Joey and Rory have remained steadfast and faithful throughout Joey’s journey with cancer. The couple have been truly inspirational, and we’re so grateful for Rory documenting his thoughts and feelings in such a beautiful way. These days, the couple have taken to praying for big miracles one day at a time, and we ask that you join them.
This week is a landmark one for the couple. Today, their album Hymns & Stores that Are Important to Us was released today. Sunday is Valentine’s Day, Monday the Grammys take place, which the couple are nominated, and Wednesday their baby girl Indiana turns 2.
There is a reason Joey has made it this long. Let us all join together in prayer that she gets to experience all this week has to offer.
So my hope this year instead is to hold her hand and take her on a ‘virtual’ walk down memory lane together… with pictures and videos on my laptop. I want to take her back to where our lives first began together, and relive this beautiful journey that God has taken us on… from that first song she heard me sing at the Bluebird cafe, to the last one we sang together as we stood on stage and took our final bow… to the songs that she will leave behind here on earth and the ones she will soon sing for eternity to our sweet Lord in that heavenly choir up yonder.
A trip down memory lane together…
That, and I’m hoping for a few soft kisses. The passion for each other that Joey and I once had has been replaced by the sweetest, gentlest kisses.
I live for those kisses.
They are enough.
A few nights later we will again gather around Joey’s bed and turn the tv-in-the-corner on and watch the Grammy Awards – Joey’s mama and daddy and her three sisters and their kids – all of us having a big-time together. We’ll watch the presenters and performances and scan the cutaways to the audience for our daughters and our manager in the sea of people dressed-to-the-nines for the big night. And we will smile at each other and wonder how in the world we got so blessed. How we’ve come so far without going anywhere at all.
For Indy’s birthday, the family will gather to celebrate.
Our plan is to put streamers up around Joey’s bed and move Indiana’s high-chair in beside her, so Joey can be part of it. So she can watch our little-one eat her cupcake and rip the wrapping paper off her gifts. But Joey is very fragile right now, and so with all of these plans we have, we will need to adjust for what my wife needs.
God Bless this family. I hope they call Joey and Rory’s names on GRAMMY night.
Jason Aldean catapults his career internationally as the first headliner to ever sellout CMC Rocks QLD Country Music Festival. Fans snagged every ticket to the festival which has featured past headliners, Taylor Swift and Tim McGraw. Before taking the stage, Aldean will bring one of “2016’s Hottest Tours” (Rolling Stone) to Melbourne, AU (3/8) and Sydney, AU (3/9).
“I have been looking forward to heading down under to play, but to hear it’s already sold out without ever stepping foot in Australia is really cool,” shares Aldean. “The boys and I kicked it off really early this year stateside and I am ready to bring it to the fans who I hear have been waiting.”
Three-time reigning ACM “Male Vocalist of the Year” continues with his “high-octane” (The Oklahoman) show with stops next weekend, in Roanoke, VA (2/18), Charlottesville, VA (2/19) and Fayetteville, NC (2/20). Additionally, Aldean will continue his partnership with Susan G. Komen for his 2016 WE WERE HERE TOUR, offering fans a special opportunity to honor breast cancer survivors. On select dates over the course of the tour, Aldean will surprise survivors nominated through essay submissions with concert tickets and VIP backstage access to the concert of their choice. For more information visit www.jasonaldean.com.
Just in time for Mother’s Day, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment will release the critically acclaimed film Dolly Parton’s Coat of Many Colors on DVD for the first time on May 3, 2016.
Experience the magic and warmth of the television movie event that is based on the inspiring true story of living legend Dolly Parton’s remarkable upbringing in rural Tennessee. To date, initial broadcast of Dolly Parton’s Coat of Many Colors has delivered 15.9M total viewers (Live+7), becoming the #1 movie on broadcast with total viewers in more than 6 years.* Furthermore, Dolly Parton’s Coat of Many Colors has the highest total viewer L+SD to L+3 increase (2.548 M) ever!.** The family-oriented faith-based movie stars Jennifer Nettles (award-winning singer/songwriter and lead vocalist of the duo Sugarland), Ricky Schroder (NYPD Blue, The Lost Battalion, 24), Gerald McRaney (Agent X, Mike & Molly, Longmire, House of Cards), and Alyvia Alyn Lind (Transparent, Revenge,Blended). Dolly Parton introduces the film and serves as narrator. Dolly Parton’s Coat of Many Colors also contains an alternate version of the movie, deleted scenes and heartwarming extras. The DVD is priced to own at $19.98.
This once-in-a-lifetime special takes place inside the tight-knit Parton family as they struggle to overcome a devastating tragedy and discover the healing power of love, faith and a raggedy patchwork coat — vividly described in the well-known song of the film’s title — that helped make Parton who she is today. Set in the Tennessee Great Smoky Mountains in 1955, this poignant and uplifting family-friendly story follows the incidents in Dolly and her family’s life around the time she was nine years old.
Dolly Parton’s Coat of Many Colors is executive produced by Dolly Parton, Sam Haskell and Pamela K. Long. Written by Long, the film was directed by Stephen Herek. Hudson Hickman served as line producer and Velton Ray Bunch and Mark Leggett composed the musical score. The film is a production of Magnolia Hill Productions and DP Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television. Dolly Parton’s Coat of Many Colors first premiered on December 10, 2015, on NBC.
DVD SPECIAL FEATURES:
Coat of Many Colors: Bringing the Song to the Screen (Featurette) – This featurette explores the early life of Dolly Parton, the “Queen of Country Music.” Ms. Parton talks about the origin of her hit song “Coat of Many Colors” and the journey of bringing this story of love and forgiveness to television.
The Swon Brothers sat down to chat with CMTT this week at the annual CRS Seminar in Nashville. The duo just released a new EP, Timeless, on their own record label after parting ways with Arista Nashville. The guys are proud of the new music, having took the time to write and play on the entire album.
See what song is their favorite on the album, and check out our 10QQQ with the guys… You’ll discover their worst and best habits, songs they wish they’d written, biggest pet peeves and more!!!