resurgence with another rootsy record consisting of many personally penned tunes. Parton’s cheer, humor and candor continue on this stripped-down, catchy collection that also benefits from charming duets with Willie Nelson (the beautiful ballad “From Here to the Moon and Back”) and Kenny Rogers (the fittinglytitled “You Can’t Make Old Friends”).
– Andy Argyrakis

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About The Author

Andy Argyrakis

Andy Argyrakis is a Chicago-based entertainment writer/photographer who appears in the Chicago Tribune, Illinois Entertainer, Daily Journal, Concert Livewire, Hear/Say Magazine and Image Chicago (to name a few). Additional photo credits include Fuse TV, Live Nation, Nikon, Pollstar, Celebrity Access, Paste Magazine, and He’s also the author/narrator of "Access Matthews" (an audio CD tracing the career of Dave Matthews Band) and spends considerable time on tour, including outings with Arlo Guthrie, The Guess Who, Madina Lake (on Linkin Park’s Projekt Revolution) and Gospel Music Channel’s "Gospel Dream" (where he served as season one judge).