NASHVILLE NEWS AND NOTES FOR THURSDAY, APRIL 28, 2016!

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Every year, Dolly Parton celebrates the opening of Dollywood with a parade through Pigeon Forge, Tennessee — and this year, she wants to take you along for the ride.  Dolly’s 31st Homecoming Parade will be streamed live on Facebook, in a feed originating from Dolly’s float, which is decorated to commemorate her new Lumberjack Adventure Dinner & Show. The trek through the gateway city to the Great Smoky Mountains starts Friday, May 6 at 6 p.m. CT.  You can link to the stream through LumberjackAdventure.com or DollyParton.com.

Brett Eldredge gave fifty music teachers from Music City a night they won’t soon forget this week at Nashville’s City Winery, passing out $100,000 worth of grants on behalf of the Country Music Association.  Each teacher received a $2,000 grant as part of the first-ever CMA Music Teacher of Excellence honors. This is one of many projects funded by the proceeds from CMA Music Festival, which comes up June 9-12 this year in Nashville.

The Band Perry’s song, “Live Forever” is getting a new life. The song will now be Team USA’s official song for the 2016 Summer Olympics. The band performed the tune yesterday morning on NBC’s Today show, and there’s also a new Olympic-themed version of the “Live Forever” music video.  The 2016 Summer Olympics kick off August 5 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and run through the 21st. The Band Perry is set to sing their song as part of NBC’s coverage of the festivities.