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Beyonce “Jolene”

Beyonce’s highly anticipated “Renaissance Act II: Cowboy Carter” dropped this morning, and what I wanted o hear was her take on Dolly Parton’s iconic “Jolene”, and Beyonce delivered and then some.

She went a rewrote the song from a much stronger woman’s perspective- basically going from the plea “Please don’t take my man” to “Just you try, fool”.

Personally, I think it’s a really cool take on the song. I know Country traditionalists will be freaking out and saying “that ain’t Country” and blowing a total fuse when they hear it. I can feel the heads exploding over here.  But, let’s be honest, Dolly’s version, although a classic, is basically a woman begging another woman not to take her man. That’s dumb. First of all, her man should know better. Second of all, why beg a woman to stay away? You’re giving Jolene all the power. Tell that redheaded hussy to go ahead and try.

This is probably why I’m not a songwriter.

Just in case you need a refresher, here’s the original version:

And really, who is dumb enough to mess with Dolly?


Which version do you prefer?

Dolly’s classic, or Beyonce’s hot take?

Lainey Wilson and Dolly Parton Perform “I Will Always Love You”

Dolly Parton’s “Pet Gala” is happening right now on CBS.

Am I watching?

No. My husband has commandeered the TV for the Memphis Basketball game (Go Tigers!), but I have my phone, and upon opening instagram, I saw this performance from Dolly Parton and Country’s new darling Lainey Wilson doing a version of Dolly’s iconic “I Will Always Love You”:


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Dolly and Lainey?

Night = Made!

Dolly Parton “Sweet Dreams”

The iconic Dolly Parton is 78 today!

And to celebrate her birthday, she just released a Deluxe Version of her “Rockstar” albuym featuring some new reimagined tracks, like “Sweet Dreams” by The Eurythmics:

Ok, how cool was that? Haunting and creepy, and still has the rock edge and those stellar Dolly vocals. Honestly, I think that is one of my favorite verisons of that song.


She also released a version of “Bridge Over Troubled Water”:

Annnnnddd… a version of Eddie Money’s “Two Tickets to Paradise”!

Overall, she has nine new tracks on the Deluxe version of her “Rockstar” album, which is available now.

Happy Birthday, Dolly!


Dolly Parton SLAYS the Cowboy’s Halftime Show!

Is there anyone cooler than Dolly?

I knew her halftime show for the Cowboys-Commanders game would be good, because, well, it’s Dolly.

But I was NOT expecting the level of awesomeness she was about to unleash on us all.

She literally rocked a custom Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader costume, and did a great set, making everyone forget, once again, that she is 77.

Find the video at the link below- since the NFL is is being weird and won’t let me embed it:https://youtu.be/sFE6SNXoZuE?si=SCMBr15GGS1t1jGO

I particularly love the performance, not just because Dolly, but I love the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders, and was addicted to their “Making the Team” show… which really needs to come back.  The whole thing is a YES from me!

Here’s more on the performance, and the official kickoff to “Rock the Red Kettle” for the Salvation Army:

The Salvation Army is one of the many causes I love to support, and Dolly herself just donated 1 MILLION dollars to it.

We don’t deserve Dolly.


Also, her new “Rockstar” album is fantastic, and you can get more info on that and everything Dolly at http://dollyparton.com

Dolly Parton feat. P!nk and Brandi Carlile “Satisfaction”

Yes, this is the weekend of Dolly.

I’ve been listening to her “Rockstar” album these past couple of days, and I have a few new favorites.

First off: Her cover of “Satisfaction” by The Rolling Stones, featuring P!nk and Brandi Carlile.

Dolly originally wanted Mick Jagger, but he didn’t do it for whatever reason. What, like you’re too cool for Dolly? Who the hell says NO to Dolly??? Rude, Mick, RUDE!

Another fun track off the album is her verison of “Heartbreaker” by Pat Benetar. Pat Benetar and her husband Neil Giraldo join in:

This is NOT an easy song to pull off with the vocals and tempo, but you know Dolly can handle it!


And one more anthem that she shares with Debbie Harry- Blondie’s “Heart of Glass”:

Holy Icon Explosion!

There are so many great songs- both covers and originals- on Dolly’s new “Rockstar” album. As a Country and Rock fan, I am all for it. Also, at Dolly’s age, to even do one-tenth of what she does would be incredibly impressive. This woman is a true ROCKSTAR, and we are so lucky to have her.

Dolly Forever!

Dolly Parton Featuring Lynyrd Skynyrd “Free Bird”

In case you missed it, Dolly Parton released her highly-anticipated “Rock Star” album yesterday, and as expected, it’s absolutely fantastic.

I’ve been cherry-picking a few of my favorites, and I have to say her version of Lynyrd Skynyrd’s Classic Rock stpale “Freebird” is one of the best tracks on there.

Her voice goes perfectly with the Classic Rock/Country vibe, and if I die, I want this played at my funeral, ok? Or memorial service, or whatever.

Yeah, that’s morbid, but I like to plan ahead.

Anyhow, here’s her stellar version of “Freebird” featuring Skynyrd on back-up vocals:

So, so good.

Here’s another gem from the album- Dolly taking on Led Zeppelin’s “Stairway to Heaven” with Lizzo and Sasha Flute:

Dolly’s voice is perfect for the Classic Rock Ballads.  I’ve really been enjoying these the past 24 hours.

Once again, Dolly for President!

Dolly Parton Feat. Steve Perry “Open Arms”

Dolly Parton released her new album “Rockstar” this morning, so first thing, I had to crank it up while making breakfast.

Here’s my first favorite off the album… her version of  Journey’s “Open Arms” with former lead vocalist Steve Perry.

Ahhhhhhhhh! I was not excpecting that. Just a reminder: Dolly is 77, and her voice is still that amazing. “Open Arms” is NOT an easy song to sing, with those soaring, open notes, but Dolly just made it her own.

So, so beautiful.

Here’s the full track listing of “Rockstar”:

1. “Rockstar” (special guest Richie Sambora)
2. “World on Fire”
3. “Every Breath You Take” (feat. Sting)
4. “Open Arms” (feat. Steve Perry)
5. “Magic Man” (feat. Ann Wilson with special guest Howard Leese)
6. “Long as I Can See the Light” (feat. John Fogerty)
7. “Either Or” (feat. Kid Rock)
8. “I Want You Back” (feat. Steven Tyler with special guest Warren Haynes)
9. “What Has Rock And Roll Ever Done For You” (feat. Stevie Nicks with special guest Waddy Wachtel)
10. “Purple Rain”
11. “Baby, I Love Your Way” (feat. Peter Frampton)
12. “I Hate Myself for Loving You” (feat. Joan Jett & the Blackhearts)
13. “Night Moves” (feat. Chris Stapleton)
14. “Wrecking Ball” (feat. Miley Cyrus)
15. “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” (feat. P!nk and Brandi Carlile)
16. “Keep On Loving You” (feat. Kevin Cronin)
17. “Heart of Glass” (feat. Debbie Harry)
18. “Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me” (feat. Elton John)
19. “Tried to Rock and Roll Me” (feat. Melissa Etheridge)
20. “Stairway to Heaven” (feat. Lizzo and Sasha Flute)
21. “We Are the Champions”
22. “Bygones” (feat. Rob Halford with special guests Nikki Sixx & John 5)
23. “My Blue Tears” (feat. Simon Le Bon)
24. “What’s Up” (feat. Linda Perry)
25. “You’re No Good” (feat. Emmylou Harris & Sheryl Crow)
26. “Heartbreaker” (feat. Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo)
27. “Bittersweet” (feat. Michael McDonald)
28. “I Dreamed About Elvis” (feat. Ronnie McDowell with special guests The Jordanaires)
29. “Let it Be” (feat. Paul McCartney & Ringo Starr with special guests Peter Frampton & Mick Fleetwood)
30. “Free Bird” (feat. Ronnie Van Zant with special guests Gary Rossington, Artimus Pyle and the Artimus Pyle Band)

That’s some serious Rockstar Power on this album, and I can’t wait to listen to the rest.

Dolly for President, ya’ll!

Lainey Wilson and Dolly Parton “Mama He’s Crazy”

Ahhhhh!  I’ve been waiting on this one for a while.

This morning, The Judds Tribute album “A Tribute to The Judds” came out, and I have been waiting for this collab.

Lainey Wilson and Dolly Parton on a classic like “Mama He’s Crazy”?


And, of course, it didn’t disappoint at ALL.

You don’t get better than that. No arguments, ok?

The full album “A Tribute to The Judds” is out now! So many amazing tributes by some of Country’s best on there.

More info at https://www.thejudds.com/

Dolly Parton feat. Miley Cyrus “Wrecking Ball”

As you probably know by now, Dolly Parton’s rock cover album “Rockstar” is coming on November 17th, and she’s been dropping tracks off it at random. This one I have been waiting for a while…

Dolly covering her GodDaughter’s smash hit “Wrecking Ball” with Miley on the track.

Yep. I’m so here for it.

Sorry if you were expecting Dolly naked on a Wrecking Ball. Maybe next year.

But seriously, I don’t think there is anything that Dolly can’t sing.

“Rockstar” drops November 17th, and you can check out the full tracklisting at http://dollyparton.com

Dolly Parton Feat. Linda Perry “What’s Up”

Dolly Parton just made my Friday EVEN better by giving us another song off of her upcoming “Rockstar” album. She has teamed up with the legendary Linda Perry for a version of  “What’s Up” by 4 Non Blondes. At first, I wondered how she would handle the escalating vocals and vibe, but who was I kidding?

It’s Freaking Dolly.


I don’t think there is anything she can’t sing. And remember, she’s in her mid-70’s.


I seriously cannot wait for her full “Rockstar” album, which drops November 17th.