art by Kate Haberer
Winner: Dolly Parton
Dug Sohn: Yesterday I learned country singer Dolly Parton anonymously entered a "Dolly Parton look-alike contest" but lost to a drag queen.
John Walker: ...I give Dolly the nod for writing and performing "I Will Always Love You" as a pretty ballad instead of the melismatic vocal exercise it became.
Patrick Smith: Dolly's great, but Loretta Lynn is in a class by herself. Took a real stand when it would've been easy not to. Plus, the stuff she did with Conway still sounds great.
Mike Walley-Rund: Parton, purely on the strength of Jolene witch I believe is the platonic ideal of a country song with female vocals.
Robert Sherwood: Dolly for the songs Robert and Evening Shade. Wings upon your Horns and the Pill are badass, but falling in love with your long-lost brother, and burning down and orphanage....The Trio record is also pretty great.
Greg Peeler: I got mad respect for both but Coal Miners Daughter is one hell of a movie and Dolly hasn't ever come up with anything as ballsy as "You Ain't Woman Enough" so it's LL for me.
Stacey Wachter: Voting twice for Loretta! Have you people ever heard Fist city??
Richard Gorelick: Dolly cause I was an usher at Painters Mill when she performed and every, every night she'd say "I see you all out there with those binoculars.... You're trying to see if they're real!!!" And then, after the big screaming laugh, she'd say "I was talking about my wigs!!!!"
Claudia Balog: Knee-jerk reaction was first Dolly and her beautiful songs and voice. But then I thought the millions of women Loretta absolutely saved because she is the total fucking badass who recorded The Pill (not to mention the rest of her entire freaking catalogue is amazing). I'm going LL but it's practically a coin-toss.
Karen Tominey: Dolly. I like Loretta, but Dolly started an early childhood literacy program called Imagination Library and my kids got free books every month from birth until kindergarten.
Stephen Ashby: This is tough. I've gotta go Loretta Lynn though. As good as Jolene is, Coal Miner's Daughter, Rated X, and lines like "You better close your face and stay outta my way if you don't wanna go to fist city" win out in the end.
Jennifer Bunn Miller: Btw, thx for making me create a dolly station on pandora on the way home tonight.
Jack Livingston: Tough. Dolly has more all around talent but seems to be able to get as commercial as needed to become a mega star. Loretta remained more roots country but a kick ass feminista at a time when it was needed. Dolly's voice is pure but Loretta's sounds more authentic. Both stayed married to original back woods husbands. Loretta had a break down - dolly never would- too much sunshine. Dolly had the balls to move on from working with Porter Wagner- her mentor. Loretta never had or needed a male mentor. Loretta has a gazillion kids and grand kids. I have no idea if Dolly has any. There are drag queen Dollys galore. There are no drag queen Loretta's. Loretta's survived and kicked Jack white's ass. Dolly would too but doesn't need to. Final score: tie- into overtime. Loretta wins just because she has recently had an alt radio hit - Dolly's doing bluegrass. ... but a rematch is needed in a year.
Christy Paxson: Dolly was very progressive about her views on Christianity although Dollywood is purty cheezy.
Jack Livingston: One wonders how well known Loretta would now be if it was not for the film...many people think she IS the film. And it is old, but a classic. Dolly has remained in the spotlight all this many years and from all accounts is very biz savvy. Now who could play Dolly in the movie version???....