Nov 17, 2023 - Music

Dolly's new album "Rockstar" is out now

Dolly Parton performs during the ACM Awards in May. Photo: Christopher Polk/Penske Media via Getty Images

Dolly Parton's rockstar era has finally arrived.

  • Her new album, featuring hard-charging electric guitars and cameos from rock idols like Paul McCartney and Joan Jett, is out Friday.

Why it matters: "Rockstar," inspired by Parton's induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, is the culmination of another blockbuster year that saw her take over grocery store shelves and notch a bestselling book.

  • At 77, she remains firmly embedded in pop culture.

State of play: The next stop on Parton's packed press tour for her new album is Neyland Stadium. She'll appear during Saturday's Tennessee-Georgia game.

What's next: Parton's not slowing down. She's preparing a new Broadway musical based on her life.

Reality check: If you're like us, you might wonder how someone as busy as Parton maintains her creative energy.

  • During an interview with Howard Stern this week, she said she's at her best early in the day while putting on makeup.
  • "There's something about that time of the morning, and when I'm doing that, that I get some of my best ideas," she said. "The mornings are always best for me."

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