News And Notes
Jul 29

Dollywood Presents the Great American Country Show

Great American Country Show at Dollywood

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This summer, Great American Country and Dollywood team up to present the Great American Country Show at Dolly Parton‘s Celebrity Theater. Running May 24 through October 18, the 40-minute production features six country music acts including special appearances by famous country artists and Great American Country personalities Nan Kelley from Top 20 Country Countdown, Amie and Jolie Sikes of the Junk Gypsies, and Suzanne Alexander of Great American Playlist.

Along with live performances, Dollywood offers a variety of entertainment. Test your limits on some of Dollywood’s most exciting roller coasters, like Thunderhead and Daredevil Falls, or head over to Splash Country, home of Tennessee’s first and only water coaster —RiverRush®. Younger ones can enjoy Little Creek Falls with size-appropriate slides and an activity center. See local artisans’ creations in Craftsmans Valley. They use the same techniques as early Smoky Mountain settlers to forge iron, make candles, carve wood and blow glass.

Great American Country’s stars of LogHeads own a showroom in the heart of Craftsmans Valley. Gwen and Tommy Mitchell opened Rocky Top Log Furniture in Dollywood over 20 years ago. Now, they’re back with a custom line of log furniture made exclusively for Dollywood.


LogHeads, Gwen and Tommy Mitchell

In addition to its thrilling rides and attractions, Dollywood captures the culture of the Appalachian area. Every ride speaks to a unique aspect of the mountains or the South. There is even a historically accurate schoolhouse, fully operating grist mill and working train for visitors’ enjoyment. Dolly Parton fans can also explore Dolly’s Home-on-Wheels, a perfectly maintained bus that carried Dolly across the U.S. while she was touring.



Dolly Parton, photo courtesy of Dolly Records.

You’re bound to work up an appetite after a day at Dollywood. Luckily, Aunt Granny’s serves authentic southern cuisine, buffet-style, for hungry park-goers. For an afternoon treat, Sweet Shoppe offers a variety of sweets for the chocolate lovers to the ice cream fanatics.

Great American Country also hosts Great American Country Nights at Silver Dollar City in Branson, Mo. Every night at park closing, a cast of 12 dancers and singers perform, accompanied by The Time Machine Band and hosts Shannon Thomason and Rachel Wallace.

Tune in to Great American Country for the premiere of Backstory: Dolly Parton on August 2 at 8/7c.>>


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Jul 29

Off the Map With Shannen & Holly Lets Fans Help Choose Their Adventures


Holly Marie Combs and Shannen Doherty want adventure and they need your help.

In the new original series Off the Map With Shannen & Holly, the traveling pair ask fans to help pick their adventures for their next stop, which will then appear on Great American Country in 2015. These two real-life celebrity friends travel with no agenda, visit unknown places and meet locals along the way. Great American Country follows the duo on their road trip through the southeastern United States where they explore the southern culture of Kentucky, Tennessee, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia and Florida.

Help Decide Their Next Adventure Now! >>

After her stint on Beverly Hills, 90210 Doherty co-starred with Combs as sister witches in The WB series Charmed for eight seasons. in 2010, Combs joined the Pretty Little Liars cast as the mother of Aria Montgomery, played by actress (and country artist) Lucy Hale. In their newest venture, Off the Map, these two real-life celebrity friends travel with no agenda, visit unknown places and meet locals along the way.

Their upcoming series is generating buzz on celebrity outlets like, E! News and TV Guide

“I always wanted to do something in the travel space and really explore America and all its diversity and beauty. To do that with my best friend just makes it that more special,” Doherty said.


“To travel America and see everything it has to offer, with my best friend, sounds like the perfect road trip,” adds Combs.

Help the girls choose what to do at their next stop by selecting an activity at You can also interact with the pair on Twitter using the hashtag #ShannenAndHolly.


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Jul 29

Tim McGraw Reveals More Details About His New Album

Tim McGraw's New Album - Sundown Heaven Town
Tim McGraw has revealed more details about his new album, Sundown Heaven Town, set for release on September 16. In addition to a collaboration with wife Faith Hill on his current single, “Meanwhile Back At Mama’s,” McGraw also worked with Catherine Dunn on “Diamond Rings and Old Barstools” and Kid Rock on “Lincoln Continentals and Cadillacs,” which only appears on the album’s deluxe edition.

“This album is very encompassing of everything that I’ve done in my career,” McGraw said. “I think it’s a good microcosm of what my 20 or so years in music have been, in a lot of ways. You can certainly hear parts of my career throughout all of these songs, as well as the future and where my music is headed. To me, the title of the album is all about that time where you stop doing what you have to do, and start doing what you want to do. Continue Reading


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Jul 29

Great American Country’s ‘Backstory’ Features Dolly Parton


Dolly Parton photo courtesy of Dolly Records

Dolly Parton is a world-class actress, best-selling author, dedicated philanthropist and a savvy businesswoman who’s been charting her own course for decades. But before life in the spotlight, Parton lived a humble life in the Smoky Mountains. This Saturday at 8/7c, Great American Country’s Backstory gives you an inside look at Parton’s rise to fame and her myriad endeavors as a country music star.

Many people know Parton for her music, but Dollywood is almost as much of an institution as Parton herself, especially in East Tennessee. Her theme and water parks attract thousands of visitors and celebrities every year. HGTV’s own Property Brothers visited in April with their other brother, J.D. Scott.

Whether she’s on stage, in the studio or making appearances at Dollywood, Parton never forgets her less-than-glamorous childhood. Tune in to Backstory on Saturday, August 2 at 8/7c for the complete story about country music’s sweetheart, Dolly Parton.

See Dolly Parton’s Photos, Videos and More >>

Quiz: Test your Dolly Parton Knowledge >>


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Jul 29

Alan Jackson Exhibit to Open at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum

Alan Jackson

Alan Jackson photo courtesy of Schmidt Relations.

The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum will open an exhibit celebrating Alan Jackson’s 25 years in country music on August 29. The Alan Jackson: 25 Years of Keepin’ It Country exhibit will run through March 2015. Jackson will also serve as the Museum’s next artist in residence, making him the first ever to serve in that capacity while also being the subject of an exhibit.

“This exhibit will be a rare treat for museum visitors,” Museum Director Kyle Young said. “Fans will recognize artifacts from milestone moments in Alan’s career, as well as items from his life away from the stage that are as personal as many of the songs he has penned over the years. This exhibit and his artist-in-residence shows this fall are not to be missed.” Continue Reading


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Jul 28

Luke Bryan Partners With Miller Lite to Bring Servicemen and Women to Chicago Show

Luke Bryan

Luke Bryan photo by Joseph Llanes, courtesy of Schmidt Relations.

Luke Bryan has teamed up with Miller Lite to bring 45 Army and Air Force servicemen and women to the Chicago stop on his That’s My Kind of Night Tour on August 31 at Soldier Field, all expenses paid. The text-to-win promotion will only be available in Army and Air Force Exchange Services (AAFES) stores from May through August.

“We are excited to give these incredible servicemen and -women the chance to win a truly amazing experience with Luke Bryan and Miller Lite,” Ryan Reis, Miller Lite senior director, said. “It’s an honor and privilege for Miller Lite to give back to the heroes in our armed forces.” Continue Reading


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Jul 28

Garth Brooks Adds 9 Chicago Shows, Breaks Own Ticket Record

Garth Brooks

Garth Brooks photo courtesy of Nancy Seltzer & Associates.

Garth Brooks is definitely back. Tickets for the first show of his comeback tour, set for Chicago’s Allstate Arena on September 4, went on sale Friday morning at 10 a.m. By 10:35, another show had been added to accommodate fan demand. In total, eight more shows were added, resulting in 10 total shows scheduled for Chicago.

Brooks sold a total of 180,000 tickets for his Chicago shows in under three hours. He shattered his record of 141,717 tickets,which he set in 1997 at the same venue. The upcoming dates mark the first time Brooks has performed in Chicago in 17 years. Continue Reading


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Jul 27

Taylor Swift Gives Young Fan Advice on Unrequited Love

Taylor Swift
Taylor Swift is known for her songs about love – falling in love, out of love, and everything in between. She has also been involved in some high-profile relationships with the likes of Jake Gyllenhaal, John Mayer and Harry Styles. So, when a young fan reached out to her via Instagram for relationship advice, Swift offered her some sage words of wisdom.

“@taylorswift can you give me some advice maybe. I love you,” wrote Hannah, who went on to explain that she was in love with a guy who had a girlfriend and would never like her back. After complimenting Hannah’s eyes, Swift addressed Hannah’s heart.

“About this guy,” she wrote. “I think we grow up thinking the only love that counts as true love is the kind that lasts forever or is fully realized. When you have a broken heart, the first thing a stranger will ask is ‘how long were you two together?’ As if your pain can be determined by how long you were with someone. Or if you were with them at all. I don’t think that’s how it works. I think unrequited love is just as valid as any other kind. It’s just as crushing and just as thrilling. Continue Reading


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Jul 27

Randy Travis to Release Influences Vol. 2: The Man I Am on August 19

Randy Travis

Randy Travis photo courtesy of Webster & Associates.

Randy Travis will release Influence Vol. 2: The Man I Am on August 19. The album follows last year’s Influence Vol. 1: The Man I Am, which included songs by Travis’ musical heroes Merle Haggard, George Jones, Waylon Jennings and Lefty Frizzell, among others. Vol. 2 follows in the same vein.

“We had such a great time putting together Influence Vol. 1, but there were still so many musical heroes of yesteryear that I learned from and wanted to honor,” Travis said in a press release. “We had no choice but to release a second volume. The influence that the older, great ones had on me, and the influence that I may, somehow, have on the ones that come along after me, is God’s way of allowing us to pay it forward. It is my prayer answered — and, His will done — it is what makes me ‘the man I am.’” Continue Reading


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Jul 26

Dolly Parton’s Blue Smoke – The Best Of Certified Gold

Dolly Parton

Dolly Parton photo courtesy of Dolly Records.

Dolly Parton has struck Gold once more. Her Blue Smoke – The Best Of collection has been certified Gold in the United Kingdom for sales of more than 500,000. The collection includes her latest album, Blue Smoke, as well as a second album of some of her biggest hits.

“Dolly could not be any happier,” her manager Danny Nozell said. “She has worked very hard over the past several years to create the momentum that we have going. Everyone at Dolly Records and Sony Music has done an outstanding job with making Dolly’s new music available, and the sales prove it.” Continue Reading


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