Cyrus recorded ‘Jolene’ this summer (2012) as part of her so-called ‘Backyard Sessions’, during which the singer brought together her band to perform stripped back versions of her favourite songs. ‘Jolene’ was written and originally recorded by Cyrus’s godmother Dolly Parton.
Released as a single in 1976, it became Parton’s first UK Top Ten hit. Since then, ‘Jolene’ has become one of Parton’s signature songs and been covered by artists including The White Stripes, Laura Marling and even The Sisters Of Mercy.
Cyrus, 20, has never been afraid of picking an unexpected track to cover. During her 2011 arena tour, she regularly performed Gorillaz‘ ‘On Melancholy Hill’, drawing a less than rapturous response from the band’s fans. She has also tackled classics by Nirvana, Fleetwood Mac, Poison and Joan Jett.
The pop singer is currently recording her fourth studio album with Pharrell Williams. Earlier this month (December 2012), Williams promised that the album will be “nowhere near what you think”, teasing that it is “sounding interesting”.