Dolly Parton, the legendary country music icon, is set to surprise and delight fans with her upcoming rock album titled ‘Rockstar.’ Scheduled for release on November 17, 2023, under Dolly Parton’s own Butterfly Records imprint with distribution by Big Machine Label Group, ‘Rockstar’ features a jaw-dropping track-listing that includes both original compositions and covers of beloved rock classics. With a star-studded lineup of guest performers, Dolly Parton’s ‘Rockstar’ promises to be an exhilarating and memorable musical experience.
Dolly Parton’s Inspiration for ‘Rockstar’
Dolly Parton expressed her excitement about the album, stating, “I’m so excited to finally present my first Rock and Roll album, Rockstar! I am very honored and privileged to have worked with some of the greatest iconic singers and musicians of all time, and to be able to sing all the iconic songs throughout the album was a joy beyond measure.” This album represents a personal milestone for Dolly, as she fulfills her longtime ambition of exploring the realm of rock music.
The Collaborative Power of ‘Rockstar’
Richie Sambora Joins Dolly on the Title Track
The album opens with its electrifying title track, ‘Rockstar,’ an original composition by Dolly Parton herself. This powerful song features a very special guest, the legendary Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora. Together, they create a dynamic and captivating opener that sets the tone for the album.
What Has Rock And Roll Ever Done For You’ ft. Stevie Nicks
Teaming up with Fleetwood Mac’s iconic vocalist Stevie Nicks, Dolly delivers the poignant track ‘What Has Rock And Roll Ever Done For You.’ The song explores the profound impact that rock and roll music has had on people’s lives and celebrates its cultural significance.
I Dreamed About Elvis’ ft. Ronnie McDowell
Country musician Ronnie McDowell joins forces with Dolly on the heartfelt ‘I Dreamed About Elvis.’ This track pays homage to the legendary Elvis Presley, capturing the essence of his enduring influence and the everlasting mark he left on the world of music.
Iconic Reimaginings with Legendary Guest Performers
Dolly Parton’s ‘Rockstar’ album also features captivating covers of rock classics, infused with her unique style and complemented by an array of guest performers who bring their own distinct flair.
The Beatles’ Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr Unite on ‘Let It Be’
A truly extraordinary collaboration takes place on ‘Let It Be,’ as Dolly Parton joins forces with two surviving members of The Beatles, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr. The addition of special guests Peter Frampton and Mick Fleetwood adds further depth to this remarkable rendition.
Paying Tribute to Lynyrd Skynyrd’s Legacy with ‘Free Bird’
The album reaches its grand finale with ‘Free Bird,’ originally performed by Lynyrd Skynyrd. Dolly Parton masterfully incorporates archival vocals from Ronnie Van Zant, the band’s late lead vocalist, while accompanied by Gary Rossington, Artimus Pyle, and The Artimus Pyle Band. This heartfelt homage captures the spirit and soul of the iconic rock anthem.
Legendary Voices: Ann Wilson, Steve Perry, and Debbie Harry
Heart’s Ann Wilson, Journey’s Steve Perry, and Blondie’s Debbie Harry lend their incomparable voices to the album, infusing their unique energy and artistry into the tracks they feature on. Their collaborations with Dolly result in unforgettable musical moments.
Hard Rock Icons: Rob Halford and Nikki Sixx
Dolly Parton’s rock album wouldn’t be complete without the inclusion of iconic figures from the hard rock scene. Judas Priest’s Rob Halford and Motley Crue’s Nikki Sixx join forces with Dolly, adding their distinctive vocal prowess and rock ‘n’ roll spirit to the album.
Cross-Genre Collaborations: Lizzo, and Pink
Dolly’s musical versatility is on full display as she collaborates with artists from different genres. The album features exhilarating pairings, such as Sting, Lizzo, and P!nk, who infuse their unique styles into the tracks they contribute to, resulting in a delightful blend of musical flavors.
Dolly Parton’s Message of Change in ‘World on Fire’
Dolly Parton’s lead single, ‘World on Fire,’ carries a powerful message that resonates with the current state of the world. The song reflects on the challenges we face and the need for positive transformation. Dolly hopes that ‘World on Fire’ will touch listeners and inspire them to strive for a better future.
Dolly Parton’s Journey to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
Dolly Parton’s induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in November was a well-deserved recognition of her immense contributions to music. Initially hesitant about her inclusion, Dolly eventually embraced the honor and made a commitment to release a rock album. ‘Rockstar’ fulfills that promise and showcases Dolly’s versatility as an artist.
Rockstar’ Album Format and Availability
Dolly Parton’s ‘Rockstar’ album will be available in various formats to suit different preferences. Fans can enjoy the album as a 4 LP set, a 2 CD set, or through digital download and streaming services. The accessibility of the album ensures that fans worldwide can immerse themselves in Dolly’s rock-infused musical journey.
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