Dolly Parton’s Fresh Rock Endeavor Sparks Curiosity in R&B Prospects

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Dolly Parton Rockstar Album

Renowned country music icon Dolly Parton, who was recently inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame despite her initial reluctance, is now venturing into new musical terrain. Marking nearly a year since her induction, she unveils her debut rock album, “Rockstar,” set to release this Friday.

In 2022, Parton expressed her hesitation about the nomination, feeling she hadn’t quite merited a place in the Hall of Fame, especially considering the many outstanding rock artists yet to be recognized. “I didn’t think I had done enough in the rock world to be considered for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, especially when so many great rock artists are not in there,” she commented in an interview with The Big Big News.


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Despite her initial reservations, Parton accepted her induction gracefully and saw it as a chance to prove her worth. She initially envisioned creating a rock album akin to Linda Ronstadt’s style but feared she might be too old for such a venture. This induction, however, provided a new opportunity.

Embracing the challenge, Parton embarked on covering classic rock songs, collaborating with original artists like Sting in “Every Breath You Take” and Peter Frampton in “Baby, I Love Your Way.” She also engaged in creative pairings, such as “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” with Pink and Brandi Carlile. Although unable to secure collaborations with Mick Jagger and Lionel Richie, she notably facilitated a quasi-reunion of the Beatles for her cover of “Let It Be” with Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr.

In a conversation earlier this year, Starr mentioned his work on a country EP, to which Parton expressed eagerness to join. “I’d definitely do some country singing for rockers exploring country,” she added.

“Rockstar” boasts nine original tracks, some of which are resurrected from Parton’s past works, like the heartfelt “My Blue Tears” from her time on “The Porter Wagoner Show.” Another notable track is “I Dreamed About Elvis,” featuring the Jordanaires and Ronnie McDowell as Elvis.

Parton also touches on her historical decision to decline Elvis Presley’s request to cover “I Will Always Love You,” a move spurred by disagreement over publishing rights with Presley’s manager.

The album’s leading single, “World on Fire,” showcases a dramatic blend of powerful drums and chords, reflecting Parton’s deep concern for human suffering and global issues. Despite assumptions of political undertones, Parton clarifies, “I’m not political. This is about saving the world, not politics.”

While “Rockstar” might be her sole rock album, Parton isn’t slowing down. She’s currently adapting her life story into a Broadway musical and expresses interest in exploring R&B and blues genres. “There’s so much more to do,” she concludes, hinting at an ever-evolving musical journey.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Dolly Parton Rockstar Album

What is Dolly Parton’s new musical venture?

Dolly Parton is stepping into the rock genre with her first rock ‘n’ roll album titled “Rockstar,” releasing this Friday, following her induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame last year.

Did Dolly Parton willingly accept her Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction?

Initially, Parton felt she hadn’t done enough in the rock genre to deserve the induction and was hesitant. However, she accepted it gracefully and saw it as an opportunity to explore rock music.

What are some key collaborations in Dolly Parton’s “Rockstar” album?

The album features collaborations with iconic artists such as Sting in “Every Breath You Take” and Peter Frampton in “Baby, I Love Your Way.” It also includes creative pairings with artists like Pink and Brandi Carlile.

Is Dolly Parton considering other music genres after “Rockstar”?

Yes, after her rock album “Rockstar,” Dolly Parton is interested in exploring R&B and blues genres, indicating her continual evolution in the music industry.

More about Dolly Parton Rockstar Album

  • Dolly Parton’s Induction into Rock & Roll Hall of Fame
  • Dolly Parton’s New Album “Rockstar”
  • Collaborations in “Rockstar” Album
  • Dolly Parton’s Future Music Projects

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