Billy Gibbons Calls Dolly Parton ‘The Country Music Version Of Keith Richards’

Dolly Parton’s nomination for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ignited a big debate, and she too questioned this decision. Now she was finally inducted on November 5, but the discussions have been continuing. In a recent interview with Pollstar, ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons shared his thoughts on Parton’s contribution to the rock scene.

“Just look at her! She’s country music’s version of Keith Richards,” said Gibbons when asked what made Dolly Parton a rightful nominee. “She certainly has the look, the longevity, the attitude, the talent, and, as a performer, songwriter, and singer, DP endures. To paraphrase the late James Brown, ‘Mama don’t take no mess.’”

The musician continued, “At heart, she’s a rocker in all those ways and holds her own with just about anybody out there. One of her first single releases was ‘What Do You Think About Loving;’ it has a kind of Brenda Lee party feel with a June Carter growl and is pretty much a rockin’ rave-up.”

According to Billy Gibbons, Dolly Parton certainly deserves to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame thanks to her outstanding songwriting and singing abilities. The guitarist also thinks that Parton is entitled to the induction due to her endurance in the music scene and her inward rock and roll attitude.

Parton took the stage at the 2022 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony that was held in Los Angeles. After delivering her acceptance speech, the country singer performed ‘Rockin’ Years’ as well as ‘Jolene’ for which she was joined by Pat Benatar, Eurythmics’ Annie Lennox, Dave Stewart, Brandi Carlile, Simon Le Bon, and Judas Priest’s Rob Halford.