Dolly Parton Will Bring Back Ronnie Van Zant And Gary Rossington In Her Rock Album

In a recent statement shared by Rolling Stone, Dolly Parton expressed her feelings and wishes about her upcoming album, which will be featuring collaborations with many artists, including late musicians Ronnie Van Zant and Gary Rossington.

Following her induction into the Rock Hall, Parton pledged to release a rock album named ‘Rockstar.’ This extensive album includes 30 tracks, blending the skills of over 40 guest artists. It consists of 21 cover versions of classic rock songs and 9 original tracks from the country musician.

The tracklist, announced on Tuesday, promises a diverse mix of collaborations. The ‘Jolene’ singer will join some of the original performers to recreate classics such as ‘Baby, I Love Your Way’ with Peter Frampton, ‘Open Your Arms’ with Steve Perry, ‘Heart of Glass’ with Debbie Harry, and ‘Wrecking Ball’ with Miley Cyrus.

The album also features other artists stepping in to cover famous songs, with Pink and Brandi Carlile tackling the Rolling Stones’ ‘(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction’ and Lizzo interpreting Led Zeppelin’s ‘Stairway to Heaven.’ Names like Sting, Elton John, Paul McCartney, and Ringo Star will be taking part in the project, and notably, the late Ronnie Van Zant, Gary Rossington, and Artimus Pyle‘s voices will be included in a rendition of ‘Free Bird.’

In the statement following the tracklist’s release, Dolly Parton shared her deep sense of honor and joy at collaborating with these iconic musicians. Her hope is for listeners to take pleasure in the songs as she did while working alongside these artists to bring the album to life.

The singer’s words read:

“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!”

The album’s debut single, ‘World on Fire,’ will be released on Thursday, and the whole record is set to drop on November 17. This original song will make its grand entrance at the ACM Awards, an event that Parton is co-hosting alongside Garth Brooks.

Photo Credit: Dolly Parton – Instagram