The tour in support of her Backwoods Barbie album, due out February26 on Dolly Records, will now begin April 22 in Pittsburgh.

Previously purchased tickets will be honored for the new dates.

“Hey, thanks for being patient,” Parton said. “I’m mending very nicelyand will be fit as a fiddle soon. And I’ll not only have the fiddle,but the rest of the band as well. We can’t wait to hit the road for our’Backwoods Barbie’ tour. We’re anxious for you to see our new show andplay you some of the new songs. Look forward to seeing you soon.”

Parton had been instructed by doctors to rest her back forsix to eight weeks and she is expected to fully recuperate in time forthe April 22 kick-off. Her upcoming European tour, which kicks off June13 in Sweden, was not affected.