Dolly Parton praises Lil Nas X’s ‘Jolene’ cover: “I’m honored and flattered”

Dolly Parton and Lil Nas X

Dolly Parton has given her stamp of approval to Lil Nas X‘s recent cover of her signature song ‘Jolene’.

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The rapper performed his rendition of Parton’s 1973 song, lifted from her album of the same name, during a session as part of BBC Radio One’s Live Lounge earlier this month.

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

Parton has since shared Lil Nas X’s cover on Twitter, and posted on Instagram a photo they took together at the 2019 Country Music Association Awards. “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,” she wrote.

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

Lil Nas X responded to Parton’s comments enthusiastically and succinctly:

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