The heart of this country girl fluttered nervously...unbelievably...
as this little lady took the stage at Ryman Auditorium in Nashville.
As a young girl, I spent hours listening to the stories she told through her music. I would entertain the idea of one day meeting the woman whose voice was like a familiar friend, but I knew it was only a dream.
But sometimes dreams do come true, as Ron and I landed coveted tickets to a historic concert that sold out in 30 minutes (thank you, Kiahra).
And we sat in awe throughout the entire concert, as Dolly may be a little lady, but she has a big personality and even bigger voice! The Ryman Auditorium is acoustically a perfect showcase for her stunning vocals.
As a kid with limited exposure to Hollywood and the rich and famous, I am not enamored with celebrities. Dolly is an exception. She is talented beyond belief as a songwriter and vocalist, but she exudes a genuine humility with a deep pride in her roots. And just as reminder of how she takes care of her family and community, it was a benefit concert for the Dustin J Wells Foundation. The proceeds support the W.O. Smith Music School which share the gift of music with underprivileged students in the region. A few of the students performed during the opening act...and what an opportunity...and what talent.
Dolly performed a second concert the following evening to support her fellow musicians and the Ryman Auditorium. It wasn't planned, but after recognizing the demand for concert tickets I suspect she felt she could fill a need for everyone...
her generosity is inspiring!
This evening will stay close to my heart forever.
Now, if only I could take my children to a concert...