Winter Music Series

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Winter Music Series at Dollywood's DreamMore Resort and Spa

Introducing The Winter Music Series at Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort and Spa. During January and February you’ll be able to experience country music artists in an intimate setting. Each package contains one Meet & Greet with the featured artist and admission for two to each evening of music.

Package Includes:
- Room Type Of Your Choice (Based on Availability)
- ONE Meet & Greet with featured artist
- TWO admission tickets to each evening of music (Music performances begin at 8 p.m.)

Music Series Ticket Pricing:
General Admission | $20
Season Passholder Admission | $15
Artist Meet & Greet | $20 (This is in addition to the cost of admission)
*Overnight Accommodations Are Not Required To Attend Music Events.
Capacity Is Limited For All Music Events

NOTE: Individual tickets to the Winter Music Series can be purchased for the ticket prices above (per person, per evening) at Dollywood's DreamMore Resort and Spa on the day of the performance. The artist meet & greet is included in the room package. A limited number of additional artist meet & greets will be available for purchase at Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort and Spa. All music events have limited capacity.

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Country music's power has always been in its ability to reflect real life, and few artists have a stronger gift for capturing both heartache and hope than Wade Hayes. In the past few years, the singer/songwriter has navigated a complicated journey that has produced some of the most potent songs of his already impressive career. Surviving stage IV colon cancer, not just once but twice, has given Hayes a unique perspective of the fragility of life and the strength of the human spirit. Those lessons learned are embodied in the songs on “Go Live Your Life.”

Far from being a heavy manifesto on pain and survival, “Go Live Your Life” is actually a vibrant tapestry that is both poignant and playful. The title track is an upbeat anthem that celebrates living life to the fullest while "Dirt Road" pays homage to his Oklahoma roots and "Remember the Alimony" is a tongue-in-cheek slice of advice to a friend on the precipice of another romantic mistake. "She is Home" is a tender love song about life's true priorities while "If the Sun Comes Up" is a powerful ballad about moving on. Anchored by Hayes insightful songwriting and brought to life through his warm, rich baritone, the songs on “Go Live Your Life” are steeped in country's best traditions yet have a contemporary edge.

Hayes co-produced the album with longtime friend Dave McAfee. "Dave and I got together and listened to songs and honed it down to what we thought fit on this project," says Hayes, who wrote or co-wrote all but one song on “Go Live Your Life.” "I'm very fortunate getting to this next step. After getting through the years of ill health and bad luck, I'm kind of laser focused right now. Getting sick has changed me immensely. It's as if I'm looking through different eyeballs now. I appreciate everything so much more. I realize how much I took for granted."

Hayes was in his early 20s when he began churning out such enduring hits as "Old Enough to Know Better," "I'm Still Dancing with You," "On a Good Night" and "What I Meant to Say." A second generation country singer from Bethel Acres, Oklahoma, Hayes grew up watching his dad perform. The young guitarist's dream was to be the next Don Rich, Buck Owens' revered guitar player and one of country music's most legendary sidemen. "I was a big fan of Don Rich, and I thought that's what I wanted to do," he recalls. "That's what I moved to Nashville for."

Hayes began realizing that goal when Johnny Lee tapped the young musician to be his lead guitarist, but he just wasn't meant to be a sideman. "Record label people started coming to watch me play and the next thing I knew everything was happening fast," says Hayes, who landed a publishing deal just nine months after moving to Nashville, and a contract with Columbia Records soon after. His debut single, "Old Enough to Know Better," hit No. 1 on Billboard's Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart and Hayes was nominated for the ACM's Top New Male Vocalist honor. Two of Hayes' four major label albums have been certified gold by the RIAA, and hits such as "Don't Stop," "The Day That She Left Tulsa (In a Chevy)" and "How Do You Sleep at Night" continue to be fan favorites in his shows.

In 2009, he released the critically acclaimed independent album, “A Place to Turn Around,” and continued to tour extensively until his world came to a screeching halt when he was diagnosed with stage IV colon cancer in the fall of 2011. It was a surprise to everyone, even the doctors. Because Hayes was so young, doctors initially thought the symptoms were the result of him working out too strenuously and lifting too much weight. After extensive surgery and debilitating chemotherapy, Hayes battled his way back to health only to have the cancer return in the fall of 2012.

He's now cancer free again, and the title track of his new album was inspired by a conversation with his oncologist. "That's a song that I'm very proud of," he says. "When I'd gotten through cancer the second time and we were looking at my blood work, my oncologist was talking about taking my port out. A port is something they implant into either your chest or under your arm where you receive chemotherapy. My oncologist said, ‘Wade, you were stage IV and now you're cancer free. We can take your port out. This is a big deal and I want to tell you something. I want you to go live your life.' "It hit me like a ton of bricks," Hayes continues, "because I knew that he meant two different things: one being, it's kind of a miracle that you're still here. You need to go enjoy your life. And two being, you had cancer really bad, and when it spread as far as it did, there's a good chance that it can come back. He was telling me to go live my life, because we don't know how long this good is going to be. I told Bobby Pinson that story and we wrote the song."

"Go Live Your Life" is an upbeat anthem about making the most of every day and reveling in the things that bring you happiness. "It's really been an impactful song doing it live," Hayes says. "I've done it at a lot of events and people have really gravitated towards it. They understand it and they get it." Writing songs has been part of his healing. "Writing is therapy, letting my mind go somewhere else instead of worrying about what's on my plate," he shares. "The thing that got me in trouble in school has been the thing that's saved my life. It's daydreaming. I've gotten very good at that. Writing songs like ‘Remember the Alimony' and ‘Bluebonnet Blues' were just fun songs to do. It was a good time."

The album closes with an instrumental version of the old hymn "Just As I Am," a tender ending to a tour de force artistic expression. "That song was played on my very first guitar that I got when I was twelve-years-old," Hayes says. "That guitar is not the easiest guitar to play. But I still love that guitar. It's not perfect, but it's like me. I'm not perfect. That cut isn't perfect, but it's the way it came out. That song means a lot to me."

In addition to writing and recording, Hayes has been back on the road, touring this spring with pals Bryan White and Mark Wills. He also enjoys spending time at his 11-acre farm outside Nashville where one of his favorite hobbies is restoring old pickup trucks. He makes time to share his experience with cancer and encourage others fighting the battle. "I've met so many wonderful people during this journey, especially when I started healing and got out and began speaking. I've met some incredible, brave people that were inspiring to me and told me that my story is inspiring to them. I heard the story of a guy who had cancer similar to mine and he made it back to being cancer free. It gave me so much hope that once I got through the valley I thought, ‘Man, that's what I want to do for other people.' I want to help them and try to give them inspiration and hope. With God all things are possible. I'm a living example."

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The heart and soul of the Black Opry Revue are the diverse artists of color that incorporate their love and blending of the genres of country, blues, folk and Americana music. There is an increasing interest in country music performed by artists in the Black Opry Revue, and the roots of this relationship are as old as the genre itself. Discover the range and diversity of sounds from Black artists as they weave their talents throughout a showcase of blues and folk, of country and Americana in their many bridges and and intersections of both sounds and stories.

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Ladies and gentlemen, meet Nashville’s best-kept secret: Hannah Dasher.

When Dasher takes the stage, you see a country star who was born to entertain.

What you don’t see is what it took her to get to that stage. “In order to pay my band, I had to start cleaning houses and sell all my guitars, including the first and only one my daddy ever gave me. For years, I wrote songs and played shows on borrowed guitars,” Dasher recalls. “Eventually, I scrubbed enough toilets to buy my first Gibson.”

Aside from Hannah’s work ethic, her strong, non-conforming, swaggy lyrics set her apart from her peers early on. Accompanying her big hair and her larger-than-life personality is a voice that’s even bigger. It all makes for a sound that’s familiar -- like your favorite 90s country -- yet uniquely fresh.

In fact, that fresh take on the familiar further sets Dasher apart from every other country music hopeful who moves to Nashville to chase the neon dream. Her carefully crafted songs, classically country voice and presence on stage give her a leg up in a genre where fitting in just wasn’t a good fit.

And already, it’s starting to pay off. During the quarantine summer of 2020, Dasher decided to try out her comedic, country music-infused cooking series, "Stand By Your Pan" on TikTok. Within six months, her platform grew from 12,000 followers to over a million. “People appreciate that I’m authentically unfiltered Hannah, and I’m very confident in who God made me to be,” she says. Quite the entertainer beyond the kitchen, the triple threat is now a Fender Next Artist and the face of the new 2021 Telecaster coming this fall. “Jaren Johnston (from the band The Cadillac Three) gave me my first electric guitar a few years ago and said, ‘Now here. Learn it!’ So I did. I don’t know the notes, I just play by ear.”

While Dasher’s ascent has been almost a decade in the making, someone once told her, “Reba wasn’t built in a day.” So she’s comfortable with the slow climb, because she’s surrounded herself with a Nashville family of songwriters, musicians, producers and industry allies who push her to be better. “So many people have had instrumental talks with me about getting out of my own way. It’s hard to relinquish control of your art and to navigate that, while keeping everyone around me inspired.”

Her latest release “The Half Record” -- due out July 9 -- is the music that Dasher is very proud to be sharing with the world. “I like to leave things better than I found them. This is so much bigger than me,” she shares.

Being born and raised near Savannah, Georgia, Dasher likes to say that she’s been keeping country country since 1989. And while she did have some rock and Motown influences in the mix, the cassettes she wore out when she was growing up were Patsy Cline’s “Greatest Hits,” Clint Black’s “Killin’ Time” and Alan Jackson’s “A Lot About Livin' (And a Little 'bout Love).”

Now that she’s fully immersed in the grown-up life of a country singer-songwriter, Dasher admits that from a very young age, she was not merely a fair-weather fan. She was the kind of fan who made country music her life’s mission. “I didn’t like to read books, but I’d read song lyrics and liner notes front to back. I was that nerdy kid who knew who Keith Stegall was when I was 8 years old,” she admits. “And I always wanted to be a country singer. I practiced my CMA Awards speeches in front of my bathroom mirror with a hairbrush as a little girl.”

Once she’d moved to Nashville after graduating from college, Dasher balanced her work at Bass Pro Shops with her work honing her songwriting craft. It paid off just a year and a half after she arrived, when she signed a publishing deal in 2012. But it wasn’t until 2017 that she signed with Sony Music Nashville. “I knew I wanted to be a singer, but then I discovered songwriting,” Dasher recalls. “Then I thought, ‘Maybe I want both. Maybe I don’t just want to be Reba McEntire. Maybe I want to be Alan Jackson as well.’ It took five years between my publishing and record deals because I felt like I couldn’t be the kind of artist I wanted to be until the songs were in place.

“I was loading up my gun for the gun fight,” she says of the years she spent learning how to trust her pen. “I even had an early cut with Brad Paisley -- a co-write with Paisley, Chris DuBois and Brent Anderson -- called ‘Go to Bed Early.’ It was an idea I'd started working on right around the time I got fired from Bass Pro Shop.”

Once Sony discovered and then signed Dasher, she says, her team was careful about the timing of her releases, because in country music, timing can be everything. “They never made me feel like I wasn’t enough,” the CMT Next Women of Country says. And now that the time is right, Dasher is all in. She was born to entertain, and now she’s devoted 32 years of hard work to perfecting her art. It shows at all her shows.

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Frank Ray is a former police officer, Texas chart-topper and bilingual recording artist opening doors for a modern Latino Country movement. Growing up both enriched in his Mexican culture, three miles from the border in New Mexico and surrounded by country music in Texas, Ray was immersed in the best of both worlds and has been harmonizing the two since. Described as “easygoing contemporary country with pop-soul hooks and a dash of Southwestern spice” (Rolling Stone) Ray’s music is a blend—drawing influences from ‘90s Texas Country, Latin, R&B and Pop. As an entertainer, Frank delivers engaging, high energy performances that have a little something for everyone. It’s with this cross-cultural appeal and his panorama of influences that the Los Angeles Times proclaims Ray “is looking to stretch country music’s cultural boundaries.”

In the three short years since embarking on his musical journey full-time, he has racked up two No. 1 singles and three Top 10 singles on Texas Country Radio, become a staff songwriter, landed Frank Rogers as his producer, signed a record deal with BBR Music Group/Stoney Creek Records and much more. In addition to being named an “Artist to Watch” by Rolling Stone, Ray has appeared on USA Network’s Real Country, been profiled in the “Los Angeles Times” and on NBC’s “TODAY.” He has also toured the nation and shared stages in support of artists like Kane Brown, Brett Eldredge, Luke Bryan, Kip Moore, LANCO, Old Dominion, Hunter Hayes and more. The versatile entertainer has released two tracks this summer, “Streetlights,” which was inspired by Ray’s Mexican heritage, to make for a sexy, smooth cross between country and Latin music and “Country’d Look Good On You,” his first radio single with Stoney Creek Records.

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Experience the music of ‘70s rock duo Seals & Crofts in a whole new way. Hear the hits “Summer Breeze,” “Diamond Girl,” and “We May Never Pass This Way (Again),” artfully re-imagined with a reverent nod to the past. Seals & Crofts 2, comprised of Brady Seals (cousin to James “Jim” Seals) and Lua Crofts (daughter of Darrell “Dash” Crofts) will dazzle you on their debut album. The project will feature many popular Seals & Crofts classics, as well as new songs from Seals & Crofts 2.

Singer/songwriter/artist Brady Seals has a pedigree for success. You could say that music is “in his blood,” as he is related to numerous industry heavyweights that includes Jimmy Seals (Seals & Crofts), as well as Dan Seals (England Dan & John Ford Coley), and Troy Seals (Songwriting Hall of Fame Member). Over the course of his career, Brady has topped three genres simultaneously and sold over 11 million albums. Brady is probably best known for his tenure in the 1990s as keyboardist and co-lead singer in the Grammy-nominated group Little Texas (Warner Brothers). Seals co-wrote three consecutive #1 songs for the band (“What Might Have Been,” “God Blessed Texas,” and “My Love”) winning him ASCAP’s Triple Play award.

Talented and soulful vocalist Lua Crofts comes from ‘70s era rock royalty. The daughter of Dash Crofts of the hugely popular ‘70s duo Seals & Crofts, performers of such hits as “Summer Breeze,” “Get Closer” and “Diamond Girl,” Lua grew up in Los Angeles, CA, right smack dab in the middle of the ‘70s and ‘80s music industry. Deciding to follow in her father’s footsteps, her first experience as a session singer was as the tender age of 7 years old when she accompanied both her mother and father on a song that would be featured on a popular children’s album. She would go on to become an in-demand session singer throughout the 90s and early 2000s in the Los Angeles area, singing background vocals on many popular R&B albums for artist’s like Rahsaan Patterson (MCA), Tevin Campbell (Qwest), Shanice Wilson (LaFace Records), Ray J (East West Records), Tamia Washington (Elektra Records) and many more. Featured on the smooth jazz track “Better Days” off of the legendary Producer/Guitar player Louie Shelton’s 1998 Jazz album “Hot & Spicy.”

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The Young Fables (TYF) are the promising Modern Traditional Country™ duo comprised of SHURE Microphone endorsed vocalist Laurel Wright and Gretsch-endorsed guitarist Wesley Lunsford. The team is maybe best known for having been selected by Shania Twain to appear on USA’s showcase television series Real Country.

The act hails from Maryville, TN, and has already collected impressive accolades including the Grand Prize at the Texaco Country Showdown, which landed Laurel on the Ryman Auditorium stage at age 16. TYF first engaged and organically expanded their grassroots following while on the road supporting their first two studio albums “Two” in 2017 and “Old Songs” in 2019. They've appeared with such notable acts as Lauren Alaina, Rascal Flatts, Josh Turner, Sara Evans, Chris Janson, Randy Houser, Delta Rae, Liz Longley and Chris Lane. Capturing the ears of three of the industry's most revered names, Keith Urban said they "had me immediately," Big Machine CEO Scott Borchetta praised "a flawless vocal” and Sheryl Crow tweeted “Just heard The Young Fables in the Nashville Airport. Laurel’s as good as any country singer out there!”

The nationally-syndicated Cumulus morning show “The Ty Bentli Show” embraced the duo, featuring them regularly in the hot topic #10MinuteTune segment. In addition, CMT exclusively premiered the music videos for “Completely” and “Half as Good” with both going on to garner regular rotation on country music video channels. Following the launch in May of 2018, the rave reviews and impact of their sophomore release “Old Songs,” a ten song album produced by the Grammy Award winning Mitch Dane, secured TYF their official debut at the CMA Music Festival on the Spotlight Stage. Their milestone year closed with two breakthroughs. “Rolling Stone” spotlighted TYF with a “10 Best Country and Americana Songs of the Week” with the release of their adaptation of the Patsy Cline iconic hit “Crazy” stating, “Simple and heartbreakingly direct…a poignant performance that’s as lonely as the song’s lyrics.” Also, via an invitation from Shania Twain, TYF were featured on USA Network’s “Real Country” premiere featuring the aforementioned Twain alongside Jake Owen, Travis Tritt and special guests Big & Rich. “When I heard Laurel’s voice for the first time, it was just extremely impressive,” said Twain. “Wes is a perfect partner for Laurel’s voice. I fell in love with these guys as a genuine, authentic talent and sound. We need you in this industry right now.”

The Young Fables are gearing up for the release of their third record “PAGES” and the feature documentary 'The Fable of a Song,' chronicling a remarkable series of events that rocked TYF in 2018. The story of the tragedies the band underwent have delivered a notable platform from which the duo speaks to a global audience about depression, loss and resilience. The film has already captured multiple awards including the 2021 Nashville Film Festival audience choice award. Meanwhile, high praises from “Rolling Stone” and “THE SCREENPLAY TOUR” (a route of venues, independent theaters and house concerts across America) are helping to secure the team’s spot on the story of country music.

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T. Graham Brown was a part of the most vibrant and exciting time periods in Country Music history – the mid-1980s. A new and exciting crop of talents were springing up all over the place – and Brown remembers it like it was yesterday.

“I remember Randy Travis and I hit at about the same time,” he recalls. “Our first singles were so close to each other. I’m not sure if it was the same week or not. Then you had Marty Stuart, Billy Burnette – who went on to Fleetwood Mac. Steve Earle was there, too. I saw him at the Grand Ole Opry a few weeks ago, and we talked about that year. We had a great year. We called our club ‘The Great Credibility Scare of 1986.’ All of us were having fun, there was no competition between us, and we all loved each other. Keith Whitley was one of my best friends, as well, and we were touring together a lot. It was a great time.”

Brown’s initial entry to country radio was the sad and soulful “Drowning In Memories.” That Top-40 single helped him to establish himself, and by the winter of 1986, he had warmed up to audiences with the bluesy hit “I Tell It Like It Used To Be.” Other hits quickly followed, with his first self-penned release “Hell And High Water,” which became his first number one song. “I Wish That I Could Hurt That Way Again” and “Don’t Go To Strangers” were the next releases, which all became chart-toppers.

The soulful vocal stylings of T. Graham Brown were all over the airwaves, as his sophomore release Brilliant Conversationalist added more titles to his arsenal of hits, such as the seductive “The Last Resort,” and “She Couldn’t Love Me Anymore.” It was a time period that Brown sums up as something of a blur.

“Doing shows, visiting radio stations and promoting our records, kept me out on the road over 300 days, a year and that was a lot of traveling! This was when I was on tour with Kenny Rogers, who was the biggest thing going back then. I was learning so much about the business and having the time of my life. I wouldn’t have missed it for the world!”

His audiences continued to make him a radio favorite as he continued to amass more hits like “Darlene,” the smash duet “Don’t Go Out” with Tanya Tucker, and the regret-filled “If You Could Only See Me Now.”

At the same time his singles were climbing the charts, Brown’s powerful voice could also be heard on radio and television. His sense of style provided the platform for a successful series of cameos in commercials for international brands such as Coca-Cola, Harrah’s Casino, Burger King, and Taco Bell. It’s his work with the popular Mexican eatery that he is perhaps best known, with a series of commercials under the mantra “Run For The Border,” a campaign that lasted four years. Brown says it was an exciting time – and one where he ate more than his share of Meximelts and Nachos Bell Grande dishes!

As the ‘80s progressed into the next decade, Brown continued to flex his artistic muscle. A well-received concert album enabled him a chance to pay homage to his early influences, like the incomparable Otis Redding, and his hero George Jones, who he teamed up with on several projects, including the CMA Award-winning Vocal Event of the Year release, “I Don’t Need Your Rockin’ Chair.” It was a gripping 1998 release about his battles with alcohol – “Wine Into Water”- which helped him introduce his music to the Christian audiences. This iconic song has been recorded by over a hundred artists, most recently by Loretta Lynn, on her critically acclaimed project, “Full Circle.”

In recent years, his first-ever gospel album, Forever Changed, netted him a Grammy nomination, with the promise of more such music on the way. A collaboration from the disc, “He’ll Take Care of You,” paired him with Country Music Hall of Famer Vince Gill.

Now entering his fifth decade as an entertainer, Brown continues to branch out in his career. Before moving to Nashville in 1982, he made a few cameos in feature films, including 1977’s “Greased Lightning” with Richard Pryor. More recently, he’s started acting again, and his colorful personality can be seen in such films as “Saving Samuel” and “Ticket To Nashville.” He is also featured in the television series “The Dream Motel,” which contains a unique premise.

“It’s a Christian-based ‘Fantasy Island’ meets ‘The Twilight Zone,’ says the artist known affectionately as His T-Ness. “Guests at The Dream Motel find themselves face to face with their past, their present and their future. All things are possible for guests at The Dream Motel.”

He even acted in the stage play, “A Scattered, Smothered, Covered Christmas, the Waffle House Musical,” where “Wine Into Water” was chosen for the score.

That being said, there’s not much that Brown would change. His career continues to sail along at a pace that seems to suit him well these days.

“I’m having more fun out there now than I ever have had. I’m not out there chasing the hits. I’m just trying to stay out there. We’re planning on doing another gospel record later this year. I’m doing some acting, which I am enjoying. I’m no great actor, but as long as they keep calling me, I’ll keep doing it. It’s a lot of fun.”

And, for Brown, it’s all about a career that he enjoys. He’ll tell you with a grin, “I’ve got a band and a bus, and I’ll keep taking the music to the people as long as God lets me. It’s what I love to do!”

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