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Dolly Parton Performs At The Ryman For The First Time In More Than A Decade

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Posted at 10:02 PM, Jul 31, 2015
and last updated 2015-09-07 17:23:29-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – It was a busy night in Music City, and at the Ryman Auditorium, a music icon took the stage.

NewsChannel 5’s cameras were able to get a sneak peek at Dolly Parton's sound check before her show Friday.

The special concert benefitted the W.O. Smith Music School, and she's been set to play another sold-out show Saturday night for the Opry Fund.

It has been more than a decade since Dolly played the Ryman, and even though a lot has changed, she said the feel of the historic venue has remained the same.

“The old Ryman didn't even have air conditioner,” Dolly said. “There was one dressing room for the boys, one dressing room for the girls. We’d almost get in fist fights trying to get a spot in the mirror, you know how girls are, but anyway, it’s air conditioned now but it still has that same old feeling. But I just love this place. It is the mother church of country music because it used to be a tabernacle as you well know, so there’s just something sacred about it.”

Dolly has been busy with a lot these days. She just released a children's album, and she's also working on a movie that should be out in time for the holidays.