updated 03/17/2008 AT 12:00 PM ET
•originally published 03/17/2008 AT 1:00 PM ET
It’s not just the tweens who love Miley Cyrus: The Disney channel star has a fan in Dolly Parton. “That little Miley Cyrus … she’s like a little Elvis,” the country luminary says in a new interview with AOL Music. “The kids love her because she’s Hannah Montana, but what people don’t realize about her is she is such a fantastic singer and songwriter. She writes songs like she’s 40 years old! She’s really deep.
“And I think that she’s gonna have a big career after that show is off the air,” Parton continues. “I know I’m partial, because she’s my goddaughter. But I’m amazed at the talent that child has and the effect she has on people.”
And Parton, 62, who released her latest album Backwoods Barbie on Feb. 26, is clamoring for a little attention – specifically radio play – herself. “Get Dolly Parton back on the radio! Get me back on mainstream,” she says, when asked what she would change about the music industry. Continues the singer, laughing: “Stop this attitude that older people ain’t any good anymore! We’re as good as we ever were – if we ever were any good.”
– Brian Orloff
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