Stella Parton is honoring her iconic sister with “Mountain Songbird: A Sister’s Tribute”, an album of re-recorded songs previously made famous by Dolly, available through digital retailers here.
“Mountain Songbird: A Sister’s Tribute” also includes a new duet Dolly and Stella co-wrote together, titled “More Power to Ya.” The new album project coincides with a 16-date UK tour throughout February & March.
I have been asked many times throughout my career to record an entire album of her music, but in my heart and mind, I never felt I could ever do her music or performances justice. So in the end, while making the decision to record this tribute album of eleven of my favorites, I decided to sing the story songs because they resonated with me the most,” Stella said.
It’s no coincidence Stella released “Mountain Songbird: A Sister’s Tribute“ on her sister’s 70th birthday, January 19th.
I wanted this to come out on her special day. Dolly has always been my favorite songwriter, although I grew up in a family chocked full of them. It was indeed a daunting task to choose eleven of my favorite songs from a catalog so vast. I have chosen to sing them as sincerely and respectfully as possible and I hope you can hear that in my humble and honest approach to my sister’s beautiful songs. I am pleased and honored to share my sister tribute,” Stella said.
“MOUNTAIN SONGBIRD: A SISTER’S TRIBUTE” TRACK LISTING:
1. Mountain Songbird
2. In the Good Old Days
4. Blackie Kentucky
5. Coat of Many Colors
6. Bargain Store
7. Steady as the Rain
8. Down from Dover
9. Just Because I’m a Woman
10. The Flame
12. I Will Always Love You
13. More Power to Ya
She was there from the beginning of my career and always complimented and encouraged me in my writing. I admire and respect the way that she chose to do my songs. She stayed true to the original spirit in which I wrote them and yet found a way to make them her own. I really love how they turned out and I think you will, too. It’s been a personal source of joy to be able to hear this loving tribute from one sister to another and just to be able to work that closely with her. I am especially proud of the song we wrote together “More Power To Ya”. I hope you will enjoy this CD as much as we’ve enjoyed working on it for you,” Dolly added.
Stella’s career is like a kaleidoscope of creative talent…beautiful, inspiring, heart-warming and full of color… encompassing everything from music and writing to acting. Thankfully, she has never been one to be held back by the proverbial “glass ceiling,” or any other creative boundaries, Stella’s pure and characteristic blend of country, bluegrass, gospel, jazz and blues mixed with her sincere and faithful heart makes her one of America’s richest musical treasures!