Backwoods Barbie

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Backwoods Barbie
Backwoods Barbie Cover.jpg
Studio album by Dolly Parton
Released February 26, 2008 (2008-02-26)
Recorded 2008
Genre Country
Length 48:02
Label Dolly Records / A2M Distribution
Producer Dolly Parton, Kent Wells
Dolly Parton chronology
Those Were the Days
(2005)Those Were the Days2005
Backwoods Barbie
Better Day
(2011)Better Day2011
Alternative cover
Collector's Edition cover art
Collector's Edition cover art
Singles from Backwoods Barbie
  1. "Better Get to Livin'"
    Released: August 28, 2007
  2. "Jesus & Gravity"
    Released: March 12, 2008
  3. "Shinola"
    Released: July 25, 2008
  4. "Drives Me Crazy"
    Released: January 27, 2009
  5. "Backwoods Barbie"
    Released: March 31, 2009
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[1]
Digital Spy 3/5 stars[2]
Robert Christgau (choice cut)[3]
Country Universe 4/5 stars[4]

Backwoods Barbie is the 40th studio album by Dolly Parton, her first mainstream country album in nearly a decade. It was released on February 26, 2008,[5] and is the first commercial release on Parton's own Dolly Records imprint.[6]

Album information[edit]

The album contains nine Parton originals.

"Better Get to Livin'" was the lead off single from the album, released to country radio in September 2007.[7] It peaked at No. 48 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart.[8] Parton performed the tune on the season premiere of Dancing with the Stars at the end of September[9] and again at the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade[10] A music video was released, employing the talents of comedian and satirist Amy Sedaris. It enjoyed moderate success on CMT's weekly countdowns.

The second single was "Jesus & Gravity", which also charted (peaking at #56). Parton performed the song live on an episode of the seventh season of American Idol. The week was a tribute to her work as a singer and songwriter. It yielded yet another video, directed by Steven "Flip" Lippman. He had previously directed the video for "Better Get to Livin'".

"Shinola" was released as the third single but failed to chart.[11] A music video was released containing footage from Parton's sold out engagements at London's O2 Arena and Belfast's Odyssey Arena on her 2008 Backwoods Barbie Tour. The video was a success on CMT's digital cable channel, Pure Country, peaking at number one. It uses a lyric that plays on the colloquial phrase "You don' know shit from Shinola.[12]

Fourth single "Drives Me Crazy" was released solely to Adult Contemporary stations.

The title track, and fourth country single (fifth overall), was originally written for the score for the "9 to 5" musical (based on the 1980 film, in which Parton had costarred) that had its world premiere at the Center Theatre Group / Ahmanson Theatre in September 2008, and subsequently ran in Broadway during 2009.[13] A video was released, directed by acclaimed music video director Trey Fanjoy. It alternates between Parton in her Tennessee Mountain Home, (filmed at the Disney Ranch in California) and on the streets of Hollywood Boulevard, being joined by various street performers. The video debuted at No. 17 on CMT's Top Twenty Countdown in April 2009. The video was also ranked No. 40 on GAC's Top 50 Videos of the Year.

The album includes covers of the Smokey Robinson classic "The Tracks of My Tears" and "She Drives Me Crazy" by the Fine Young Cannibals.[14]

It peaked on the Billboard Country Albums chart at No. 2 and also reached No. 17 on the main Billboard album chart. It was Parton's highest-ever debut on the latter chart; it sold about 27,000 copies in its first week.[15]

Parton toured extensively during much of 2008 to promote the album on the Backwoods Barbie Tour touring the United States, Canada and Europe.[16]

Several retailers offered special editions of the CD with bonus live tracks recorded on her 2006–2007 European Tour. In March 2009, Cracker Barrel released an exclusive Collector's Edition of the album with three additional previously unreleased tracks chosen by Parton from her extensive catalog. This reissue caused the album to re-enter the Billboard Country Albums chart at No. 9, the Billboard Albums Chart at No. 40, and the Billboard Independent Albums Chart at #3.[17]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Dolly Parton except as noted.

No. Title Length
1. "Better Get to Livin'" (Dolly Parton, Kent Wells) 3:36
2. "Made of Stone" 4:13
3. "Drives Me Crazy" (Roland Gift, David Steele) 4:12
4. "Backwoods Barbie" 3:19
5. "Jesus & Gravity" (Betsy Ulmer, Craig Wiseman) 4:40
6. "Only Dreamin'" 5:36
7. "The Tracks of My Tears" (Smokey Robinson, Warren Moore, Marvin Tarplin) 3:33
8. "The Lonesomes" 3:18
9. "Cologne" 3:42
10. "Shinola" 4:12
11. "I Will Forever Hate Roses" 3:26
12. "Somebody's Everything" 4:17
Collector's Edition bonus tracks
No. Title Length
13. "Rose of My Heart" 2:33
14. "Hallelujah Holiday" 2:07
15. "Berry Pie" 2:54


Chart performance[edit]


Chart (2008) Peak
Denmark Albums Top 40[18] 6
Swedish Album Chart[18] 57
UK Album Chart[19] 35
U.S. Billboard 200 17
U.S. Billboard Top Country Albums 2
U.S. Billboard Independent Albums 2


Year Single US Country
2007 "Better Get to Livin'" 48
2008 "Jesus & Gravity" 56
2009 "Drives Me Crazy"
"Backwoods Barbie"


Region Certification Certified units/Sales
United States (RIAA)[20] N/A 150,282 [21]^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone


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  2. ^ Levine, Nick (June 10, 2008). "Dolly Parton: 'Backwoods Barbie' – Music Album Review – Digital Spy". Retrieved August 8, 2011. 
  3. ^ "Robert Christgau: CG: Artist 372". Archived from the original on June 6, 2011. Retrieved June 22, 2011. 
  4. ^ Coyne, Kevin John (December 1, 2008). "Country Universe – A Country Music Blog » Dolly Parton, Backwoods Barbie". Retrieved August 8, 2011. 
  5. ^ "Dolly Parton On-Line / Backwoods Barbie". February 26, 2008. 
  6. ^ "Dolly Parton To Lead Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade". 
  7. ^ AprilJun 25th, 2009 – 19:42:25 (June 25, 2009). "Dolly Parton releases new single through iTunes Dolly Parton releases new single through iTunes". Archived from the original on January 17, 2008. 
  8. ^ Billboard Music Charts[dead link]
  9. ^ "Catch Dolly Parton On Dancing With The Stars Tonight". September 26, 2007. 
  10. ^ "Dolly Parton Leads Macy's Thanksgiving Parade". Archived from the original on 2012-06-29. 
  11. ^ "Artists to Watch in 2008: The Comeback Kids". Archived from the original on 2012-06-29. 
  12. ^ Parton, Dolly (September 2, 2008). "Dolly Parton - Shinola (Official Music Video)" (Video). Retrieved December 18, 2016 – via YouTube. 
  13. ^ "Dolly Parton releases new single". October 23, 2007. 
  14. ^ Dolly's Back! Archived January 17, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.
  15. ^ Katie Hasty, "Janet Dethrones Jack To Top Billboard 200",, March 5, 2008.
  16. ^ Parton Announces Songwriters Hall of Fame
  17. ^ DollyPartonMusic Archived June 22, 2015, at the Wayback Machine.
  18. ^ a b " – Dolly Parton – Backwoods Barbie". Retrieved June 23, 2011. 
  19. ^ "Chart Stats – Dolly Parton – Backwoods Barbie". Retrieved June 22, 2011. 
  20. ^ "American album certifications – Dolly Parton – Backwoods Barbie". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved December 12, 2014.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH
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