Dolly Parton Surprises Fans With Superstar Collaboration at Newport Festival

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Attendees at this weekend’s Newport Folk Festival got a couple whopper-sized surprises, in addition to a truckload of great music, for the prices of their festival ticket when Dolly Parton showed up as a surprise guest of singer-songwriter Brandi Carlile.

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According to Rolling Stone, Brandi was charged with securing the line-up for Saturday night’s show and it sounds like she over-delivered. In addition to her own new quartet—The Highwomen, made up of Brandi, Maren Morris, Natalie Hemby and Amanda Shires—Brandi welcomed the “incomparable unicorn legend,” Dolly Parton, as a surprise guest.

But the iconic and humble superstar saw an opportunity to make the performance a bona fide event and brought The Highwomen to the stage for a goosebump-inducing rendition of “Eagle When She Flies.”

And because what would a Dolly set be without her mega-hit, “I Will Always Love You,” she stayed to sing an absolutely ethereal version of that with Brandi.

It wasn’t just those country music favorites who took the stage during “The Collaboration.” Also part of the first all-female headlining event in the history of the festival was the legendary Judy Collins, Sheryl Crow, Linda Perry, Indigo Girls’ Amy Ray and blue artist Yola, along with rising artists Molly Tuttle, Maggie Rogers, Candy Carpenter and Courtney Marie Andrews.

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It seems fitting that the evening wrapped with the entire “Collaboration” on stage performing the ultimate anthem for the working girl, Dolly’s “9 to 5.”

Dolly took to Instagram to share a few word about the event.

“I just love surprises!, “she wrote. “You should have seen the look on your faces 😂 Thanks for having me @brandicarlile 😘 #NewportFolkFestival.”

Kinda gives new meaning to girl power, huh?