Dolly Parton Gave Gretchen Wilson Her Pants Prior To the CMA Awards

You know that old saying, “she’d literally give you the shirt off her back?” Well, Dolly Parton took that to…


Lauren Jo Black

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November 14, 2019


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You know that old saying, “she’d literally give you the shirt off her back?” Well, Dolly Parton took that to heart this week prior to The 53rd Annual CMA Awards when she gave Gretchen Wilson the pants off her…um, legs – Really!

According to Wilson’s publicist, Parton was wearing the black rhinestone pants during Sunday’s CMA Awards rehearsal. When the “Redneck Woman” complimented them and told the legendary entertainer that she would like to try to find a similar pair for the opening performance, Parton told her she could have hers.

Wilson drove back to Nashville on Tuesday to pick up the pants and wore them to the star-studded show Wednesday night.

How amazing is that? Just another reason to love the one and only Dolly Parton.

Wilson and Parton were part of the CMA Awards all-star opening number, which featured a slew of female country artists performing a medley of iconic country songs recorded by women.

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Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for and her work being featured on She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.