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Dolly Parton said earlier this year she wanted to make a rock record, and the icon has some big ideas for it.

Parton took part in an interview with Pollstar in honor of her upcoming induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. The interview touched on how the music icon has covered rock songs in the past, which she admitted were often the ideas of her husband, who’s a big rock fan. However, there was one cover Parton’s husband didn’t care for: Her take on Led Zeppelin’s “Stairway to Heaven”

“I’m going to redo that really on the money,” said Parton. “I did it kind of bluegrass-style when I did it; but when I do the rock album, I’m going to actually re-record it – and do it more true to the regular record. I’m trying to see if Robert Plant might sing on it. Maybe Jimmy Page might do the pick-up part on it.”

Parton added, “I’m looking forward to dragging in some of the great classic people, girls and boys, to sing on some of the songs. I’m not far enough along to discuss who and what, but I am going to do an album.”

 

Whether or not Parton is able to get Plant and Page on her re-recording is anyone’s guess, but there will likely be plenty of rockers lining up to work with her. One of them is Nancy Wilson. The Heart guitarist said in an interview back in March, “It makes me wanna write a rock record with her… I should give her a call. She can do anything. She’s written some of the best songs in our history. She can do it.”

Erica Banas is a rock/classic rock news blogger who's well versed in etiquette and extraordinarily nice.