You can keep your Chesneys, Lukes, and Florida Georgia Lines … I’ll take Kenny Rogers any day

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Last weekend, I had the honor of watching my very first Kenny Rogers concert when he came to Boise, Idaho. 

And it's a concert I don't think I will ever forget. 

I remember being a kid in the 80s and my mom love, love, loving her some Kenny Rogers, so I was pretty happy when I was able to score two tickets and bring her along for the fun ride. I have four singers/groups who stand out strongly from my really young days: Bob Seger, which I remember because my mom went to his concert while I was in the hospital having my tonsils removed; Rod Stewart because I was in love with his highly-inappropriate-for-a-youngster Do Ya Think I'm Sexy; and The Gatlin Brothers because All The Gold In California was my favorite song and I sang it constantly. But then there was Kenny Rogers who I had a special place in my heart for because he was my mom's favorite singer, which definitely rubbed off on me, and I grew up thinking that he and I were related. See, my maiden name was Rogers and so in my young mind Kenny Rogers was some sort of a long lost uncle of mine.

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Dolly Parton song makes top 20 most popular funeral songs list

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I'm not sure if making this list would be an honor or not, but Dolly Parton's song I Will Always Love You recently made the list of the top 20 pop songs requested at English funerals.

The Co-operative FuneralCare of England compiled the list based on requests made at 30,000 services over a 12-month period in 2012.  

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Randy Travis makes rare public appearance

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Wow! Randy Travis looks really, really good. 

The singer made a very rare public appearance on Saturday when he attended a Dolly Parton concert in Thackerville, Oklahoma.

According to People, Dolly gave her friend a special shout-out.

"There are some people you just love and admire for their talents. Tonight, one of those people are here," she said. "Randy Travis, wherever you are, I hope you are enjoying the show." 

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Dolly Parton releases new video for ‘Home’

Check it out! Dolly Parton has just released the new video for Home

Home comes from Parton’s latest critically acclaimed release, BLUE SMOKE, which debuted on the Billboard Top 200 chart at #6, and #2 on the Billboard Country chart, marking her highest charting solo album ever.  

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Dolly Parton selling West Hollywood hideaway

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Yep, you know you're in California when a 1000-square foot home in a residential neighborhood is being sold for nearly a million and a half dollars. 

Eeesh. 

Of course, this home is being sold by none other than Dolly Parton, so it might just be the perfect home for a super-fan. 

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Dolly Parton shares her wig with Jimmy Fallon

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This is so cute. Dolly Parton stopped by The Tonight Show Tuesday in support of her world tour and new album, Blue Smoke, which hit stores and online outlets on Tuesday. 

She also talked about her famous wig collection and then talked Jimmy Fallon into trying one on. 

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Dolly Parton writes a BuzzFeed quiz

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I have a love/hate relationship with BuzzFeed. I love it because it is way too entertaining and can keep me occupied for hours and I hate it because it is way too entertaining and can keep me occupied for hours. 

Yesterday, however, my love of BuzzFeed became useful when I came across a fun and surprising article on the site. 

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Meet this week’s #FeaturedFriday artist: David Britt

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Welcome to this week's #FeaturedFriday.

Meet David Britt. He and I have been chatting on Twitter for a while now and I'm happy to welcome him as this week's #FeaturedFriday artist. 

David is one of those people who you meet who is so talented, both as a songwriter and as a singer, and it makes you wonder why you haven't heard him on the radio. 

I often hear country fans gripe about the state of country music radio and I just shake my head because there are so many people out there who are actually putting out music you want to listen to, you just have to spend a little extra time finding them. David's one of those people: a musician who you could skip the radio waves and buy his music instead.

I don't think you can categorize David's music as one specific type of country music. If you want sort of silly bro-country songs about sexy women and trucks with a little country rap thrown in, listen to Country Flow. You want music that gives thanks to God? Listen to God Was Looking Out For Me. You want a song that walks the line between pop and country? Listen to Sweet Becca Jayde. You want a song to help you get over a break up? Then listen to To Hell With Your Love in the video below. It sounds like a Brantley-Gilbert-penned tune and it's pretty damn good. 

Seriously, folks, if you're done with the radio and all of it's frustrating musical politics, just find some great artists online and support them by purchasing their music. David Britt's music is a great place to start.  

Check out some questions he answered for me after the jump … 

 

 

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