Legendary country icon Dolly Parton is gearing up for her biggest North American tour in more than 25 years. While the full list of tour dates is still under wraps, we do know that the "Coat of Many Colors" singer's Pure & Simple Tour will take her to 60 cities in the United States and Canada.
Earlier this year, Parton told Rolling Stone Country what inspired the tour idea. "There's only four of us on stage. We play different instruments, and we all sing and do all those songs that people know, but they're just not as big and we don't have a lot of effects on stage. We did some shows at the Ryman and at Dollywood all scaled down and people loved it. I got the best reviews I ever got! So I thought, 'Well, why not just take that on the road?'"
Dolly isn't scheduled to hit the road until June, but she is already making plans. In a new interview with CMT's Cody Alan, Dolly admits that there is something besides her wigs, show costumes, and a "certain blanket and a certain pillow" that helps fight off homesickness.
"I cook stuff before I leave home. I put it in the freezers and stuff, like home cookin'. We always have good caterers too, but there's just that stuff that if you're away from home you don't feel homesick if you can have the things you're used to," Dolly said.
Even though she enjoys her country cooking, she admits that she can't eat too much because she has to fit into her stage clothes.
"I don't eat as much of it as I used to. I try to watch it when I'm traveling for my stage clothes, if nothing else," Dolly admits. "I try to do kind of low carb through the week and splurge when I get a minute."
70-year old Dolly admits that her only form of exercise is "diddly squats", but it seems to be working for her! We look forward to seeing the star on tour later this year. Are you?
Listen to Dolly Parton's full interview with Cody Alan below.