Preceded by her first single, “World on Fire,” that hit #1 on Billboard‘s Rock Digital Song Sales chart in May, on Friday (6.16) Dolly Parton‘s rock full length premiered two new songs from the country icon’s upcoming full-length rock debut, Rockstar.
Recording one of her personal favorites, the iconic singer joins forces with Heart’s Ann Wilson on the cover version of the latter’s signature 1975 jam “Magic Man (Carl’s Version).”
In a statement about their duet, Parton said “I’ve always wanted a reason to sing ‘Magic Man’ by Heart and it was one of my first choices for the album,” “I was so happy that Ann Wilson agreed to sing it with me. Nobody can out sing Ann, but I gave it my darndest, and we added a few lines that were not in the original. We wanted to have a few things that made it seem like ours. Thank you, Nancy, for letting me fill in for you on this. Hope I’ve made you both proud. I think it’s magic!”
Released on November 17, Dolly’s first rock LP will feature 30 songs, including 21 covers and nine original compositions. “Bygones,” one of the new singles also dropped Friday, featuring Judas Priest singer Rob Halford, and Mötley Crüe bassist Nikki Sixx and touring guitarist John 5.
Talking about the original collab Parton mentioned that “Bygones” is one of her favorite tracks from the album. “The song fits with so many couples and coupling my voice with Rob, one of my all-time favorites, made it even more special,” she said of the quickstep mid-tempo rocker on which she and the leather-bound metal yowler meld their sugar and spikes vocals in growly harmony.