"The song fits with so many couples, and coupling my voice with Rob, one of my all-time favorites, made it even more special.”
Dolly Parton’s Rockstar doesn’t come out until Friday, 17 November, but overnight, she revealed the latest two singles: Bygones, starring guest vocalist Rob Halford (of Judas Priest fame) and performers Nikki Sixx (Mötley Crüe) and John 5, and a duet of Heart’s Magic Man alongside the rock goddess herself, Ann Wilson.
"If I’m going to be in the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, I better do something to earn it," she said on The View earlier this year. "So I’m doing a rock ‘n’ roll album, and I’m having a lot of the rock stars that I met that night be on the album with me."
Without the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, a Dolly Parton collaboration with Judas Priest’s Rob Halford was basically unimaginable. The song was co-written by Nashville producer Kent Wells. Here’s what Parton had to say about the collaboration, per Stereogum:
“Bygones is an original song of mine featuring Rob Halford from Judas Priest, with Nikki Sixx and John 5. It is one of my very favorites [sic] on the whole album. The song fits with so many couples, and coupling my voice with Rob, one of my all-time favorites [sic], made it even more special.”
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You can check out Bygones and Magic Man (Carl Version) – the latter in tribute to Dolly’s husband of 57 years, Carl Thomas Dean – below.
Last month, Dolly Parton dropped the first single from Rockstar, World On Fire, which saw her get political for one of the few times in her career.
While a majority of the album’s whopping 30 tracks feature guest vocalists from a star-studded line-up (Steven Tyler, John Fogerty, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr and Debbie Harry, to name a few), World On Fire only features Parton on vocals.
Observing a “world on fire” and the “liar” that’s brought us here, she sings, “Don’t get me started on politics / Now, how are we to live in a world like this? / Greedy politicians, present and past / They wouldn’t know the truth if it bit ‘em in the ass”.
It’s a call-to-arms song, filled with attitude and an arrangement that recalls the '70s and '80s music icons who feature on Rock Star.