Steve Perry On Working With Dolly Parton, ‘She’s Singing Her Tush Off’

The unique blend of powerhouse vocalists Steve Perry and Dolly Parton coming together for a collaboration is happening, and it’s going incredibly well. In a recent interview with Louder Sound, Steve Perry gushed about working with Dolly Parton and mentioned that she’s ‘singing her tush off.’

The anticipation has been building since Steve Perry shared a photo on social media of him in the studio alongside his sound engineer, Chris Lord-Alge, announcing their collaboration on a new version of the classic hit ‘Open Arms.’ Perry seemed ecstatic about the project and mentioned that the track was going through its final mixing session.

In a recent interview, Perry shared his thoughts on the collaboration and his approach to music in general. He admitted to having a lot of his own new music in his studio but confessed to being a bit lazy and only pursuing projects he can emotionally connect with. As for the duet with Dolly Parton, Perry couldn’t say enough good things about how it turned out, mentioning that it sounds fantastic and that Dolly is truly giving her all.

Perry’s said about Parton:

“I’ve still got so much [of my own new] music backed up in my studio, but the truth is that I’m a bit lazy. Right now, I’m only doing things that I can really emotionally connect with. Anything else, I kind of pull away from. The duet between Dolly and I on ‘Open Arms’ has just been mixed by Chris Lord-Alge, and it sounds great.

Dolly told me she had always loved the song and wanted to sing it on an album. Open Arms has been recorded many, many times down the years, but, honestly, she killed it. Dolly is singing her tush off.

As we eagerly await the release of this exciting collaboration, it’s worth remembering the rich history of ‘Open Arms.’ Originally featured on Journey’s seventh album, 1981’s ‘Escape,’ the track was written by Perry and Journey keyboardist Jonathan Cain. Now get ready for the rendition of the song by the duo Steve Perry and Dolly Parton.