As we reported earlier this week, Dolly Parton has announced the album release date and track listing for her much-anticipated rock album, Rockstar. She began the album project after getting nominated for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2022, telling Billboard, “This may have been just a God-wink for me to go ahead and do that.” She added, “If I’m gonna be in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, I’m gonna have to do something to earn it.”
The album, which will be released on November 17, 2023, features a whos who of rock and roll royalty, including a version of “Let It Be” featuring both surviving Beatles, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr. It also features the late Lynyrd Skynyrd guitarist Gary Rossington, who died in March, on a version of “Freebird.” She sings with Sting, Kid Rock, Joan Jett, and Elton John, just to name a few, and the project features a total of 30 songs.
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Parton said in a statement, “I’m so excited to finally present my first Rock and Roll album, Rockstar! I am very honored and privileged to have worked with some of the greatest iconic singers and musicians of all time, and to be able to sing all the iconic songs throughout the album was a joy beyond measure. I hope everybody enjoys the album as much as I’ve enjoyed putting it together!”
Dolly is releasing a couple of vinyl box sets with different album cover images on them. One vinyl box set comes with red vinyl, and the other comes with clear color vinyl. You can order them along with bundles at her website Dollyparton.com.
As we wait for November to hear the majority of the songs (Dolly will sing one song called “World On Fire” at the ACM Awards this week), we take a look at the three different and fun images she has released for the album as well as a cool photo for the cover of her new rock single “World On Fire.”