Today’s country music is heavy on stars but light on icons. Dolly Parton, my friends, is an icon. Her new single, “Better Get to Livin'”, is one of the best singles of the year, sharply written with lyrics that both comfort and challenge its listeners. So much of her spirit, charm and worldview are captures in this performance that it is instantly a definitive record, deserving of a wide audience.
Dolly has been making some of the best music of her career in the past few years, and “Better Get to Livin'” proves she can return to a mainstream country sound and still blow all of the competition out of the water. Do yourself a favor and get to listenin’. This one’s a keeper.