Dolly Parton Surprises With New Song, ‘Big Dreams and Faded Jeans,’ and Album Announcement

Country icon Dolly Parton surprised fans with the release of a brand new song on Friday (Jan. 14).  Out now,…


Lauren Jo Black

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January 14, 2022


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Dolly Parton – Run Rose Run; Photo Courtesy Butterfly Records

Country icon Dolly Parton surprised fans with the release of a brand new song on Friday (Jan. 14). 

Out now, “Big Dreams and Faded Jeans” is a track from her upcoming collection of songs, which will serve as the companion album to her novel, Run, Rose, Run.

Penned solely by Parton, “Big Dreams and Faded Jeans” finds the world-renowned superstar singing about a young woman who bravely packs her bags to pursue her dreams in Music City.

Dolly Parton - Run Rose Run
Dolly Parton – Run Rose Run

“Big dreams and faded jeans / Fit together like a team / Always busting at the seams / Big dreams and faded jeans / Just my ol’ guitar and me / Out to find my destiny / Nashville is the place to be / For big dreams and faded jeans,” Parton sings on the chorus.

In true Dolly Parton form, the East Tennessee native hopes to inspire others with the track. 

“So many people come to Nashville with their sack of songs,” Parton shared. “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!”

Listen to the new track below.

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The album, is set to drop just days before the novel’s release on March 4 via Butterfly Records in partnership with Ingrooves/UMG. The project includes 12-tracks co-produced by Parton alongside Richard Dennison and Tom Rutledge.

Run, Rose, Run (the album) will be available on all digital streaming platforms, and for digital download, as well as in CD, standard vinyl and some special vinyl color variant.

The Run, Rose, Run album mirrors the story of a young woman who leaves home for Nashville, Tennessee to pursue her music-making dreams and the dark secret from her past that threatens it all. The project provides an even deeper and more relatable sense of the novel – giving the audience an all-encompassing experience on and off the page.

Dolly Parton - Run Rose Run
Dolly Parton – Run Rose Run

Dolly Parton’s Run, Rose, Run Track List

Side A:
1. Run
2. Big Dreams and Faded Jeans
3. Demons (with Ben Haggard)
4. Driven
5. Snakes In The Grass
6. Blue Bonnet Breeze

Side B:
1. Woman Up and Take It Like A Man
2. Firecracker
3. Secrets
4. Lost and Found (with Joe Nichols)
5. Dark Night, Bright Future
6. Love or Lust (with Richard Dennison)

Parton’s forthcoming novel, Run, Rose, Run, was co-authored by James Patterson and is set for release on March 7. Fans can pre-order Parton’s novel HERE.

“I cannot be more excited about the release of my very first novel,” Parton shared on Instagram, later adding, “I also have a new CD to go along with the book, based on its characters and situations. I hope you enjoy the book and the songs as much as we’ve enjoyed putting it together.”

The legendary country singer recruited fellow East Tennessee native Kelsea Ballerini to join her for the audiobook.

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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.