Mar 29, 2024 - Music

Beyoncé covers "Jolene," gets a voicemail from Dolly Parton

Photos of Beyonce and Dolly Parton

Beyoncé and Dolly Parton in separate photos from 2019. Photos: Robyn Beck and Valerie Macon/AFP via Getty Images

Beyoncé's country-infused album "Cowboy Carter" has arrived, and it is loaded with Music Row Easter eggs.

  • If you don't want spoilers, stop reading now.

Zoom in: Dolly Parton makes a cameo in the track "Dolly P," a spunky voicemail from Parton to Beyoncé.

  • "Hey Miss Honeybee, it's Dolly P," Parton says.

What she's saying: Parton references Beyoncé's 2016 song "Sorry," in which she sang about another woman — "Becky with the good hair" — romancing her partner.

  • "Reminded me of someone I knew back when," Parton says.

The intrigue: The message segues into a rousing, reworked cover of "Jolene" that channels Loretta Lynn's "Fist City."

  • Beyoncé sings new lyrics that warn Jolene to stay away, or else.

The big picture: As Beyoncé said, there's more to "Cowboy Carter" than country.

  • There's plenty of Nashville twang throughout, but the 27-track album swerves between genres with gusto.
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