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Dolly Parton Chooses Her Collaborations Carefully

Dolly Parton photo courtesy of Dolly Records.

Dolly Parton is one of the most sought after artists in the business when it comes to collaborations, but just because you’re talented, doesn’t mean she’ll work with you. Rocker Jack White — who’s produced records on Loretta Lynn and Wanda Jackson – has made no secret of his desire to work with the country icon, but Dolly tells The Q she’s not so sure a duet is in their future.

“There’s been a lot of talk about Jack White wanting to work with me and I’ve always admired him and of course he lives in Nashville too,” she said. “But I’m so picky about my music. I would never say never because he’s so talented and I loved the way [White's former band] The White Stripes did “Jolene,” it’s just that my music is so personal to me and I’m not going to work with someone just to have a hit.”

Dolly is also someone other artists turn to when looking for cover tracks. Whitney Houston’s take on “I Will Always Love You” turned into a monster hit, though Dolly wouldn’t quite call it her favorite cover (even though it is rather high on her list).

“A lot of people have recorded my songs and I’ve loved everything that everyone has ever done with them,” she said to The Q. “I can’t really pick a favourite as they’re like my children and I’m so proud of them all. Of course, Whitney made me the most money. I was blown away by her version, the way she took that simple song of mine and it became her song…  I just think it’s wonderful that people can take a song and do it in so many different ways.”

Who would you love to hear Dolly do a collaboration with – country or otherwise?

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