Barry Gibb is taking Bee Gees fans on a country journey with upcoming album, Greenfields: The Gibb Brothers Songbook Vol. 1, and it includes a remake of the group’s tune “Words” with country icon Dolly Parton.
“I was bitten by Nashville, you know? Because Nashville is about music; it’s about real songs,” Gibb, the last surviving member of the trio of brothers told CBS Sunday Morning in an interview that aired Jan. 3. “This is where I gotta go. This is the kind of music I love.”
The album, due out Jan. 8, features not only Parton, but various superstars of country music — including Keith Urban, Miranda Lambert, Little Big Town, and others — all giving a fresh country spin to Bee Gees’ classics.
“I’m a collaborator. I’m a bluegrass artist and I’m a country artist and I’m a songwriter, and I don’t care what anyone else calls me,” Gibb first explained in a November Instagram video announcing the album. He added in the caption, “I’ve dreamed of a project that would bring me together with some of the artists I admire most.”
The musician revealed during his CBS interview how songs from the trio’s vast catalogue were selected for Greenfields. “Well, I let them choose,” he explained about letting his collaborators take the wheel. He also opened up about recording the album at Nashville’s RCA Studios and how Parton felt about it.
“Studio B, which is where Elvis, and Roy Orbison, and the Everly Brothers, and Waylon Jennings, and Willie Nelson [recorded music] — a phenomenal experience,” Gibb shared. But there was another artist who had previously recorded there — Parton herself.
“Dolly said to me, ‘Where I’m standing,’ she said, ‘is where I sang “I Will Always Love You” and “Jolene” in the same afternoon,'” he revealed of their recording session for “Words.” “So that’s very special, very special to be in that environment.”
Gibb shared their collaboration of the Bee Gees’ 1968 classic in full on Dec. 31 with a visualizer video. “The incomparable @dollyparton and I had so much fun singing this song together,” he explained on Instagram.
Parton tweeted of the collaboration on New Year’s Day, “I was honored when my dear friend @GibbBarry asked me to join him for a special version of “Words” on his new album!”
Listen to Gibb and Parton’s new take on “Words,” and watch his CBS interview below: