Dolly Parton is moving forward on that rock album she’s been talking about. The newly inducted member of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame dropped a few interesting names she’s invited to appear on the album. One of those names? Steve Perry.
According to Ultimate Classic Rock, Parton said Perry will be singing with her on a cover of the Journey power ballad “Open Arms.” Perry seemingly confirmed the news via Twitter writing, “If Dolly says it’s true, then it must be true…her voice is amazing!”
If Dolly says it’s true, then it must be true… her voice is amazing!— Steve Perry (@StevePerryMusic) November 8, 2022
Ultimate Classic Rock added, “Parton also mentioned Steven Tyler and said she’ll be doing ‘Elton John’s song,’ though she didn’t clarify a specific title or whether John would be singing with her.” Additionally, Parton said she’s been reaching out to artists herself instead of going through publicists saying, “I send a message myself because I figure they don’t need to get that through somebody else. … I’m excited to do it, I really am. I think it’s gonna be a good album.”
Parton has some lofty goals for the album. She previously covered Led Zeppelin’s “Stairway to Heaven” on her 2002 album Halos & Horns. However, she wants to re-record the track telling Pollstar, “I’m going to redo that really on the money. I did it kind of bluegrass-style when I did it; but when I do the rock album, I’m going to actually re-record it – and do it more true to the regular record. I’m trying to see if Robert Plant might sing on it. Maybe Jimmy Page might do the pick-up part on it.”