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In chronological terms, Reba McEntire is just shy of a decade younger than Dolly Parton, but when it comes to work ethic and creating timeless songs, both country music queens are sisters of the heart. By miles of road between the Smoky Mountains of Dolly Parton’s Tennessee homeland and the red dirt arenas of the rodeo circuit gave Reba McEntire her life lessons growing up in Oklahoma, the comparison is stark. When it comes to talent, “tough sexy,” and homespun values of hard work and true hearts, however, these ladies share the same map dot on the trajectory of their lives.
Not surprisingly, Reba McEntire hardly has time to catch her breath between publicity chats for her new book, Not That Fancy: Simple Lessons on Living, Loving, Eating, and Dusting Off Your Boots. The collection comprises much more than favorite recipes. It holds stories of friendship, love, and life decisions that change everything, as the Whoever’s In New England artist details to The Associated Press per MSN.
To the delight of her fans, the book releases next Tuesday, October 10, but Reba being Reba, just one huge project for the newest coach on The Voice never satisfies. On the contrary, Reba McEntire designs a matched set with the book and a new acoustic-only album of past favorites and one brand-new song, “Seven Minutes in Heaven,” which is the new single.
Throughout their history, Dolly Parton and Reba McEntire embraced their own style in sparkling gowns. When it comes to what feels most divine in life for these non-divas, simple is decidedly best.
Reba promises a never-boring book
“It’s not just a cookbook, it’s not just a photo album, it’s not a storybook. Instead, McEntire declares, “It’s an eclectic group of everything.”
As any author knows all too well, proofreading is the true pain of the publishing process. On that score, Reba McEntire surprised herself. “I went through it several times and never got bored with it.” Considering, as the “Consider Me Gone” singer admits, “I have the attention span of a 3-year-old.” Reba takes her own self-test as “a huge compliment to the book.”
Obviously, Reba’s writing style in prose emulates her gift for interpretation of country song lyrics– you can’t get them out of your head.
Dolly gets a unanimous vote—again
They say one good turn deserves another, and Reba McEntire surely agrees. Originally, “Does He Love You” brought Reba and Linda Davis together in 1993. Davis is mom to Lady A’s Hillary Scott, who also sang the hard-truth ballad on tour with Carly Pearce.
Already, the Dolly Parton-Reba McEntire collaboration proved a success in 2021 as part of McEntire’s 3-album collection, Revived Remixed Revisited. In fact, that album, produced by Americana wonder worker, Dave Cobb, became the well from which songs were drawn for Not That Fancy.
Unbelievably, when the song came up for consideration this time, Reba’s team began “pitching names” for the project. The minute somebody said “Dolly,” however, all debate stopped. “We got to ask Dolly” was the only question, and Dolly Parton’s answer was yes.
Sadly, in-person sessions for this latest rendition from Reba McEntire and Dolly Parton were impossible due to the pandemic. No matter, however, because voices, hearts, and spirits like these transcend barriers of circumstance. The result is a repeat treasure.
No-hassle home style
Speaking of being in person, though, Reba McEntire stresses that the whole point of any get-together is to be together. If you don’t have “your brand-new couch” that you dream of someday, cover the old couch with a festive or heirloom bedspread. Ask friends to bring drinkware to match the colors, or even “use Solo cups or paper plates.” She remembers the advice of a wealthy friend: “Overall, have fun.”
In terms of their own style, Dolly Parton and Reba McEntire share a love for sparkle and color, like Reba’s famous red dress, resurrected from her closet in 2018 after its 1993 CMA Awards debut. Dolly employs a team to keep her dazzling wardrobe ever-fresh and wearable.
In real life, though, the true friends prefer the simple life away from the stage. Parton still praises that her best songs come from the inspiration of nature, and Reba never leaves her tomboy roots. She calls her personal style “tough sexy,” defining it as “being in my cowboy clothes with a sexy side to it.” She adopts the same feel for her interior design.
No matter what either of these country music wonders calls her style, in music or life, it’s forever golden.