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DOLLY PARTON and JENNIFER NETTLES spent the better part of the morning November 3, 2016 speaking with reporters at Citation Support facility. The occasion was a joint press conference (followed by "red carpet-style one-one-ones") to publicize Christmas of Many Colors: Circle of Love. The sequel to NBC's 2015 dramatization Coat of Many Colors, based on Dolly's 1971 hit single of the same name airs November on the peacock network November 30, 2016, while the digital HD version of Christmas of Many Colors... drops December 1, 2016. The program will be available on Blu-ray and on DVD December 20, 2016. (Among the DVD's special features are a 10-minute documentary on the making of the TV movie, a Tiny Tasseltop section featuring the famous doll that Parton's parents' made for Dolly, another segment titled 1955: A Snapshot in Time, spotlighting the production's cast members in a recreation of the time in which the story is set, and some footage intended for the TV movie that ended up on the cutting room floor.)
Want to be the among the first to pick up a copy of the DVD? You may pre-order it here.
Jennifer, who appeared as Dolly's mother in the Coat of Many Colors reprises her role in Christmas of Many Colors... Nettles was on hand, not only to support the production, but also to promote her current album, To Celebrate Christmas (which includes the Parton-penned Circle of Love).
In an exclusive interview with Nettles, I asked Jennifer (whose 2016 Christmas album also includes the IRVING BERLIN's standard, Count Your Blessings (Instead of Sheep), about her reaction to Lifeway's decision not to carry AMY GRANT's Tennessee Christmas. Jennifer, surprised by the news, declared her admiration for Amy's music and opined that Lifeway is "missing an opportunity."
In an exclusive interview with Dolly, I asked Parton about the singer's plans for her Imagination Library in the age of eBooks. Like me, Dolly enjoys the feel of a hardcover or paperback book, but she concedes that her pet project "has to change with the times." As to what form that may take as the closing of bookstores, the demise of two-newspaper cities and the proliferation of digital libraries do not necessarily bode well for readers who prefer audiobooks and eBooks over the conventional dead trees variety, Dolly says she has no answers but that her Imagination Library advisers are certainly aware of the situation and will be working on it.
2016 Country Music Association Awards
were dedicated to the memory of TZVI SMALL. The CMA
would have you know that Small produced several CMA awards and specials
and prefers you forget that Small was a defendant in a 1991
lawsuit coworker LISA KIVEL
filed in Los Angeles Superior Court alleging Small told Kivel he was
"sexually aroused" by the thought of her and that, angry when Lisa
refused to have sex with him, Tzvi threw papers and pens at her.
****Expect THE OAK RIDGE BOYS to be "hotter than ever" on media day, November 14, 2016 at the Hermitage, Tennessee offices of Webster PR. The quartet will entertain questions at a morning news conference to be followed by their providing the opportunity for one-on-one interviews.
Thanks to KYLE WATSON for the invitation to join SYLVIA at an October 13, 2016 acoustic brunch at the Hermitage, Tennessee offices of Webster PR. Sylvia is celebrating the release of her album, It's All in the Family.
... and to MARTHA MOORE for the invitation to join DENNY STRICKLAND at an October 12, 2016 private screening party for Denny's music video, Get A Grip at The Cellar@The Sutler Saloon....
TOM T. HALL has not been in the best of health for some time. Given my conversation with Hall's attorney, unheeded warnings and exposé of the questionable practices of a doctor Tom and his late wife, DIXIE relied upon several years before Cyber Bluegrass' confirmation of Hall's decline, perhaps notice of an otherwise premature estate and antique auction/downsizing is not so surprising.
Consider the interesting family dynamic: Tom brought Dixie's mother, MAY CROWTHER LAWRENCE from May's home in the U.K. to live with the Halls. Following her death on August 17, 1977, May (who Tom nicknamed "Chubby") was buried at Nashville's Woodlawn Cemetery. (Dixie's father, WILLIAM LAWRENCE was buried elsewhere.)
Dixie chose to be cremated, her ashes spread over the Halls' Fox Hollow estate where she is memorialized with a gravesite. But Tom will be leaving Dixie behind, having privately announced his intention to sell Fox Hollow. (The elaborate memorial should make for some interesting staging!)
In preparation for the MLS listing, Tom has moved into a guest house area on the property.
Back to the estate sale and auction: If you're interest in purchasing "exquisite furniture" (i.e. "tables, chairs, linen press, breakfronts, chests, 18th and 19th century furniture, mirrors, oil paintings, prints bronzes and much more") you might want to check it out.
Musical items for sale include "some of Tom T.'s stage instruments that he personally played on stage, including a 1961 Martin guitar, a 1966 Fender Mustang, a 1974 Dobro Brand Dobro, some fiddles, a trumpet, a saxophone and other musical instruments."
You can preview the Hall haul on October 21, 2016 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the sale location, 1690 Mallory Lane in Brentwood, Tennessee. The auction/sale occurs the following morning, beginning at 11 a.m.
Terms of sale: 10% Buyer's Premium (15% Buyer's Premium for online purchases).
"These estate consignment will be sold with no minimums or reserves."
Call 423-877-6114 for further information.
Why is RAY STEVENS not in the Country Music Hall of Fame? (Full disclosure: I'm a veteran of 45+ years in the country-music business, but I am not, nor have I been asked to be, an [anonymous, and therefore unaccountable] elector).
Were I to have a vote, there are other artists, personal favorites, who I would be happy for should they be inducted, but, I don't think the Hall is lacking without them. I could not crowd these thoughts out as I voted my conscience.
For it's impossible to induct all of our favorites without the Hall further losing its exclusivity as happened when industry politics, uninformed electors, mass inductions, etc. and the inability to focus on who best meets the stated qualifications of induction became part of the mix.
Some (performing) inductees just sang. Others can't sing but were popular because of their songwriting. Still others were primarily comedians or instrumentalists.
Ray Stevens has done it all. So as objectively as I can (subjectively?) repeat, (primarily for the benefit of those who still find a Hall of Fame induction impressive or otherwise meaningful, given all of the sabotaging of same): Why is Ray Stevens not in the Country Music Hall of Fame?