If you're thinking of visiting Branson, Missouri to see DOLLY PARTON's Stampede Dinner Attraction before the end of Summer 2021 , the Daily Beast's Special Correspondent MICHAEL DALY suggests you might want to think again. In an article titled How a Tiny Town With an
Anti-Mask Mayor Caused COVID Chaos, Daly delivers a scathing blow to Branson tourism.
Branson "a superspreader tourist town whose visitor policy- to sell
lots of tickets and take few precautions- is endangering thousands of
lives," Daly informs readers that two-thirds of Bransonites are
unvaccinated. He adds that, with a Covid infection rate of 19.3%,
the town of 57,000 averages 54 new cases daily, which is "10 times the
national per capita average rate" of infection.
Thanks to LUCY VOLPE and DOUG HALL for a media guest list invitation to JOHN R. MILLER's July 18, 2021 showcase at 3rd & Lindsley, featuring performances of songs from John's debut solo album, Depreciated (reviewed here).
CRYSTAL HENDERSON is first with the news that the Good Trouble video of the LEIGH NASH-RUBY AMANFU collaboration, with proceeds earmarked for the THURGOOD MARSHALL College Fund (TMCF) is now available here.
have been in the Library of Congress collection for years, I
have now joined the ranks of United States' oldest federal cultural institution's
essayists, with my
contribution to the LOC's National Recording Registry. Have I
resolved the debate on what is "the greatest country song of all
Having been fortunate to have biographical entries in several annual editions of Who's Who in America (1992- 1996, the 47th-49th editions of the hardback directories found in the reference sections of public, corporate and university libraries, each published in a the prior year) and biennial editions of Who's Who of American Women (1991-1992, 1993-1994, 1995-1996, 1997-1998, the 17th- 20th editions, found in the same library reference sections and each published during the first of the two years referenced in its edition title), my selection was not sullied by some of the criticism that has beset the brand since its 2005 acquisition by News Communications Inc.
While the current owners' marketing division has tried to subject me (and undoubtedly other past documented notable authors) to its "vanity" sales practices, I believe my track record, which speaks for itself, coupled with my sales resistance, has been a factor in my no-strings-attached selection as winner of the Who's Who in America 2022 ALBERT NELSON MARQUIS Lifetime Achievement Award.
According to submission director JOY FORRIER, I will not only be featured in Who's Who in America's 75th Anniversary (2022) Edition, the Nelson award I am receiving is awarded to "less than 5%" of those who are profiled in Who's Who; only those of us who have met at least three of five requirements (i.e., a Marquis Who's Who publication listing over a 20-year period, more than 20 years' experience in a particular career field or industry, published in at least two books or articles highlighting one's experience, exhibited one or more of one's creative works, received at least one award outside of Marquis Who's Who).
to stay solvent at a time when new hardback publications are finding
it hard to stay afloat in a paperless economy, Forrier is emphatic:
"For clarity, there has never been a cost associated with inclusions
in Marquis Who's Who. Biographies are included in our registry
strictly on merit- no one can buy or purchase a position, listing or
award from Marquis Who's Who."
17 year-old monthly telecast, which continues to bring Appalachian (and
some Americana) music to the masses from its home at the Lincoln Theatre
in Marion, Virginia, endured a 10-month shutdown
before resuming production in January 2021.
reopening, at 25% capacity, has doubled in capacity at this writing,
but the need for social distancing has put performing for a full house
anytime soon on performers' wish list.
The non-profit has established a GoFundMe page with 83 supporters (including VALERIE SMITH & LIBERTY PIKE and CLAIRE RATLIFF ) having helped to raise $4,038 over 5 months. Organizers' goal to continue to "keep the music alive" is $100,000.
Muir, who has quite a fan base of his own, gushes about Parton's million-dollar funding of the Moderna vaccine, "Can we have Dolly on every night? Always setting the example."
When Parton set that example by being vaccinated before the TV cameras, many news organizations edited her reaction to receiving the inoculation, which included her appeal to the anti-vax crowd: "Cowards! Don't be such a chicken squat!"
"I'm going to look it up. I've got Dolly Parton's accent."
(writing) of Dolly, didja know about the WNYC (GEORGE FOSTER) PEABODY Award-winning
podcast titled Dolly Parton's America? If not, check out
the first of nine episodes here.
It was a actually a parenting lesson. Back in 2012, Brad says his wife "got real mad" at their children "because they were acting like brats and [she] said 'Throw 'em in the car. We're going to teach them about people in need.
friend recommended the Unity Shop, which is a similar situation to what
The Store ended up being."
The result was that The Store's customers "get choice. They get the dignity that comes with that, their family feels normal and eventually they graduate out of the plan and are back on their feet."
Even Nashville's most recent tornado, coupled with a global pandemic couldn't torpedo the Paisley's plan: Since these events The Store "went to curbside and no-contact delivery."
The Store has served over 1 million people as of 2021.
Thanks to SHELLY MULLINS for the invitation to attend the FLYING BUFFALOES "exclusive screening of their highly-impactful upcoming Official Music Video A New Day Is Gonna Dawn" May 19, 2021 at East Nashville Beer Works.
hour-long mix and mingle will precede the screening that, "out of an
abundance of caution" will be held "on the outside patio.
case of unfavorable weather, the event will be moved inside for a
socially-distanced screening (Please be prepared and bring your masks)."
Miller's performance, part of The Basement's Get Happier Friday series, "will be a COVID conscious event.. held outdoors" in the venue's parking area "with social distance in place."
Sullivan show's variety of entertainers included country
music's biggest crossover stars.
"trio," likely appearing on the same stage for the first and only time,
joined the rest of the show's cast (including JOHNNY MATHIS, SHIRLEY JONES and THE LENNON SISTERS ) for Oklahoma!'s big finale.
"Enjoy lunch, drinks and a special interview hosted by DEVON
Want to work for the Country Music Foundation?
There are two openings: The first is for a maintenance technician. Qualifications are listed here.
If working the night shift suits you, you'll want to apply here.
you prefer a Country Music Hall of Fame day job, perhaps you'd
like to be a museum retail supervisor.
interested in either position, you'll want to know what you're getting into.
The Tennessee Stage and Film Company's DEBBIE MATHIS WATTS promises a "FREE afternoon of girly-fun!" on Saturday, March 20, 2021 from 1- 4 p.m. at Hendersonville, Tennessee's Lighthouse on the Lake Event Center.
Debbie will be presenting "my second annual Spring Sing and Bling. This year's music will be a 'Tribute to Women's History month,' singing songs by famous female artists who have influenced me most."
NANCI GRIFFITH recently sold her Blair Boulevard home for $1,080,000.
to Carlton College
Center for Community and Civic Engagement (CCCE) Communication
POSNER and Goldring/Woldenberg Institute of Southern Jewish Life
's Director of Heritage and Interpretation NORA KATZ,
M.Phil., for featuring me on Segment 12 of the ISJL's popular Virtual
Vacation series. Titled Southern
Jewish Music: Jews and Country. the February 5, 2021 interview
aired along with remarks from, and performances, by JOE BUCHANAN,
"live" on Facebook February 23, 2021.
you missed the show, it remains available here.
Now in its seventh season, episode six, predictably titled Country Roots featuring Rosanne and Clint, airs February 23, 2021 on your local PBS station.