For days, everywhere on social media you could not miss the announcement of this mega event put together by Dolly Parton. Millions watched “Smoky Mountains Rise: A Benefit for the My People Fund” telethon and millions were raised. The telethon, broadcast on GAC, AXS-TV, RFD and The Heartland Network Tuesday, received huge donations from music stars like Taylor Swift, Kenny Chesney, Chris Stapleton, Chris Young, Paul Simon and Dierks Bentley but also from families across the country who just want to give the people of Dolly’s home area a hand up in the tragic wildfires. ... read more!
When Dolly Parton gets her mind set on something it’s go big or go home. Her upcoming, “Smoky Mountains Rise: A Benefit for the My People Fund” is a prime example. Several famous names have been added to the growing list of celebrities set to perform during the event on Tuesday, Dec. 13 at 8 p.m. (EST). Chris Stapleton, Chris Young, Big & Rich, Michael W. Smith, Amy Grant, LOCASH, Chris Janson and Montgomery Gentry are just a few of the new names added to perform during the event. Previously confirmed were Reba McEntire, Kenny Rogers and Alison Krauss. ... read more!
The anticipation for Grammy nominations has become a spectacular event. Well at least that is how I view it. With the list of Country nods today and a big presence of female artists it’s safe to say the genre IS recognized. Maren Morris led all Country artists with four Grammy nominations, including Country Album (“Hero”), Country Solo Performance, and Best Country Song (“My Church”). Maren and Kelsea Ballerini are included in the overall Best New Artist category, competing with The Chainsmokers. Chance The Rapper and Anderson. Paak. (I am officially lost with those artists) ... read more!
The Christmas spirit is in full swing now as well as the movie selections. Jennifer Nettles, Ricky Schroder, and Gerald McCraney will co-star in the upcoming holiday movie “Dolly Parton’s Christmas of Many Colors: Circle of Love” airing Wednesday, Nov. 30 at 9 p.m. ET/PT with Dolly Parton making a special guest appearance. ... read more!
Rebel Engine Entertainment recording artist Stephanie Quayle’s music video for “Drinking With Dolly” premiered November 8th on CMT and I have hit play on it at least once a day since then. The video portrays a young Stephanie growing up listening to her a.m. radio and follows her journey to a present-day artist readying for the big stage. There is something about the simplicity of this that makes it a perfect Music Video Monday feature. ... read more!
For a total Christmas lover like me, the fact that there were so many Christmas records being released this year was very exciting! Christmas came early, or at least that’s what I was thinking when the announcements first came out. We expect a Christmas album to either be moving and done with reverence, or fun, jolly, and enjoyable, or a little bit of both. Jennifer Nettles’ entered the picture with her record and gave us what we needed. ... read more!