From Alice Bolin’s article for The Morning News:

Like Parton is fond of saying, “I may look fake, but I’m very real where it counts.” It’s a paradoxical way to conduct a career with integrity: by being real about being fake, being honest about what you do to get by and get ahead. Jewly Hight of NPR reported that before the release of Blue Smoke, Parton told “a pack of bluegrass journalists,” “You can’t make a livin’ doing bluegrass … You don’t want to give it up, but you know you’ve got to expand in order to really make a living at it. … For me, I’ve always been in the music business.”

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