Dolly Parton is begging of Lil Nas X to please… keep singing after watching his viral cover of the country star’s 1973 hit “Jolene.”
The 22-year-old hitmaker performed Parton’s Hot Country Songs No. 1 song “Jolene” along with songs from his Billboard 200 No. 2 album Montero during a Sept. 21 visit to BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge.
“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 while sharing LNX’s performance video. “Of course, I love him anyway. I was surprised and I’m honored and flattered. I hope he does good for both of us. Thank you @LilNasX.”
The 75-year-old legend wrote the same message on her Instagram underneath a backstage picture of the two decked out head-to-toe in country gear.
The stunned artist typed out “HOLY SH–“ on Twitter in response to Parton’s compliment of his performance, which he explained on the radio show last week. “This song is kind of like beautifully sad, you know? I like the little twang, like the country twang in it. So I was like, ‘Lemme try this out,'” the “Industry Baby” singer said.
He previously invited the Country Music Hall of Famer to hop on a remix of his record-breaking Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 song “Old Town Road,” but she playfully responded by tweeting a spoof rendition of the “OTR” remix covers, featuring a pink unicorn-resembling creature with a blond mane beside Lil Nas X’s black steed and Billy Ray Cyrus‘ brown horse.
See Parton’s reaction to Lil Nas X’s “Jolene” cover.
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. Of course, I love him anyway. I was surprised and I'm honored and flattered. I hope he does good for both of us. Thank you @LilNasX https://t.co/w7vJWGypOp
— Dolly Parton (@DollyParton) September 29, 2021