Country music legend Dolly Parton has said she was "surprised" and "honoured" to discover Lil Nas X had covered her classic song Jolene.

The Old Town Road and Industry Baby star performed a downbeat, soulful rendition of the 1973 hit during a session for BBC Radio One's Live Lounge.

"I chose this because I feel like this song is kind of beautifully sad," he said when performing the song. "I like the little country twang, so I was like 'let me try this out'."

Reacting to the video, Parton shared a photo of her and Lil Nas X taken at the American Country Music Association Awards to Instagram and wrote: "I was so excited when someone told me that Lil Nas X had done my song "Jolene".

"I had to find it and listen to it immediately…and it’s really, really good. Of course, I love him anyway. I was surprised and I’m honored and flattered. I hope he does good for both of us. Thank you @lilnasx."

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The 75-year-old singer also shared the video of Lil Nas X's performance on her Instagram story and Twitter.

Lil Nas X responded to the high praise from Parton on Twitter, writing: "Holy s***."

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