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Southern belle turned rockstar

Tennessee darling amps up her sound into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
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International country music legend Dolly Parton is breaking charts once again, as she crosses into the exotic world of rock and roll for the very first time with her new album “Rockstar.”  

Released Nov. 17 and produced by record companies Butterfly and Big Machine, this album is Parton’s response for an induction offer into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame prior to her breakout on the rock scene. 

For her response, Parton teamed up with some of the biggest names in rock music: including Joan Jett, Rob Halford, Nikki Sixx, John 5, Ann Wilson; to name a few. Parton’s goal was to uniquely replicate classic fan favorite rock songs with her own style, while creating an album she felt was worthy of an induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.  

The track list was exceptionally crafted to include the tracks of “Rockstar” and “World on Fire” that were written by Parton herself; along with some of the greatest classic rock songs of all time including “I Hate Myself For Loving You” originally performed by Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, the final track “Freebird” originally performed by Lynyrd Skynyrd and several others. 

In the album, Parton thoughtfully tackles critical issues going on in the world from social to political all while highlighting her unique vocals and edgy new sound. Her penned tracks feature a smooth old school rock and roll sound, electrifying guitar solos and more isolated drumming. Track three, “Every breath you take,” expertly exhibits Parton’s softer and sweeter vocal melodies as she takes listeners on a dark journey of obsessive love. Track four, “Open Arms,” divinely displays Parton’s angelic voice as she serenades listeners with a delicate country twang. The perfectly fitting final track, “Freebird,” charmingly captures Parton’s edgy new sound while keeping both the essence of the original song as well as its brilliant and beloved musical eruption halfway through. 

Captivating fans with a heavy new sound, wailing guitars, heart pounding drums and thirty songs to choose from, lovers of both country music and rock music are sure to add this album to their playlist. “Rockstar” is the Dolly Parton rock album we didn’t know we needed, and rightfully earned Parton a spot in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.



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Elizabeth Lux
Elizabeth Lux, Arts and Entertainment Editor
Hello, my name is Elizabeth, and I am the Arts and Entertainment Editor of the Schoolcraft Connection. I am majoring in Liberal Arts and would like to continue to a bachelor's degree in English. I have always shared a deep passion for both writing and all art related things, so I was extremely excited to start writing for this phenomenal newspaper! My hobbies include spending time with my family and pets, writing, reading and watching movies. My dream is to work in editing and publishing, and I hope to one day have a published novel. 

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