Dollywood Festival of Nations


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Each year Dollywood host a unique event called The Festival of Nations. Artist come from countries like Zambia, Ireland, Ecuador, and China to perform music and other talent acts. 

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The streets of the park are filled with international markets. Even food vendors cook up dishes from foreign lands like Germany and Jamaica. Aside from the shopping and street circus’s, there is traditional Dollywood entertainment that features breathtaking roller-coasters and the majestic views of the Great Smoky Mountains. Dollywood’s newest ride, The Wild Eagle, is the very first winged roller coaster in North America. It speeds over 60 mph and not only does it have massive drops, but the loops are on the edge of a cut out mountain, making it twice as hard to man-up. 

If you’re an adrenaline and heights junkie, check out the zip line. It features 5 treks with lengths up to nearly 1,000 feet. (This event does require an extra fee). Image

Also, Check out the Friend’s of Dolly Fountain. The gorgeous fountain is adorned with stars that hold the names of celebrity Country and Gospel singers who’ve performed or visited the park. In the winter it’s drained and filled with a gigantic flickering Christmas Tree. 

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Who Wears Short Shorts?


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Aiming to look hot this summer? Add a pair of these cut offs to your wardrobe to spice things up. We’ve got just about every style covered. Take a look at Carrie Underwood’s favorite clothing: Shorts. She’s often admitted that her legs are her best asset.

For more information on any of the items, scroll down to see see store and price.

photo credit: Who dated who.com

summer shorts


Hollister Co strapless shirt
$40 – hollisterco.com

Frock Frill oversized blouse
£35 – bankfashion.co.uk

Joseph plaid button down shirt
$350 – boutique1.com

J Brand denim shorts
£106 – farfetch.com

Denim short shorts
£30 – republic.co.uk

Hollister Co. cotton shorts
$40 – hollisterco.com

Carvela Kurt Geiger heel pumps
£49 – kurtgeiger.com

AllSaints leather lace up boots
$295 – allsaints.com

Toast ballet flat shoes
£85 – toast.co.uk

Vince Camuto gold jewelry
$88 – vincecamuto.com

Orly Genger green jewelry
$94 – glam-net.com

Crystal jewelry
lanebryant.com

ASOS flower hair accessory
$11 – asos.com


Who Will Win ACM Entertainer Of The Year: You Decide!


This year put your mark on country music by choosing your favorite artist for both Entertianer and New Entertainer of the Year. All you have to do is go to CBS.com and place your ballot.

The nominees?

Entertainer if the Year:

Blake Shelton, Taylor Swift (the only female), Brad Paisley, Jason Aldean, or Kenny Chesney

New Artist of the Year:

Brantley Gilbert, Hunter Hayes or American Idol winner, Scottie McCreery

CMA 2012 Hall Of Fame Inductees


This year the Country Music Association elected three members to the CMA Hall of Fame. Hargus “Pig” Robbins was the first to be inducted with his award winning talents as a musician. Robbins played both the keyboard and piano. He played for legends such as Conway Twitty, George Jones, and Alan Jackson. Pig is now 74 years old.

The next to be inducted was singer/song writer/ muscian Connie Smith. Connie’s first single “Once a Day” went to number 1 on Billboard Magazines Hot list and stayed for 8 weeks. Connie is both a Country and Gospel singer and the wife of Country Music singer Marty Stuart.

Lastly, Garth Brooks has been added to the CMA Hall of Fame. Garth is now 50 years old and from Oklahoma. His highest honor is being the best selling album artist in the USA. His nearest rival is The Beatles, who are behind by 5 millon album sales.

Tim Tebow and Taylor Swift?


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Yesterday “page 6” of the New York Post reported that Taylor Swift and Tim Tebow were spotted on a date. The couple were actually amongst a group of friends while dinning. After dinner though, Tim was seen being quite the gentlemen by escorting Taylor to her car.

Does this mean Taylor and Tim are a couple? Almost everyone has an opinion about the possible blooming relationship. Both have a rare spotless reputation and both posses talent and success. If there were ever a Hollywood match made in heaven, this could be it.

Are We Still Mad At The Dixie Chicks?


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The Dixie Chicks are a band made up of three women, Natalie Maines (lead singer), and sisters Emily and Martie Erwin. The band initially started back in 1989 with a different lead singer but became a household name in the late 90’s with Natalie as the lead. The Dixie Chicks were extremely popular at their peak earning 10 CMA awards and an astonishing 13 Grammy’s. Some of their most popular songs were “Cowboy Take Me Away“, “Landslide”, and “Without You”.

The Dixie Chicks fame began to take a turn in 2003, when they were touring in London at the time the U.S. called for war against Iraq. On stage, Natalie Maines, told their english fans that they were on the “good” side with them and added that they were ashamed the President of the United States (George W.Bush) was from Texas. Natalie’s statement immediately hit the newsstands and patriotic Country music fans took notice. Toby Keith had a poster made of Natalie Maines with Sadam Hussein and hung it behind him on stage during his tour “Shockin’ Yall” (according to wikipedia).

Toby Keith and the Dixie Chicks declared a political war. At the Academy of Country Music awards, the Chicks fired back at Toby Keith. Natalie performed in a white T-shirt that said F.U.T.K. Although it was later confirmed the shirt stood for F.U. Toby Keith, The Chicks claimed it stood for “Freedom, United, Together in Kindness”.

During the war between Toby Keith and The Dixie Chicks, radio stations took sides and began to boycott The Dixie Chicks all-together. Americans were in a very emotional state after September 11th and Country music fans are traditionally both conservative and patriotic. One of The Dixie Chicks final songs was called “Not Ready To Make Nice“. The song spoke volumes and was even performed at the Grammy’s.

Lyrics to Not Ready To Make Nice
I’ve paid a price and I’ll keep paying, I’m not ready to make nice I’m not ready to back down, I’m mad as hell and I don’t have time to go round and round and round. It’s too late to make it right, I probably wouldn’t if I could cause I’m mad as hell and I can’t bring myself to do what it is you think I should…I made my bed and I sleep like a baby with no regrets and no I don’t mind sayin, It’s a sad sad story when a mother will teach her daughter that she ought to hate a perfect stranger, and how in the world can the words I said send somebody so over the edge that they’d write me a letter sayin that I better shut up and sing or my life will be over…

It’s been 9 years since The Dixie Chicks made their initial statement about being ashamed of the President but no forgiveness has been offered. The Dixie Chicks traded their fame and success for their personal and political beliefs. They stuck to their word and never backed down or apologized, but neither did we.

After four years without work, sisters Emily and Martie started their own duo called Court Yard Hounds. They offer a folksy more mellow country sound. To listen to their music check out vevo,youtube or itunes.

 

Riverbend Music Festival 2012


Riverbend is one of the largest music festivals in the South, accommodating fans of all genres. Each June, for 9 days straight, the stages are blaring, the river’s full of boaters and the roads and bridges are covered with thousands of pedestrians. A mist all the music, there’s fried food, beer, fireworks, and vendors. There’s room for the healthy too, a Race sponsored by Bluecross Blueshield and plenty of things to walk to (including your car, parked far far away).

Riverbend 2012 is featuring several Country music and Bluegrass bands this year, including Eric Church and The Band Perry. The star of the show, Lauren Alaina, is from the Chattanooga area ( North Georgia). Riverbend 2012 will also feature Christian Praise and Worship artist Chris Tomlin and the classic Rock band Foreigner.

General admission to the festival is bought at Kangaroo Filling stations in the form of a collectable pin. The pin is worn on your clothing to get through the gate, these pins are a part of the Riverbend culture and tradition. Each year the pin features a new design. “Star passes” are also available by calling 423-756-2211. Star Passes allow admission holders reserved up-front seating at the main Coca-Cola stage.

For more information and a list of the complete Line-up visit http://www.riverbendfestival.com

Riverbend is June 8-16th on the river, downtown Chattanooga Tennessee.

Honky Tonk Headliners: Love and Theft, The Lunabelles, and Joey+Rory


This week’s headliners aren’t single, they’re all part of at least a duo. Our first featured group is Love and Theft. Love and Theft has a huge following in the Honky Tonk world. This is the first year they’re being recognized by Nashville as legitimate rising stars. Love and Theft were nominated by the Academy of Country Music for ‘Duo of the Year’ . They also just released a new video to CMT and GAC this month. You can check out Love and Theft on vevo or youtube.

Lunabelles

The Lunbabelles are a group of sisters, Olivia, Dominique, and Gabriela Acerio. They’re very new to Country music and only have one single (BNA Records) called ‘A Place To Shine’. Despite being raised in New York they have a very traditional Country sound.
You can also listen to their music on vevo or youtube.

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Joey and Rory are a husband wife duo from Potsville, Tennessee. You may recognize them from the show “Can You Duet”. The duo won third place and a record deal in 2007. Rory is also an award winning songwriter, he wrote ‘A Little More Country Than That”, ” Some Beach” and many others. Check out their unique online store where they sell Vinyls of their 2nd album. http://www.joeyandrory.com

Nashville Fashion: Layering It Up For This Crazy Weather!


The weather in Tennessee has been a bit crazy this winter. It’s February and the temperatures ranging 40-80 degrees. Make sure you’re ready for any type of weather by laying on the layers. Here are a few outfits we put together for pre-Spring.

Layers

 


Thakoon Addition silk tank
$290 – joanshepp.com

Bustier shirt
allyfashion.com

All Saints leather jacket
$495 – allsaints.com

TEXTILE Elizabeth and James embroidery jacket
£280 – net-a-porter.com

Dsquared distressed skinny jeans
£319 – farfetch.com

Current/Elliott cropped skinny jeans
£165 – the-dressingroom.com

Le Silla tan sandals
$1,070 – stylebop.com

Koolaburra black boots
$224 – shopthetrendboutique.com

Mango high heel boots
£80 – mango.com

Stud earrings
$839 – macys.com

Dannijo jewelry
$320 – stylebop.com

Supertrash leather jewelry
€25 – welikefashion.com

€6 – monki.com

Jessie James, The New American Outlaw


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Jessie James (aka Jessica Rose James) is a rising Country star, but not the cookie cutter kind. she was born in Italy and raised in Georgia. She maximizes sex appeal and sometimes abandons stringed instruments all together. So what makes Jessie James country? She makes Jessie James country.

Like many Country singers, Jessie knew from a young age that she wanted to sing. She tried (unsuccessfully) to snag a nashville record deal. Soon she was introduced to YellowDog Records, an independent record company, and began her career as a singer. She was eventually signed to Mercury Records who portrayed her as more of a pop singer. Her album sent off a confusing message with both pop and rock songs, appealing only to a few. Stedfast, Jessie talked her way back to country. With a spruced up image her songs are more crossover and less one song country and one song pop.

Jessie recently released her newest single ‘When You Say My Name‘. She also performed at the halftime show for the Broncos v. Steelers playoff game. She may have been an outlaw and outcast, but that same spirit gave her a second chance.

You can hear Jessie’s music at iTunes or Amazon. Learn more about the gorgeous Jessie James at http://www.thisisjessiejames.com.