Dolly Parton is keeping at it!
Since the release of her debut album in 1967, Hello, I’m Dolly, the iconic country star has not taken more than three years off in between albums and as a result has more than 50 studio LPs to her name.
This year is no exception, and she’s bringing everybody!
Set to release later this year on November 17, Parton’s newest album Rockstar will mark her 53rd studio project. As the name suggests, this album will have the sound of good old rock and roll, and will feature some of the genre’s most legendary artists.
In a statement released by the “Jolene” singer, per The Hollywood Reporter, she stated, “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.”
“I hope everybody enjoys the album as much as I’ve enjoyed putting it together!” she added.
What are some bands/musicians you think of when you look back to the prime time of rock and roll music? The Beatles? Journey? The Allman Brothers Band? Fleetwood Mac? Maybe even Motley Crue? Yep. They’re all on this album. And so many more!
Parton has managed to recruit some of the biggest names in rock and roll history for this album, including: Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Warren Haynes, Joan Jett, Stevie Nicks, Mick Fleetwood, Peter Frampton, Steven Tyler, Ronnie Van Zant, John Fogerty, Pat Benatar, Nikki Sixx, Sting, Steve Perry, Elton John, and many, many more. The list goes on and on.
Rockstar is going to be a lengthy 30-track album, consisting of 9 original songs and 21 rock and roll covers of songs like “We Are The Champions”, “Purple Rain”, “Night Moves”, “Stairway to Heaven”, and even “Let It Be” which will feature the two surviving Beatle mates.
Although we’ll have to wait all year for the album to drop, Dolly will be releasing her first single off the project on May 11, an original song titled, “World On Fire”. Not only that, but she will be co-hosting the Academy of Country Music Awards alongside Garth Brooks on Thursday and will perform the new single live at the ceremony.
Giving some insight to the upcoming single, she said, “This is a song I felt very inspired to write. I think it speaks about everything and to everyone this day and time. I hope it is something that will touch you and maybe touch enough people to want to make a change for the better.”
It only makes sense that Parton is releasing her first ever rock and roll album since she was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame just last year, in November 2022.
To all those who say that rock and roll is dead, you’ve only fueled Dolly to make it her mission to bring it back with some fire!