Both films, which were released on NBC, are based on the inspiring true stories of Dolly's remarkable upbringing in rural Tennessee -- and they are truly touching.
The first installment pays special attention to a specific memory Dolly has of her mother, played by Jennifer Nettles, sewing her a patchwork coat, and the second follows young Dolly and her family as they brave a scary Tennessee blizzard and eagerly await the return of father Robert Lee, who has gone away to earn money for Christmas presents.
Both will probably bring a tear to your eye.
The thing that makes these films so touching and memorable is how they remarkably combine the telling of Dolly's childhood while lacing in songs, which were inspired by childhood memories, from her legendary career.
And while Dolly is obviously the heart and soul behind the songs featured in the films, composers Mark Leggett and Velton Ray Bunch are the ones who really bring them to life throughout the films.
Lucky for us, we had an opportunity to catch up with these two talents and talk about what it was like working with a legend like Dolly.
"'Coat of Many Colors' and this second movie 'Christmas of Many Colors: Circle of Love,' have been wonderful projects to work on," they said. "We interweaved the score with several of Dolly's melodies, which gives these music scores a unique flavor. Dolly is a most gracious person to work with, always supportive, allowing us the freedom to write original music for these films. Dolly has assembled a wonderful team of producers that we work closely with throughout each film."
The men, who have written thousands of scores for projects like TV shows "My Name Is Earl," "Quantum Leap," "JAG," "Star Trek: Enterprise" and "Walker, Texas Ranger," and documentaries "Anne Frank's Holocaust," "Civil Rights Martyrs," and "JFK: The Final Hours," say their work on these Dolly movies is some of their favorite.
"We've written for a wide variety of projects including television, records, films and various media," they said. "Generally speaking, we are proud of the music we've written for these recent Dolly Parton films because of the mix of orchestra and Appalachian music styles. The music stands up on its own."
And we agree. The music laced throughout these movies is some of the most beautiful and magical we've ever heard.
The two men, who have been friends for over 30 years, say having the opportunity to work on this project together has been incredibly rewarding.
"We met on the music scene in Los Angeles in the late 1980s scoring for television," they explained. "Eventually, this evolved into a writing relationship when we co-composed the EMMY-nominated theme for the NBC show 'The Pretender.' We have been friends and collaborators ever since. Coming together for these Dolly Parton projects has been quite rewarding."
For them, it's especially fun because they've been Dolly fans for years.
"Dolly has been an inspiring presence in American music for decades now, and her music speaks for itself," they said. "Also, Ray has a previous working relationship with Dolly throughout her career on television specials and past films."
And, like most, their favorite Dolly song is "Jolene."
"'Jolene' is pretty great along with several of her songs from the album Little Sparrow, which features Dolly in an acoustic setting," they said.
Teeth and pretty unique and personal to one's body, so going to the dentist is usually a unique and personal experience to each person. And having a dentist that makes you feel comfortable is super important. Jimmy Fallon understands this-- mostly.
Fallon's most recent trending hashtag, #MyWeirdDentist brought some pretty weird dentists into our lives, which will make all of our dental experiences in the future an even more unique experience as we recall these tweets.
Amy Grant is now a permanent fixture in Nashville.
The songstress was inducted into Music City Walk of Fame on April 27. MercyMe frontman Bart Millard gave a moving and heartfelt introduction to his longtime friend.
The Music City Walk of Fame is located in Downtown Nashville in the Hall of Fame park directly across from the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.
RaeLynn wrote this song about her parent's own divorce with Nicolle Gaylon and Jimmy Robbins and her pain comes through every time she sings it.
I haven't experienced her emotions first hand (my parents have been married for 85 million years) but seeing how the big D affected her life just cuts me at my core.
Watch her flawless performance:
Hear Tyler Farr's Powerful "I Should Go to Church Sometime" That Will Have You Reevaluating Your Weekend Plans
The reflective tune was written by Brinley Addington, Michael Hardy and Sarah Turner and has a powerful message that resonates with someone like myself, who tends to be overextended but has good intentions.
"I'm not exactly known for walking the 'straight and narrow,' but I have a strong conscience and I was taught right from wrong," Tyler says.
Saw a man on the sidewalk /
"Hungry" written in red chalk /
Maybe he just wanted to talk /
But I walked away /
Saw a kid on the TV /
He was only seventeen /
Wrapped his truck 'round an oak tree /
The whole town prayed /
I should go to church sometime
"It's something that we all face at some point," Tyler adds. "What am I going to do? How am I going to act? What am I going to do today that's different from yesterday? That decision is what this song is all about."
I should go to church sometime /
Walk a little straighter line /
Lord knows I could use some light /
To get where I'm going /
I shouldn't say "next Sunday" /
I shouldn't let my pride get in the way /
I know I shouldn't be afraid /
Of what I know I'll find /
I should go to church sometime /
I should go to church sometime /
Chase Rice went back to where it all began this week to perform a pop up show in Chapel Hill, N.C. The singer, who played football for the University of North Carolina, returned to a popular dive bar, which he actually name checks in one of his tunes.
Chase sent a simple tweet and UNC students came flocking to see him.
He's Not Here, is a dive bar that is named-checked in Chase's album cut, "Carolina Can," when he sings: "faded blue denim on Franklin Street / a He's Not buzz and a house band beat."
"Kids were jumping over walls trying to get in, singing every song," Chase said. "To see fellow Carolina students drop everything they had going on and completely pack He's Not out was one of the coolest things I've ever experienced in music. It's an unbelievable honor to know my music has had such an impact on the University Of North Carolina. This was just a small bar that I used to go to because they had big blue cups full of beer for cheap, and now we've filled it with fans screaming my music."
Chase is known for his ever-present blue solo cup, but at this show he wasn't alone in sporting one.
"I carry that big blue cup on stage with me every single night, and I'm usually the only one in the whole place with it," he adds. "But last night, we ALL had them, held high, proudly singing 'a He's Not buzz' at the top of our lungs. We finally got to bring it home to where it all started -- where I learned to play guitar, where I wrote my first song after my dad died, where I went from an 18-year-old kid to a 22-year-old graduate who finally realized music was his dream."
Watch a clip from the performance:
If you follow Lee Brice on social media you probably have discerned a few things about him. 1) He likes to hunt and fish. 2) Jerrod Niemann is his best friend. 3) He is madly in love with this wife Sara.
I cannot think of anyone -- artist or just random person I know -- who posts such sweet things about their spouse online.
Here are 13 of the most precious photos -- and captions -- that Lee has shared about his bride and mother to his two sons (and daughter who is on the way). Honestly, there are more than 13 but there's only so much "mushy stuff" I can handle in a day.
RaeLynn's "Love Triangle" tells the delicate story of what it was like to grow up the child of divorced parents who loved their daughter, but couldn't make their own love work.
The tune is easily one of the most heartfelt and powerful songs to come from Nashville in the last decade and each every performance of the song from RaeLynn brings you closer and closer to those bowling alley burgers and looking out the window at the taillights of one of her parents driving away for the weekend.
RaeLynn's acoustic performance backstage at the Grand Ole Opry is especially delicate as her voice and vulnerability is on full-display with only an acoustic guitar and cajon to back her up.
SNL's Leslie Jones Played Two Truths and a Lie with Dr. Phil and Jimmy Fallon and We're Still Laughing
One of the best things about "Saturday Night Live" in recent years is the emergence of Leslie Jones' career. Her hilarious antics are some of the most entertaining on Saturday evenings, plus there was that whole special correspondent thing during the Olympics last summer that we're still not over.
During a recent appearance on "The Tonight Show," Jimmy Fallon set up a game of Two Truths and Lie between Jones and Dr. Phil.
She also threw in, "y'all trying to fix her with psychology, she needs a 2x4."
The game was also entertaining. And one of the most interesting 'truths' we've ever heard on network TV.