Lainey Wilson has already had hit duets with Cole Swindell and HARDY, and now Jelly Roll, but soon she will be combining her voice with a country music icon. The reigning ACM Female Vocalist of the Year will team up with Dolly Parton for a cover of The Judds‘ “Mama, He’s Crazy,” and it’s for a very worthwhile cause.
“With Lainey Wilson, one of the new ones … we’ve got a song we did for The Judds,” Parton revealed to ET Canada. “They’re doing an album for The Judds for mental illness and some of the problems that [Naomi Judd] had. So they’re doing a whole album of the songs, and I got to do ‘Mama He’s Crazy’ with Lainey, and I don’t even know her. So, I’m going to get a chance to visit.”
Wilson, who has said she lives by the mantra of “WWDD,” which stands for “What Would Dolly Do,” previously said that Parton remains her biggest musical — and personal — inspiration.
“I think we would get along just great. We haven’t met yet. We have not met, but I think we would be best buds,” Wilson told Entertainment Tonight last year. “I think [Dolly’s] best buds with anybody, probably. I’m telling you, Dolly Parton, hands down, [is] one of the biggest inspirations for so many people around the world. Who she is, the way she tells it how it is with a little bow wrapped on top, she’s just a good person and has a heart of gold. I think if we were all a little bit more like her, the world would be a much better place.”
Wilson went into the ACM Awards as the most-nominated female artist, with six nods, second only to HARDY’s seven. When asked if Parton had any advice for the singers, the 77-year-old said she hesitates to advise those who are coming after her.
“We always say, we don’t give advice. We give information,” Parton explained. “We’ll share some information, because I do believe that people have thier own journey, their own way. I really think you have to find your way. But it’s good to have some guidance, and some information. … We all have to do it our own way.”
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