Dolly Parton wants to rock and the music industry can’t wait
We already knew that Dolly Parton would always love you. Well, now the queen of country wants to rock you too.
And some of rock’s most famous producers are now clamoring to produce a jaw-dropping Dolly album – to fulfill her wishes to conquer the genre.
“There’s probably no one in the entire music industry who wouldn’t jump at the chance to work with Dolly Parton, so it would just be the easiest thing to put together,” the classic rocker said. Todd Rundgren at the Post.
When Parton pulled out of the running to be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame this year — “I don’t think I’ve earned that right,” she said in an Instagram post — she revealed that she hopes one day to be “worthy” of another nomination.
“It…inspired me to release a rock ‘n’ roll album, hopefully at some point in the future, which I’ve always wanted to do!” she says.
And if Johnny Cash could work with Rick Rubin and Loretta Lynn could collaborate with Jack White, then Parton could definitely have some love for rock.
Rundgren – who in addition to being inducted into the RRHOF last year as an artist, has produced everyone from Badfinger and the New York Dolls to Meat Loaf’s “Bat Out of Hell” – would like to collaborate with Parton behind the boards. “Who wouldn’t?” Rundgren, 73, said.
“She’s done so many records, has so much experience, you know there’s not going to be any funny business doing it. I would invite everyone in the world to want to play with Dolly Parton… from Heart to Joan Jett to Pearl Jam and Greta Van Fleet, for god’s sake.
And Rundgren knows exactly what kind of record he would like to do with Parton: “The goal is, first and foremost, to make a real rock album,” he said. “If you want to make a rock album, make a rock album. Don’t touch the edges of it. But also, do it like Dolly would. Don’t try to do funny things with his voice or anything, trying to tell the world [she’s] hard or something like that. There is no need for this.
Famed producer Steve Albini — who worked on Nirvana’s classic “In Utero” — also threw his hat in the ring to rock out with Parton. “Dolly Parton do you like analog recording,” he tweeted in response to the legend’s desire for his dream album.
If nothing else, the woman who wrote classics such as ‘Jolene’, ‘9 to 5’ and, of course, ‘I Will Always Love You’ has certainly won fans in rock circles by respectfully stepping down from music. assertion of the RRHOF.
“I think it was a classy move, really,” Judas Priest guitarist Richie Faulkner — whose band is also nominated for rock hall this year — told the “Rock of Nations With Dave Kinchen” podcast. “I think she recognizes her brand, and it didn’t necessarily fit the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. And I think it also raises questions about what the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame brand is.
Rundgren himself did not attend last year’s induction ceremony due to his own issues with the institution. “It never appealed to me either,” he said. “As an institution, I don’t take it very seriously and I never have. So everyone knows it.
And he supports Parton’s decision to pull out of the race: “She’s actually doing them a favor in a way,” he said. “Because whatever their original tenure…I knew at the time that they were going to lack legitimacy [rock] possibly nominated.