Willie Nelson duets with Dolly on her Christmas Album

by: Lauren Jo Black and Andrew Wendowski

olly Parton will lift fans’ spirits this year with the release of A Holly Dolly Christmas, her first holiday album in 30 years.The country icon enlisted a star-studded group of artists to join her on the record, including her goddaughter, Miley Cyrus, as well as Willie Nelson, Billy Ray Cyrus, Michael Bublé and Jimmy Fallon.

Her brother, Randy Parton, will also join her on the project.

“I thought, ‘I think I’ll call it A Holly Dolly Christmas because I love the song “A Holly Jolly Christmas” with Burl Ives. He used to be on all of my Christmas specials all through the years. 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,’” Parton shared with Billboard.

The 12-track album was created during the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. Parton says they did their best to follow all health and safety guidelines to ensure that they were all safe during the recording process.

“We were working in our little circle with our masks and with our gloves and we had our engineer and we just had the very few people that we had to have when we were in there when I was singing,” she explained. “They had done some of the tracks before the pandemic, but then we went in and started doing our vocals. We’ve been very smart, very careful, because we’re trying to protect ourselves and I’m an older person. I’m not out to get it if I don’t [have] to, I’m hoping I can outrun all that. We’ve been all very, very smart, but it didn’t slow us up.”

A Holly Dolly Christmas will be released on October 2.

Track List:

Cuddle Up, Cozy Down Christmas – Dolly Parton, Michael Bublé
Christmas On The Square – Dolly Parton
Circle Of Love – Dolly Parton
All I Want For Christmas Is You – Dolly Parton, Jimmy Fallon
Comin’ Home For Christmas – Dolly Parton
Christmas Where We Are (feat. Billy Ray Cyrus) – Dolly Parton
Pretty Paper – Dolly Parton, Willie Nelson
I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus – Dolly Parton
You Are My Christmas (feat. Randy Parton) – Dolly Parton
Mary, Did You Know? – Dolly Parton

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