Welcome to Feel-Good Friday, a weekly roundup of heartwarming stories, lighthearted videos, and inspiring country news that reminds us all there is still good in the world.
Dolly Parton answers the Web’s most searched questions about her
What’s Dolly Parton’s favorite color (white)? Can she yodel (yes)? Is she a soprano (“you mean mafia, no, but if you’re talking about my voice yes!”)? These and many more questions about Parton were answered in an eight-minute video posted this week by Wired. The country legend shared her unique charm and humor with viewers throughout every question posed to her.
“I’m a country girl and I started out in country music, of course I like to think I can do all sorts of music now,” she said. When asked if she’s Miley Cyrus’ godmother, Parton replied with a resounding yes, adding, “I’m the fairy godmother to Miley Cyrus.”
Married for 54 years, Parton said she’s been with her husband for 56 years. “We’ve been together most our lives and we’re still happy. Can you believe that?”
She also went on to answer who she looks like: “Well, a clown,” she joked. “I actually patterned my look after what they called the town tramp in my hometown. This woman that used to walk the streets had all this makeup and hair and high heel shoes. I thought she was so beautiful but everybody said she looked nothing like trash. I used to say, ‘That’s what I’ll be when I grow up – trash!’”
Ell gave back to the Nashville community this week by helping to deliver groceries to those in need. The Store is a non-profit grocery started by Brad Paisley and his wife, Kimberly Williams-Paisley, aimed to help families who are struggling and the elderly. Ell and Co. were masked up for safety in a photo featured on her Instagram page.
Little Big Town share Tiny Desk performance from their home
Little Big Town are the latest musical act featured on NPR’s Tiny Desk From Home concert series. The quartet’s mesmerizing harmonies were showcased on the 16-minute episode shot in the middle of Karen Fairchild and Jimi Westbrook’s Nashville living room. Their four-song set spanned their catalog of “Nightfall,” “Wine, Beer, Whiskey,” “Girl Crush” and “Boondocks.”
Tim McGraw and Faith Hill celebrated their 24th anniversary this week and McGraw shared a sweet tribute to his wife with a photo montage of the pair through the years. Captioning the set of photos, McGraw writes of how the years rushed by in a series of “beautiful, painful and unexpected moments.”
“We have loved, laughed and cried through exciting, inspiring and heartbreaking events in our lives together. [You] have been a role model for 3 remarkable young women who have made me a better man than I ever thought I could be,” he says, before adding that the future “only matters if I’m with you.”
Runaway June get nostalgic in new “We Were Rich” video
Runaway June’s “We Were Rich” has the trio wistfully looking back on their past. Naomi Cooke, Jennifer Wayne and Natalie Stovall transform the viewer to a simpler time in the new video, which was shot in Stovall’s hometown of Columbia, TN. Clips of the trio playing on the side of the road are interspersed with youth baseball teams headed on the field for a game, homecoming, local bowling alley hangouts and much more small town living.
“The first time I saw our music video I started sobbing like a baby,” Stovall says in a statement. “I didn’t expect to get so emotional. It opens on the house I grew up in, features my parents and sweeps through intensely nostalgic moments, people, and places from my childhood and hometown.”