Dolly Parton Reveals More Details on “Rockstar” Duets with Stevie Nicks, Debbie Harry

Dolly Parton had a blast recording her forthcoming rock and roll record, especially with rockers Stevie Nicks and Blondie icon Debbie Harry, she tells

“When we got in the studio, it was just fun, because we kinda ad-libbed at the front and on the end,” she said of her duet with Nicks, “What Has Rock ‘n’ Roll Ever Done for You.”

“I like those kinda loose songs, because I’ve always been a performer and entertainer, and there’s a lot to be said when you can hear the fun.” 

Parton teamed up with Harry to re-record “Heart of Glass,” which she said was “great fun.”

She came down, and we got to know each other quite a bit,” she says. “She is just the sweetest people, so good.”

Rockstar also includes Dolly covering Lynyrd Skynyrd’s classic “Freebird,” which features Skynyrd drummer Artimus Pyle. The track also features the vocals of the late Ronnie Van Zandt, which Parton said she had permission from his widow to use.

“That’s not going to be on the Lynyrd Skynyrd record, only the version we did. She allowed that, and I was so happy we got to use his real voice,” Dolly says. “It made it so special. I get chills every time I hear it.”

Dolly Parton’s Rockstar drops November 17. It is available for preorder now.

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