Dolly Parton is one of many household names that recently put a tropical twist on a classic course. The platinum-selling performer teamed up with world-renowned Jamaican musicians – Positive Vibrations – to transform her 1978 smash hit “Two doors down” to an airy tune.
The reimagined reggae song filled with fast tempo beats and lively horns live on a new compilation titled “Country Goes Reggae.” The smooth island-inspired single is one of 11 tunes on the project, which was released on July 22. Parton took to Twitter late Monday (July 25) night to express her excitement about the collaboration and highlight the talented entertainers behind Positive Vibrations.
To say I’m proud of the Country Goes Reggae album with Positive Vibrations would definitely be an understatement. So many wonderful artists, so many wonderful songs and such great arrangements! pic.twitter.com/GrlmifRq9B
— Dolly Parton (@DollyParton) 26 July 2022
“To say I’m proud of the Country Goes Reggae album with Positive Vibrations would definitely be an understatement. So many wonderful artists, so many wonderful songs and such an amazing arrangement!” shared Parton. “I know people will love this album forever and I really hope you enjoy my song ‘Two Doors Down,'” she added.
Country music fans fired back with positive praise.
“This is amazing. Love it,” one follower shared. “Positive Dolly vibes! What an amazing vocal!!” said another.
Parton’s original “Two doors down” served as the second single from her critically acclaimed record, “Here you come again.” The powerful vocalist and savvy songwriter penned the famous lyrics when she once felt down in the dumps. In her 2020 hardcover”Dolly Parton, songwriter: My life in lyrics,” she explained the inspiration behind the story.
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Within the pages of that top-notch novel, Parton revealed that she was on a “liquid protein” diet. The singer went on to state that she stayed back from dinner while her band mingled over delicious “fried clams” at a Howard Johnson hotel.
“The band was down there in the restaurant. I could hear them laughing and talking. I was in my room because I couldn’t go down there to eat. I remember just feeling so sorry for myself in this lonely room while they had a party,” Parton wrote. “Well, I can’t eat. I can’t just sit here and feel sorry for myself. Why don’t I just write a song?”
That same night, the tale of a woman rebounding with a man at a party “Two Doors Down” was born. Despite the dubious narrative, Positive Vibrations managed to place a happy flair on the piece with lively musical elements. The swing-worthy beat is destined to be played on summer playlists across the country.
Other fan favorite tunes on the album include – “Eyes on You” featuring Chase Rice, Jimmy Allen’s “Make Me Want To”, “Red Solo Cup” by Toby Keith, Alexandra Kay’s “Ready to Drive”, “I Like the Sound of That” by Rascal Flatts and more. Producers Christian and Frank Berman [The Berman Brothers] and Ron Oehl came up with the idea of a trip to Negril, Jamaica in 2019.
“The idea for ‘Country Goes Reggae’ came on a trip to Negril, Jamaica in 2019, when the brothers were sitting at a beach bar at sunset listening to Reggae classics while a car drove by blasting American country songs,” a press release read . “The mix of different styles and cultures, they knew the two worlds would blend together perfectly.”
To make their idea a reality, they paired the best Jamaican musicians and engineers [Positive Vibrations] with the biggest stars in country music. In less than three years, the group created a timeless collection.
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Positive Vibrations’ “Country Goes Reggae” Tracklist:
1. “Eyes on You” feat. Chase Rice
2. “Make Me Want To” feat. Jimmy Allen
3. “Red Solo Cup” feat. Toby Keith
4. “I Like the Sound of That” feat. Rascal Flatts
5. “Two Doors Down” feat. Dolly Parton
6. “Smile” feat. Uncle Kracker
7. “Things a Man Oughta Know” feat. Lainey Wilson
8. “Boots On” feat. Randy Houser
9. “Pass It On” feat. Alabama
10. “Ready to Run” feat. Alexandra Kay
11. “Save It For A Rainy Day” feat. Landon Parker