Dolly Parton and Linda Perry’s Remarkable Rendition of ‘What’s Up?

Dolly Parton’s Country Take on a Classic Rock Hit

Dolly Parton, the legendary country artist, embarks on a musical adventure by covering the iconic 4 Non Blondes’ hit song, “What’s Up?” The exciting twist to this rendition is that she collaborates with none other than the original singer and songwriter, Linda Perry.

A Country Twist with Dolly’s Signature Flair

In the skilled hands of Dolly Parton, “What’s Up?” undergoes a stunning transformation. She infuses the classic rock hit with her trademark country style, adding a unique twang to the song, especially in her rendition of the word “peculiar.” The poignant closing lines, “After years and my life is still tryin’ to get up that great big hill of hope for a destination,” are delivered with profound emotion by the 77-year-old artist. Linda Perry joins her, enriching the track with harmonious depth. This remarkable rendition is a highlight from Parton’s upcoming album, “Rockstar,” scheduled for release on November 17.

A Heartwarming Stage Performance

The music video for this rendition made its debut on CMT’s website, showcasing Dolly Parton’s live performance of the song at Nashville’s Eakin Elementary. Accompanied by Linda Perry on acoustic guitar, Parton’s rendition is heartfelt and authentic. As they sing, curious children start to peek into the theater, gradually forming an audience for the two talented artists. The video culminates in a heartwarming and endearing moment.

Dolly’s Thoughts on the Project

Dolly Parton shares her enthusiasm for this unique collaboration, saying, “First of all, I love Linda Perry. Second of all, I love this song written by Linda. Third of all, I love being a part of this video to try to make people think about what’s going on in this world today. Shout out to the little children that helped with the video! If our children don’t make it, then what will? Again, I ask, ‘What’s Up?’ Enjoy.”

Linda Perry’s Perspective

Linda Perry, the original artist behind “What’s Up?” offers her perspective, stating, “How is one supposed to react when the greatest and most prolific songwriter in the world wants to cover a song YOU wrote? Her version of ‘What’s Up?’ is so good. Her spin on it made me feel like it was her song. No surprise there. Being on set making the video was a comfortable easy experience. The vibe on set was chill, and Dolly and I got to catch up and laugh a lot. I could go on and on; obviously, I’m a fan!”

Dolly’s Rock & Roll Journey

Dolly Parton, renowned for her country music legacy, is now delving into her rock & roll side with her upcoming album, “Rockstar.” This musical shift was sparked by her induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. She previously debuted the single “World on Fire” at the ACM Awards and followed it up with an original track, “Bygones,” featuring Rob Halford of Judas Priest. She also delivered a captivating cover of Heart’s “Magic Man” with Ann Wilson and paid homage to Queen with renditions of “We Will Rock You” and “We Are the Champions.” Furthermore, she joined forces with Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr for a cover of “Let It Be,” making her part of the Fab Three. Dolly Parton continues to captivate audiences with her ever-evolving musical journey.

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