Although she’ll surely rock her new gig as co-host of the 57th annual ACM Awards, Dolly Parton is not quitting her day job. The country great continues to release country music that only she could make, including today’s “Blue Bonnet Breeze.”
Part of her upcoming album, Run, Rose, Run, the song was written by Parton to go along with her upcoming first novel — also called Run, Rose, Run. The book is the tale of an aspiring country star and the dark secrets that help inspire her songs, and in the story, Parton says two main characters get together to write a song for the first time. She imagines “Blue Bonnet Breeze” as that song.
Lullaby quiet, with gentle guitar strumming and Parton’s legendary vocal almost a whisper, the swaying song is an old-school country ode that clocks in at more than 5 minutes long. And with its tragic tale of young lovers lost too soon, it’s a masterful contrast of light and dark forces.
“I came up with the idea for ‘Blue Bonnet Breeze’ because two of the characters decide to begin working together on a song,” Parton explains. “I thought, ‘What song would that be? What song would they write?’ So, I just chose a Romeo and Juliet kind of story and made the music very slow, very emotional, and it’s actually one of my very favorites from this album. It could be a movie of its own!”
Dolly Parton’s Run, Rose, Run album will arrive on March 4, and then three days later (March 7), her Run, Rose, Run novel will follow. Parton co-authored the book with best-selling novelist James Patterson.
Previously, Dolly Parton had shared the album’s first single, “Big Dreams and Faded Jeans,” and lately she’s been all over the news. She was recently confirmed as one of three co-hosts for the 57th annual ACM Awards on March 7 (view nominees here), and yesterday (February 10) shared a preview of her upcoming T-Mobile Super Bowl ad with Miley Cyrus. Meanwhile, the country icon has also developed a special line of cake mixes with Duncan Hines.