(WBIR) Dolly Parton shone on the TODAY Show Tuesday morning, proving why she's still successful after more than four decades in the limelight. Parton said she's amazed to see how much the music business has changed.
"Now everything is always high-tech, and I've just been dragged screaming and kicking into the 21st century," Parton told Savannah Guthrie.
Despite the whirlwind of technology, Parton said she's keeping up-to-date with new ways to reach her fans.
"I try to surround myself with folks that keep up with it. But it's completely different now, but it's wonderful that I'm still here," Parton said. "I say I'm as old as yesterday, but hopefully as new as tomorrow."
It looks like the 68-year-old and her team are doing a good job filling in fans about all things Dolly. Over the last 24 hours, Parton tweeted nearly 10 times about her upcoming appearances.
Like her business-savvy skills, the East Tennessee native's humor is right on point. Throughout her interview, the country music icon was full of one-liners that made Savannah Guthrie and even the crew crack up.
When Guthrie addressed a rumor that Dolly Parton is covered with tattoos, the singer laughed and said she heard a story that she wore sleeves because her arms were covered with snake tattoos. She said that rumor isn't true, but she did get a few small tattoos to cover up scars.
"I do have a few, but they're not where you can see." She paused and then added, "I have a few, but they're mostly for my husband."
Parton has been married to her husband Carl Thomas Dean for 48 years. When Guthrie asked what's her secret to a happy marriage, Parton laughed and said, "I stay gone."
She admitted to Guthrie that her husband isn't a Dolly Parton music fan, but he loves her. The couple met more than 50 years ago this month, and they're still going strong.
"He's a good guy. It's like we know each other so well," Parton said. "I know every line in his face, and he knows every hair in my wig."
And her iconic wig is something Parton doesn't leave behind often. She told Guthrie you wouldn't see her in public without hair and makeup.
"When I get out, I usually try to put on a little makeup and fix my hair because I don't want people to say, 'God, I saw Dolly Parton - she looks like hell," Parton laughed. "I rather hear 'em say 'Well she was so overdone' - just like this morning. But I like to dress. If I'm out in public, I wanna be what people expect to see."
The public will get to see lots of the Queen of Country Music this year as she continues her "Blue Smoke" world tour. Earlier this year, the Grammy-winner traveled to Australia to perform several concerts. Now, she's kicking off her U.S. tour. The star will hit Thompson Boling Arena's stage on May 28. In June, she'll make stops and have concerts across Europe promoting "Blue Smoke." Despite a grueling tour schedule, the singer said she's excited to head out on the road, proving why she's still a force of nature.
"I love the fans. I still love to perform. Love to write songs, record them and get out and sing them," said Parton.
Fans also still love buying her music. Dolly Parton's career is still cemented in the record books as the most successful female country singer of all time, selling more than 100 million records. "Blue Smoke," which was released Tuesday on iTunes, is Parton's 42nd album.