Tillis, one of 30 award-winning artists appearing in the park during its first ever Spring Mix concert series — which kicked off this week and continues through April 29 — is scheduled to perform at Dollywood on Monday, April 16.
It’s not her first time singing at the park, and Tillis said she’s really looking forward to it. In part, that’s because of her past work and friendship with Dolly Parton, whom she describes as “my role model.” But Dollywood’s guests are another big factor.
“The crowds at Dollywood are always great,” Tillis said during a telephone interview last week.
What can they expect this time?
“I’ll be mixing it up,” Tillis said. “Some old and some new ... some I’ve been working on for my next album. And I do take requests.”
Tillis, the daughter of the late Mel Tillis, “had the unique situation of growing up in Nashville.”
She’s also had a recurring role on the television show “Nashville,” playing herself as a good friend of one of the show’s fictional county superstars.
“Nashville” is coming to an end soon, and Tillis said she’s sad to see it go.
“It’s been fantastic for the city of Nashville,” Tillis said. “I think they’v done such a great job of showing the vitality of the city.”
Career-wise, despite having a famous Nashville father, early on Tillis searched to find her place in the music world. She was involved in music from an early age and experimented with several genres before making a commitment “to make an honest country record,” according to her website. The result: “Put Yourself In My Place” produced two No. 1 songs, two top five singles, and one top 20 hit. The album went gold in its first year. Three platinum albums followed: “Homeward Looking Angel” in 1992, “Sweethearts Dance” in 1994 and “Greatest Hits” in 1997. Tillis achieved six No. 1 songs during this time including “Shake the Sugar Tree,” “Mi Vida Loca,” “When You Walk In The Room,” “In Between Dances,” “Don’t Tell Me What To Do” and “Maybe It Was Memphis” while 14 of her other singles landed in the top 10 and top 20.
Her more recent albums include “Just in Time for Christmas” and “Dos Divas,” a duet effort with Lorrie Morgan. She is on tour constantly, including some individual appearances, as well as with Morgan on their “Grits and Glamour” tour, and she teamed with Terri Clark and Suzy Boggus on “Chicks with Hits.”
For more on Tillis, visit www.pamtillis.com.
Dollywood’s Spring Mix roster includes artists with a combined 42 gold albums, 18 platinum albums, 25 Grammys, 12 Country Music Association Awards, 10 American Country Music Awards, four American Music Association Awards and 56 Dove Awards. All concerts are included with park admission, so guests planning to see artists appearing on different days should consider a season pass.
This first week focuses on classic country artists like Tillis and Connie Smith (appearing today). Next up: a week of inspirational artists including Amy Grant, the Blind Boys of Alabama and comedienne Chonda Pierce — also known as “The Queen of Clean.” Classic artists like The Marshall Tucker Band, The Drifters, Atlanta Rhythm Section and Debby Boone will entertain park guests during the final week of the event.
A limited number of reserved seating options are available for guests to guarantee their seats in the show of their choice. These packages — some of which include dinner at Front Porch Café, a T-shirt and more — are sold on a first-come, first-served basis. Packages are available at www.dollywood.com or by calling (800)-DOLLYWOOD. VIP seating packages must be purchased no later than three days prior to the concert of the guests’ choice.
For more information about the Spring Mix music series, visit www.dollywood.com or call (800) DOLLYWOOD.