Dolly Parton Says She'll "Immediately" Release a Rock Album If She Gets into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

"This may have been just a God-wink for me to go ahead and do that"

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BY Kaelen BellPublished Feb 14, 2022

Dolly Parton — icon in the fields of country music, hair, education, vaccines and good vibes — was recently announced as a 2022 nominee for induction to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. And because Parton seems capable of more or less nailing whatever she tries her hand at, she's taking this opportunity to go ahead and dominate the world of rock music, too. 

In a new interview with Billboard, Parton — who was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame back in 1999 — discussed her recent nomination, saying she was "absolutely floored" when she heard she was in the running. 

"I've never thought of myself as being rock and roll in any sense of the word," she continued. "But I guess they judge it on the music and the influence certain songs have had, and I guess I've had songs with other people in that realm. But I don't know how they judge that."

Then, she told Billboard that on the chance she is inducted — "I'm not expecting that I'll get in" — she'll release her own rock and roll album. 

"If I do, I'll immediately, next year, have to put out a great rock and roll album," she said. "Which I've wanted to do for years, like a Linda Ronstadt or Heart kind of thing. So this may have been just a God-wink for me to go ahead and do that. It's just nice to be nominated." 

More Dolly is never a bad thing, and a Heart-biting rock album from Dolly Parton actually makes a lot of sense. It's sort of surprising that she hasn't done it before, especially in a career that boasts more than 50 solo albums. 

You can check out the entire interview, where she also discusses her recent Super Bowl commercial and her signature Velveeta cheese dip, here

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