DOLLY WATCH: Country's queen in our city


DOLLY Parton arrived in Tamworth at about 1.15pm today and is ready to take her show to the TRECC stage.

Fans greeted the tour bus, which sports European registration comes from a company with offices in Austria and the UK, as it rolled into the Country Music Capital from the Hunter Valley.

Dolly is known for her love of her tour buses and wowed fans at Hope Estate last night.

Tonight's show is sold out and fans are eagerly awaiting her first appearance on a Tamworth stage from 8pm.

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TICKETS: A big hit with fans

TAMWORTH is preparing to welcome the country music queen herself, Dolly Parton, on Sunday, as her new album enjoys No. 1 on the charts.

Her album, Blue Smoke, which her Australian tour is named after, has debuted at #1 on the ARIA Country Albums Chart and at #10 on the ARIA Albums Chart. 

She hit Australian shores this week and her first shows in Melbourne on Tuesday night and last night met with critical acclaim.

"We are expecting her to go very close to selling out. - TRC Entertainment Venues manager, Peter Ross.

Tonight she hits Adelaide, then the Hunter Valley's Hope Estate on Saturday night before she lights up TRECC with her big voice and large hair on Sunday night.

Her return to Australia comes after her successful 2011 tour and Tamworth fans have snapped up tickets from far and wide.

Fans from as far away as Tasmania are coming to see Dolly in Tamworth, as well as fans from Kempsey, Port Macquarie, Tasmania, Bingara, the ACT, Queensland, Hunter region, Mudgee, Inverell, Parkes, Dubbo, Gravesend and Harrington.

"She has quite a big pull," Tamworth Regional Council entertainment venues manager Peter Ross said.

"There's only a couple of hundred tickets left and everyday we're selling a dozen or so. 

"We are expecting her to go very close to selling out.

"If we've got some tickets left, if someone lobs into town that night and wants to see her, we should be able to accommodate them."

Tamworth Regional Council Director Business and Events John Sommerlad is pleased with ticket sales with TRECC continuing to attract top artists.

"Keith Urban, Carrie Underwood and Alan Jackson have all played to full houses here in the Country Music Capital at TRECC," he said.

"And, we know we will soon be adding Dolly Parton to that list. Without a doubt the TRECC is the best venue in Australia to see a performer because it is so intimate - you are up close and personal wherever you are seated."

Dolly is the most honored female country performer of all time. 

Achieving 25 RIAA certified gold, platinum and multi-platinum awards, she has had 25 songs reach number 1 on the Billboard Country charts, a record for a female artist. 

She has had 41 career top 10 country albums, a record for any artist, and she has 110 career charted singles over the past 40 years. All-inclusive sales of singles, albums, hits collections, paid digital downloads and compilation usage during her Hall of Fame career have reportedly topped a staggering 100 million records world-wide. 

The country queen has garnered seven Grammy Awards, 10 Country Music Association Awards, five Academy of Country Music Awards, 3 American Music Awards and is one of only five female artists to win the Country Music Association's Entertainer of the Year Award. 

Dolly was inducted as a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1999.

Her career has spanned nearly five decades and is showing no signs of slowing down. 

The iconic and irrepressible country singer has contributed countless treasures to the worlds of music, film and television. 

Some of her hit films have included Nine to Five, Steel Magnolias, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas and Rhinestone, she received two Oscar nominations - one for writing the title tune to Nine to Five and the other for Travelin' Thru from the film Transamerica.

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