Lainey Wilson: Her Reaction To Hearing Her Duet With Dolly Parton
Lainey Wilson and Dolly Parton have a duet on The Judds’ new tribute album called A Tribute to the Judds, which is available starting today (10/27).
When I talked with Lainey earlier this week (10/25), I asked about being a part of The Judds project with her idol Dolly Parton. She said, “They had asked me if I wanted to be a part of a tribute to The Judds, and for me, that was just a no-brainer. I grew up, and they were the soundtrack to my childhood, the Judds. I had gotten to know Wynonna, and she’s even better than I had imagined. She is a spitfire, just like I thought she would be.”
She added, “When they told me I would be doing ‘Mama He’s Crazy,’ I was like, ‘Oh my gosh, this is perfect,’ and then they said, ‘Well, what if you and Dolly did it together?’ I was like, ‘I’m done, I can go to the house now. Like, I’m done, send me home.'”
Wilson didn’t actually get to join Parton in the recording studio. She told me, “Because I stay so busy and she’s so busy, we weren’t actually in the studio recording it on the same day. She had told ’em, ‘Let Lainey go in there and put her vocal down, and then I’ll go back in there and put vocals on the top of it.'”
However, Lainey did get to meet her hero in a very public way. She said, “At the ACMs this year (2022), when she announced Female Artist of the Year, that was the very first time that we had actually met, but we had already recorded the song. But when I was up there as we were walking off the stage, she grabbed my arm, and she said, ‘Lainey, I love our song we did together.’ And that right there was one of the most memorable moments that I will ever have.”
Wilson revealed her reaction when she first heard her and Dolly’s voice together on the song. She gushed, “I have a video of it somewhere; somebody captured it. I was on tour with Luke Combs somewhere up North playing a stadium show, and I boohooed. And I cried. I think everybody feels this way about Dolly, but I do feel like I know her from a different lifetime, and it’s just such an honor to hear our voices right next to each other because she’s such a huge inspiration to me on and off the stage.”