Dolly Parton Expresses Rare Approval for Remix of “Jolene”— “This One Is My Favorite”

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The world’s favorite 9 to 5 country star, Dolly Parton, gave her official blessing on a new remix of her hallowed song, “Jolene.”

The new remix, which is produced by DJ Destructo (real name Gary Richards), earned a “Makes me wanna dance” and “This one is my favorite” from the Queen of country herself in several tweets. Check the new head-bobbing song out below.

The new 5-minute track is as much a country boot kickin’ saloon song as it is a New York City loft club hit. And that it earned the praise of Parton is indeed a rare, notable occurrence.

Richards is multi-hyphenate in the music industry, wearing the hats of executive, DJ, and promoter. He is the president of Los Angeles’ LiveStyle events company. He began as a DJ in the ‘90s and his latest release, a collaboration with rapper Busta Rhymes, F**king S**t Up came out in 2018.

Earlier, Parton added, “My little song ‘Jolene’ has been done so many different ways and I love them all, but I think this one is my favorite. Presave ‘Jolene (@destructoamf Remix)’. https://forms.sonymusicfans.com/campaign/dolly

Parton also recently gave her thumbs-up on a rendition of “Jolene” by the popular artist, Lil Nas X. “I was so excited when someone told me that Lil Nas X had done my song #Jolene,” Parton said. “I had to find it and listen to it immediately…and it’s really good. Of course, I love him anyway. I was surprised and I’m honored and flattered. I hope he does good for both of us. Thank you @LilNasX

More recently, Parton has been handing out the cutest relationship advice ever and hanging out with the beloved Reba McEntire.

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