The 28-year-old could have chosen any Parton song from the icon’s massive career catalog for AT&T’s “Women in Country” video series. The selection of Parton’s 1973 track, “My Tennessee Mountain Home”, was an easy one, as its message was one that connected with Monroe deeply.
“I know the feeling she’s talking about when she’s singing that song,” Monroe told Rolling Stone Country, “the peacefulness that goes along with being in east Tennessee when you’re sitting out on your front porch. “I grew up in a log house that had rocking chairs and a swing, and ever since I was little I would go sit on the porch and just listen. . . It’s the craziest thing but I would listen to her voice and feel that lonesome feeling.”
Monroe released her third studio album, The Blade, July 24. Many of Monroe’s new tracks were inspired by her major influences, including Parton.
“I have so much respect for her,” Monroe said. “She’s always done exactly what she wanted to do and didn’t really care what other people thought. She wants to act, she’ll act; if you want to get a big boob job, get a big boob job. She’s always done whatever she wants to make herself happy.”
When Monroe isn’t acting as an opener for both Rascal Flatts and Miranda Lambert’s fall tours, she’ll be playing solo headlining dates across the country. The Blade Tour will visit nine U.S. cities through November. A full list of upcoming tour dates has been posted at Monroe’s official website.