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NEW YORK, NY (December   9, 2013) – Iconic singer, songwriter, musician, actress and philanthropist Dolly Parton is proud to announce her latest recording   endeavor, a partnership between her own label Dolly Records and Sony Masterworks. The label deal will launch her new album Blue Smoke in New Zealand/Australia on January 31, 2014,   to coincide with her international Blue Smoke World Tour which will hit New Zealand, Australia in   February. In addition, Blue Smoke will be released in the United States and Europe in May 2014,   in advance of the Blue Smoke World Tour hitting England, Ireland, Scotland, Denmark, Germany, Norway   and Sweden.

“We at Masterworks think that Blue Smoke sits with Dolly Parton’s very best recorded work, as global   audiences will discover when she begins her world tour in January 2014. We’re   very happy to be associated with this great American music artist,” says Bogdan Roscic, President of Sony Masterworks.

photo courtesy Webster & Associates

photo courtesy Webster & Associates

Dolly is the most honored female country performer of all time. Achieving 25   RIAA certified gold, platinum and multi-platinum awards, she has had 25 songs   reach number 1 on the Billboard Country charts, a record for a female artist.   She has 41 career top 10 country albums, a record for any artist, and she has   110 career charted singles over the past 40 years. All-inclusive sales of   singles, albums, hits collections, paid digital downloads and compilation   usage during her Hall of Fame career have reportedly topped a staggering 100   million records worldwide. She has garnered 7 Grammy Awards, 10 Country Music   Association Awards, 5 Academy of Country Music Awards, 3 American Music   Awards and is one of only five female artists to win the Country Music   Association’s Entertainer of the Year Award.

As a zenith crown to the dreams of country music that originally brought her   to Nashville, Dolly was inducted as a member of the Country Music Hall of   Fame in 1999. And the litany goes on.

Dolly’s career has spanned nearly five decades and is showing no signs of   slowing down. An internationally-renowned superstar, the iconic and   irrepressible Parton has contributed countless treasures to the worlds of   music, film and television. Some of her hit films have included Nine to Five, Steel   Magnolias, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas and Rhinestone. Parton received two Oscar® nominations – one for writing the   title tune to Nine to Five   and the other for Travelin’ Thru from the film Transamerica.



photo courtesy KRDP

photo courtesy KRDP

“You Can’t Make Old Friends” Nominated
For Best Country Duo/Group Performance

NASHVILLE, Tenn (December 9, 2013) – Is the third time a charm for Kenny Rogers & Dolly Parton? Kenny & Dolly received their third joint Grammy nomination on Friday night, December 6th for “You Can’t Make Old Friends” for Best Country Duo/Group Performance. The song is featured on Rogers’ latest Warner Bros. album of the same name.The nomination is the third for Kenny & Dolly as a duo. They were previously nominated for Best Pop Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group in 1984 for “Islands In The Stream,” and then again in 1986 for Best Country Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group for “Real Love.”

Kenny Rogers, the newest member of the Country Music Hall of Fame, and recent recipient of the Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award at this year’s CMA Awards had this to say about the nomination: “I’m excited and very flattered about this opportunity and am convinced I should work with Dolly more often if we’re getting these kinds of results,” remarked Rogers.

Country Music Hall of Fame member Dolly Parton added, “I was so excited and proud to hear that the Grammys have nominated Kenny and I for Best Country Duo/Group Performance on ‘You Can’t Make Old Friends.’ I am also very proud to hear that ‘Jolene’ made the Grammy’s Hall of Fame. Thank you everyone!”

“You Can’t Make Old Friends” and the 30-year friendship between the two Grammy Award winners is showcased in Kenny & Dolly: An Intimate Conversation, which premieres tonight (Monday, December 9) at 9:00 p.m./ET on Great American Country. In a relaxed setting, the two stars chat about memories they’ve shared over the years and the chemistry they share that has led to one of the most enduring partnerships in popular music.

lulu roman at lastLuLu Roman dropped a new album this month, At Last that showcases her rich voice reminiscent of Roberta Flack performing torch songs she has never recorded before.

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LuLu  has enjoyed many successes in her life, known for her side splitting humor and gregarious personality, many people know LuLu as the most requested female cast member from the long running hit Television Show “ Hee Haw”, It is in reruns now on RFD making it 42 years old, gaining a whole new audience.

LuLu is an accomplished song writer and performs all over the world.

For more than a decade, LuLu has been involved in Christian Gospel winning the “Dove Award” in 1985 for “Album of The Year by a Secular Artist.” In 1998 she was inducted into “The Country Gospel Music Hall of Fame”.

In 2002 Lulus’ 16th album, LuLu Inspired was nominated for the Dove Award. Other awards have included induction into the “Christian Music Hall of Fame” in 2007 as well as the “J.D. Sumner Living Legend Award” in 2008.

In 2007, she was awarded, with the Hee Haw cast, “The Entertainers Award” from TV Land.

The Nashville Bridge sat down with Lulu to talk about At Last, Hee Haw and next weeks’ knee surgery that will keep her grounded for a bit before doing shows later this year.

Brad Hardisty / The Nashville Bridge: It sounds like it is going to be a few months before we get to hear the new songs live, I guess.



LuLu Roman: Yeah, I am having knee replacement surgery on Monday. I am going to take a little time off before touring for the record. I’m hopin’ I can get up and get at it!

TNB: The record is droppin’ on January 15th right?

LR: Yes.

TNB: You have a duet with Dolly. Tell me about that. You’ve obviously known her for a while.

LR: Uh huh, I’ve known her for… goodness sakes!  Over 40 years! We were young girls when Hee Haw first started and she was out there you know.

TNB: Do you have a Dolly story?

LuLu Roman and Dolly Parton in the studio.

LuLu Roman and Dolly Parton in the studio.

LR: Yeah, there are so many.  Well, going into the studio this time was a great time. It really was. Dolly is just this, “What you see is what you get!” Dolly is Dolly. She just lights up the room and lights up the attitudes. She’s just absolutely precious. Dolly came out after we were through cutting vocals and I had her lyric sheet and I thought well now…hmmm…she was so cute. She said, “You will have to sign this for me,” and I said, “What?” She said,”You gotta sign this!” I said, “Not unless you sign this!”

TNB: So, she’s a fan.

LR: She is absolutely precious. Golly! There is no one in the world like her, she is just incredible.

TNB: You have done a lot of Gospel over the years. Are you working with the same Producer?

LR: This is totally different because it is mostly standards and classics.  Two young fellows, Larry Ferguson and Chris Barnes were the ones that produced this and they’re new to this. My goodness they are good! We just got some of the best players on the map. I’m really proud of this. I really am.

TNB: Where did you cut the record at?

LR: We recorded at three or four studios, we did.

TNB: Did you record at Sound Kitchen?

LR: We did do something at Sound Kitchen. I think the one we did with Dolly. I believe.

TNB: Was Chris involved in the song choices?

LR: Chris would say, “Which is your favorite?” I would say, “ALL OF EM!!” These are nostalgic songs that I remember listening to when I was a young person, years ago; stuff I would kind of put a check next to. I would think, “I want to sing that one…one day.”  My youngest son is the one that got me. He got married seven and a half years ago and mercy honey, I’ll never forget it, he said, “I want to get you to sing at my wedding. I said, “No, you won’t!” He said, “I want you to sing a song at my wedding. I want you to sing “At Last.”  I said, “You’re kidding.” So, that was the first time I sang that seven or eight years ago.

TNB: So, that was the first time you went after Etta James.

LR: Uh huh. She was one of my heroes and just was a remarkable talent. One of those that you would sit around listenin’ and sayin’ “Oh yeah, I’ll sing like that.”

TNB: You have a really lush, rich voice. You’d be great for more torch songs like that.  Like Etta James and Roberta Flack.

LR: We were gonna call it torch songs and then somebody said, “Well you have this gospel career and so, you know, some people might not want it”, but, they kind of do.

TNB: What is the song you are going to try to get out of there?

LR: It looks like it might be the Dolly song they are going for first with Country radio because we talked about that yesterday and from what I understand they have a lot of people calling the radio station saying that is a good “thing.”  Then, I think they are going to take “At Last” maybe to another market.

TNB: Where is the CD going to be available?

LR:  We are going to put in the stores and go to ITunes and everywhere.

TNB: When you tour, do you have a group of guys you normally play with?

LR: Well, with the gospel stuff and the country stuff, I mostly have gone with my tracks or used other peoples bands so we’re discussing putting a band together so we can do this the way we recorded it.

TNB: So, you are purposely going to go out and do some shows spotlighting the album?

lulu roman hee haw 03LR: Yeah. We’re gonna do it this year. We are going to do one show and see how it goes. I’ll be going with kind of a Hee Haw Roadshow. You get to do what you are doing currently out there. We had the Hee Haw reunion a couple of years ago and we got a big draw from that, you know.  So, I will get to sing a little bit of this and a little gospel singing and see how things work out.

TNB: Who will be going out on the Hee Haw type showcase?

LR: Roy Clark, Marty will be one of the announcers, Gunilla Hutton, Charlie McCoy and The Nashville Edition. It’s going to be a pretty good show. We will be playing big rooms. We will be in Pennsylvania the first time and that is a big ‘ole room.

TNB: It sounds like a really good show.

LR: I have been travellin’ so much. I have done a few shows with them the last couple of years.

TNB: Have you thought about doing a run in Branson?

LR: Well, that’s a possibility, but, I think I’d like to get out there and get with the people and see peoples reaction, you know, before I kind of notch myself in you know.

TNB: This will bring people in that maybe, the gospel is okay but it’s not their style, but the standards they will get into; the Nelson Riddle Orchestra type stuff.

LR: There is not too many people that don’t like old standards, you know, even young people do. If it’s good than it is good. I’m so excited. I’ve wanted to do these for years and years and years and to finally get it done and get it out there; I’m like a little kid.

TNB: This is strictly standards?

LR: They are all standards. We’ve got, “At Last,” “Summertime,” “If You’ Don’t Know Me,” “Killing Me Softly”…

TNB: He should have sent me “Killing Me Softly” because when I heard your voice, I thought of Roberta Flack because you are right in that tonal range.

LR: Thank you. It’s funny because I have asked people what their favorites are and my daughter in law’s favorite is “Killing Me Softly” and then with Dolly and “Till I Make It On My Own” with Georgette Jones. T. Graham Brown sang on “You Are So Beautiful” and Linda Davis sang on “You Needed Me.”

TNB: You have a pretty loyal fan base.

lulu roman hee haw 01LR: I have got remarkable fans. I will say this, boy and the blessing is that it has been with the Country music and with the Gospel music. When I first started this, I had people come up to me at concerts. They would come up and say, “My Grandpa made me watch you on Hee Haw.” Now, I’ve got these little kids that are seven or eight years old that come up to me and say, “I saw you on Hee Haw,” and the Daddy is standing behind them and the Daddy is the one who is saying, “My Grandpa made me watch you.”

TNB:  What’s next after this?

LR: Well, I had a list of one hundred songs; so, we got some more we could do.

TNB: You could do like Rod Stewart, just keep doing the songbook, he’s been doing it for years.

LR: No kiddin’! Yeah, I love that idea. I do.

TNB: Anything else?

LR: I just would like to say thank you to each and every person that is out there. I hope that this project makes them as happy as it made me to get to do it.

– Brad Hardisty, Nashville TN

Nashville, TN – Dolly Parton – Iconic singer, songwriter, musician, actress and philanthropist – announced today that she will no longer be associated with the previously planned water park in Nashville.

“Gaylord makes decisions that they feel are good for their company and their stockholders and I have to make decisions based on what is best for me and the Dollywood Company,” said Parton. “Governor Haslam, Mayor Dean, and all the folks in government have been great to work with. I really appreciate their support through this process.”

“I think everyone knows I love Nashville and I hope the work we’ve already done will spark more family entertainment in Nashville,” Parton added.

For those that are long time Nashville residence, the Opryland theme park which was featured on television and the movie, Nashville, has been sorely missed and many have felt that this planned water park would be the start of a Renaissance nearby to the original park.

– Brad Hardisty, Nashville, TN

Nashville, TN (April 4, 2012) – Country music Icon Dolly Parton just released her latest project, “An Evening with… Dolly”, which is a two-disc DVD/CD set available exclusively at all Cracker Barrel Old Country Store® locations. 

The double-disc set includes live performances of Dolly’s biggest hits, including 9 to 5, Jolene, Coat of Many Colors, Here You Come Again, Islands in the Stream, and I Will Always Love You, among others.  The package retails for $11.99 and is also available online at

Cracker Barrel has seen an influx of Bluegrass, Old Time Gospel and Classic Country stars in recent partnerships in the last few years, much like the Starbucks Music Marketing concept, Cracker Barrel is both a restaurant and a store and is very popular with fans of down home food and down home music.

Most recently, the most award winning Bluegrass duo, Daily & Vincent, has been successful with Cracker Barrel promotions.   

I’m jealous of Dolly’s guitar on the cover. It looks like a PRS SE single cutaway hollow body, but, it could be a custom build. If anybody knows, let me know.  The price point of the DVD-CD combo is ridiculous. Everybody should have a copy of this. Dolly started with promotion this week on Nightline and Inside edition and has upcoming appearances scheduled.

Friday April 6th, catch Dolly online for a special one-on-one question and answer session with as well as on the entertainment news magazine show EXTRA!

Saturday, April 7th, Dolly sits down with Rebecca Jarvis on CBS This Morning and Katie Cook for CMT Insider.

On Wednesday, April 11th Dolly will be featured on the mid-day syndicated The Better Show.

On Saturday, April 14th Dolly sits down with Governor Huckabee for Fox News Channel’s HUCKABEE.  The show will re-air on Sunday, April 15th.

In the coming weeks, Dolly Parton will also appear on ABC’s The Revolution with Tim Gunn, The Dr. Steve Show, Lifetime Television’s national morning show The Balancing Act, among others.

On the same date, a major announcement came from one of the last true rebels, and I wasn’t talking about Hank III, I was talking about Junior!

Mike Dennison, President of Blaster Entertainment, Hank Williams, Jr. and Tom Porter, CEO of Blaster Entertainment, sign exclusive agreement to distribute Hank's new CD.

Nashville, TN (April 4, 2012) – Blaster Entertainment, one of the country’s leading talent management and entertainment labels, and award-winning Country music recording artist Hank Williams, Jr. announced that they have entered into a worldwide exclusive three year licensing agreement. The new partnership comes only months before Williams’ highly anticipated new studio album release, which will hit retail in June.   The deal, which was signed this week, licenses Blaster Records, a division of Blaster Entertainment, to distribute Bocephus Records’ new release for the next three years.

“When I started Blaster Records a bit over five years ago, my goal was to create an entertainment company that became home to some of country music’s biggest stars,” said Tom Porter, CEO of Blaster Entertainment. “Hank Williams Jr. is a giant in the business and we are beyond excited to welcome him into the Blaster family.”

“I’m excited about this new album we’ve been working on,” Hank Williams Jr. said.  “When looking at labels, I had several choices.  When my team brought me the opportunity from Blaster and with the soon to be announced distribution deal, it was the best deal in town.  My fans will be able to find my music in places that common folks shop.  This is gonna be fun!” 

With more than 70 albums to his credit, sales of 55 million records, countless awards including 5-time Entertainer of the Year awards (ACM & CMA), BMI Icon Award, a Grammy, and most recently in 2009 the Academy of Country Music “Pioneer Award,” Williams is a living legend. His discography chronicles a bold profile of growth from adored offspring of a legendary father, to titan of the modern country rock movement in his own right. For two decades, America came to its collective feet each fall Monday night when this larger than life superman of a musician looked into the camera and unleashed the national anthem for viewers of Monday Night Football – ‘Are You Ready for Some Football.?’ Those simple words have won Williams an entirely new generation of fans and given him the distinction of being the first country performer to ever win an Emmy.
Blaster Entertainment is known for their unconventional, untraditional and by most people’s perception just plain fun way of doing business. The blending of Blaster and Williams is a perfect pairing. The mission of Blaster Entertainment is to service and support artists in all aspects of the business while creating new outlets for their music. The company prides itself on the ability to provide one-on one attention to all of their artists while developing new opportunities and alliances along the way.

A partnership with a combination, promotional and distribution arm seems to be the way to go nowadays.  Hank Jr. was able to stay in the news with, so-called controversy and right or wrong, he stuck to his guns and has to be admired for that.

– Brad Hardisty, Nashville, TN