Dolly Parton Reveals She Was Approached to Be Part of an 'Old Town Road' Remix

The country singing sensation, Dolly Parton, mentioned that she had a chance to be a part of the remix of "Old Town Road" by Lil Nas X featuring Billy Ray Cyrus. She revealed that she feels great about artists from other genres wanting to get involved in country music. 

Dolly Parton, the singer of country hits such as "9 to 5" and "I Will Always Love You," talked to "Elle magazine" about the remake of "Old Town Road."

She mentioned that it was about keeping country music alive, and it didn't matter how it was done. The singer mentioned that she was all about acceptance when it came to music. 

Miley Cyrus and Dolly Parton attend MusiCares Person of the Year honoring Dolly Parton at Los Angeles Convention Center | Source: Getty Images

Miley Cyrus and Dolly Parton attend MusiCares Person of the Year honoring Dolly Parton at Los Angeles Convention Center | Source: Getty Images

PARTON FEELS GREAT ABOUT THE GENRES AND ARTISTS MIXING

Although Lil Nas X was not supported by the community and was bumped from the country charts, he took the last laugh after the song ended up breaking Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men's Hot 100 chart record.

"I was so happy for him," Parton said of the enormous achievement. She went on to mention that she was inclusive when it came to the music genre.

After commenting on the remix's success, Parton added, "The fact that that was such a country song, I mean, that's as corny as any country song could be. I don't mean corny in a bad way."

PARTON WAS INVITED TO BE A PART OF THE REMAKE

Parton went on to reveal that she was open to artists from other genres making an effort to keep country music alive. she said, "The fact that all these other people in other fields of music want to be part of that, are able to be part of that—I'm all about acceptance."

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Early in her career, @dollyparton’s friend and mentor Chet Atkins told her, “Dolly, you need to tone it down. You’re wearing too much makeup. You need to have a little more taste. People are never going to take you serious[ly] as a songwriter and singer.” “I said, ‘You know what? I can’t separate the two. This is who I am,’ she told ELLE. “I not only didn’t tone it down, I figured if my work was truly good enough, people would eventually recognize that. That’s how I’ve always looked at it: that I look totally artificial, but I am totally real, as a writer, as a professional, as a human being. A rhinestone shines just as good as a diamond.” Link in bio for the full cover story. #ELLEWIH

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Lil Nas sent out a tweet and said, "y'all think i can get dolly parton and megan thee stallion on a old town road remix?" and she had replied with a horse and a unicorn emoji. 

"I thought, 'Well, I'll wait and do something later on. No point in going down that same Old Town Road. We got other roads to travel,'" she said of the chance to be a part of the catchy remix after she passed it. 

PARTON WANT'S TO WALK A DIFFERENT ROAD

Parton is a singing veteran, and during her long career, she has faced a lot of ups and downs. She opened up about her experiences of harassment during her career. She said:

"I've certainly been harassed in my life. I've certainly had to put up with a lot of BS. I was always strong enough to walk away from it and not to have to fall under it." 

Parton added that she was fortunate to have a family of strong personalities and wasn't scared of taking charge when the situation demanded it.

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