In making Netflix soundtrack, Dolly Parton remixed her classics with surprising artists

Dolly Parton ain’t nobody’s dumplin.’

A savvy businesswoman with one of the sharpest creative minds in entertainment, Parton is a quick-witted icon who has influenced generations of country music singers. At 72, the East Tennessee native calls herself a sponge who just “sops up” any inspiration that’s around. 

She met her match in Linda Perry, a famed singer, songwriter and producer who first became known in 4 Non Blondes and went on to found record labels. 

The women teamed for the soundtrack of the upcoming Netflix film “Dumplin’,” starring Jennifer Aniston and Danielle Macdonald. Parton and Perry, first-time collaborators, co-wrote new songs and reworked some of Parton’s classics, including her signature hit, “Jolene.” They enlisted cross-genre help from artists including Miranda Lambert, Macy Gray, Sia, Mavis Staples, Elle King, Alison Krauss and Rhonda Vincent. The recording process brimmed with smiles and tears, and cameras were there to capture it all. 

“Dolly & Friends: Making of a Soundtrack” will premiere Nov. 29 on CMT. The soundtrack will be available Nov. 30, and “Dumplin’” will premiere in select theaters and on Netflix on Dec. 7.

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