Dolly Parton Covered Brandi Carlile’s “The Story” and It’s Some of the Best Work She’s Ever Done

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Way back in 2007, when McDreamy was still alive and “Grey’s Anatomy” hadn’t jumped every shark in the ocean, a special episode aired towards the end of season 3. The episode, “Every Moment Counts” featured Brandi Carlile’s “The Story,” which catapulted the song into the mainstream and changed karaoke night at your local Applebee’s forever.

Carlile was even featured in a special video for the show, which now serves as a reminder that this show has been on longer than presidents can serve in the United States. There are kids who started kindergarten the same year “Grey’s Anatomy” debuted that are now in college.

But, like the show, Carlile’s song has held true and is still a part of the mainstream. It’s just that good.

Now, to celebrate the song’s 10-year anniversary and the album, Carlile is releasing Cover Stories: Brandi Carlile Celebrates 10 Years of The Story – An Album to Benefit War Child. The album will feature newly recorded versions of Carlile’s 14 tunes and the title track belongs to Dolly Parton.

Parton is 71-years-old and has won more awards than you knew existed. She’s also done more for humans than any other entertainer ever.

Parton’s been churning out solid work since she first appeared on the radio at age 10. Parton could’ve started mailing it decades ago, but she’s still batting over 400, in a league only concerned about slugging percentage.

Parton’s delivery on “The Story” is different than Carlile’s, but still classic Parton. She’s taking the driving electric guitar and replaced it with her signature banjo and guitar work. It’s definitely more mellow, but the vulnerability still shines through.

Like most things Parton does, this is a gift.