From the beginning of her career, Trisha Yearwood's made no bones about it: Linda Ronstadt is her musical hero.
Through the years, the two have become friends, with the renowned "You're No Good" singer recognizing the two-time CMA female vocalist of the year's talent. Yearwood even filled in as a member of the Trio with Dolly Parton and Emmylou Harris when Ronstadt couldn't make it to back up George Jones on "Where Grass Won't Grow" on 1994's "The Bradley Barn Sessions."
All told, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee Ronstadt only has one tiny beef with the best-selling author and Food Network host: she's never gotten to eat her cooking. But Yearwood is planning to fix that.
"We've been discussing it, and she was gonna come here right before all of the shutdown happened," the "XXX's and OOO's" singer told ABC Audio. "So it is gonna happen. I'm gonna get her in my house, in my kitchen, I'm gonna cook for her."
"It will happen, and I will tell you about it. I can't even believe, you know, like to say she's my friend is like, like I need a cigarette now," she joked. "You know what I mean? It's like it's really weird, but it's so wonderful."
For Yearwood, there's perhaps no better way to show her musical hero some love.
"She's been so kind to me, and to have somebody that I admire so much be so nice -- really so kind to me -- is just ... I can't even. I can't even talk about it," she marveled. "I mean, I am talking about it! But, you know, this is pretty amazing."
Meanwhile, Yearwood and husband Garth Brooks have a hit with their version of "Shallow" and her latest book, "Trisha’s Kitchen: Easy Comfort Food for Friends and Family," comes out Sept. 28.