From Here to the Moon and Back

Album: Blue Smoke (2014)

Songfacts®:

  • Dolly Parton originally recorded and performed this song with Kris Kristofferson in the 2012 movie Joyful Noise. The following year, she re-recorded the tune with Willie Nelson. This version can be found on both Nelson's 2013 album, To All the Girls.... and Parton's 2014 set Blue Smoke.
  • Parton first met Nelson in her early days in Nashville. She told Billboard magazine: "We came here at about the same time. He had short hair, shaved, looked just like a dork. You'd never in a million years think he would have turned out to look like he does. We both started writing for Fred Foster at Combine Music and Monument Records."

    "Our careers kind of went hand in hand, from Monument to RCA, and we kept sitting around, singing each other songs that we had written over the years," Parton continued. "We did an album and TV Show called Winning Hand a few years ago where we sang some stuff together, He just stayed a good friend, and when he got ready to do his album with all the girls he loved before, he asked me if I would sing on it."
  • Dolly told Uncut magazine: "I love Willie. I love that old funky sound he gets on that guitar. But he's very hard to sing with because of his phrasing. It was like an exercise of some sort, like trying to catch him with all his little phrases and all. But it was a joy, and I'm glad we did it."

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