Ruthie Collins - “DEAR DOLLY”, AN OPEN LETTER TO DOLLY PARTON, MAKES CMT WORLD VIDEO PREMIERE TODAY, JULY 29
Curb Records' rising star Ruthie Collins and CMT teamed up to premiere Collins’ newest music video, “Dear Dolly” today.
The song, originally written by Ruthie, Natalie Stovall and Jessica Roadcap is self-described as “an open letter to Dolly Parton.” The song’s inspiration was formed during the writing session as several discussed the daily struggles of pursuing their dreams. “When we wrote this song, one of us was having a challenging day of being a female vocalist in this town, and one of us had gotten some information about the release of our record that we weren’t too excited about,” admitted Collins, saying that “The excuse was the gender. That got us a little fired up, and we were a little bit frustrated. We didn’t know where to turn. This was about three or four years ago, and it just seemed like the state of Nashville at the time. There was nobody that we could reach out to for inspiration. One of us said, ‘I wish we could write a letter to Dolly Parton. She’s seen it all.”
The song’s deeply personal lyrics read, "You don’t know me at all. I didn’t know who to write, I didn’t know who to call. They say it’s a man’s world, and it’s not that I’m not good enough, but nobody wants to hear little songs from a girl. I’ll keep singing my heart out…because that’s what you would do if it were you, Dear Dolly."
No matter life’s circumstances, Collins believes any woman can find something in the song that resonates. “The inspirational message is to guide all girls of any age to pursue your dreams regardless of obstacles,” said Collins.
Ruthie Collins was recently named as one of CMT’s Next Women of Country, which launched in 2013 to give more attention and airplay to emerging female artists. The franchise was a precursor to acclaim for a number of artists on its roster, and subsequently spawned two female-fueled tours in 2015 and 2016.
Hard at work finishing, writing and co-producing her debut album, “Ruthie Collins’ music is both a showcase for the richly interwoven clarity that is always a hallmark of great Country Music, and a surprisingly bold lesson in how to arrange and produce that music” (Huffington Post).
Collin’s multi-faceted artistry is on display with her love affair with all things vintage, carefully weaving in and out her musical passions along the way. Fans often find new music peppered within clever social media videos including 30 second DIY projects or her successful Pinterest Pass or Fail Series.