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If you've ever pursued a goal with so much drive and determination you just knew your dreams would be reality someday, then you know what true hunger there is to make your dreams come true. For those of us in the entertainment industry, that constant desire to achieve and do more expands and evolves with every experience. Bad experiences or good, we always learn something from them we can use later on down the line. A classic example of the functional use of this driving force is the country music icon Dolly Parton. From her early days as an East Tennessee mountain girl, she always wanted to stand in front of the audience to sing her heart out. Her trip to the Grand Ole Opry was aided later on by her co-hosting of the Porter Waggoner show produced in Nashville in the '60s & '70s. After noticing there was more to entertainment that Music City, Dolly headed west to star in such films as '9 to 5', 'the Best Little Whorehouse in Texas' and many other made-for-television movies. Success like that can get to an entertainer. But to be perfectly honest, every country artist looks to Dolly as one of the founding artists that made country what it is today. Why does she need to do anything different? Part of the perception she might be getting too comfortable with her status in country's higher echelon brought Dolly back to her East Tennessee roots to write the CD, 'Hungry Again'. The hunger Dolly has for her music is shown in every one of the 12 songs she's written for this CD. From the sound of what's on the CD, it looks like her hunger for the music and what she believes in paid off in a big way!

The cool thing about this CD is it gives you a lot of what you'd expect from Dolly. A good example of the 'rockabilly' sound she's known for is the song 'Honky Tonk Songs', where she does ask a really good question of, "Why don't women sing honky tonk songs?" If they could sing them like you, Dolly, I have no idea why they wouldn't!

Another great feature of this CD are the songs that have that country gospel feel to them. 'When Jesus Comes Calling For Me' will touch your heart as an older gentleman reflects on his past life. There's much more to say about this CD. My advice to you, though, is to go out and give 'Hungry Again' a listen.

Photo courtesy of Decca Records. Used by permission.