The career of Dolly Parton will be celebrated in grand fashion this fall with the all-star, all female tribute album “Just Because I’m a Woman.” Due Oct. 14 via Sugar Hill Records, the collection will feature Parton’s songs recorded by the likes of Norah Jones, Alison Krauss & Union Station, Shania Twain and Sinead O’Connor, as well as a new recording of the title track by the honoree herself.
“Just Because I’m a Woman” was also the title track of an RCA album released by Parton in 1968.
Krauss appears on two tracks, turning in a solo version of “9 to 5” and joining Union Station and Twain on a take of “Coat of Many Colors.” Other Parton classics rendered are “I Will Always Love You” by Melissa Etheridge, “Jolene” by Mindy Smith and “The Seeker” by Shelby Lynne.
“I believe it is the poet in Dolly — the songs that pour out from her soul and into our grateful waiting hearts that have both anchored and lifted her over the years,” Emmylou Harris says in the tribute’s liner notes. “This is perhaps her most enduring legacy as an artist and the one we celebrate here with this album. Dolly you done good.” Harris contributes her version of Parton’s “To Daddy,” which Harris recorded for her 1978 Reprise set “A Quarter Moon in a Ten Cent Town.”
Tackling newer Parton fare are Jones and O’Connor, the latter a self-professed Dolly fanatic. O’Connor, who will soon retire from the music business, turns in a version of “Dagger Through the Heart,” from last year’s Sugar Hill album “Halos and Horns,” while Jones performs “The Grass Is Blue,” from Parton’s 1999 Sugar Hill set of the same name.
In other news, Parton makes an appearance on the recently released debut Audium album by sibling duo the Larkins, singing on the track “Steady as the Rain.” She’ll also be heard on the Louvin Brothers tribute album “Livin’ Lovin’ Losin'” dueting with Sonya Isaacs on the song “The Angels Rejoiced That Night.” Due Sept. 30 via Universal South, the set will also feature duets by Krauss and James Taylor, Harris and Rodney Crowell, and Pam Tillis, Johnny Cash and the Jordanaires.
Here is the “Just Because I’m a Woman” track list:
“9 to 5,” Alison Krauss
“I Will Always Love You,” Melissa Etheridge
“The Grass Is Blue,” Norah Jones
“Do I Ever Cross Your Mind,” Joan Osborne
“The Seeker,” Shelby Lynne
“Jolene,” Mindy Smith
“To Daddy,” Emmylou Harris
“Coat of Many Colors,” Shania Twain with Alison Krauss & Union Station
“Little Sparrow,” Kasey Chambers
“Dagger Through the Heart,” Sinead O’Connor
“Light of a Clear Blue Morning,” Allison Moorer
“Two Doors Down,” Me’Shell N’dedgeOcello
“Just Because I’m a Woman,” Dolly Parton (new recording)