Dolly Parton’s ‘A Tennessee Mountain Thanksgiving’ Is The Perfect Thing To Watch This Thanksgiving

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If you’re over the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and want something new(ish) to watch this year, Dolly Parton has you covered.

Back in November of 1987, she released A Tennessee Mountain Thanksgiving as a holiday special, which was filmed in and around her hometown near Sevierville, Tennessee.

Dolly gathered her family to sing standards like “In The Pines,” “Daddy Was an Old Time Preacher Man,” “On Top of Old Smokey,” “In the Sweet By and By” and more, and of course, the entire Parton family is incredibly talented so each performance is spectacular.

In addition to performances from Dolly and her family and some funny comedic bits, she takes you back to her old one-bedroom homestead in the east Tennessee mountains to see the magic that exists there, which also features some precious conversation with her late parents.

They talk about the “hard times” they had living up in the holler, and also how much they loved it the simpler times, and Dolly also reminds viewers that Smoky Mountain girls don’t play games, which was honestly my favorite part of the special:

“You know, up here in the Smoky Mountains, when us girls couldn’t get the man we wanted, we’d shoot ’em.”


You can watch most of the special in the video below, and if you have family already in town or need something to watch before the football games kick off tomorrow and Dolly headlines the Dallas Cowboys halftime show, I can’t recommend this highly enough:

A beer bottle on a dock



A beer bottle on a dock