Dolly Parton has performed her hit song “Tennessee Mountain Home” many different times – but never like this! During a Dollywood expansion announcement, Dolly was joined by a very special guest…
Dolly wrote, “Tennessee Mountain Home” based on her own life growing up in the rural mountains of Tennessee. The lyrics really hit home and remind us to be grateful for the important things in life.
Reminiscing on her childhood, Dolly wrote, “In my Tennessee mountain home/ Life is as peaceful as a baby’s sigh/ In my Tennessee mountain home/ Crickets sing in the fields near by.”
Dolly’s “Tennessee Mountain Home” made a special appearance in her autobiographical movie. Depicting her life growing up in the backwoods, “Dolly Parton’s Coat Of Many Colors” follows a young Dolly through the trials and tribulations her family dealt with. The film premiered on NBC in December of 2015 and was a hit. The Academy of Country Music honored the film with the prestigious “Tex Ritter Award.”
It was hard to find someone talented and sassy enough to play Dolly Parton as a child, but producers were taken back by young actress Alyvia Alyn Lind. Even Dolly had a hand in picking the actress and got to deliver the news to the little one herself!
Throughout the movie, Lind sings a variety of Dolly’s songs but during a big announcement – the bubbly girl teamed up for a performance of a lifetime and completely blew us away. Sitting side-by-side with the Smokey Mountain Songbird, she belted out the famous, “My Tennessee Mountain Home.”
The duet was part of an announcement that Dollywood would be undergoing a $37 million expansion. The park already has a replica of Dolly’s childhood home but the expansion will bring in more jobs for the local community – just as Dolly had hoped.
Dolly is known for her charity and love of giving back – and this duet is no different. Whether through philanthropic adventures or her music, she is always giving us one gift after another. You can watch the full video below and let us know what you think in the comments!