Dolly Parton will be decking the halls this Christmas by releasing her first holiday album in 30 years.
A Holly Dolly Christmas will be released on Oct. 2, and the country queen reveals it will be dedicated to the memory of Burl Ives, who had a big hit with A Holly Jolly Christmas in 1964.
“He used to be on all of my Christmas specials all through the years,” Parton tells Billboard. “I think of him as Mr. Christmas. I thought, ‘Why don’t do I call it something cute and clever, like that or Deck the Halls with Boughs of Dolly, something corny like that?’”
The album’s first single will be Dolly’s collaboration with Michael Buble, Cuddle Up, Cozy Down Christmas, and it will also feature the Jolene singer dueting with Jimmy Fallon on a rendition of Mariah Carey’s All I Want for Christmas Is You, Willie Nelson, Billy Ray and Miley Cyrus – Parton’s goddaughter.
Dolly admits the recording process was a bit cold as she couldn’t get together with her singing partners in the studio due to the coronavirus crisis.
“They had done some of the tracks before the pandemic, but then we went in and started doing our vocals,” Parton said. “We’ve been very smart, very careful, because we’re trying to protect ourselves and I’m an older person.”
Parton’s last holiday album, Home for Christmas, was released in 1990.
Dolly isn’t the only big country star spreading some musical joy this Christmas – Carrie Underwood will be releasing her first festive collection, My Gift, next month.