Even Dolly Parton has a bucket list.
“I’ve got buckets on both sides,” she says, laughing, during a recent teleconference. “I’ve got a lot of things to do. I hope to see my life story on Broadway as a musical. Someday, I’d love to have a cosmetics line. But I kinda do what I want. It just sometimes takes a little time to get it done. I’ve got a line in one of my songs (“The Sacrifice”) ‘Empty or full, I carry my pail. You don’t drink the water if you don’t dig the well.’ I’m busy digging the well and carrying my bucket.”
Parton plans to carry that bucket around the country this summer, on her first American tour in 25 years, stopping at Forest Hills Stadium on Saturday.
Parton, 70, says she decided to tour in response to fan requests, especially following the smash success last year of her NBC movie “Coat of Many Colors,” which drew the biggest audience for an original TV movie since 2011.
“I said, ‘OK, if you want me to, I will’,” Parton says. “It just seemed to be a good time to do it.”
With such a huge catalog of material to choose from, Parton says her fans help her pick the tour’s set list as well.
“You always have to do the things that your fans demand — ‘Here You Come Again,’ ‘ I Will Always Love You,’ ‘9 to 5’,” she said. “We’re going to have some of everything. It’s really hard to know what to pick to get the dynamics that you need for the show but I work really hard to give it my best.”
And Parton says that work has extended to her upcoming “Pure and Simple” album, a mix of her greatest hits and new material. The result, Parton says, was something she was proud of, but also she was surprised by.
“It turned out to be songs about love — different kinds of love, not story things, just love,” she said. “It felt really good. I got some nice lines in it. I think I got enough variety for people to like it. I just took off and acted on faith and wrote what songs came to mind.”
“Love is something I know about,” she added, laughing.