Going on tours and playing concerts in different parts of the world is an integral part of any popular musician’s job. Tours are what get a musician’s talent noticed. They also help immensely in boosting the sales of an artist’s work.

Dolly Parton also toured extensively throughout her career, starting from the late 1960s when her career had just taken off until the early years of the 1990s. During the 60s and early 70s era, majority of Dolly Parton’s tours were as a member of the Porter Wagoner’s roadshow, apart from her performances with other popular country musicians such as Linda Ronstadt and George Jones.

After leaving the Porter Wagoner’s show in the year 1974, Dolly Parton formed her own band “Travelin’ Family Band” which constituted mostly her cousins, siblings and family members. She also toured with other popular artists including the likes of Mac Davis and Willie Nelson at that time. Her Travelin’ Family Band got disbanded in the year 1976 and led to the formation of a new band going by the name Gypsy Fever. This new band had several seasoned musicians with rock sensibilities, thus enabling her to cross over to a different genre and helping her expand her horizons.

Dolly toured extensively as a headline act with the Gypsy Fever for three years starting 1977 till 1979, for promotion of her albums “Great Balls of Fire,” “Heartbreaker,” “Here You Come Again” and “New Harvest – First Gathering.”

The 80s era saw Dolly Parton’s advent into the movie world and other popular avenues. All such engagements led to lesser number of tours than compared to 70s.

She again hit the road in 1982 and the early part of 1983 to support and promote her album Heartbreak Express. However, unexpected health problems lead to the cancellation of many of her tour dates. She toured along with Kenny Rogers from 1984 to 1985 as a part of the Real Love tour. Her touring continued through 1986 and 1989 with Think about Love and White Limozeen tours respectively.

Come 90s and the only tours that Dolly participated in were between 1991 and 1992 to promote her album “Eagle When She Flies.”