Stella Parton is honoring her iconic sister with "Mountain Songbird: A Sister's Tribute," an album of re-recorded songs previously made famous by Dolly, available through digital retailers here.
"Mountain Songbird: A Sister's Tribute" also includes a new duet Dolly and Stella co-wrote together, titled "More Power to Ya." The new album project coincides with a 16-date UK tour February-March.
"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," said Stella Parton.
It's no coincidence Stella released "Mountain Songbird: A Sister's Tribute" on her sister's birthday, January 19.
"I wanted this to come out on her special day. 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," said Stella Parton.
"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," said Dolly Parton.
"She 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. I am especially proud of the song we wrote together "More Power To Ya." I hope you will enjoy this CD as much as we've enjoyed working on it for you," added Dolly Parton.
MOUNTAIN SONGBIRD: A SISTER'S TRIBUTE TRACK LISTING:
1. Mountain Songbird
2. In the Good Old Days
4. Blackie Kentucky
5. Coat of Many Colors
6. Bargain Store
7. Steady as the Rain
8. Down from Dover
9. Just Because I'm a Woman
10. The Flame
12. I Will Always Love You
13. More Power to Ya
STELLA PARTON UK TOUR 2016:
Feb 25 Music Hall, Aberdeen
Feb 26 Whitehall Theatre, Dundee
Feb 27 Concert Hall, Motherwell
Feb 28 Adam Smith Theatre, Kirkcaldy
March 01 Gateshead Sage, Gateshead
March 02 City Varieties, Leeds
March 03 Gordon Craig Theatre, Stevenage
March 04 Alban Arena, St Albans
March 05 Princes Theatre, Hunstanton
March 06 Palace Theatre, West Cliff On Sea
March 08 Beck Theatre, Hayes
March 09 Capitol Theatre, Horsham
March 10 Concord, Eastleigh
March 11 Lighthouse Theatre, Poole
March 12 Lighthouse Theatre, Kettering
March 13 Orchard Theatre, Dartford