Dolly Parton rock album: Why country music star created 'Rockstar' featuring new songs with Paul McCartney, other

If you don't associate Dolly Parton with rock and roll, you should reconsider.

The country music legend will be in Dallas on Thanksgiving, as she will headline the Red Kettle Kickoff for the Cowboys vs. Commanders game. 

Despite a remarkable record, this is Parton's first live performance at a sporting event. While many people associate the 77-year-old singer with country music, things are different this time. 

Parton is promoting her new album, "Rockstar," which includes new and old rock 'n' roll favorites. She also brought support, as the album features many rock icons, including Paul McCartney, Elton John, Miley Cyrus, Pat Benatar, and Steven Tyler. 

A few of the tracks on the track list will be familiar to music enthusiasts. Parton featured not just some of her own music on the album, but also a slew of rock covers, including huge favorites like "Purple Rain," "Stairway to Heaven," "Night Moves," and "Free Bird."

Parton's abrupt shift from country to rock and roll for this album may appear to be random, but there is a method to her madness.

Last year, the singer-songwriter made news when she withdrew her candidacy to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's Class of 2022. While there is no questioning Parton's place in country music,

 she thought that the same could not be true about her part in rock and roll. 

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