(Left) Gary Miller / Getty Images / (Right) Dolly Parton / Facebook
After much anticipation, Dolly Parton released her first rock and roll album, Rockstar, on November 17. The album comes following Parton’s induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2022.
Parton originally tried to turn down her nomination, feeling like she didn’t deserve to be in the Rock Hall. But when she realized the Hall honors influential artists from all genres, she changed her mind.
After that, Parton felt it was only right for her to release a true rock album. That’s how Rockstar started to take shape.
Over the months that followed, Parton started crafting what ended up being the 30-track Rockstar. Some of the songs are originals, such as “World On Fire.” Others are covers, like Prince‘s “Purple Rain” and Bob Seger‘s “Night Moves.”
Many of the tracks on Rockstar are collaborations. Parton enlisted the help of artists such as Elton John, Chris Stapleton, Miley Cyrus, P!nk, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and many more. She also had Kid Rock join her on an original song, called “Either Or.”
However, Parton generated some heat for having Kid Rock on the album. She revealed the full track list not long after Kid Rock received criticism for how he reacted to the Bud Light controversy.
Some people expressed disappointment in Parton, and called on her to take the Kid Rock duet off of Rockstar.
Prior to Rockstar‘s release, Parton sat down with The Hollywood Reporter to speak about the album. During that interview, she addressed the criticism she received for singing with Kid Rock:
“Of course I did that before the [Bud Light] controversy that he had, but somebody was talking to me the other day, ‘How could you do this [song] with Kid?’ I said, ‘Hey, just because I love you don’t mean I don’t love Kid Rock. Just because I love Kid Rock don’t mean I don’t love you.’ I don’t condemn or criticize. I just accept and love.”
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As mentioned previously, Parton and Kid Rock’s duet “Either Or” is one of the original songs on Rockstar. Parton explained the premise of the song while speaking with The Hollywood Reporter, saying:
“…that song was about a bad boy; it was about a boy that was cheating and mistreating her.”
Parton and Kid Rock sing in a call-and-response style for most of the song, which includes lyrics such as:
“This love is done, if you ain’t completely in it. But baby, there’s nobody like you. You either stay, or either you go. It’s an either-or situation…“
Now, you can listen to Dolly Parton and Kid Rock’s “Either Or” duet in the clip below. Let us know what you think of it when you’re done.