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Country music has gone through many changes over the past several decades, but Dolly Parton remains one of the queens of country. Parton headed for Nashville at age 18 to become a country star. In 1967, she began a successful songwriting partnership with Porter Waggoner. The duo wrote 14 Top 10 hits together, including “The Last Thing on My Mind” and “Please Don’t Stop Loving Me.” But Parton’s career really took off after splitting from Waggoner in 1974. Her single “I Will Always Love You” was a hit that year, and it re-appeared on the charts in 1992 when Whitney Houston covered the song for the film, The Bodyguard. Parton’s other hit singles include 1977’s “Here You Come Again” and the title song from the 1980 film, 9 to 5. While the Dixie Chicks and Shania Twain are the new queens of the country scene, Parton hasn’t exiled herself to her Dollywood theme park just yet. She continues to record new albums such as 2002’s Halos & Horns and her live album, Live & Well. Dolly Parton brings her Hello, I’m Dolly tour to Reno this weekend. The Grascals will open up the show, which begins 8 p.m., Dec. 11 at the Reno Hilton Theater, 2500 E. Second St. Tickets are $71.50 and $93.50. Call 789-2285.—Kelley Lang