Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

Beautiful Dolly: Melissa, Meshell, and Sinead Are among the Singers Paying Tribute to the Legendary Dolly Parton on a New Compilation

Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

Beautiful Dolly: Melissa, Meshell, and Sinead Are among the Singers Paying Tribute to the Legendary Dolly Parton on a New Compilation

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Just Because I'm a Woman

* Various artists

* Sugar Hill Records

Dolly Parton hasn't always overtly courted queer audiences, but she has consistently held our collective fascination and ardor for over three decades. Unlike other mainstream divas, who often earn our community's praise for roof-raising vocals or cutting-edge style, Parton seems to tickle our fancy in various, sometimes conflicting ways.

For some, it's her outlandish physicality. "She's the ultimate drag queen," notes David Siegal, 34, of Austin. "Who wouldn't love her?" For others, it's her accessibility to her fans. "She seems to genuinely care for the people who support her career," says Patrick Gorman, 31, of Atlanta. "In this age of arrogant divas, a warm heart is pretty rare."

By and large, though, it's what many perceive as the emotional purity of her music that keeps queer listeners engaged. "Her music touches what a lot of us like--pride, family, patriotic feelings," says Gari Sandusky, 41, of Miami. "You listen to her music and feel connected to her on a very deep, personal level."

All of these elements are evident in the lovingly assembled Just Because I'm a Woman, a compilation that has such A-list recording artists as Melissa Etheridge ("I Will Always Love You"), Shelby Lynne ("The Seeker"), Emmylou Harris ("To Daddy"), Shania Twain ("Coat of Many Colors"), Norah Jones ("The Grass Is Blue"), and Sinead O'Connor ("Dagger Through the Heart") paying musical tribute to Parton.

Just Because I'm a Woman draws its title from Parton's 1968 albino, and the artist has rerecorded the song for inclusion on this compilation. …

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