Explore Dolly Parton’s surprising venture into rock with ‘Rockstar’! Discover her iconic collaborations and unique take on classic tracks in this musical journey from country to rock royalty.
Dolly Parton, the queen of country, made her grand entrance into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame last year, a momentous occasion that left her feeling both honored and undeserving. Despite lacking a rock album in her repertoire, her humility kept her from feeling worthy of the esteemed company of Ozzy Osbourne and Guns N’ Roses.
But what does a legendary artist do when faced with such a dilemma? She releases a rock album, of course. “Rockstar,” unveiled just over a year after her induction, pays homage to the rock music scene. Filled with covers and star-studded collaborations featuring icons like Ann Wilson, Rob Halford, and Stevie Nicks, Parton infuses her country charm into traditional rock tracks, creating a unique and enjoyable twist.
Her preservationist approach to the covers transports listeners to a karaoke bar, where Parton surprises the crowd with her renditions. While her solo performances steal the spotlight, showcasing her vocal prowess, her original tracks like “World On Fire” and the collaboration with Halford on “Bygones” stand out, delving into heavy subjects and showcasing her songwriting abilities.
The album kicks off energetically, with the title track serving as a bold retort to critics who claimed she didn’t belong in rock. Collaborations with artists like Miley Cyrus, Steve Perry, and Melissa Etheridge highlight Parton’s talent for bringing voices together and having a blast with iconic songs.
However, one surprising inclusion in the album is her collaboration with Kid Rock, despite their differing stances on various social issues. While the album might not be heavy on depth, being Parton’s 49th studio album, it serves as a testament to her musical versatility and willingness to explore new territories.
In essence, while not a contender for Grammys, “Rockstar” stands as a delightful detour into rock by the iconic lady of country music.