If anyone missed seeing Dolly Parton's appearance on The Ellen Show this week, click over to The Malcontent and watch the video clip. Last fall Dolly released her new album Those Were the Days, a collection of bluegrass covers of several 1960's anti-war protest songs (including Blowin' in the Wind, Where Have All the Flowers Gone?, Imagine, Where do the Children Play?). Now Dolly has garnered an Oscar nomination for Travelin' Thru, a song she wrote for the fantastic movie Transamerica.
With any other artist these two projects would immediately be labeled "controversial" or "subversive" (because they kinda ARE); but Dolly Parton somehow manages to charm her way through disarming interviews, smiling and flirting throughout. In addition, both the album and the song (AND the movie) are truly fantastic! I obviously adore Dolly for her musical talent, but I passionately respect her for her subversive musical projects.