Thompson-Boling Assembly Center and Arena
Dolly Parton is bringing Better Days to Knoxville.
The East Tennessee superstar will kick off her Better Day Tour in Knoxville on July 17, marking the first time in at least 26 years she’s performed a local show outside Sevier County.
She made the announcement on the website dollyon-line.com Tuesday.
Parton’s show will be at Thompson-Boling Arena. No ticket dates have been announced or a start time for the show. A rumor weeks ago spread that Parton might be doing a show at the Tennessee Theatre.
Parton’s online fans — dubbed Dollyites — have dibs on the first tickets. For information on how to become part of her online community, go to DollyPartonmusic.net.
Tickets to the general public will go on sale in early April, according to a Dollywood representative. Prices have not been announced yet.
Proceeds will go to Parton's Dollywood Foundation and its Imagination Library, which delivers thousands of books to pre-schoolers around the world.
The tour will also hit Texas, Virginia and Los Angeles (where she will perform two shows a week after her Knoxville gig).
Parton got her professional musical start in Knoxville, playing on local radio as a child. For most of her touring career, she has kept her shows in her native Sevier County, with many of those shows being set at Dollywood.
Her 2011 tour supports her new CD “Better Day,” coming later this year.
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