Kacey Musgraves Explains Why There ‘Will Never Be Another Dolly Parton’

by Halle Ames

People like Dolly Parton don’t just come along every day. In fact, Kacey Musgraves explains why there will never be another one like Parton.

Kacey Musgraves sat down with Rolling Stones to talk about her icons throughout her life and music career. At the top of her list is the legendary Dolly Parton.

Kacey Musgraves Shares Love for Dolly Parton

Growing up in the small town of Golden, Texas, Kacey Musgraves reveals that everyone in the Lone Star State is obsessed with Dolly Parton. Musgraves idolizes everything about the woman, from her business mindset to her unapologetic sexy demeanor.

“Well, I grew up singing country music,” explains Kacey Musgraves. “I’m from Texas. Hands down, you’ve got to say, Dolly. I love Dolly as a style icon. I love her as a businesswoman. First and foremost, she is a songwriter. But she wasn’t afraid to be a beautiful, sexy woman, like proud of her femininity, proud of her body. It just seems like she didn’t ever feel like she had to shrink her flamboyant nature to fit amongst the men that she worked with.”

In fact, Kacey Musgraves says that Dolly Parton answers to no one, explaining that the 75-year-old artist is the poster child for country music.

“I mean Dolly pretty much just been like, “Oh, you don’t want me to do this. Well, f*ck you. Watch this. I’m going to do it, and I’m going to do it fabulously. I’m going to have a career until I’m in my 70s and beyond.” I mean, there will never be another Dolly, plain and simple. So, you know, growing up in country music and having such an affinity for it, gotta have Dolly.”

Musgraves would Sing “Wherever They Would Let Me”

When asked about the first time Kacey Musgraves heard one of Parton’s songs, she said she grew up always knowing who she was. In addition, Musgraves says that she would regularly perform her hit songs while touring around Texas.

“She has always existed, but I did grow up singing a couple of her songs,” says Musgraves. “One of them being “Applejack,” “Love is Like a Butterfly,” so these were songs that I was aware of from a really young age. I would sing them all around Texas in these little Opry houses that I would go around performing at festivals or church or wherever. Yeah, just kind of wherever they would let me.”

Other iconic women who shaped Kacey Musgraves into the hit artist she is are Cher, Selena Quintanilla-Pérez, and Sade Adu.

Regardless, we can agree, there is no one quite like Dolly Parton.