Dolly Parton Teaming up with Some Unusual Guests on New Rock Album

Dolly Parton Rockstar album

Dolly Parton seemed a little confused last year when she was nominated for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame since her usual music genre is country or even pop. The Hall of Fame assured her that artists from all genres can be inducted and she received the incredible honor. Ever since, Parton vowed to earn her keep and said that she was going to release a rock and roll album featuring all sorts of legendary artists. The album, Rockstar, is out now, and sure seems to deliver her promise!

Parton’s new album is chock full of rock covers featuring some of your favorite artists including Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Stevie Nicks, Linda Ronstadt, and goddaughter Miley Cyrus (get the full tracklist below!). The album is available on all streaming services or ready to purchase as a two-CD set or four-LP set.

Dolly Parton, circa late 1980s

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Parton shared about the exciting 30-track album, “I’m so excited to finally present my first rock n’ 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. I hope everybody enjoys the album as much as I’ve enjoyed putting it together!”

Parton made sure to pluck artists from seemingly all of the decades of rock and roll, even featuring some artists from recent decades including Lizzo playing the flute in “Stairway to Heaven.” When Parton released the tracklist, fans were delighted about all of the picks, excluding one. Many fans scratched their heads at why Parton would team up with Kid Rock, who is often in the news causing controversy.

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Even so, you can’t please everyone but if there is anyone who can, it is Dolly Parton. Here is the full list of songs and collabs on the new album:

“Rockstar” (special guest Richie Sambora)
“World on Fire”
“Every Breath You Take” (feat. Sting)
“Open Arms” (feat. Steve Perry)
“Magic Man” (feat. Ann Wilson with special guest Howard Leese)
“Long as I Can See the Light” (feat. John Fogerty)
“Either Or” (feat. Kid Rock)
“I Want You Back” (feat. Steven Tyler with special guest Warren Haynes)
“What Has Rock and Roll Ever Done for You” (feat. Stevie Nicks with special guest Waddy Wachtel)
“Purple Rain”
“Baby, I Love Your Way” (feat. Peter Frampton)
“I Hate Myself for Loving You” (feat. Joan Jett & the Blackhearts)
“Night Moves” (feat. Chris Stapleton)
“Wrecking Ball” (feat. Miley Cyrus)
“(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” (feat. Pink and Brandi Carlile)
“Keep on Loving You” (feat. Kevin Cronin)
“Heart of Glass” (feat. Debbie Harry)
“Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me” (feat. Elton John)
“Tried to Rock and Roll Me” (feat. Melissa Etheridge)
“Stairway to Heaven” (feat. Lizzo and Sasha Flute)
“We Are the Champions”
“Bygones” (feat. Rob Halford with special guests Nikki Sixx and John 5)
“My Blue Tears” (feat. Simon Le Bon)
“What’s Up?” (feat. Linda Perry)
“You’re No Good” (feat. Emmylou Harris and Sheryl Crow)
“Heartbreaker” (feat. Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo)
“Bittersweet” (feat. Michael McDonald)
“I Dreamed About Elvis” (feat. Ronnie McDowell with special guest the Jordanaires)
“Let It Be” (feat. Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr with special guests Peter Frampton and Mick Fleetwood)
“Free Bird” (feat. Ronnie Van Zant with special guests Gary Rossington, Artimus Pyle, and the Artimus Pyle Band)

Which song is your favorite collaboration?

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