Aaron Watson is smack dab in the middle of a very interesting album concept.
A little while back, the fiercely independent Texas artist announced an upcoming project titled Cover Girl, which will be a collection of songs originally recorded by female artists, with each track featuring a current independent female artist.
He started that off by releasing Taylor Swift’s “Never Grow Up”with some help from his daughter as well as Rosanne Cash’s “Seven Year Ache” joined by Jenna Paulette, and just today he announced we’ll be getting a good old fashioned Dolly Parton cover next.
This Friday, August 25th, Aaron will be releasing a cover of Dolly’s “9 to 5” with some help from Kylie Frey.
“9 to 5” was originally released in 1980 for a comedy film starring Jane Fonda and Dolly of the same name and was later included on her album 9 to 5 and Odd Jobs.
The song landed Dolly a nomination for an Academy Award and four Grammys, winning the Best Country Song and best Country Vocal Performance by a Female. It reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 and Adult Contemporary charts and was certified Platinum in 2017 by RIAA.
On choosing to record the song, Aaron had the following to say
“There’s no one more prolific, more amazing than Dolly. I mean, I can’t think of anyone. I mean, Dolly is Dolly and so we absolutely had to do a Dolly Parton song.
There’s so many songs to choose from. I wanted to record “9 to 5″ so we could start playing it at our live show… There’s just that drive, right, that kick drum. That’s gonna be a fun song to play live, like I literally see that being part of our encore. That was a no brainer.”
We’ve seen a project similar to this already this year with Joshua Ray Walker’s What Is It Even?album, but coming from a figure like Aaron Watson is unexpected but super cool.