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For the 2008 concert tour, see Backwoods Barbie Tour.
Backwoods Barbie
Studio album by Dolly Parton
Released February 26, 2008 (2008-02-26)
Genre Country
Length 48:02
Label Dolly Records / A2M Distribution
Producer Dolly Parton, Kent Wells
Professional reviews
Dolly Parton chronology
Singer, Songwriter & Legendary Performer
(2007)
Backwoods Barbie
(2008)
Playlist: The Very Best of Dolly Parton
(2008)
Alternate cover
Cracker Barrel Deluxe Edition
Singles from Backwoods Barbie
  1. "Better Get to Livin'"
    Released: August 28, 2007
  2. "Jesus & Gravity"
    Released: March 2008
  3. "Shinola"
    Released: July 2008
  4. "Drives Me Crazy"
    Released: January 2009
  5. "Backwoods Barbie"
    Released: March 2009

Backwoods Barbie is the 42nd studio album by Dolly Parton, her first mainstream country album in nearly a decade. It was released on February 26, 2008,[1] and is the first commercial release on Parton's own Dolly Records imprint.[2]

Contents

Album information

The album contains nine Parton originals.

"Better Get to Livin'" was the lead off single from the album, released to country radio in September 2007.[3] It peaked at #48 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart.[4] Parton performed the tune on the season premiere of Dancing with the Stars at the end of September[5] and again at the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade[6] A music video was released, employing the talents of comedienne and satirist Amy Sedaris. It enjoyed moderate success on CMT's weekly countdowns.

The second single was "Jesus & Gravity", which also charted (peaking at #56). Parton performed the song live on an episode of the seventh season of American Idol. The week was a tribute to her work as a singer and songwriter. It yielded yet another video, directed by Steven "Flip" Lippman. He had previously directed the video for "Better Get to Livin'".

"Shinola" was released as the third single but failed to chart. [7] A music video was released containing footage from Parton's sold out engagements at London's O2 Arena and Belfast's Odyssey Arena on her 2008 Backwoods Barbie Tour. The video was a success on CMT's digital cable channel, Pure Country, peaking at number one.

Fourth single "Drives Me Crazy" was released solely to Adult Contemporary stations. It peaked at number 35.

The title track, and fourth country single (fifth overall), was used in the score for the "9 to 5" musical that had its world premiere at the Center Theatre Group / Ahmanson Theatre in September, 2008 and is set for a Broadway run in 2009.[8] A video was recently released, directed by acclaimed music video director Trey Fanjoy. It alternates between Parton in her Tennessee Mountain Home, (filmed at the Disney Ranch in California) and on the streets of Hollywood Boulevard, being joined by various street performers. The video debuted at #17 on CMT's Top Twenty Countdown in April 2009. The video was also ranked #40 on GAC's Top 50 Videos of the Year.

The album includes covers of the Smokey Robinson classic "The Tracks of My Tears" and "She Drives Me Crazy" by the Fine Young Cannibals.[9]

It entered the U.S. country charts at #48 on the chart dated March 8,[10] jumping to #2 the next week and entering the Billboard 200 at #17, Parton's highest-ever debut on the latter chart; it sold about 27,000 copies in its second week.[11]

Parton toured extensively during much of 2008 to promote the album on the Backwoods Barbie Tour touring the United States, Canada and Europe.[12]

In 2009, a special edition featuring three additional tracks was released exclusively to Cracker Barrel stores. This reissue caused the album to re-enter the Billboard Country Albums chart at #9, the Billboard Albums Chart at #40, and the Billboard Independent Albums Chart at #3.[13]

As of May 27, 2009, the album has sold 201,565 copies in the US.

Track listing

All songs written and composed by Dolly Parton, except where noted. 

# Title Length
1. "Better Get to Livin'" (Dolly Parton, Kent Wells) 3:36
2. "Made of Stone"   4:13
3. "Drives Me Crazy" (Roland Gift, David Steele) 4:12
4. "Backwoods Barbie"   3:19
5. "Jesus & Gravity" (Betsy Ulmer, Craig Wiseman) 4:40
6. "Only Dreamin'"   5:36
7. "The Tracks of My Tears" (Smokey Robinson, Warren Moore, Marvin Tarplin) 3:33
8. "The Lonesomes"   3:18
9. "Cologne"   3:42
10. "Shinola"   4:12
11. "I Will Forever Hate Roses"   3:26
12. "Somebody's Everything"   4:22

Bonus tracks

The iTunes, Wal-Mart, Target and Best Buy all offered special editions of the CD with bonus tracks that were culled from her 2006-2007 European Tour.

In March 2009, Cracker Barrel released an exclusive Deluxe Edition of the CD with three previously unreleased tracks chosen by Parton from her extensive catalog exclusively for the food chain. The release also includes new artwork and cover art.

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iTunes bonus tracks

All songs written and composed by Dolly Parton. 

# Title Length
1. "I Will Always Love You (Live)"   3:12
2. "The Grass Is Blue (Live)"   4:14

WalMart bonus track

All songs written and composed by Dolly Parton. 

# Title Length
1. "9 to 5 (Live)"   2:43

Target bonus tracks

All songs written and composed by Dolly Parton. 

# Title Length
1. "Jolene (Live)"   3:04
2. "Two Doors Down (Live)"   2:15

Best Buy bonus track

All songs written and composed by Dolly Parton. 

# Title Length
1. "Baby I'm Burning (Live)"   2:38

Cracker Barrel deluxe edition

All songs written and composed by Dolly Parton, except where noted. 

# Title Length
1. "Better Get to Livin'" (Dolly Parton, Kent Wells) 3:36
2. "Made of Stone"   4:13
3. "Drives Me Crazy" (Roland Gift, David Steele) 4:12
4. "Backwoods Barbie"   3:19
5. "Jesus & Gravity" (Betsy Ulmer, Craig Wiseman) 4:40
6. "Only Dreamin'"   5:36
7. "The Tracks of My Tears" (Smokey Robinson, Warren Moore, Marvin Tarplin) 3:33
8. "The Lonesomes"   3:18
9. "Cologne"   3:42
10. "Shinola"   4:12
11. "I Will Forever Hate Roses"   3:26
12. "Somebody's Everything"   4:22
13. "Rose of My Heart" (Previously unreleased) 2:34
14. "Hallelujah Holiday" (Previously unreleased) 2:07
15. "Berry Pie" (Previously unreleased) 2:54

Chart performance

Albums

Chart (2008) Peak
Position
U.S. Billboard 200 17
U.S. Billboard Top Country Albums 2
U.S. Billboard Top Independent Albums 2
UK Album Chart 35
Swedish Album Chart 57
Denmark Albums Top 40 20

Singles

Year Single US Country
2007 "Better Get to Livin'" 48
2008 "Jesus & Gravity" 56
"Shinola"
2009 "Drives Me Crazy"
"Backwoods Barbie"

References

External links


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