After two successful TV movies, Dolly Parton tells ABC Radio she expects there won’t be any more in the Coat of Many Colors series, at least for now.
“Not at this point,” the entertainment icon says. “We did a Christmas movie and then the little Coat of Many Colors. But there’ll be different movies done, based on different parts of my life, because I have a life of many colors. So we’ll be doing other things about my life, but I don’t know that we’ll do another Coat of Many Colors.”
The first film premiered to record ratings over the 2015 holidays, with Christmas of Many Colors: Circle of Love doing well the following year.
Alyvia Alyn Lind played Dolly age nine, and the Country Music Hall of Famer hopes she’ll continue to portray her into the future.
“I think she could,” Dolly tells ABC Radio. “In fact, I’m hoping that she will be able to do that, even when I’m a teenager, when she grows up. Because I do hope to have The Adventures of Dolly, at some point: the things I’ve been through, and my travels, and my experience of going to Nashville. And someday that might even be a series of some sort.”
“But I’m hoping that that all works out, because she did an amazing job,” Dolly continues. “I just love little Aly. You know, she did so good and everybody just fell in love with her. So they’ll always tag her to me and I’ll always tag myself to her.” (AUDIO IS ABC 1-ON-1)
This week, Dolly presented the Library of Congress with the 100-millionth book from her literacy project, the Imagination Library. She also revealed a partnership to create a monthly story time that will be livestreamed to libraries across the U.S.
Scotty McCreery’s Beautiful Message About his FIRST #1 Song “Five More Minutes”
SCOTTY MCCREERY’s “Five More Minutes” has become his first #1 song. And it took a while. It was released last May and it finally topped the “Billboard” Country Airplay chart.
Scotty’s thrilled, not only because of that, but also because he thought his career was over in 2016. Even though he was an “American Idol” champ, and seemed to be a star, his record label was disappointed with his sales, so they parted ways.
He’d already written “Five More Minutes” . . . which is dedicated to his late grandfather . . . and he was afraid it might never see the light of day. But instead of giving up, he pushed forward. He hired new management and released the song anyway.
It did so well it became the first song in country music history to crack the Top 50 without a label. That got him a new label, more momentum . . . and here we are.
This story comes from a post on his Facebook page detailing how it all went down, and how much this means to him. It’s worth checking out because sometimes even people who seem to have it all, still have to work and fight for what they believe in.
Jake Owen Got John Mellencamp’s Approval Before Recording “I Was Jack (You Were Diane)”
(6 years ago with Keith Urban!)
JAKE OWEN’s new song “I Was Jack (You Were Diane)” is almost a full-on tribute to JOHN MELLENCAMP’s iconic “Jack and Diane”. Jake didn’t write it, and he almost didn’t record it, for obvious reasons.
He says, quote, “When I first heard [it] I thought, ‘How can I do this and re-create what is already a classic song?’
“But the more I listened to it, the more I saw my own life growing up. The original was about ‘two American kids growing up in the heartland’ and that image is exactly what so many country songs are based on.”
But there was one thing he HAD to do first. Quote, “The most important thing to me and my team is that we sent the song to [him] and he liked the track. Getting his stamp of approval sealed the deal for me that this song should be our debut single.”
“I Was Jack (You Were Diane)” is the lead single from his next album. No word yet on a title or release date for that.
Country Music Extras . . . Quick Links to Additional Stories
1. CRAIG MORGAN’s new reality show “Morgan Family Strong” premieres today on UP TV. Craig and his family talked to “People“ about the show . . . and opened up about the loss of Craig’s son Jerry, who died in a boating accident in 2016.
2. There may be some pop collaborations in GARTH BROOKS’ future. He tells the “Beaumont Enterprise“, quote, I love Ed Sheeran. I think he’s fantastic. The guy’s so talented. [And] Lady Gaga is kind of my girl. She’s an entertainer, which I really like as well.” Obviously, we’ll keep our eyes and ears open.
3. KALIE SHORR will have a dream come true on March 31st. That’s when she’ll be making her Grand Ole Opry debut. She posted a video on Twitter of the phone call she put into her mom with the good news. She cried, her mom cried . . . I cried. It’s a wonderful thing.
4. This is tough news. Justin Durrett, the police officer from CARRIE UNDERWOOD’s hometown who was injured in a car accident, has passed away. Carrie had donated to a GoFundMe account in his name. (Rare Country)
5. And now . . . JASON ALDEAN is on the side of a goalie mask. A guy named Eddie Pasquale plays for the Syracuse Crunch, a minor league affiliate of the Tampa Bay Lightning. He designs his goalie masks with images of country stars. This one feature Jason on one side, and Aussie-Canadian country singer GORD BAMFORD on the other. (Full Story)