Throughout her years of performance, Dolly Parton became known for her extreme work ethic and that very unique voice that she was gifted with. She was talented beyond measure. She was bold, flashy — and her voice is one of the most beautiful in the country music genre. From her hair, to her makeup, to her boobs and her talent, Dolly Parton certainly has a one-of-a-kind style. So, in summation, yes, I believe Dolly Parton to be one of, if not the most influential country music artists.
Many people don't realize that Dolly Parton has not only had her own hits, but has written several songs that put other artists on the map. Maybe the only one even close to her is Reba McIntire, but Dolly Parton has continued to influence the industry not just with music but through her actions.
For decades Dolly Parton has been an extremely influential woman among the country music population. She has supported many strong females, spurring on the ability to be as successful if not more so than the male artists. Her influence has paved the road for others to pursue that title. Artist such as Carry Underwood have gained ground in highlighting the example of success and Christianity and family values being the perfect recipe.
Country music has a long and impressive history of talented and influential female artists. Of those, Dolly Parton is definitely one, and one of the greatest. However, if we are to put her alongside other greats like Patsy Cline, Loretta Lynne, and June Carter then I think we would be hard pressed to say who was the greatest.