Dolly Parton has shared "Blue Bonnet Breeze" from her upcoming album Run Rose Run (out March 4), a companion piece to the novel she wrote with renowned author James Patterson. This is Parton's second release from the album, following "Big Dreams and Faded Jeans."
"I came up with the idea for 'Blue Bonnet Breeze' because two of the characters decide to begin working together on a song," says Parton. "I thought, what song would that be? What song would they write? So, I just chose a Romeo and Juliet kind of story and made the music very slow, very emotional, and it's actually one of my very favorites from this album. It could be a movie of its own!"
'Big Dreams and Faded Jeans'
"Big Dreams and Faded Jeans" is an upbeat tune about a hopeful dreamer who makes her way to Nashville.
"So many people come to Nashville with their sack of songs," Parton said in a press release. "Whether they're running from anything or not, they're running towards a future. That's what 'Big Dreams and Faded Jeans' is all about. I am so pleased to finally share the first song from this exciting new album with all of you!"
'Run, Rose, Run' Novel
Run, Rose, Run, Parton's first novel, will follow a young woman who travels to Nashville to become a star.
"The source of her heart-wrenching songs is a brutal secret she has done everything to hide," says the press release. "But the past she has fled is reaching out to control her future--even if it means destroying everything she has worked for."
Published by Little, Brown and Company, the novel is set for release on March 7. Parton will be debuting the novel simultaneously with the album, which includes 12 songs that go along with her original story.
Patterson is best known for writing the popular Alex Cross series among many others and even recently teamed up with former President Bill Clinton to write a couple of political thrillers.
Parton's new album will be released with Parton's Butterfly Records in partnership with Ingrooves/UMG. The country star is just as excited for the book as we are it seems.
"I cannot be more excited about the release of my very first novel Run, Rose, Run with the great James Patterson. I also have a new album to go along with the book," Parton said in an exclusive statement to People in 2021. "All new songs were written based on the characters and situations in the book. I hope you enjoy the book and the songs as much as we've enjoyed putting it all together!"
Patterson added in his statement, "It's been an honor--and a hell of a lot of fun--to work with the inimitable Dolly Parton, whom I've long admired for her music, her storytelling, and her enormous generosity. The mind-blowing thing about this project is that reading the novel is enhanced by listening to the album and vice versa. It's a really unique experience that I know readers (and listeners) will love."
Parton will co-host the 2022 ACM Awards with Jimmie Allen and Gabby Barrett.
'Run, Rose, Run' Track Listing:
2. Big Dreams And Faded Jeans
3. Demons (with Ben Haggard)
5. Snakes In The Grass
6. Blue Bonnet Breeze
1. Woman Up and Take It Like A Man
4. Lost and Found (with Joe Nichols)
5. Dark Night, Bright Future
6. Love or Lust (with Richard Dennison)
Editor's note: This article was originally published in August of 2021. It was updated on Feb. 11 to share Parton's new song "Blue Bonnet Breeze."
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