That Dolly Parton is one of a kind…
And her friend, Reba, recently sat down for an episode of Southern Accents Radio hosted by producer Dave Cobb to talk about her new gospel album, new restaurant in Oklahoma, and of course, Dolly.
Reba and Dolly, who are old friends and go way back, recently recorded a song for the very first time together as a new rendition of Reba’s 1993 duet with Linda Davis, “Does He Love You.”
But Reba didn’t call her friend up and ask if she’d duet the song with her. She actually had to have her people fax Dolly’s people:
“Well, you don’t call Dolly, you fax her… And you fax your people and your people talk to her people.”
Apparently, even one of Dolly’s closest friends and confidants, the late, great Kenny Rogers, didn’t even have her phone number:
“Yeah. That’s the only way I know to get ahold of her. I even asked Kenny Rogers one time, I said, ‘Do you have Dolly’s cell number?’ He said, ‘No.’ So you fax her.”
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, Dolly is a national treasure who must be protected at all costs.
I didn’t even know people still owned fax machines, but for a superstar like Dolly, I guess it kinda makes sense that she doesn’t want to just be handing her cell phone number out all the time… but you’d think a close friend like Reba could at least have it.
Either way, I find it so endearing and charming that Dolly still does business that way, and I guess as the old saying goes, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it, right?
Reba also went on to say that she admires Dolly immensely for her creativity and work ethic, but even more so because of who she is as a person:
“She did tell me one time that she gets up early in the morning and she writes. She writes every day. But Dolly is different than anybody I’ve ever met, whether they’re in the business or not. She’s so creative, so witty, so spunky, so feisty.
And biggest hearted person I’ve ever met in my life, and I’ve met some bighearted people. But she’s a giver and I don’t know, I’m in awe of Dolly. I’m not intimidated, it’s just, I’m in awe of her. She’s just… I don’t know.
I put her out there sometimes, God’s little sister because she helps so many people and takes care of so many people. It’s just like an angel on earth. I really respect her a lot.”
I don’t know what we’d do without either one of them… they’re the best of the best when it comes to artists and people in any genre in music (apparently, Reba was the nicest celebrity at the Oscar’s, which is really no surprise).
Make sure you check out their music video for the song if you haven’t heard their new version yet: