The going joke is that nobody is a Country Music Fan until Jolene by Dolly Parton comes on, then each of us busts out singing and trying to keep up with Dolly. The truth is, even without her music, people love Dolly Parton, mostly because she is just a fantastic person who loves with her whole heart.
So, it should come as no surprise that when Dolly teamed up with Sam Haskell to create the Netflix Series “Dolly Parton’s Heartstrings” the series was a hit. Each episode was based on one of her songs, with episode one being, you guessed it, Jolene! In that episode, Jolene is played by Julianne Hough, an aspiring singer-songwriter.
The song Jolene means different things to different people, but the truth behind the song itself isn’t as ill-intentioned as the lyrics play it to be. In an interview about her new Heartstrings series, Dolly spilled the beans about the truth behind the song. When asked, Dolly said that Jolene just had to be a part of the series, it is, after all, her most recorded song ever; and one that is loved the world over. In addition to Jolene, there are episodes for These Old Bones, Two Doors Down, If I Had Wings, Cracker Jack, Down from Dover, Sugar Hill, and J.J. Sneed.
When interviewed about this series, Dolly’s Executive Producer, Sam Haskell said that “We should all walk humbly through this life, but if there’s ever been anyone who deserves a ‘thank you’ or pat-on-the-back, it’s Dolly Parton,” With that sentiment, I wholeheartedly agree. Music aside, Dolly has done many things to help the world around her. One of my favorites being her Imagination Library.
The Imagination Library provides free books for kids aged birth through 5 years, across the US, UK, Australia, Canada, and Ireland. Launched in 1995, and with more than 141 Million books mailed, Imagination Library is helping children around the world sow the seeds of imagination and dreams, that may one day help them reach their goals. Reading is fundamental, and Dolly is helping those who may not have access to books, get that access for free.
For someone with a heart as big as Dolly’s, teaming up with Sam Haskell was the right move. Sam has done his fair share of work helping those in need, namely with his scholarship available to high school seniors, college students, and graduate school students.
Not to mention, that Dolly and Sam are a winning team; the last time they worked together, Dolly and her team were nominated for an Emmy for Best TV Movie, for Christmas of Many Colors: Circle of Love. So it is quite clear that when Dolly Parton and Sam Haskell get together, they are creating something great. Dolly Parton’s Heartstrings debuted on Netflix in November of 2019 and was well-received, and the word is, if a second season is coming, we will likely see it on Netflix come November of 2020. I for one will be rewatching the first season and hoping for a second.