Under one condition, Dolly Parton didn’t mind if her band drank and used drugs on the road.
Dolly Parton spoke about life on the road with her band in an interview with Playboy in 1978. They were a close-knit group who enjoyed each other’s company. Under one condition, the “Jolene” singer didn’t mind if they got into mischief during their free time.
Being on the road with the band
When Dolly Parton took her show on the road, she stayed in the same hotel as the band. They all went on the trip together.
“I don’t like to be separated from my group,” she told Playboy in 1978, according to Randy L. Schmidt’s book Dolly on Dolly: Interviews and Encounters With Dolly Parton. “During the summer, we put away the grill and take the bus. We only travel when it’s absolutely necessary.”
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On the tour, Parton and her band had a great time. They turned it into a crowd.
“Instead of stopping at a truck stop or a restaurant, we set up a volleyball net and have a picnic along the side of the road,” she said. “I cook, and another girl in my group joins me, and we have a great time.” We have water fights, cake fights, food fights… like brats. It’s like being a part of a family. When the day comes when I can’t enjoy it or there’s no fun doin’ it, there’s lots of things that I can find joy in, and I would.”
Dolly Parton didn’t ‘mind drugs’ or ‘drinkin”
Parton considered herself one of the band, as opposed to the star of the show.
“I get along with everyone in my band,” she said. “Just because I’m the star doesn’t make me superior to them. To me, they are not sidekicks. We’re all musicians who are creating… This is a condensed version of the plot. I hope you found it entertaining.