Dolly Parton called on her good friend and duet partner, Kenny Rogers, to sing with her on her Smoky Mountains Rise Telethon. Well, it was Kenny who reached out to Dolly when he saw the wildfires raging through her home in the Smoky Mountains of East Tennessee.
During a Facebook Live session before the telethon, Dolly said, “My buddy Kennny, one of the first things he said was, ‘What can I do?’ I said, ‘Get your butt down here. Let’s sing ‘Islands in the Stream.’ People expect us to do something.'”
For Dolly, there was never a question of whether or not she’d be there to help the victims of the wildfires.
“These are my people. This is my home. I’m in a position to help, and I should help. I’m thrilled to death that it’s worked out to where I can help.”
Dolly’s also thankful for her famous friends like Kenny, Reba McEntire, Chris Stapleton, Alabama and Big & Rich who volunteered to perform on the telethon. Other celebrities, like Paula Deen, Todd Chrisley and Keith Urban, participated by sending in pre-taped videos and working the telethon phone bank.
Dolly adds, “The country music artists are always so amazing any time we have any kind of problems anywhere. They all just dove in and said, ‘What can we do? Can we help in any way?’ I said, ‘Yeah, you can!'”
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