Dolly Parton has opened up about how eager she was to be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, despite her initial reservations about being nominated.
“When you talk about the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, don’t you think it should be for rock ‘n’ roll people?” the country legend joked to PEOPLE.
The music icon also revealed that she takes the honor seriously – so seriously, in fact, that she plans to record a rock album.
“I wrote a song just to [the ceremony], based on the whole story,” she said. “I’m gonna get to play that. I’m gonna have to live up to it if I’m gonna be in the Hall of Fame,’ so I’m gonna go ahead and make a rock ‘n’ roll album, and I’m gonna pull people out of the rock ‘n’ roll field for sing with me on it.… I’m actually going to shoot some of the greats and do a lot of great rock songs.
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Parton also said she plans to dedicate the album to a very special person: her 56-year-old husband, Carl Thomas Dean.
“I’m doing the rock ‘n’ roll album because of him,” she admitted. “I had often thought of doing a rock ‘n’ roll album for him with his favorite songs. And when all that happened, I decided that I was going to go out there and do it.… It was just the storm perfect. OK, it’s time.”
Recently, Parton spoke lovingly of her husband in another interview, in which she said she would likely refrain from filming again so she could be closer to him at home.
“I don’t think I’ll tour again,” she told Pollstar. “I’ll do special gigs here and there from time to time. Maybe do a long weekend of gigs, or just a few gigs at a festival. But I don’t plan on touring anymore entire.”
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“I’ve been doing this all my life, and it takes so much time and energy,” she continued. “I like to stay a little closer to home with my husband. We’re getting older now, and I don’t want to be away for four or five weeks at a time. Something could happen. I wouldn’t feel good about that. about, if I was gone and someone needed me. Or I would feel bad if I had to leave a tour if someone got sick at home and needed me, then I had to leave the fans.
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