Following her nomination to be inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, country musician Dolly Parton has claimed she will make a rock and roll album in the style of Linda Ronstadt or Heart if she ends up being inducted.
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Speaking to Billboard, Parton was commenting on her unlikely inclusion, and how the inductee list now seems to reflect “rock and roll” as a vague sense of attitudes and sphere of popular artists, rather than a strict genre boundary.
“I was absolutely floored when I heard,” she said of her nomination. “I’ve never thought of myself as being rock and roll in any sense of the word – but I guess they judge it on the music and the influence certain songs have had, and I guess I’ve had songs with other people in that realm. But I don’t know how they judge that.
“I’m not expecting that I’ll get in. But if I do, I’ll immediately, next year, have to put out a great rock and roll album – which I’ve wanted to do for years, like a Linda Ronstadt or Heart kind of thing. So this may have been just a God-wink for me to go ahead and do that. It’s just nice to be nominated.”
Parton wasn’t the only non-rock act on the inductee list: it also included Eminem, A Tribe Called Quest, Dionne Warwick and Lionel Richie. As is common, the nomination of several non-rock artists has sparked some confusion and criticism from rock fans, however, Parton seems to be the only artist seeking to actively balance the scales with her inclusion.