It could be the end of the road for Dolly Parton. No, seriously. The road is indeed nearing an end, from the sounds of things, as Parton has said her tours may be a thing of the past.
Though, not to worry, fans. She could still do live shows from time to time.
“I do not think I will ever tour again, but I do know I’ll do special shows here and there, now and then,” Parton said in an interview with Pollstar magazine. “Maybe do a long weekend of shows, or just a few shows at a festival. But I have no intention of going on a full-blown tour anymore.”
Parton, 76, cited wanting to remain close to her family as the main reason for getting off the road.
“I like to stay a little closer to home with my husband. We’re getting older now, and I don’t want to be gone for four or five weeks at a time. Something could happen,” Parton said. “I would not feel right about that.”
Dolly Parton Reveals She Likely Won’t Tour Again
The Pure and Simple Tour in 2016 marked the last time Parton was on the road extensively, as it hit more than 60 spots across the U.S. and Canada.
While she may be off the road, she has indicated she could be putting an album someday soon. And it could be a comedy album to boot.
“I don’t know if I’m funny, but my family has a good sense of humor on both sides, so I guess I just think funny,” she said. “To me, if it’s not a rhyme, it’s a joke.”
She tends to dabble in things beyond country music, of course. She co-owns The Dollywood Company, which gave the world the Dollywood theme park in Tennessee. She also oversees the Imagination Library, which mails free books to children.
Along with that, she has held down starring roles in films such as Steel Magnolias, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, and 9 to 5.
So it doesn’t sound as if albums are out. Nor perhaps are movies or acting. But tours? That doesn’t seem to be a road Parton still wants to travel.