From the timeless gospel classic “How Great Thou Art” to “Daddy Was An Old Time Preacher Man,” a personal tribute she wrote for her grandfather, Dolly Parton’s devotion to faith and family shine throughout this potent collection of songs. Parton’s considerable talent as a songwriter informs such gems as “Master’s Hand,” “The Golden Streets of Glory,” and “God’s Coloring Book.” There’s an understated charm to the no-frills production that places the spotlight on Parton’s distinctive vocals. In an ever-changing world, where everyone is bombarded daily with worisome headlines, these songs of hope and inspiration offer a welcome haven from the storms of life.
The ten songs ofGolden Streets of Glory now provide the foundation for a new collection, LETTER TO HEAVEN: SONGS OF FAITH AND INSPIRATION, whose 17 tracks focus on Dolly’s most important spiritual recordings of the early 1970s. With a brand new liner notes essay written by Billboard magazine’s Deborah Evans Price.
LETTER TO HEAVEN
I Believe • 2. Yes I See God • 3. Master's Hand • 4. Heaven's Just A Prayer
Away • 5. The Golden Streets Of Glory • 6. How Great Thou Art • 7. I'll Keep
Climbing • 8. Book Of Life • 9. Wings Of A Dove • 10. Lord Hold My Hand • 11.
Would You Know Him (previously unreleased) • 12. Comin’ For To Carry Me
Home (single, Country #23, 1971) • 13. Daddy Was An Old Time Preacher Man
(single, Country #7, 1970) • 14. God’s Coloring Book (recorded 1971) • 15.
Letter To Heaven • 16. Sacred Memories (single, recorded 1972) • 17. The Seeker
(single, Country #2, 1975).
LETTER TO HEAVEN will be available at all physical and digital retail outlets starting May 4th, but you can pre-order it now at Amazon .
Legacy Recordings has released part two of their Dolly podcast series. This week's episode focuses on Dolly's early days with her Uncle Bill Owens when she recorded her first single "Puppy Love", her first time on the Opry, and moving to Nashville. The podcast also features clips of "God's Coloring Book", "Puppy Love", "Nobody But You", "Dumb Blonde", "Just Someone I Used To Know" and "Daddy Was An Old Time Preacher Man". Listen to the full podcast on Legacy's website and look for another new Dolly podcast next Wednesday!
Legacy Recordings has just launched the first of a four-part Dolly podcast hosted by Eric Chase. The first podcast debuted today and a new podcast will be released every Wednesday this month. Each podcast will feature music from Dolly's new box set, interviews with Dolly's friends and other singer-songwriters, and an interview with Dolly from the mid-70's as she discusses her life, music and creative process. This week's podcast features Laura Cantrell and Janis Ian commenting on Dolly's music along with clips of songs from early on in Dolly's career like "Joshua", "Down From Dover", "Daddy's Moonshine Still", "In The Good Old Days", and "Coat Of Many Colors". Check back next Wednesday for the second podcast!