Dolly Parton is, somehow, still singing. Not only that, now she’s rocking and is releasing a rock album studded with stars from her era, people like Paul McCartney, Stevie Nicks, John Fogerty, Pink and Brandi Carlile.
Dolly announced that when she appeared on ABC’s The View (our least favorite show on TV, here at The American Tribune), and told the co-hosts of that show about the new album. Speaking to The View’s Joy Behar (gross), she said:
“If I’m going to be in the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame, I better do something to earn it. So I’m doing a rock ‘n’ roll album and I’m having a lot of the rock stars that I met that night be on the album with me.”
That wasn’t all. Continuing, Dolly told The View cohosts that she and Paul McCartney will be singing a song together for the album and that she and Stevie Nicks had just finished recording a song for the album the night before.
According to Variety, which reported on Parton’s rock album announcement, “Parton had previously said that the record, titled “Rock Star,” would be set to come out some time this year, although no official release date has been confirmed.”
Adding more details about what Dolly has said about the album so far, Variety also reported that:
In a December appearance for “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” Parton said the album is “going to have a lot of great, iconic songs like [Prince’s] ‘Purple Rain,’ [the Rolling Stones’] ‘(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction,’ [Led Zeppelin’s] ‘Stairway to Heaven’ [and Lynyrd Skynyrd’s] ‘Free Bird.’”
She told “The View” that she was trying to get Mick Jagger to perform on a cover of The Rolling Stones’ “Satisfaction,” but instead, “Pink and Brandi Carlile are gonna be singing on that particular song with me.” Pink and Carlile joined forces to perform with Parton at her fall Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction
Parton had initially declined that induction, citing that since her career had been mostly based in country music, there were other artists who deserved the honor over her. Regardless, voters canvassed for Parton and she was inducted in November, prompting the roll-out of the forthcoming rock album.
Still, that’s not all. According to NME, Dolly also told The View “I’m even gonna have Cher on [the album],” Parton told the programme. “I’ve been getting a song for her, we’ve been trying to get the right thing together. But that’s going to be a big thrill I think.”
Watch Dolly on The View here:
Other details about the potential release of the album come from an interview that Dolly did with BBC 2, on which she said “I’m working on that album and that will be coming out sometime next fall hopefully, in time for the Christmas season next year. And so I’m going to do a lot of classic songs that are rock songs and then a few that I’ve written.”
This isn’t the only new album Dolly is involved in. According to Music and Mayhem, she released a country album as well recently. That source reported:
Parton has officially announced the release of Dolly Parton – Diamonds & Rhinestones: The Greatest Hits Collection. Featuring nearly two dozen hits, the project includes “9 to 5,” “Jolene,” and “I Will Always Love You,” which broke several records. This is the first time Parton will release a collection that includes 23 of her most successful songs spanning from 1971-2020, and the first time she has combined original recordings released on Dolly Records, RCA Victor, and Columbia Records.
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