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Dolly Parton “honoured” by Lil Nas X’s ‘Jolene’ cover

"I was surprised and I’m honored and flattered," says Dolly Parton regarding Lil Nas X's cover of 'Jolene'

By Alastair James

Dolly Parton and Lil Nas X at the 2019 Country Music Association Awards. (Photo: Instagram/ @dollyparton

Dolly Parton has said she was so “excited” and “honoured” when she heard that Lil Nas X had covered ‘Jolene’.

The 22-year-old covered the iconic song, which comes from the 1974 album of the same name, when he appeared on BBC Radio 1’s Live Lounge on September 21.

Parton shared on social media: “I was so excited when someone told me that Lil Nas X had done my song #Jolene. I had to find it and listen to it immediately… and it’s really good.”

“Of course, I love him anyway. I was surprised and I’m honored and flattered. I hope he does good for both of us. Thank you @LilNasX.”

Lil Nas X replied: “HOLY SHIT”

While appearing on Live Lounge the ‘Industry Baby’ rapper explained why he chose to cover Parton’s most iconic tracks.

He said: “I chose this because I feel like this song is kind of beautifully sad. I like the little country twang, so I was like ‘let me try this out’.”

Nas’ debut album, Montero, came out earlier this month to critical acclaim for its honest lyrics and insight into the rapper’s life with songs like ‘Sun Goes Down’ discussing experiences of homophobic bullying.

The album has also raised thousands for a variety of charities supporting causes from LGBTQ youth to ending mass incarceration, as reported by Attitude.

Recently, Dolly Parton announced that her debut novel Run, Rose, Run would be published in March 2022. An album of the same name will also be released with tracks inspired by the book.