Kenny Chesney Sends “Thoughts and Prayers” to Those Affected by Tennessee Wildfires; Calls Attention to Dolly Parton’s My People Fund [Watch]

Kenny Chesney Sends “Thoughts and Prayers” to Those Affected by Tennessee Wildfires; Calls Attention to Dolly Parton’s My People Fund [Watch]

East Tennessee native Kenny Chesney posted a video message on his social media accounts today (Dec. 5) to bring attention to the fundraising efforts of Dolly Parton’s My People Fund, which was established to assist those affected by the wildfires in the Great Smoky Mountains. On Nov. 28, an estimated 1,684 structures were damage or destroyed by wildfires; 134 people sustained injuries; and 14 people are now confirmed dead.

“Hey everybody, this is Kenny Chesney,” said Kenny in the video. “I just want to say to everybody in East Tennessee and to everybody back where I come from in Gatlinburg, Tennessee, that I am thinking about you. I am loving you really hard right now. East Tennessee is my heart and my soul and how I grew up. And I realize now that everybody over there is hurting and I want you to know that you’re in my thoughts and my prayers. And along with a lot of other people’s help, we’re going to do everything we can to try to make this better. I love you guys.”

Dolly’s My People Fund was established last week to provide $1,000 each month for up to six months to Sevier County families who lost their homes in the wildfires. Anyone can donate to the My People Fund online or by mail. 100 percent of the donations will go directly to the families affected by the wildfires.

Watch Kenny’s message below.

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Miranda Lambert is Settling Down and Setting Up Shop

Miranda Lambert is Settling Down and Setting Up Shop

If you’ve been to lower Broadway in Nashville over the last several years, you know country music artist owned honkytonks having been sprouting up all along Music City’s famous strip.

Jason Aldean, John Rich, Blake Shelton, Dierks Bentley, Luke Bryan, Florida Georgia Line and Alan Jackson all already have venues…but now there’s another name being thrown in the mix, and it’s a first!

Miranda Lambert will be the first female country artist to have a downtown venue. Miranda’s place will be located at 308 Broadway, and looks to be named “Miranda Lambert’s Casa Rosa.”

Miranda was perhaps encouraged to move into this new venture by a 2018 Nashville Business Journal poll. When music industry pros were asked, “Which female country star should open a downtown bar?” — Miranda garnered the most votes.

Miranda is partnering with TC Restaurant Group on the new place, and it looks like even more details will be revealed in the coming weeks.

Photo Credit: Ellen Von Unwerth