Dolly Parton – Dumplin’
Dolly Parton and a host of all-star collaborators released the soundtrack to the highly anticipated Netflix film, Dumplin’.
Featuring exceptional guests including Sia, Elle King, Mavis Staples, Miranda Lambert, Willa Amai, Rhonda Vincent, Alison Krauss, Macy Gray, and DOROTHY, as well as cameos by Dumplin’ stars Danielle Macdonald and Jennifer Aniston, the project was produced by GRAMMY nominee Linda Perry.
Dumplin’ (Macdonald) is the teenage daughter of a former beauty queen (Aniston), who signs up for her mom’s pageant as a protest that escalates when other contestants follow her footsteps, revolutionizing the pageant and their small Texas town. The film stars Macdonald (Bird Box, Patti Cake$) and Aniston (Upcoming Murder Mystery, Horrible Bosses, Marley and Me), in addition to Odeya Rush (Lady Bird, Goosebumps), Dove Cameron (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Liv and Maddie, Descendants), and Harold Perrineau (Claws, Lost) and is directed by Anne Fletcher (The Proposal, 27 Dresses).
Screenwriter Kristin Hahn wrote the adaptation of Julie Murphy’s No. 1 New York Times bestselling novel of the same name. Producers include A Cota Films and 50 Degrees Entertainment Presentation – Michael Costigan (American Gangster, A Bigger Splash, Brokeback Mountain, Ghost in the Shell), Hahn (The Switch, Cake), Mohamed AlRafi (Above Suspicion, Lying and Stealing), and Trish Hofmann (Gringo, Get On Up). Executive producers are Aniston and Danny Nozell.
Dumplin’ will release on Netflix on December 7.
It’s difficult to find a country performer who has moved from her country roots to international fame more successfully than Dolly Parton. Her autobiographical single “Coat of Many Colors” shows the poverty of growing up one of 12 children on a rundown farm in Locust Ridge, Tennessee. At 12 years old, she was appearing on Knoxville television; at 13 she was recording on a small label and appearing on the Grand Ole Opry. Her 1967 hit “Dumb Blonde” (which she’s not) caught Porter Wagoner’s ear, and he hired Parton to appear on his television show, where their duet numbers became famous. By the time her “Joshua” reached number one in 1970, Parton’s fame had overshadowed her boss’, and she had struck out on her own, though she still recorded duets with him. During the mid-’70s, she established herself as a country superstar, crossing over into the pop mainstream in the early ’80s, when she smoothed out the rough edges in her music and began singing pop as well as country. In the early ’80s, she also began appearing in movies, most notably the hit 9 to 5. Though her savvy marketing, image manipulation (her big dumb blond stage persona is an act), extracurricular forays into film, and flirtations with country-pop have occasionally overshadowed her music, at her core Parton is a country gal and a tremendously gifted singer/songwriter. Among her classics are “Coat of Many Colors,” “Jolene,” “Kentucky Gambler,” “I Will Always Love You,” “But You Know I Love You,” and “Tennessee Homesick Blues,” and they give a hint as to why her contribution to bringing country music to a wide audience, not only in America but throughout the world, cannot be overestimated.
The fourth of 12 children, Parton was born and raised in Locust Ridge, Tennessee, just next to the Smoky Mountains National Forest. Parton’s family struggled to survive throughout her childhood, and she was often ridiculed for her poverty, yet music soothed their worries. Though her farming father did not play, her half-Cherokee mother played guitar and her grandfather, Rev. Jake Owens, was a fiddler and songwriter (his “Singing His Praise” was recorded by Kitty Wells). When she was seven, her uncle Bill Owens gave her a guitar, and within three years, she became a regular on WIVK Knoxville’s The Cas Walker Farm and Home Hour. Over the next two years, her career steadily increased, and in 1959 she made her debut on the Grand Ole Opry; the following year, she recorded her first single, “Puppy Love,” for Goldband.
When she was 14 years old, Parton signed to Mercury Records, but her 1962 debut for the label, “It’s Sure Gonna Hurt,” was a bomb, and the label immediately dropped her. Over the next five years, she shopped for a new contract and did indeed record a number of songs, which were later reissued through budget-line records. She continued to attend high school, playing snare drum in the marching band. After she graduated, she moved to Nashville, where she stayed with Bill Owens. Both songwriters pitched songs across Nashville with no success, and Parton began singing on demos. Early in 1965, both Parton and Owens finally found work when Fred Foster signed them to his publishing house, Combine Music; Foster subsequently signed her to Monument Records. Parton’s first records for Monument were marketed to pop audiences, and her second record, “Happy, Happy Birthday Baby,” nearly made the charts. In 1966, Bill Phillips took two of Parton’s and Owens’ songs – “Put It Off Until Tomorrow” and “The Company You Keep” – to the Top Ten, setting the stage for Parton’s breakthrough single, “Dumb Blonde.” Released early in 1967, the record climbed to number 24, followed shortly afterward by the number 17 “Something Fishy.”
The two hit Monument singles attracted the attention of country star Porter Wagoner, who was looking to hire a new female singer for his syndicated television show. Parton accepted the offer and began appearing on the show on September 5, 1967. Initially, Wagoner’s audience was reluctant to warm to Parton and chanted for Norma Jean, the singer she replaced, but with Wagoner’s assistance, she was accepted. Wagoner also convinced his label, RCA, to sign Parton. Since female performers were not particularly popular in the late ’60s, the label decided to protect their investment by releasing her first single as a duet with Wagoner. Their first single, “The Last Thing on My Mind,” reached the country Top Ten early in 1968, launching a six-year streak of virtually uninterrupted Top Ten singles. Parton’s first solo single, “Just Because I’m a Woman,” was released in the summer of 1968 and was a moderate hit, reaching number 17. For the remainder of the decade, none of her solo efforts – even “In the Good Old Days (When Times Were Bad),” which would later become a standard – were as successful as her duets. The duo was named Vocal Group of the Year in 1968 by the Country Music Association, but Parton’s solo records were continually ignored. Wagoner and Parton were both frustrated by her lack of solo success because he had a significant financial stake in her future; as of 1969, he was her co-producer and owned nearly half of the publishing company Owepar.
By 1970, Porter had her sing Jimmie Rodgers’ “Mule Skinner Blues (Blue Yodel No. 8),” a gimmick that worked. The record shot to number three on the charts followed closely by her first number-one single, “Joshua.” For the next two years, she had a number of solo hits – including her signature song “Coat of Many Colors” (number four, 1971) – in addition to her duets. Though she had successful singles, none of them were blockbusters until “Jolene” reached number one in early 1974. Parton stopped traveling with Wagoner after its release, yet she continued to appear on television and sing duets with him until 1976.
Once she left Wagoner, Parton’s records became more eclectic and diverse, ranging from the ballad “I Will Always Love You” (number one, 1974) and the racy “The Bargain Store” (number one, 1975) to the crossover pop of “Here You Come Again” (number one, 1977) and the disco experiments of “Baby I’m Burning” (number 25 pop, 1978). From 1974 to 1980, she consistently charted in the country Top Ten, with no less than eight singles reaching number one. Parton had her own syndicated television show, Dolly, in 1976, and by the next year had gained the right to produce her own albums, which immediately resulted in diverse efforts like 1977’s New Harvest…First Gathering. In addition to her own hits during the late ’70s, many artists, from Rose Maddox and Kitty Wells to Olivia Newton-John, Emmylou Harris, and Linda Ronstadt, covered her songs, and her siblings Randy and Stella received recording contracts of their own.
Though she was quite popular, Parton became a genuine superstar in 1977, when the Barry Mann/Cynthia Weil song “Here You Come Again” became a huge crossover hit, reaching number three on the pop charts, spending five weeks at the top of the country charts, and going gold. Its accompanying album went platinum and the follow-up, Heartbreaker, went gold. Soon, she was on the cover of country and mainstream publications alike. With the new financial windfall, a lawsuit against Wagoner – who had received a significant portion of her royalties – ensued. By the time it was settled, she regained her copyrights while Wagoner was given a nominal fee and the studio the duo shared. In the wake of the lawsuit, a delayed duet album, Making Plans, appeared in 1980; its title track hit number two on the country charts.
Parton’s commercial success continued to grow during 1980, as she had three number one hits in a row: the Donna Summer-written “Starting Over Again,” “Old Flames (Can’t Hold a Candle to You),” and “9 to 5.” The latter was the theme song to Parton’s acting debut, 9 to 5. Also starring Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin, the movie became a huge success, establishing Parton as a movie star. The song became her first number one pop single as well. 9 to 5 gave Parton’s career momentum that lasted throughout the early ’80s. She began appearing in more films, including the Burt Reynolds musical The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (1982) and the Sylvester Stallone comedy Rhinestone (1984). Parton’s singles continued to appear consistently in the country Top Ten: between 1981 and 1985, she had 12 Top Ten hits and half of those were number one singles. Parton continued to make inroads on the pop charts as well with a re-recorded version of “I Will Always Love You” from The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas scraping the Top 50 and her Kenny Rogers duet “Islands in the Stream” (which was written by the Bee Gees and produced by Barry Gibb) spending two weeks at number one.
However, by 1985 many old-time fans had felt that Parton was spending too much time courting the mainstream. Most of her albums were dominated by the adult contemporary pop of songs like “Islands in the Stream,” and it had been years since she had sung straightforward country. She also continued to explore new business and entertainment ventures such as her Dollywood theme park, which opened in 1985. Despite these misgivings, she had continued to chart well until 1986, when none of her singles reached the Top Ten. RCA Records didn’t renew her contract after it expired that year, and she signed with Columbia in 1987.
Before she released her Columbia debut, Parton joined forces with Linda Ronstadt and Emmylou Harris to record the rootsy Trio album. Trio became a huge hit, earning both critical and popular acclaim, selling over a million copies, and peaking at number six on the pop charts; it also spawned three Top Ten country singles: “To Know Him Is to Love Him,” “Telling Me Lies,” and “Those Memories of You.” Following the success of the album, she had a weekly variety television show, Dolly, on ABC that lasted only one season. Trio also provided a perfect launching pad for her first Columbia album, 1989’s White Limozeen, which produced two number one hits in “Why’d You Come in Here Lookin’ Like That” and “Yellow Roses.”
Though it looked like Parton’s career had been revived, it was actually just a brief revival before contemporary country came along in the early ’90s and pushed all veteran artists out of the charts. Parton had a number one duet with Ricky Van Shelton, “Rockin’ Years,” in 1991, but after that single, she slowly crept out of the Top Ten and later the Top 40. Parton was one of the most outspoken critics of radio’s treatment of older stars. While her sales had declined, she didn’t disappear. Despite her lack of sales, Parton remained an iconic figure in country music, appearing in films (the 1991 TV movie Wild Texas Wind, 1992’s Straight Talk), selling out concerts, and releasing a series of acclaimed albums – including 1993’s Honky Tonk Angels, a collaboration with Tammy Wynette and Loretta Lynn – that all sold respectably. Furthermore, “I Will Always Love You” was covered in 1992 by Whitney Houston, who took it to number one on the pop charts; the single spent 14 weeks at number one, becoming the biggest pop hit of the rock & roll era (it was unseated four years later by Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men’s “One Sweet Day”).
In 1994, Parton published her autobiography, My Life and Other Unfinished Business. Treasures, her 1996 album, was a praised collection of unusual covers, ranging from Merle Haggard to Neil Young. Hungry Again followed in 1998, and early the following year she reunited with Ronstadt and Harris for a second Trio collection in addition to releasing the solo The Grass Is Blue. A rootsy effort, it was well-received and prompted the release of more recordings like it on Little Sparrow in 2001 and Halos & Horns in 2002. The patriotic For God and Country appeared in 2003 and was followed by the CD and DVD Live and Well a year later. Those Were the Days from 2005 found Parton covering her favorite pop songs from the ’60s and ’70s. Backwoods Barbie, Parton’s first mainstream country album in nearly 20 years, arrived on her own Dolly Records imprint in 2008. Live from London followed in 2009. An album of all Parton-written material, Better Day, appeared from Dolly Records in 2011, the 41st studio release of her long career. Three years later, Blue Smoke was released, appearing first in Australia and New Zealand in January, then in other territories, including America, in May.
In 2015, Parton’s classic song “Coat of Many Colors” was adapted into a made-for-TV movie, which featured Alyvia Alyn Lind as the young Dolly Parton and Jennifer Nettles (from the group Sugarland) as her mother. Parton was a producer on the film, which became a major success in the ratings, and a Christmas-themed sequel was put into production for the 2016 holiday season. In the summer of 2016, Parton announced that she was headlining a 60-date North American concert tour, her most extensive run of shows in 25 years. The jaunt was being billed as the Pure & Simple Tour, and not coincidentally, Parton also revealed she was releasing a new album on August 2016, a set of ten original love songs also called Pure & Simple. In October 2017, Parton released her first children’s album, I Believe in You.
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Allan Craig Miller – Let’s Get Gone
Allan Craig Miller – Let’s Get Gone
Since the age of 5, Allan has been singing. Allan has toured the United States, performing for fan after fan, event after event, and opened for numerous national touring artists over the years and he continues on this very day. The experiences have been lived to the fullest, all the while, looking toward what’s yet to come. “I have so much respect for the people in my life and the musicians I have performed with! The future is bright and God is good!!!”
Over the years, Allan has performed with Eric Church, Luke Bryan, The Band Perry, Justin Moore, Randy Houser, living-legend Randy Travis, and one of the true icons of country music, George Jones. “Working with George Jones on his final tour, before he passed, is a moment in my life I will never forget. We all have “Choices” in this world. Watching him sing that song live, watching him perform that song just days before he passed, is something I will never forget. Songs have such deep meaning, and lyrics touch people’s hearts. I have been touched by the music of past legends and current artists, and I look forward to reaching out to people with my own music and my own voice…to touch their lives.”
Allan has also been on tour with The Lost Trailers, Gretchen Wilson, FGL, Lee Brice, Dustin Lynch, Joe Nichols, Joe Diffie, Kellie Pickler, Phil Vassar, Bucky Covington, Confederate Railroad, Swon Bros, Danielle Bradberry, Jared Blake, Buddy Jewel, Josh Kelly, Easton Corbin, Matt Stillwell, Bomshel, Cristian Kain, Crossin Dixon, Gloriana, Pat Green, Jamey Johnson, Jeff Bates, John Conlee, Josh Gracin, Julianne Hough, Neal Mccoy, Sarah Buxton, Steel Magnolia, The Wreckers, The Trailor Choir, Bret Eldridge, Chris Young, Leann Rimes, James Otto, Trent Tomlinson, Chuck Wicks, Jason Michael Carrol, Trent Willmon, Trick Pony, Ty Herndon Keith Anderson, Chris Cagle, Billy Currington, Aaron Tippin, Edens Edge, Heidi Newfield and Craig Morgan.
Allan grew up listening to all forms of music…from Garth Brooks to AC/DC, from Tim McGraw to Van Halen, and everything in between. Even during the early formative years of his learning about music, Allan was not afraid to step up as a performer. “Performing is a talent that God gave to me! The connection performing gives to me and the listener is something special! We are sharing the moment together and what it means to us collectively.”
Indiana is Allan’s home, but the world is his office. Allan continues to tour the world doing what he loves, making music. You will never meet a person that is more competitive, with a genuine heart for people. “We are told to use the talents that God has given us to make the world a better place! I will continue to do my part!!!”
Andrew John & Lissa – Butcher Boy
Andrew John & Lissa – Butcher Boy
Andrew John (GB) and Lissa (DK) have played festivals and country and folk venues all over the world.
They started in the early 70s and have recorded about 15 albums, mostly in Nashville. The musicians include many legends such as Buddy Emmons, Charlie McCoy, Kenny Buttrey, and Bela Fleck. They live in Aarhus, Denmark…
Patsy Marie – It Ain’t over Till it’s Over
Patsy Marie – It Ain’t over Till it’s Over
Voyage Entertainment Records is pleased to announce a new release that has been years in the making.
And the wait has been well worth it. Jerry and Patsy co-owned a production company more than 20 years ago.
Just recently, Patsy reconnected with Jerry on social media and they renewed their commitment to combining creative forces; Patsy’s sultry exciting voice with Jerry’s production.
This album, the first in the collection of original songs highlights Patsy’s expanse of talent as a writer and performer…
Matt Rouch & The Noise Upstairs – Black Noon Dawn
Matt Rouch & The Noise Upstairs – Black Noon Dawn
Based out of Denver, CO, Matt Rouch & The Noise Upstairs are making waves in the Colorado music scene. Rouch, a self-proclaimed southpaw whiskey-loving Virginian, self-released his first full-length solo album, “The Beautiful and the Damned” in March 2016 and now his 4-piece alt-country folk group is one of Denver’s fastest up and coming bands, with mentions in Music Connection Magazine, Denver Post, Marquee Magazine, Scene Magazine, and Axs.
“We all came together because we love bands like the Avett Brothers, Elephant Revival, The Decemberists, etc. so it made sense for most of us, we do have one Phish-head who loves him some jam bands, but he’s also a classically-trained violinist so it works out. When I first came to Denver I was blown away by the talent here, there are so many amazing musicians, but what really drew me were the songwriters, there’s a whole underground scene of phenomenal songwriters that need to be brought to light, this town isn’t like a Nashville where songwriters are really appreciated and a few of us intend on changing that. The band just wants to make music for people who appreciate songwriting, melody, structure, etc. with a little twang too it, not too much, just enough, I’ve been called Country-Light, might need to trademark that.”
“With a smooth delivery, Colorado folk-country band, Matt Rouch & The Noise Upstairs is a perfect blend of James Taylor and Fleet Foxes”
Randy Jack – Wrap Me in Your Love
Randy Jack – Wrap Me in Your Love
From the City that brought you Motown, Madonna, Kid Rock, Josh Groban, and Aretha Franklin. Comes Singer/Songwriter Randy Jack a Michigan native who’s authentic, unique country voice has a style of its own.
In a WCXI listener’s poll in Detroit Randy was voted the #1 country entertainer in southeastern Michigan by the listeners. Randy then headlined the “Detroit’s Best Country” outdoor concert that followed the listeners’ voting.
Born and raised in Michigan Randy performed at the Michigan state fair multiple times ahead of stars like Tony Orlando, Ray Charles, Ann Murray.
He later shared the stage with country greats Ernest Tubb, Billy Crash Craddock, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Tanya Tucker, to name a few. He made multiple appearances on local TV in Detroit and wrote and performed the theme song to the local stars of tomorrow TV show on Channel 2.
He also performed on the Soupy Sales Telethon on channel 20. Appearances were made on channels 7 and 50 as well. He is currently a CMA member and in the independent artist categories; he is up for Male Vocalists of the Year and Entertainer of the Year. Awards to be presented March 17, 2019, at the Country Tonight Theater in Pigeon Forge Tennessee.
He has written several songs, some are slated to be released in 2019. His first album “Love is taking over” received great reviews. But, his new release “One of those nights” is thought to be his best work yet. Randy will also be releasing his first Christmas Single “Wrap me in your love” originally recorded on the Mr. Christmas album by Joe Diffie this is its first release as a single and so far the reviews have been stellar. Randy’s version of the song has that smooth country feel he is known for. He has a new single coming in February 2019 “The Straits Of Mackinaw” and a new album to be released on July 2019. Randy has been singing since he was a child, encouraged by his family he never let go of his love for music instead he embraced it. At one point in his career after becoming one of the most well-known country artists in southeastern Michigan,
Randy made a crucial decision to walk away from a promising career to be a Father to his two children he had to leave back in Michigan while traveling on the road. Now, years later he’s brought back that distinct country voice and showmanship he is known for. Currently, you will find Randy in the July 2018 edition of Nashville Country Music Magazine with Tanya Tucker on the cover. Also, in the Broadtube Music Channel blog and a full interview in Artistrack.com as well as SongPerk music blog. Early fans and new fans alike are all enjoying this new version of Randy Jack and you will too!
DAVISSON BROTHERS BAND
RELEASED: MAY 25, 2018
Davisson Brothers Band
The members of the Davisson Brothers Band and the music they make are a direct reflection of where they come from and the brand for which they stand. Hailing from the hills and hollers of rural West Virginia, the Davisson Brothers Band lives and breathes an authentic wild and wonderful, country lifestyle with music being the foundation. They take great pride in their heritage, roots and rugged backwoods culture. The four piece has an amazing, high energy show that mesmerizes crowds and makes people proud of who they are and where they come from.
The band consists of brothers, Donnie Davisson and Chris Davisson, along with long-time friends, Aaron Regester and Russell Reppert. The band has toured coast to coast with thousands of live shows under their belt in every situation and at every type of event imaginable. They are a very well-rounded band who can hold their own on any stage, anywhere with anyone – including the international stars at CMC Rocks QLD recently, where they WOWED Australian crowds.
In fact, local star Lee Kernaghan has become one of the band’s biggest fans. “I LOVE that Po’ Boyz song!” he proclaimed at the CMC Music Awards earlier this year.
The album’s first single ‘Po’ Boyz’ peaked at #2 on the National Country Airplay chart and the music video went all the way to #1 on the CMC Top 30 Countdown.
Fighter is produced by Grammy Award winning producer, Keith Stegall (Zac Brown Band, Alan Jackson).
“The Brave” is an upbeat encouraging song written by Ruth. It is a reminder to all of us to stay strong no matter circumstance.
Born in the heart of Cherokee county we embrace our Americana roots. Our songs are inspired by the joys and heartaches, the love and loss, life and death we have experienced. We embrace the heritage of legendary singer- songwriters and acknowledge a time when songs were well written and told a story. Our aim is to touch the soul of the listener and for a moment ease the suffering and pain of life and encourage each other in the struggles of life…