Dolly Parton is coming out swinging with the lead single from her forthcoming album, Rockstar.
Her full-fledged rock and roll project is due out everywhere on November 17th, and she’s featuring an absolutely all-star cast full of rock icons and legends on a good majority of the songs.
Dolly’s doing tons of covers, notably getting the surviving Beatles members Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr back together, along with Peter Frampton and Mick Fleetwood, to cover “Let It Be.”
The record will also include nine original tunes, including a collaboration with Steve Nicks called “What Has Rock And Roll Ever Done For You,” “I Dreamed About Elvis” with Ronnie McDowell, and Richie Sambora, most known as the lead guitarist for Bon Jovi, on the title track.
And the lead single “World On Fire” is out everywhere today, which was written by Dolly and is a pretty straightforward track that finds her imploring all the people of the world to take a good, hard look in the mirror and seek God’s help for guidance:
“Liar, liar, the world’s on fire
What we gonna do when it all burns down?
I don’t know what to think about us
When did we lose ‘In God we trust?’
God almighty, what we gonna do?
If God ain’t listening and we’re deaf too”
Like I said, she’s not mincing any words here, and it’s certainly a helluva statement (no pun intended, but I like it) to kickoff this highly-anticipated project:
“World On Fire”
There’s also a cover of Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “Free Bird” with the late Gary Rossington and Artimus Pyle on the tracklist, along with posthumous vocals from original legendary frontman and Ronnie Van Zandt.
But possibly the song I’m looking forward to hearing the most is her duet with Chris Stapleton on Bob Seger’s “Night Moves.” There are also features with Elton John, Steve Perry, Sting, Kid Rock, John Fogarty, Lizzo, Miley Cyrus, Joan Jett & The Blackhearts and tons more.
Seriously, it’s going to be an incredible project (to say the least), and I truly believe Dolly Parton is the only person who could pull something like this off.
Dolly will also be closing out the the 58th ACM Awards tonight with a performance of the new single, which I’m sure will be a highlight of the show.
The ACM’s will be livestreamed at The Star in Frisco, Texas exclusively on Prime Video at 8:00 PM EDT, with Dolly Parton and Garth Brooks will co-hosting the show for the first time.
Zach Bryan and Hailey Whitters are already early winners, taking home the New Male Artist of the Year and New Female Artist of the Year awards, respectively.
You can check out the full list of nominees HERE and all the performers HERE.