Dolly Parton promised to record her first rock album titled ‘Rockstar’ after being inducted into the Rock & Roll of Fame last year. She has been able to get multiple A-list collaborators on the project, which includes Paul McCartney, Stevie Nicks, John Fogerty and Aerosmith singer, Steven Tyler. However, one rock music icon who she couldn’t manage to get onboard is The Rolling Stones frontman, Mick Jagger.
“I never got him!” Parton said. “But I love Mick Jagger no matter what. I’ll still be runnin’ after him all through the years, because I’ve always had a crush on him.”
She also revealed that the album was inspired by Carl Dean, her husband of more than five decades. “I did a lot of the songs he loves, because he’s the the rock ‘n’ roller,” Parton said.
Her fans will get a first listen to her upcoming rock album when Parton co-hosts the ACM Awards alongside Garth Brooks. She will premiere her first single from the album ‘World on Fire,’ at the awards show. Parton and Brenda Lee are the only two women to be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and the Country Music Hall of Fame.
“I think Brenda Lee has some great songs that would be considered rock,” Parton said. “She was such a crossover artist. I love Brenda, she was a great, great artist. She should be in there. I found out later there’s more people than I knew are in there, and I found out more about what the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame really stood for. … I even have a lot of my rock ‘n’ roll friends and people that are, you know, to the point of being bitter about the fact that they’re not being nominated or in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. So it’s like, ‘If they’re not able to be recognized in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, where do they go?’ I was trying to be nice and good about not trying to take something away from somebody that had truly earned it.”
– Riya Sohini