If theres one female musician who epitomises emotional turmoil, its Dolly Parton. Indeed the queen of heartbreak and country songstress has so many songs about failed lovers that even Taylor Swift can’t keep up with. New single Blue Smoke from her forthcoming album of the same name, due for release early 2014, is no exception.
Galloping rhythms and slip-n-slide guitar and fiddles make the country track a merry affair that will have the world tapping there feet away and revealing their inner barn-dancer. Parton herself is a powerful and remarkable force as always, the 67 year old’s voice sounding as youthful and passionate as the early days of her career.
“It hurts to know you cheated and it hurts to know you lie, but it hurts me even worse to know you never even tried” chirrups the pint sized country legend as she tells a tale of an abusive lover who has it all their own way, Dollys had enough and she’s out-a-there! Parton’s ability to refine a song into a cautionary tale is as captivating here as in old hits Jolene and I Will Always Love You.
Indeed, Blue Smoke does what all great country pop songs do, it gets you dancing, tells a story with sufficient wordplay but most of all, despite its bittersweet content, cheers you up to no end. If Dolly is capable of anything, its knowing how to turn a bad situation into a jolly good knees up.