Dolly Parton

15 Feb 19
Look Up!

Shania Twain has a hilarious song called “That Don’t Impress Me Much.” For some reason, Ms. Twain felt that she needed to knock some people down a couple of notches and does so in melodic fashion. That attitude has persisted. Nowadays, it is absolutely impressive to be unimpressed. Society has, to some extent, idolized this […]

15 Feb 19
Lime Lava

Dolly Parton, the country music legend and longtime philanthropist, is bringing her literacy charity for children to Ireland, the Irish Times reported … limelavamix

15 Feb 19
Bean & Noodle

Last night I attended my first Austin Ukulele Society meeting and it was so much fun. It was Valentines Day so everyone learned “Can’t Help Falling in Love”. I can’t remember the last time I felt so completely lost in what was going on and enjoying every moment, without a hint of self-consciousness. My lack of […]

15 Feb 19
practicing proximity

NOTE: I wrote this several years ago and just stumbled across it in my Google Drive. I had planned, and still plan, sometime, on going down to the station and interviewing the people there and writing a more in-depth profile, so it ends abruptly, but even unfinished, I feel like this stands on its own […]

15 Feb 19
The Girly Nerd

With Awards Season in full swing and many “Best Films” of the year being shared, here at The Girly Nerd, it is high time to share what were my favorite films in 2018. And there were an abundance of amazing ones. Common denominators certainly were abound: Netflix, post apocalyptic drama, super heroes, the return of […]

15 Feb 19
Krystal

Dolly Parton, the country music legend and longtime philanthropist, is bringing her literacy charity for children to Ireland, the Irish Times reported Thursday. Parton announced that her Imagination Library, which mails free books to children each month from their birth until their fifth birthday,… from latimes.com – Los Angeles Times http://www.latimes.com/books/la-et-jc-dolly-parton-literacy-charity-20190215-story.html

15 Feb 19
Caroline's Blog

Just incase you missed it, these are the parts worth knowing about and how fans reacted… Michelle Obama: Hit Michelle Obama surprised Staples Center when being invited onto the stage to help open the show by making an inspiring speech about the power of music. Dolly Parton: Hit Dolly Parton’s tribute performance featuring Miley Cyrus, […]

15 Feb 19
Krystal

Dolly Parton, the country music legend and longtime philanthropist, is bringing her literacy charity for children to Ireland, the Irish Times reported Thursday. Parton announced that her Imagination Library, which mails free books to children each month from their birth until their fifth birthday,… from latimes.com – Los Angeles Times http://www.latimes.com/la-et-jc-dolly-parton-literacy-charity-20190215-story.html

15 Feb 19
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For millions of music fans who watched the 61st annual Grammy Awards on Sunday night, it might have been the first time they were exposed to country music singer-songwriter Kacey Musgraves. She won all four trophies she was nominated for including album of the year and best country album for her fourth studio album, “Golden Hour,” as well as best country solo performance for the single “Butterflies” and best country song for “Space Cowboy.” She also will be the only country artist on the bill at the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival in April, where she’ll join the short list of artists — including Dwight Yoakam, Social Distortion’s Mike Ness and Sturgill Simpson — that have crossed over to perform at both of Goldenvoice’s Coachella and Stagecoach desert fests. The angelic version of Musgraves, in her long, white flowing gown and singing “Rainbow,” was Musgraves on her absolute best behavior. The 30-year-old from Golden, Texas, is like the love child of country legends Dolly Parton and Willie Nelson. She curses enough to make Dolly blush and smokes enough weed to make Willie proud. It’s that edginess and her biting, sarcastic lyrical content that has garnered Musgraves one of the most eclectic audiences in all of country music. #gallery-1622241-1 { margin: auto; } #gallery-1622241-1 .gallery-item { float: left; margin-top: 10px; text-align: center; width: 33%; } #gallery-1622241-1 img { border: 2px solid #cfcfcf; } #gallery-1622241-1 .gallery-caption { margin-left: 0; } /* see gallery_shortcode() in wp-includes/media.php */ Country singer-songwriter Kacey Musgraves performs to a sold-out audience at The Theatre at Ace Hotel in Los Angeles on ValentineÕs Day, February 14, 2019. (Photo by Drew A. Kelley, Contributing Photographer) Country singer-songwriter Kacey Musgraves performs at The Theatre at Ace Hotel in Los Angeles on ValentineÕs Day, February 14, 2019. (Photo by Drew A. Kelley, Contributing Photographer) Country singer-songwriter Kacey Musgraves performs to a sold-out audience at The Theatre at Ace Hotel on Thursday, February 14, 2019. (Photo by Drew A. Kelley, Contributing Photographer) Kacey Musgraves performs at The Theatre at Ace Hotel in Los Angeles on Thursday, February 14, 2019. (Photo by Drew A. Kelley, Contributing Photographer) Kacey Musgraves performs to a sold-out audience at The Theatre at Ace Hotel in Los Angeles on ValentineÕs Day, February 14, 2019. (Photo by Drew A. Kelley, Contributing Photographer) Country singer-songwriter Kacey Musgraves performs to a sold-out audience at The Theatre at Ace Hotel on Thursday, February 14, 2019. (Photo by Drew A. Kelley, Contributing Photographer) Kacey Musgraves performs to a sold-out audience at The Theatre at Ace Hotel in Los Angeles on Thursday, February 14, 2019. (Photo by Drew A. Kelley, Contributing Photographer) She’s become an LGBTQ icon, a rarity within the genre and something she made mention to on Thursday night, Feb. 14, during her first of two sold-out shows at The Theatre at Ace Hotel in Downtown Los Angeles. “I know that country music hasn’t always been the most inclusive,” she said before starting into her single “Follow Your Arrow.” “I’m glad to see that’s changed.” As on point and fantastic as Musgraves was on stage Thursday night, sporting a sparkly red dress, perfect for Valentine’s Day, her audience was equally attentive, energetic and absolutely adoring. These folks bought their tickets well before Musgraves scored all of her Grammy Awards and sang alongside Parton and pop singer-songwriter Katy Perry on national television. They showed up ready to sing, dance and show off their outfits. Fabulous guys and gals turned out in rhinestone studded nudie suits, a variety of cowboy hats, boots, bedazzled tiaras, there was a ton of fringe flying around and, yes, even some chaps. Musgraves has always surrounded herself with a stellar backing band that truly allows her to shine live. She came out, letting her vocals take center stage with “Slow Burn” and transitioned into “Wonder Woman,” at one point throwing the mic to the crowd and they sang loudly enough to echo through the speakers in the venue. “I feel like I’m in a really fancy cave,” Musgraves said of the restored Spanish Gothic-style 1920s landmark. “It’s kind of ‘Goonies’-esque.” She soared through her love ballad, “Butterflies,” which she prefaced with “I don’t know if you heard, but this past week has been pretty awesome,” she said to loud cheers. “I want to celebrate with you guys.”  She strummed along to “Lonely Weekend” and “Happy & Sad,” the latter which has a more grooving, pop beat, but includes the pedal steel so it doesn’t reach so far away from Musgraves’ roots. Her entire album, “Golden Hour,” is like that. It’s a thoughtful venture into various other genres without fully abandoning the genre she clearly loves so much. [related_articles location=”left” show_article_date=”false” article_type=”automatic-primary-section”] Musgraves’ husband, singer-songwriter Ruston Kelly, joined her for “To June This Morning,” a poem Johnny Cash wrote for his wife June Carter Cash that Musgraves and Kelly put music to. It was a sweet moment, especially since it was Valentine’s Day. Fans rocked through the boot stompin’ “Family is Family” and Musgraves asked the crowd to pull out their cell phones and quickly text someone that they loved them before “Love is a Wild Thing.” She took a seat for the ballad “Space Cowboy” and was joined by Sophie Allison, leader of her opening Nashville-based indie pop rock band Soccer Mommy, for a cover of Nsync’s “Tearin’ Up My Heart.” She closed out the evening by playing “Rainbow,” which was as delicate and pretty as it was on the Grammys, and wrapped with the country meets disco “High Horse.” Despite all of her recent exposure and the more squeaky clean version of Musgraves that the world is just coming to recognize, it’s nice to see that she maintains her dark sense of self-deprecating humor, which she let loose on Valentine’s Day via a series of F-bombs and quick, inappropriate jokes that help make her the relatable superstar that we all just want to shoot whisky with. Kacey Musgraves’ Oh, What a World Tour When: Thursday, Feb. 14 Where: The Theatre at Ace Hotel, Los Angeles Also: 9 p.m. Friday, Feb 15 at The Theatre at Ace Hotel, 929 South Broadway, Los Angeles. Tickets are sold out, but are available in the secondary market starting at $261.25..
15 Feb 19
Hack's Back Pages

Periodically, I use this space to pay homage to artists who I believe are worthy of focused attention — artists with an extraordinary, influential, consistently excellent body of work and/or a compelling story to tell.  In this essay, I examine the 50-year career of a woman who has managed to shine in multiple disciplines:  songwriting, […]

15 Feb 19
cass.

As a nice Texas gal, there are a couple of things my DNA demands I love: Dolly Parton, and anything involving small-towns in Texas. That’s why the movie Dumplin’ is my jam. In full transparency, when my best friend told me to watch it, I was too busy to give it the time of day […]

15 Feb 19
Soul Friend Astrology

What is it about Venus transits that freaks people out so much? This week, on the 19th, we have a transit that has generated a modicum of consternation among those I’ve asked, and even beyond Mars’ entrance into Taurus and the Sun’s entrance into Pisces, this one is what’s occupying many people’s attention. We’ve got […]

15 Feb 19
A Widow Dates

I started my week, with this lovely message: “You are hot, funny, pretty, charismatic and have an amazing body”  Thanks for that, my nameless online friend (may hap you need stronger glasses?) and I hope that you are still following my blog and that your upcoming dates go well. He also shared with me that […]

15 Feb 19
Fretman's Blog

The new Echoes and Silence Album by Roses and Cigarettes Let me start by saying that I am not a professional critic of music albums. I am just, merely a human mortal who enjoys good music as much as any of you reading this today. And if you are reading this today, you are one […]