Jelly Roll Praises Dolly Parton After Meeting For the First Time: ‘This is Unreal’

Jelly Roll recently had the opportunity of a lifetime, when he got to meet his own musical hero, Dolly Parton. The 39-year-old shared the experience on social media, praising Parton and her influence in his life, at an industry event celebrating Parton’s release of Rockstar.

“Growing up in Tennessee Dolly Parton was right there next to Jesus, Lynyrd Skynyrd and college Football,” Jelly Roll writes. “Having an opportunity to just express my gratitude for everything Dolly did for my family, music and Tennessee was a blessing. Many of nights we sat around the kitchen table and [listened to] Dolly Parton.

“And just like the queen she is, Dolly dropped a new album today called Rockstar because she said if she was going to be in the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame she needed to earn it,” he continued. “Everything I’ve ever learned about how to do interviews in the music business and how to carry myself I’ve learned from watching Dolly Parton. This is UNREAL!”

Growing up in Tennessee Dolly Parton was right there next to Jesus, Lynyrd Skynyrd and College Football. Having an…

Posted by Jelly Roll on Friday, November 17, 2023


Jelly Roll must have been taking plenty of notes, since his career is at an all-time high. The Nashville native just received his first two Grammy Awards nominations, for Best New Artist and Best Country Duo/Group Performance, .he latter for his “Save Me” performance with Lainey Wilson. The nominations came shortly after Jelly Roll won his first CMA Award, for New Artist of the Year.

“There is something poetic about a 39-year-old man winning New Artist of the Year,” Jelly Roll said as part of his heartfelt acceptance speech. “I don’t know where you’re at in your life or what you’re going through, but I want to tell you to keep going, I want to tell you, success is on the other side. I wanna tell you it’s gonna be okay. I want to tell you that the windshield is better than the rearview mirror, because what’s in front of you is so much more important than what’s behind you.”

The “Need A Favor” singer also has big plans for 2024, which include him being a healthier version of himself. Jelly Roll recently revealed he has lost 45 to 50 pounds, with plans to lose even more.

“I don’t even have a goal when it comes to health,” Jelly Roll told  Fox News Digital. “I just want to keep doing the right thing and feeling better. I’m starting to find a will to live and I wanna lean into that, that’s it. I just want to be happier.”

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