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  • Dolly Opens New Store In Nashville

    Posted by Vanessa Ryan

    Dolly Parton

    Dolly Parton is giving people another great reason to want to visit Nashville.  Dolly Parton’s Trinkets & Treasure will be her first-ever retail store and it will open in Nashville this week!

    Located in an old storefront on 2nd Ave. the 1000 square-foot space reflects the Dolly “Coat of Many Colors” influence with a mix of pink, yellow, red, blue, green and purple–both in the interior and exterior–with Dolly music and videos filling the space.

    Although the store won’t celebrate its grand opening until Spring 2010 with a special event hosted by Dolly, previews for the store begin this Tuesday (November 24) and the first 500 shoppers who spend more than $20 get a free Backwoods Barbie tour book.

    The store  is located at 126 2nd Ave North, Nashville, TN (next door to Wild Horse Saloon) and store hours are 10:00 AM-8:00 PM Sunday through Friday, and Saturday from 10:00 AM-10:00 PM.

  • Lance Smith Leaving CMT Network

    Posted by Vanessa Ryan

    Lance Smith

    CMT’s very first VJ, Lance Smith, has announced that he is leaving the network to persue a career in acting. Smith has hosted countless CMT shows over the years, but his home with with CMT’s Top 20 Countdown. Since 2001, he’s hosted more than 400 episodes of “Top 20.”

    “I’ll continue to pursue a place in front of a mic or camera, but it will be under a different set of lights.” Smith continues, “Once upon a time, before my decade long stint as a host, I was an actor and it’s time to wear that hat once again. I will forever be grateful for every chance and opportunity given to me by CMT and Country Music. There’s not a better fan base in the world. But most of all I will miss the crews—my friends behind the scenes. It’s the show behind the curtain that I was most fortunate to see.”

    Smith’s contract with CMT expires next month.

  • Carrie Underwood: CNN Heroes TV Special

    Posted by Vanessa Ryan


    Carrie Underwood

    CARRIE UNDERWOOD taped her performance for CNN's Heroes TV special over the weekend in Los Angeles. She sang the tune "Change," which is also featured on her new album Play On. CNN Heroes airs this Thursday night at 8:00 PM CST.

    In other Carrie news, she recently made a special donation to the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame. A copy of the lyrics and sheet music to her song "I Ain't in Checotah Anymore" was unveiled during a ceremony in Muskogee, Oklahoma last Thursday. Carrie was inducted into the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame earlier this year.  

  • Keith Urban Hoping Daughter Becomes A Singer

    Posted by Vanessa Ryan

    keith Urban and Sunday Rose

    From UsWeekly...Country crooner Keith Urban is hoping that when it comes to music, it will be like father, like daughter.  The Australian performer, 42, is rooting for his little girl, Sunday Rose, to follow in his musical footsteps.  "She's got some pipes," Urban says of his 16-month-old daughter with Nine star Nicole Kidman. "I think she sounds quite musical. I sit at the piano with her in the morning and we mash the keys together."

    Urban's wife and daughter, born in July 2008, were top of mind at Sunday's American Music Awards.  "I've never won anything with Nic sitting in the audience before," Urban told reporters backstage after his win for Favorite Male Country Artist -- which he dedicated to Kidman and Sunday. "It was beautiful to have [Nicole] there tonight. She's such a huge inspiration for everything I do."

    The new dad -- who calls fatherhood "pure bliss" -- says he's excited for Sunday to spend her first Christmas in her parents' native Australia.  Has Urban thought of New Year's resolutions yet?  "To keep your family together and to just keep choosing love," he says.

  • Nashville Now: Jimmy Wayne's New Album in Store and Toby Talks Europe Tour

    Posted by Vanessa Ryan

    Jimmy Wayne

    *JIMMY WAYNE's new studio album Sara Smile lands in stores today featuring the title cut as the lead single. Many of the tunes on this new project were actually intended for Jimmy's last album, Do You Believe Me Now, but they didn't fit the vibe of that album. With the song "Sara Smile" leading the way, Jimmy says, quote, "[We went back and got] the songs that we didn't use for [the last] album because they sound more like the 'Sara Smile' sound...It definitely works a lot better." Of course, "Sara Smile" is a cover of the classic HALL & OATES tune; the duo actually sings on Jimmy's version of the tune.


    *TOBY KEITH wrapped up his first European tour over the weekend in Norway, a trek that was many years in the making. It turns out Toby has wanted to tour Europe for several years now, but the concert promoters over there told him he'd have to take the fiddle and steel guitar out of his songs. Since he didn't want to play that kind of music, Toby always took a pass on performing overseas. That all changed last year when his album That Don't Make Me a Bad Guy went platinum in Norway. He says, quote, "We started checking around and sure enough, there was some interest."

    Toby played to sold-out crowds in Europe on this trek. He'll return to Oslo, Norway next month to perform at the Nobel Peace Prize concert.  WDEZ Club Bonus is Europe.



    *WYNONNA is set to appear on The Oprah Winfrey Show Tuesday. She'll be at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, helping to welcome U.S. troops home from Iraq with a special performance. The Oprah appearance comes in advance of Wynonna's A Classic Christmas tour, starting this weekend in Hershey, Pennsylvania.

    Also, TIM McGRAW may be turning up on Oprah's holiday special, according to published reports. That show will reportedly air November 30th, and Tim is said to be performing with R&B star ALICIA KEYS. Alicia posted a photo of them singing together on her Twitter account. SUGARLAND has already taped their performance for that episode as well.


    *DIERKS BENTLEY took his Miles & Music for Kids bike ride and concert to his hometown of Phoenix on Saturday. About 35 hundred bikers showed up for the event to raise money for the Phoenix Children's Hospital. According to the Arizona Republic newspaper, JIMMY WAYNE and JESSI COLTER joined Dierks onstage for the concert part of the event. Look for news later this week on how much money was raised.


    Tim McGraw, Faith Hill and kids

    *After years as a music superstar, TIM McGRAW has been expanding his career to acting, and it looks like his oldest daughter GRACIE may be following in his footsteps. He tells People magazine, quote, "[She's] into fashion design, music and acting." Tim's doing quite well on the acting front himself. His new movie with SANDRA BULLOCK, The Blind Side, opened at number two at the box office over the weekend, pulling in 34.5 million dollars. 


    *In a statement on her website Friday, MILEY CYRUS expressed her sadness over the loss of BILL  DOUGLAS, a tour bus driver who was killed in a traffic accident on Friday outside of Richmond, Virginia.  Douglas was driving one of Miley's four buses on the way to Greensboro, North Carolina when the bus hit an embankment and overturned.  Douglas was killed, but nine members of the production crew riding on the bus were able to escape through the front windshield.  Miley was not on the bus -- she had boarded a plane to Nashville to spend time at home before her next concert.

    The statement read, "We are deeply saddened by the loss of Bill "Uncle Bill" Douglas. Members of our tour are like members of our family. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family in the midst of this tragedy. He will truly be missed."  It's not clear yet what caused the crash.

  • Checking In to See If You Like the Look of the New Blog?

    Posted by Vanessa Ryan

    Just checking in to see what you are thinking of the new blog format I started last week? I’m REALLY hoping you like the new version! I’m now able to put all my Country Music News, Pop Culture stuff, Recipes and personal blog into one cool looking blog called “Everything Vanessa”. It will have all my interests, favorites, likes, dislikes and more in one sweet location. I hope you dig it and I hope you keep coming back for more!!!   WDEZ Club Bonus is Everything.


  • Easy Baked Cheese & Vegetable Twist Recipe

    Posted by Vanessa Ryan
    I found another fantastic recipe to share!  YUMMO!  I just hope I can get it to work as a Thanksgiving appetizer...the first time it worked out perfectly...looks hard to make but it isn't.
    Kraft Easy Bake Cheese & Vegetable Twist

    Easy Baked Cheese & Vegetable Twist 

    Prep Time: 20 min Total Time: 1 hr Makes: 16 servings 

    What You Need!

    • 2 eggs
    • 4 oz.  (1/2 of 8-oz. pkg.) PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese, softened
    • 1/2 cup KRAFT 2% Milk Shredded Italian* Three Cheese Blend
    • 3 cups  frozen broccoli cuts, thawed, drained
    • 1/2 lb. fresh mushrooms, cut into quarters
    • 1/2 cup  cherry tomatoes, cut in half
    • 4 green onions, sliced
    • 2 cans  (8 oz. each) refrigerated crescent dinner rolls

    Make It!

    HEAT oven to 375ºF.

    MIX first 3 ingredients in large bowl until well blended. Stir in next 4 ingredients.

    UNROLL crescent dough; separate into 16 triangles. Arrange in 11-inch circle on foil-lined baking sheet, with short sides of triangles overlapping in center and points of triangles toward outside. (There should be a 5-inch diameter opening in center of circle.) Spoon cheese mixture onto dough near center of circle. Bring outside points of triangles up over filling, then tuck under dough in center of ring to cover filling.

    BAKE 35 to 40 min. or until crust is golden brown and filling is heated through. 

    Bonus for the WDEZ Club is Twist.

  • Jason Michael Carroll Grows Up

    Posted by Vanessa Ryan

    Jason Michael Carroll

    When Jason Michael Carroll first hit the scene, he took advantage of hitting every party he could with his band. He tells The Mobile Press-Register, "When we first released the first record, the band and I, we really kind of lived up [to] 'I Can Sleep When I'm Dead.' It got to the point where, if there was a party we were invited to, we wouldn't turn down an invitation. If that meant we got two hours' sleep before the next morning and we had interviews and things like that to do, then, so be it."

    But, all the late nights finally caught up to them and Jason Michael decided that things had to change. He explains, "By the time we were getting ready to do the second record, I noticed that we still got invited to parties, we'd still go to parties, but we wouldn't party as hard." Carroll continues, "We still party, but that growing up, that dang responsibility kicks in. That's when growing up truly is getting old, because you'd love to hang out, you'd love to still do it, but you have to be responsible."

    Jason Michael also shares that he feels the tides changing in his career. He says, "It's really starting to catch on. It feels like we're right there on that edge, about to really bust loose. It's exciting." The biggest difference is the one he sees during his live shows. Carroll explains, "Everywhere we seem to be playing, we're seeing more and more folks coming out. Not just that, but the folks that are there, we're seeing more and more folks singing along to our songs. They'll scream for songs that I've never eve released on a record yet... It's really cool that people are responding that well and that way to our music."

  • Courtney Cox Halts Production of Cougar Town Because of Family Matter

    Posted by Vanessa Ryan

    Courtney Cox

    People.com...Production on Cougar Town has been suspended for now while star Courtney Cox attends to a family matter. 

    Neither reps for Arquette, 45, nor the show disclosed what the issue was.

    In a statement, an ABC rep says: "We can confirm production on Cougar Town has been temporarily shut down in order for Courteney to deal with a private family matter."