Two of the most notable women in country music – Dolly Parton and Alison Krauss – joined together for an ecstatic and outstanding collaboration. America’s Sweetheart Dolly Parton is popular for her appealing and meaningful country hits while Alison Krauss shines with her bluegrass-ballad type of music. Despite their a few differences, both artists have done an amazing job and are definitely stars on their own.
One may not recognize this, but two of the country’s iconic songstresses have been working hand in hand to release a great deal of country music. Dolly Parton and Alison Krauss have excited many people and have teamed up to reach out to more fans in country and bluegrass music.
Looking back at Parton’s 1991 album Eagle When She Flies, one cannot miss Krauss’ name out. On the album, she was listed as one of the harmony vocalists. In fact, her name has constantly appeared on Parton’s albums ever since. Until most recently, Krauss appeared in the credits of Parton’s 2011 album, Better Day.
However, the two female artists have not kept their performances constrained in a studio. In more than one occasion, Parton and Krauss have already performed together live. One of the most memorable performances of them together was when they sang a slowed down version of Parton’s “9 to 5.” They rendered this 1980 classic hit during the special concert, Women Rock, in 2003.
In the amazing rendition, the rich, bluegrass vocals of Krauss perfectly complemented the sweet, lovely voice of Parton. It is stripped-down compared to Parton’s original upbeat version, giving it a special flavor and texture.
Check out Krauss and Parton giving “9 to 5” a special spin:
The Original “9 to 5”
Released in 1980, “9 to 5” was penned and recorded by Dolly Parton. It became the official soundtrack of the 1980 comedy film of the same name with Parton starring in it.
The song was a definite chart-topper for Parton. Also, it earned her a number of awards and nominations. This includes winning 2 Grammy awards for Best Country Song and Best Country Vocal Performance – Female. In addition, the tune garnered an Academy Award and two other Grammy nominations.
For quite some time, “9 to 5” became an anthem for office workers in the United States. Interestingly, American Film Institute ranked the song number 78 on its “100 Years, 100 Songs.”
Watch Parton’s original version of the song:
Alison Krauss, Dolly Parton