If there’s any musician whose adoration seems to span generations, it’s Dolly Parton. Folks may argue endlessly about the Beatles vs. The Rolling Stones, the merits of Bob Dylan, or the vast superiority of the Riverbottom Nightmare Band. But while all of that jabber jawing goes on, Dolly lowkey just continues to gain new fans as time rolls on. And anyone who has a bad thing to say about her on the matters of showmanship and songwriting ability is probably trolling.
That’s why we were so delighted to stumble upon this YouTube video from a pair of 21-year-old twin brothers from Gary, Indiana getting their introduction to the crooner and Buffy producer. Posting as TwinsthenewTrend, the twins have been posting a series of videos where they listen to audience-recommended tracks for the first time. In between our searches for Muppets doing covers and deep dives into the soundtracks of Disneyland, we got recommended this clip of Tim and Fred Williams listening to Parton’s ‘Jolene’ for the first time.
There’s a certain delight that one gets when hearing that funky opening riff of the song, even after countless plays. But seeing that same reaction for the first time on both of their faces as soon as it kicks in really takes us back to our own initial hearing of it. Watching them both get into it is just an injection of pure joy.
The Williams brothers have a whole series of reaction videos. Others include the Animals’ “House of the Rising Sun,” Bon Jovi’s “Living on a Prayer,” and another one of our Parton favorites, “9 to 5.” We’re not alone in this recent discovery—their subscribers are quickly rising. And when researching them, we even discovered they just got covered by People. But this Jolene video made our day and we had a feeling you’d appreciate it too.
Are there any classic hit songs you’ve never listened to? Give them a spin and let us know how you felt about them in the comments!
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