Dolly Parton’s profession as a rustic singer is the stuff of music legend — however her newest transfer is one thing only a few might have anticipated. The enduring songwriter is taking her skills to the world of rock ‘n’ roll with a brand new album.
Showing on The View on January 17 (two days earlier than her birthday, she gave us a present), Dolly confirmed the next artists could be featured on the album: Paul McCartney, Stevie Nicks, Cher, P!NK, Brandi Carlile, John Fogerty, Steve Perry, and Steven Tyler. She’s nonetheless angling to get Mick Jagger, Elton John, Jimmy Web page, and Robert Plant as effectively.
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She additionally talked about a canopy of The Rolling Stones’ “Satisfaction” with P!NK and Brandi Carlile. “I’m doin’ my greatest to attempt to get [Jagger] on, however I did his tune anyway. I feel Pink and Brandi Carlile are gonna be singing on that individual tune with me,” Dolly hinted on The View.
The album — titled Rock Star — is rumored to return out a while in fall of 2023.
Through the interview, Dolly later voiced her heartbreak over Lisa Marie Presley‘s current loss of life and feeling like part of the Presley household. “I used to be heartbroken for Priscilla in addition to the world being so shocked and horrified by the early loss of life of some particular, great woman,” she mentioned. “It simply looks like a household. I used to be simply speaking about how all of us love that household as if it’s our personal. It’s a tragic factor.”
Dolly initially hinted on the album throughout her acceptance speech on the 2022 Rock & Roll Corridor of Fame final month: “If I’m going to go within the Rock & Roll Corridor of Fame, I’m going to must earn it,” she mentioned. She then later confirmed that she shall be releasing a rock album.
Dolly additionally debuted her new rock tune on the ceremony — an upbeat tribute to the style titled “Rockin’.” It contains references to legends of the style in addition to among the most iconic rock songs like “Nice Balls of Fireplace” (which she coated on her 1979 album of the identical title). It’s nonetheless quintessentially a Dolly Parton file, although. The tune references her upbringing within the “smoky hills of Tennessee” and her “nation soul,” suggesting this new album gained’t stray too removed from the Dolly we all know and love.
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When she appeared on The Tonight Present Starring Jimmy Fallon, Dolly confirmed that the brand new album shall be titled Rock Star and drop in 2023. It should reportedly characteristic each covers and authentic songs, together with appearances from well-known faces, equivalent to Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler and presumably Mick Jagger (for a rumored cowl of “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction”). Dolly has additionally confirmed she’ll be masking “Stairway to Heaven” and want to reunite with Jimmy Web page and Robert Plant for the tune. She cited Journey’s Steve Perry as one other doable collaborator for the album.
This isn’t the primary time that Parton has explored different genres. In 1999, she launched her first all-bluegrass album, The Grass Is Blue, to extensive crucial acclaim and has included bluegrass-inspired songs on different albums. She’s additionally specified that the selection to decide to a rock album has private motivations, as her husband Carl Dean “is a rock ‘n’ roll freak,” so she’s excited to make an album “primarily only for him.”
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