It may have taken a while to convince, but Dolly Parton is ready to join the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In fact, she goes all out.
The country music legend says she’s going to make “a rock and roll album,” inspired by her induction into the Rock Hall Class of 2022, which takes place at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on Saturday.
His plan is quite simple: “bring a lot of old rock and roll stars and do a lot of classic rock songs.”
“My husband is a huge rock and roll fan,” she says. “And I always wanted to make an album. But I had no reason to, (until they) said they were going to put me in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame!”
In addition to the covers, Parton says she’s written a few new tracks for the album – and will perform one of them, which will see her rise to the highest ranks of rock, at the award ceremony. Saturday.
“It was quite a deal,” she says. “And I write about it in the song.”
Parton, 76, is part of a class of inductees that includes Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo, Duran Duran, Eminem, Eurythmics, Lionel Richie, Carly Simon, Judas Priest and Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis.
She was initially reluctant to enter the Hall: When she was first nominated for induction last March, she issued a statement asking to be removed from the running.
“I don’t feel like I’ve earned the right,” she wrote, asking Hall to “consider me again, if ever I’m worthy.”
The hall did not honor this request, as the vote was already underway. When Parton was named the official candidate in May, she said she would “gracefully accept it.”
Several country music icons entered Rock Hall long before Parton, including Hank Williams and Johnny Cash. And Parton is no stranger to the rock songbook. In fact, when she dips her toe into this world, she tends to win prizes.
His version of Neil Young’s “After The Gold Rush” featuring Emmylou Harris and Linda Ronstadt (from their album “Trio II”) won a Grammy, as did his bluegrass rendition of “Shine” by 90s rockers Collective Soul.
As for potential collaborators on her next rock album, Parton says she keeps making calls. She recently told Pollstar she would like to bring Robert Plant and Jimmy Page from Led Zeppelin for a new version of “Stairway to Heaven”, which she put together in 2002.
But one appearance is given: his goddaughter, Miley Cyrus, who has fully embraced his rock side, covering and collaborating with artists like Metallica and Billy Idol in recent years.
As the pieces fall into place for Parton’s rock crossover, there’s plenty more for fans to focus on in the months ahead. On November 18, she released a new greatest hits compilation, “Diamonds and Rhinestones”.
She also stars in a new Christmas movie, “Dolly Parton’s Mountain Magic Christmas” – with guest appearances from Willie Nelson, Jimmy Fallon, Billy Ray Cyrus, Miley Cyrus, Zach Williams and Jimmie Allen – airing December 1 on NBC.