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Most everyone is familiar with the Dolly Parton classic Jolene. According to an NPR article, the song is Parton's most recorded song. The Taste of Country website shares a story from Parton about a baby named Jolene being left at her gate in a box while the song was climbing the charts. 

The emotional plea that's heard in the story of the song along with the catchy chord progression has folks still wanting to perform the song today-over 40 years after Parton released it herself. 

Mark (my nephew and the girls' cousin) has been wanting them to sing the song for several years. Back around Christmas they finally gave it go. Check out The Pressley Girls cover of Dolly Parton's Jolene

I'm always interested in the background of songs. Check out this interview to discover why Parton penned the song in the first place. 

Tipper

p.s. Fun fact - I know a Jolene who has red hair and green eyes. Who knows maybe her momma named her for the song. 

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I've loved the girls' version of that song from the first time I heard it. I can hear the "mountain" in their voices - beautiful!

Tipper: We were over to HIGH HAMPTON, NC this weekend but did not hear any mountain music - just lots of great authors sharing their stories - some very sad!
Coming through Dolly's country side made me want to stop and show her a couple of pages from my "Fiddler of the Mountains" book where I share the time (1966) when Uncle Johnny played for her at the skating rink in Blairsville! She was an 'unknown' back then but I'll bet she has NOT forgotten!

Keep those girls singing and CLOSE BY YOU!

Eva Nell

Great song!!!

Was in high school with a girl with that name; though she spelled it "Joeline" it was pronounced the same.

She tried to commit suicide in 11th grade. Got the help she needed to get herself together, turned her life around, graduated from high school, and last I heard, she was in college nearby studying to be a psychologist.

I pray she did well in life. I think about her often with a little prayer.

Interesting how the Lord brings people to our minds sometimes. I always say a prayer for them when He does.

God bless.

RB
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That was terrific. No wonder those girls get lots of gigs.


Lorraine


Thank you for the comment! Glad you enjoyed the song : ) Paul and I are playing along too-just out of view of the camera.


Tipper

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Wow! What a great job the girls did. I enjoyed it so very much. Who is accomponing the girls off camera?

I have been following the twins' version of this song since it first made it onto youtube. I never cared much for Dolly Parton nor any of her music but a couple of Brasstown's Brightest changed my mind. About this one song at least.

We love the Pressley Girls!

Great job by all! Love the song! Such a haunting melody.
Pam
scrap-n-sewgranny.blogspot.com

Tipper,
"Jolene" is one of my favorites,
by Dolly, but Chitter and Chatter.
Ben and Mark, and the Blind Pig
Gang did a nice job too.

Last night I was blessed and
privileged to be at Martin's Creek Community Building for some real Country Gospel Music. Paul is the Principal there and his older brother Steve was the MC. It was good to see an entire
family for such an event, and
yes...The Pressley Girls did sing
"My Heart's in Brasstown."

While Sonny Reighard and his wife
Margaret and their lead singer
Deneice Wilson was singing, Tipper came over and sat with me
awhile, talking a mile a minute
just like Chitter and Chatter does. I can't hear that well and
I was afraid someone was going to
"shush" us. There was another
couple there that did some nice
singing also.

I talked with Miss Cindy ahile
earlier and she wished me a
"happy Birthday" for today. I'm
glad I went cause it was if I
had found "a lily for my Valley".
...Ken

Well Done!

Good job!

Great job! I can tell the girls enjoyed doing that song. I like Dolly's music and I love her sense of humor. She once said, "it takes a lot of money to look this cheap!"

Sweet! Thank y'all.

Well done I loved it.

Nicely performed! I was not familiar with this song and I enjoyed listening to it. Good morning to all!

Chatter and Chitter did a great job with Dolly's "Jolene." It had been a long time since I had heard or thought about the song! Thanks, girls, for reviving, singing and recording it! (Enjoyed the story behind it, too)! With storms allayed somewhat after a near-tornadic Friday night and Saturday, let's have a god, calm Sunday! Please remember to pray for the people in Nepal so devastated by and with such heavy losses in deaths and destruction from the earthquake there.

Good job! The fiddle adds a nice touch to the song.

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