Country Mile

By USA TODAY NETWORK - Tennessee

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Country Mile, the USA TODAY NETWORK’s new podcast series, explores the evolution of one of America’s truest art forms through the stories told by the stars who lived them.

The format is simple: Two artists, two stools and an unscripted evening of memories taped before a live audience. Guests include Dolly Parton, Garth Brooks, Dierks Bentley, Chris Young, Ashley McBryde, Vince Gill, Ricky Skaggs, Tenille Townes, Marty Stuart and more.

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Episode 4: ‘I got enough stories to last a lifetime’ — Dolly Parton
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“It’s been a long year, and I’m about sick of Dolly Parton,” Parton quipped Saturday backstage at the Grand Ole Opry.

Parton capped the Opry’s Dolly week with two performances Saturday night at the Grand Ole Opry. Before she performed, the East Tennessee native sat down with The Tennessean’s Country Mile Podcast to chat about her 2019, which might as well be renamed "The Year of Dolly Parton."

Parton’s television appearances start rolling out in November. She talks about those on Episode 4 of Country Mile as well as her plans for the holidays, the Grand Ole Opry, her future and more.
Oct 17, 2019
Episode 3: On the Road — Dierks Bentley & Tenille Townes
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In episode three of Country Mile, Tennessean reporter Cindy Watts and producer Ayrika Whitney take the show on the road to Buena Vista Colorado, where Dierks Bentley recently held his second annual Seven Peaks Music Festival. 

After a twenty-two hour journey to the remote Rocky Mountain town, they caught up with Bentley and rising star Tenille Townes for a wide-ranging conversation about day-to-day life on an international tour, honing their craft, fiddle fairy dust and festival fringe fashion. 
Oct 10, 2019
Episode 2: Lovin' on the People — Ricky Skaggs & High Valley
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Country Music Hall of Fame member Ricky Skaggs and up-and-coming country duo High Valley — composed of brothers Brad and Curtis Rempel — talk about the rich crossroads of country and bluegrass.

Skaggs remembers waking up to find a mandolin in his bed when he was 5 years old, a gift from his father. High Valley learned to love music in their isolated Northern Canadian town by listening to bluegrass records, including Ricky Skaggs.
Oct 03, 2019
Episode 1: Can't Touch that Hope — Vince Gill & Chris Young
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What was the first music that moved you? The first song you learned to play? The first time you heard yourself on the radio?

Cindy Watts sits down with 21-time Grammy winner Vince Gill and multi-platinum selling country artist Chris Young at Belmont University's The GIG. (Gallery of Iconic Guitars)
Sep 26, 2019
Coming Sept. 26: Introducing "Country Mile"
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Country Mile, the USA TODAY NETWORK’s new podcast series, explores the evolution of one of America’s truest art forms through the stories told by the stars who lived them.

The format is simple: Two artists, two stools and an unscripted evening of memories taped before a live audience. Guests include Garth Brooks, Dierks Bentley, Chris Young, Ashley McBryde, Vince Gill, Ricky Skaggs, Tenille Townes, Marty Stuart and more.
Sep 06, 2019