Country music icon Dolly Parton has sought the help of legendary rock musicians for her highly anticipated new album, titled “Rockstar.” In an unconventional move, Parton reportedly sent personal love letters to these musicians, including her phone number, asking for their collaboration. The album boasts an impressive lineup of artists, including Stevie Nicks, Sir Paul McCartney, Deborah Harry, and Chris Stapleton, among others.
The decision to create a rock-themed album came after Parton was informed of her impending induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2022. Initially daunted by the thought, Parton believed she lacked a deep enough rock catalog. Thus, the project began with Parton recording demos of classic rock anthems. However, as the project progressed, Parton decided to keep all the songs on the album.
Parton’s main intention was to make the album special and meaningful. She wanted to include her favorite artists to enrich the project. Collaborations for the album involved a mix of in-person recording sessions and digital-era magic to match everyone’s schedules.
One notable track on the album is Parton’s cover of Prince’s iconic song, “Purple Rain,” which showcases not only her vocal prowess but also her spiritual side. This cover highlights Parton’s ability to push boundaries and challenge herself musically.
Despite being primarily recognized for her contributions to country music, Parton has previously released covers of rock songs on her albums. This latest endeavor allowed her to explore her love for rock music more deeply.
Interestingly, Parton’s husband, Carl Dean, a fan of bluegrass and country music, also enjoys “acid rock.” Parton initially recorded the album without his knowledge but eventually listened to the finished project together. Parton’s motivation for creating the album stemmed from her passion for music and a desire to produce something that she and the original artists could take pride in.
Parton acknowledges that the album may receive both praise and criticism. However, she firmly stands by the effort she put into it. With her exceptional talent and the collaboration of rock legends, “Rockstar” promises to be a groundbreaking addition to Parton’s already impressive discography.
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