Nashville Mayor Megan Barry Proclaims January 10th Ray Stevens Day

Nashville Mayor Megan Barry Proclaims January 10th Ray Stevens Day

Today was the VIP Opening of Ray Stevens new music venue, CabaRay, in Nashville. In honor of the occasion and of Stevens’ many accomplishments, Nashville Mayor Megan Barry declared today, January 10th, as Ray Stevens Day. Read on to get all of the details about CabaRay.
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Cory Luetjen On The International Blues Challenge, Delbert McClinton & Grassroots Marketing

Cory Luetjen On The International Blues Challenge, Delbert McClinton & Grassroots Marketing

You guys know that I write mostly about country music and classic rock. After all, these are my areas of “expertise.” However, I like all kinds of music. So, when I woke up Sunday to find a Facebook invitation to go catch a blues band that I was unfamiliar with live in Greensboro, I was all about it. Blues? Yes! Go experience all the music, I say. So, my friend Ronda and I rolled down to Greensboro to catch Cory Luetjen and the Traveling Blues Band, and they were really great! And, I have to say, the suits they wore while they played – quite dapper. Is that a blues thing? If so, I dig it. I got to talk to Cory at the show and realized that he has a really interesting story to share, too. Read on to learn more.
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Ray Stevens’ CabaRay Set To Open 1/18 In Nashville

Ray Stevens' CabaRay Set To Open 1/18 In Nashville

Ray Stevens is opening a new music venue in Nashville this month called CabaRay. If you are a big fan of the “Mississippi Squirrel Revival” singer like I am, you will definitely want to check this out. Ray Stevens Cabaray tickets are on sale now at raystevenscabaray.com or by calling 615-327-4630. Get all of the details about the new music venue below.
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Mel Tillis Public Memorial Service Set For 1/31 At The Ryman

Mel Tillis Public Memorial Service Set For 1/31 At The Ryman

2017 brought many things and one of those was the passing of the legendary Mel Tillis. There will be a public memorial service for anyone wishing to pay their respects to the late Tillis at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium on January 31st. If you would like to attend, read further to get all the details about the Mel Tillis public memorial service.

Mel Tillis Public Memorial Service Set For 1/31 At The Ryman

The Tillis family has announced details for a public memorial service for the late Mel Tillis. On Wednesday, January 31 at 10:00 a.m., family, friends, fans, and music industry colleagues, will gather at Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium to honor the life and career of the Country Music Hall of Famer.

A slew of country stars will perform some of Tillis’ most memorable career songs. Those scheduled to take the stage include Ricky Skaggs, Ray Stevens, Larry Gatlin & the Gatlin Brothers, Brenda Lee, Alison Krauss with the Street Corner Symphony, Jamey Johnson, Collin Raye, Daryle Singletary, Lorrie Morgan, Ira Dean, Pam Tillis, Sonny Tillis, and Carrie April Tillis. The Statesiders, Tillis’ band, will accompany select performances.

The event is free and open to the public.

Following a lengthy struggle to regain his health, country music legend Mel Tillis passed away on November 19, 2017, at the Munroe Regional Medical Center in Ocala, Florida. Tillis battled intestinal issues since early 2016 and never fully recovered. He was 85.

About Mel Tillis

Lonnie Melvin Tillis was born in Tampa, Florida on August 8, 1932. Throughout his 60+ year career, the Grand Ole Opry member recorded more than 60 albums, had 35 Top Ten singles, six #1 hits (“I Ain’t Never,” “Coca-Cola Cowboy,” “Southern Rains,” “Good Woman Blues,” “Heart Healer,” and “I Believe In You”), was named CMA (Country Music Association) Entertainer of the Year in 1976, and was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame the same year. Tillis was elected a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2007. He wrote over 1,000 songs, 600 of which have been recorded by major artists including Kenny Rogers (“Ruby, Don’t You Take Your Love To Town”), George Strait (“Thoughts Of A Fool”), and Ricky Skaggs (“Honey, Open That Door”). Broadcast Music Inc. (BMI) named Tillis Songwriter of the Decade for two decades. In February of 2012 President Obama awarded Tillis the National Medal of Arts.

Dolly Parton’s Dinner Attractions Auditions: August 14-15 In Nashville

Dolly Parton’s Dinner Attractions Auditions: August 14-15 In Nashville

How fun would it be to work at one of Dolly Parton’s dinner attractions? Well, if you are unlike me and can actually sing and/or dance, this might be just what you have been looking for. Head out to Nashville and audition for Dolly Parton’s dinner attractions August 14-15. And if you make the cut, make sure to let us know in the comments or on social media! How cool would that be?
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Dollywood’s Splash Country Debuts New Family Slide, TailSpin Racer

Dollywood's Splash Country Debuts New Family Slide, TailSpin Racer

I have some exciting news to share with you from Dollywood’s Splash Country. This weekend they debuted a brand new five-story tall racing slide complex called the TailSpin Racer. For the park’s 17th season, Dollywood’s Splash Country is pulling out all the stops with this new ride at the front of the park as well as other fabulous park upgrades.
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Ricky Skaggs To Be Honored At Country Music Hall Of Fame And Museum

Ricky Skaggs To Be Honored At Country Music Hall Of Fame & Museum

For as long as I can remember, Ricky Skaggs has been a staple in a great music collection. He really helped pioneer the country and bluegrass music that we listen to today. So, it’s no surprise that all of his influence and creativity will be acknowledged in a special program at the Country Music Hall Of Fame And Museum on May 13th.
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Tennessee To Honor Darryl Worley With Joint Resolution

Tennessee To Honor Darryl Worley With Joint Resolution

My cousin and I used to listen to the song, “I Miss My Friend” by Darryl Worley on repeat. Over and over. It was one of our favorite songs for the longest time and I still haven’t tired of it. And I don’t think I have ever met a person familiar with, “Have You Forgotten?” that didn’t love the song. Besides writing and performing beautiful music, Darryl Worley is also widely known for his charitable contributions. That is why I am glad to share with you today that the state of Tennessee will soon honor Darryl Worley specifically for his charitable work.
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Dolly Parton’s Smoky Mountain Adventures Show To Open This May

Dolly Parton's Smoky Mountain Adventures Show To Open This May

Recently we shared with you about how Pigeon Forge’s Lumberjack Adventure would soon be rebranding. Now we have more information about what Dolly Parton has in mind for the new show centered around her life in the Smoky Mountains. Check out what we know now about the new dinner attraction in Pigeon Forge, TN.
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Dollywood Celebrates Year Of The Family In 2017

Dollywood Celebrates Year Of The Family In 2017

As many of you know, Dollywood is one of my favorite places to vacation. I try to get there at least a couple times a year. As a matter of fact, we visited there last month. I can now check one off the list for the year. ;) This year, Dollywood has some specials things for you as Dollywood celebrates Year of the Family. Check out the details and let me know what you are most excited about in the comments below.
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