Here’s what Lydia Jenkin of The New Zealand Herald thought…

Playing the first show on her Blue Smoke tour at Vector Arena last night, Dolly Parton was a master storyteller as well as musician. Her voice seemed as strong as ever at 68, and her fingers still nimble enough to jump between Autoharp, mandolin, and tin whistle…or was she miming? It was hard to tell – certainly not all the time, and most would have sympathy for giving her a little help when she sings for more than two hours each night. Either way, flanked by a seven piece band, along with three backing singers, and a mysterious backdrop (was it supposed to be shaped like symbolic cleavage? )

It was her humour and warmth that were the real entertainment highlight however, and there was plenty of cheek peppered through.   But judging by the crowd response, no one at Vector would have a doubt – she’s the sweetest lady in show business after all.  read more in The New Zealand Herald