Dolly Parton brings new life into the classic folk tune “Little Rosewood Casket” for an new collection of music that emerged from the Great Smoky Mountains.
On Top of Old Smoky: New Old-Time Smoky Mountain Music, due out August 21, is a 23-track collection of classic songs recorded by an array of country, folk, bluegrass and Americana greats. “Little Rosewood Casket” was written in the mid-1800s, and has been recorded by dozens of artists over the years. Parton herself originally cut the track for her now legendary collaboration with Emmylou Harris and Linda Ronstadt, 1987’s Trio. This time, she goes for a faster-paced and more hopeful take on the song about passing over to the afterlife.
Although the lyrics are somewhat dark and incredibly emotional, Parton manages to bring hope and joy to the classic folk song. The recording will be featured on On Top of Old Smoky: New Old-Time Smoky Mountain Music, which features an array of traditional Appalachian folksongs that were originally recorded by folklorist Joseph S. Hall during the early 1930s in the Great Smoky Mountains. The project is dedicated to families who were displaced after the National Park was established in the mid 1930s.