Well, it’s finally here—Dolly’s reincarnation as a rock star, and my God, this is one epic album. Incredibly, this marks Dolly’s 49th solo album, and the vinyl version spans a whopping 4 LPs.
Dolly Parton, the global icon who rose from poverty to stardom, has become everyone’s guilty pleasure. If you claim not to love the song “Jolene,” you’re either a liar or simply not a fan of music. Interestingly, Dolly’s exposure to rock over the years is owed to her husband, Carl, who happens to be an AC/DC fan.
She counts many rock star fans, including unlikely ones such as Ginger Wildheart, who will proudly display his Dolly tattoo.
Now, back to this album – imagine some of the greatest rock songs of all time, envision cover versions, not just any covers but renditions by the legendary Dolly Parton. Take it up a notch by making them duets with the original artists. What you get is a classic rock playlist like no other; this album doesn’t need to grow on you because you’ve already heard it a million times.
From Jolene to Rock Queen: Dolly Parton’s 49th Album Redefines Legacy.
The album features collaborations with rock legends like Paul McCartney, Steven Tyler, Stevie Nicks, Steve Perry, John Fogerty, P!nk, Brandi Carlile, Richie Sambora, Sting, Ann Wilson, Kid Rock, Miley Cyrus, Joan Jett, and many more.
This ambitious project not only showcases Dolly’s musical exploration but is also a declaration of her enduring spirit and refusal to be confined by genre boundaries.
Parton approaches iconic rock anthems with genuine reverence, infusing them with her signature Southern twang and a touch of country charm. Her voice, as always, soars effortlessly over hard-hitting riffs and pulsating rhythms.
The album kicks off with a bang, as Parton teams up with Richie Sambora for a rousing rendition of “Rockstar,” setting the tone for the exhilarating ride ahead. She then tackles classics like “Every Breath You Take” with Sting, “Open Arms” with Steve Perry, and “Magic Man” with Ann Wilson, bringing her unique vocal prowess to each track.
Parton’s duets are not mere imitations; they are fresh interpretations that showcase her ability to connect with the essence of each song. She seamlessly blends her voice with her collaborators, creating a harmonious blend of rock and country sensibilities.
The album also features original tracks penned by Parton herself, further demonstrating her versatility and songwriting prowess. “World on Fire” is a powerful anthem of resilience and hope.
“Rock Star” is not just an album; it’s an experience. It’s a celebration of music, a tribute to the power of collaboration, and a testament to Dolly Parton’s enduring legacy. It’s an album that will appeal to fans of all genres, proving that true artistry transcends boundaries and speaks to the soul.
So, whether you’re a lifelong Dolly Parton fan or a casual appreciator of rock and roll, “Rock Star” is an album that demands to be heard. It’s a chance to rediscover the timeless appeal of classic rock anthems through the lens of a true musical icon. And it’s a reminder that Dolly Parton, at 77 years old, is still a force to be reckoned with, a true rock star in her own right. We can finally come out of the closet as Dolly Parton fans.
Reinventing the Legend: Dolly Parton’s ‘Rock Star’ Album Unveiled @ RockNews