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Dolly Parton and Brandi Carlile Deliver a Tearjerking 'I Will Always Love You'

Dolly Parton and Brandi Carlile Deliver a Tearjerking 'I Will Always Love You'

Dolly Parton and Brandi Carlile

The legendary Parton joined Carlile, Maren Morris, Amanda Shire, and Natalie Hembly for their premiere gig at the Newport Folk Festival. 

Multiple Grammy winner Brandi Carlile has teamed with Maren Morris, Amanda Shires, and Natalie Hembly to form the Highwomen, a supergroup of roots artists who released their first video for "Redesigning Women" last week and who played their first gig at the Newport Folk Festival this weekend. And they started out with a bang when the legendary Dolly Parton joined them on stage to sing a few numbers including "Jolene" and a heartrending duet of "I Will Always Love You" with Carlile.

Megaproducer Linda Perry also shared a video of Parton with the Highwomen singing a stripped-down version of "Eagle When She Flies" on her Instagram, which had social media users begging for even more collaboration.

Other Newport Folk Festival performers including Sheryl Crow, Amy Ray, Maggie Rogers, Yola, Jade Bird, Rachael Price, Lucy Dacus, and Bridget Kearney of Lake Street Dive joined the women on stage to end the set with a rousing version of the feminist anthem "9 to 5."

Watch the crowd go wild when Parton appears along with the full performance of "Eagle When She Flies" below.

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Tracy E. Gilchrist

Tracy E. Gilchrist is the VP, Executive Producer of Entertainment for the Advocate Channel. A media veteran, she writes about the intersections of LGBTQ+ equality and pop culture. Previously, she was the editor-in-chief of The Advocate and the first feminism editor for the 55-year-old brand. In 2017, she launched the company's first podcast, The Advocates. She is an experienced broadcast interviewer, panel moderator, and public speaker who has delivered her talk, "Pandora's Box to Pose: Game-changing Visibility in Film and TV," at universities throughout the country.
Tracy E. Gilchrist is the VP, Executive Producer of Entertainment for the Advocate Channel. A media veteran, she writes about the intersections of LGBTQ+ equality and pop culture. Previously, she was the editor-in-chief of The Advocate and the first feminism editor for the 55-year-old brand. In 2017, she launched the company's first podcast, The Advocates. She is an experienced broadcast interviewer, panel moderator, and public speaker who has delivered her talk, "Pandora's Box to Pose: Game-changing Visibility in Film and TV," at universities throughout the country.