If RaeLynn Met Dolly Parton

Pint-Sized, Powerhouse Singer Has a Lot of Love for the Country Icon

Take one look and one listen to adorable budding country starlet RaeLynn, and it’s easy to see and hear she has some incredible musical influences.

Those include her pal Miranda Lambert, the Judds and Shania Twain — all strong, powerhouse ladies — but maybe none so influential as the one and only Dolly Parton.

“I’m obsessed with Dolly Parton,” RaeLynn explains. “If I ever met her, I’d probably cry. I would cry, and maybe throw up.”

Well, that would be one heck of a reaction, wouldn’t it? And although it seems a bit strong, it could be warranted in a situation like this. After all, this is Dolly Parton we’re talking about.

(For the record, the only time I ever met Dolly, I literally could not open my mouth to speak. And my mama swears I could strike up conversation with anybody or anything, including an oak tree.)

There is something about Parton that is absolutely magical. When she enters a room, everything else becomes still. In that moment, you realize you are truly in the presence of something incredibly special and remarkable.

You get that feeling when you meet RaeLynn, too. There’s an effervescence and charm about her that enters the room before she does — and it’s absolutely delightful.

So when are these two going to have some bonding time? Hopefully, sooner than later. I’d love to be a fly on the wall for that meeting, as something tells me Parton will love RaeLynn just as much as RaeLynn adores Parton.

Samantha is a country radio insider with a deep love for the music and its stars. She can often be found on a red carpet or at a late-night guitar pull.