Dolly Parton and Kelsea Ballerini team up for ‘Big Dreams and Faded Jeans,’ from Parton’s new album Run, Rose, Run at the 57th ACM Awards in Las Vegas on March 7.
Introduced by Parton’s Run, Rose, Run co-writer James Patterson, Parton, who hosted the awards with Gabby Barrett and Jimmie Allen, took to the stage with guitar around his neck singing a solo before Ballerini joined her singing through Big dreams and faded jeans / Adapting as a team Always tailoring / Big dreams and faded jeans / Just my old guitar and me / Going out to find my destiny / Nashville is the place to be / For big dreams and faded jeans.
“Big Dreams and Faded Jeans” is one of 12 songs on Parton’s accompanying album Run, Rose, Runbook companion.
Ballerini is featured in the audiobook cast of Parton’s book as main character AnnieLee Keyes, a young singer who moves to Nashville to fulfill her musical dreams. Soneela Nankani, James Fouhey, Kevin T. Collins, Peter Ganim, Luis Moreno, Ronald Peet, Robert Petkoff, Ella Turenne and Emily Woo Zeller also round out the audiobook cast of “Run, Rose, Run.”
“It’s an incredible privilege to voice the story and character of AnnieLee, a girl who’s seen the worst people can do to themselves, but still has the sheer ambition of wanting bigger and bigger things. best for herself,” Ballerini said. in a previous statement. “She has unwavering faith in her innate talent and tirelessly pulls herself from the depths of hell to find her platform to share her gifts with the world.”
Ahead of their ACM duet together, Parton and Ballerini expressed excitement about performing together during the ACMs. “I’m going to do a number in the show with Kelsea Ballerini, we’re going to do one of the songs from my album ‘Run, Rose, Run,'” Parton said on social media days before the awards show.
“Just a few East Tennessee girls getting ready to sing together at the [ACM Awards],” Ballerini wrote earlier in the week.
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