Hee Haw

I spent a day in Nashville this weekend and I am feeling seriously outspangled. Seems like everyone in Nashville is either wildly talented and/or has great hair. Some of them yodel. Many of them wear rhinestones. It is glorious. 

Saturday night we to the Grand Ole Opry (check mark on the bucket list) and saw a series of wonderful performers, including a grown man playing a guitar bedazzled with sparkling alligators. Soon as I get back to Chicago I am singing up for lessons. I need that guitar. 

Look, I know a lot of people who take the ABC approach to music (Anything But Country) and that’s fine. To each his own. But I happen like country music quite a lot. And I like country music performers even more. Perhaps it is their friendly attitudes and approachable smiles. Perhaps it is the sincerity that comes with writing many of their own songs. Perhaps it is the hair. Perhaps it is the rhinestones.

Oh, who am I kidding?

To any of you ABC music people out there who resist the siren call of the steel guitar, I dare you to watch one of my favorite films, Rhinestone (1984). Starring Sylvester Stallone and Dolly Parton, this cinematic tour-de-force is sure to stir the soul and imprint an appreciation for country music. I’m serious. Listen closely and one can hear the crunch of Stallone’s New York machismo under the sparkling heft of Bob Mackie western wear. It is nothing short of magnificent.

Here, lets take a look.

Be sure to stick around to 1:50 when Dolly jumps in for a duet that rivals Islands in the Stream any day.



  1. Mandy Favaloro says

    I thought my sister and I were the only ones who remembered this movie! My mom had the soundtrack and I still remember all the songs.

  2. says

    I do consider myself an ABC but I LOVE old school country like washboard, clogging, big hair, rhinestone cowboys, love it!

  3. nutbirds says

    I’m at a loss for words. A smaller, thinner Stallone with a two note range boggles the mind. I could have seen Randy Travis in a 325 seat theatre this weekend, but I’m still upset that he married his boss. I saw Charlie Rich in Madison Square Garden in the 70’s. His opening act was a little girl named Barbara Mandrell. I liked the young Tanya Tucker. My husband told me he has an early recording of Taylor Swift that her father gave him at a business meeting. I love Patsy Cline, but hate most of the costumes. Did you ever see the movie “Nashville?” I guess I’ll never understand Rhinestone.

  4. Lisa says

    I thought I was the only one who had seen Rhinestone! I used to watch it constantly when I was younger. Still watch it occasionally and am still entertained!
    “I drank enough beer to fill a mole hole!”

  5. jhall8 says

    Never saw it, never heard of it and boy am I bummed out!

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