Nepotism rules. In Dolly Parton’s case, it is essential. None of her bother or sisters or aunts of uncles or sundry other family members go without food or money or shelter. That’s what a $uper$tar worth billions is for; she hears “Hello, Dolly!” and she cashes into any issues.
Let’s take the case of Stella Parton. Who? Don’t remember her 1979 appearance on “The Dukes of Hazzard” episode “Deputy Dukes,” in which Stella impersonated a police officer? On a different note then: Stella tried her hand and voice at fame and is best known for a series of country singles that charted during the mid- to late-1970s. Her biggest hit was 1975’s “I Want to Hold You In My Dreams Tonight.” She is still dreaming. According to her flak, she “is honoring her iconic sister with ‘Mountain Songbird: A Sister’s Tribute,’ an album of re-recorded songs previously made famous by Dolly.” The recording is only available through digital retailers. “Mountain Songbird: A Sister’s Tribute” also includes a new duet Dolly and Stella co-wrote together, “More Power to Ya.” And Stella’s CD just happens to coincide with a 16-date UK tour beginning in February and ending in March.
Says Stella: “I have been asked many times throughout my career to record an entire album of her music, but in my heart and mind, I never felt I could ever do her music or performances justice. So in the end, while making the decision to record this tribute album of eleven of my favorites, I decided to sing the story songs because they resonated with me the most.”
It’s no coincidence Stella released her CD today, Dolly’s 70th birthday. “I wanted this to come out on her special day,” sis says. “Dolly has always been my favorite songwriter, although I grew up in a family chocked full of them. It was indeed a daunting task to choose eleven of my favorite songs from a catalog so vast. I have chosen to sing them as sincerely and respectfully as possible and I hope you can hear that in my humble and honest approach to my sister’s beautiful songs. I am pleased and honored to share my sister tribute.”
All that plastic surgery has stopped Dolly from opening her mouth wide enough to speak. “Stella is a great singer, entertainer and songwriter. All the more reason I am so proud she decided to do a tribute CD of my songs,” she says. “Stella was there from the beginning of my career and always complimented and encouraged me in my writing. I admire and respect the way that she chose to do my songs. She stayed true to the original spirit in which I wrote them and yet found a way to make them her own. I really love how they turned out and I think you will, too. It’s been a personal source of joy to be able to hear this loving tribute from one sister to another and just to be able to work that closely with her.”