Dolly Parton’s New Album Will Feature Paul McCartney, Stevie Nicks and More

Dolly Parton’s career as a country singer is the stuff of music legend — but her latest move is something very few may have expected. The iconic songwriter is taking her talents to the world of rock ‘n’ roll with a new album.

Appearing on The View on January 17 (two days before her birthday, she gave us a gift), Dolly confirmed the following artists would be featured on the album: Paul McCartney, Stevie Nicks, Cher, P!NK, Brandi Carlile, John Fogerty, Steve Perry, and Steven Tyler. She’s still angling to get Mick Jagger, Elton John, Jimmy Page, and Robert Plant as well.


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She also mentioned a cover of The Rolling Stones’ “Satisfaction” with P!NK and Brandi Carlile. “I’m doin’ my best to try to get [Jagger] on, but I did his song anyway. I think Pink and Brandi Carlile are gonna be singing on that particular song with me,” Dolly hinted on The View.

The album — titled Rock Star — is rumored to come out some time in fall of 2023.

During the interview, Dolly later voiced her heartbreak over Lisa Marie Presley‘s recent death and feeling like a part of the Presley family. “I was heartbroken for Priscilla as well as the world being so shocked and horrified by the early death of some special, wonderful girl,” she said. “It just feels like a family. I was just talking about how we all love that family as if it’s our own. It’s a tragic thing.”

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Dolly originally hinted at the album during her acceptance speech at the 2022 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame last month: “If I’m going to go in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, I’m going to have to earn it,” she said. She then later confirmed that she will be releasing a rock album.

Dolly also debuted her new rock song at the ceremony — an upbeat tribute to the genre titled “Rockin’.” It includes references to legends of the genre as well as some of the most iconic rock songs like “Great Balls of Fire” (which she covered on her 1979 album of the same name). It’s still quintessentially a Dolly Parton record, though. The song references her upbringing in the “smoky hills of Tennessee” and her “country soul,” suggesting this new album won’t stray too far from the Dolly we know and love.


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When she appeared on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Dolly confirmed that the new album will be titled Rock Star and drop in 2023. It will reportedly feature both covers and original songs, along with appearances from famous faces, such as Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler and possibly Mick Jagger (for a rumored cover of “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction”). Dolly has also confirmed she’ll be covering “Stairway to Heaven” and would like to reunite with Jimmy Page and Robert Plant for the song. She cited Journey’s Steve Perry as another possible collaborator for the album.

This isn’t the first time that Parton has explored other genres. In 1999, she released her first all-bluegrass album, The Grass Is Blue, to wide critical acclaim and has included bluegrass-inspired songs on other albums. She’s also specified that the choice to commit to a rock album has personal motivations, as her husband Carl Dean “is a rock ‘n’ roll freak,” so she’s excited to make an album “mainly just for him.”


To brush up on your rock and roll knowledge ahead of Dolly Parton’s new album, check out SiriusXM’s collection of rock channels or get into the spirit of Tennessee with country music channels, all available on the SXM app.

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