Jack White of the White Stripes wants to get his hands on Dolly Parton.
The rocker has put out an offer to produce Parton's next CD. What does he know about country music? Well, he produced Loretta Lynn's critically acclaimed "Van Lear Rose" in 2004, one of her most popular CDs to date.
The CD gave a rock edge to Lynn's passionate country vocals. It would not be a stretch to assume he'd do the same to Parton.
"Well, I've been approached by the same one who worked on the Loretta (Lynn) album, Jack White," Parton told AOL news. "He seems to be a fan, but who knows?
"You never know what I might do. Every now and then I get offered those things, and I know if and when the time is right."
Parton rarely gives producing chores entirely over to others. She either produces or co-produces her own music. Her CDs are usually a virtual one-woman production. She writes most - if not all - the songs as well as plays instruments and provides all the vocals.
Parton has another CD already in the works, a dance-club collection in which she wrote the numbers. Where that project stands is not clear.
In the AOL interview, the Sevier County-born entertainer didn't sound convinced she would collaborate with White. "... I'm certainly not opposed to do that," she says. "I usually have a set notion of where I'm headed with a certain project and what I want to get out of it. Lord only knows what I might do when I get a chance to sit down and think about it."
Besides Lynn, White has also worked with Wanda Jackson. Added to White's credits: The White Stripes perform a cover of Parton's "Jolene" in their stage shows.
White may have to get in line to get to Parton. The singer says producer Rick Rubin, who produced some of Johnny Cash's final music, has approached her, too.
n GUEST. "Wizards of Waverly Place" co-star Jennifer Stone, who plays funky dresser Harper Finkle, will be among the stars visiting the News Sentinel's Women Today 2010 on March 22.
Stone will greet the public and answer questions during her one-day visit.
Already, "The Middle" star Patricia Heaton has been named as part of the lineup. She'll appear on March 21 at the Knoxville Convention Center.
n COMPETING. Ashley Marsh of Maryville will get a crack at stardom tonight on CMT's "The Singing Bee," which recently launched its second season.
"The Singing Bee" tests contestants' knowledge of lyrics to well-known songs that are a mix of country music and popular favorites from other genres. Hosted by Melissa Peterman, the series airs 9 p.m. Fridays.
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