On May 21, Sevierville will be holding the 1st Annual Mountain Soul Vocal Competition where all contestants must sing a Parton song in whatever style they choose.
Luckily, Parton has written more than 3000 songs that have been recorded by everyone from Whitney Houston to the White Stripes.
A panel of judges from Partons amusement park, Dollywood, will judge the singers on their creativity, so contestants are encouraged to adapt her tunes to any style they choose, even rap.
There are some no-nos: Festival organizer Amanda Maples is warning singers not to impersonate Dolly physically or vocally. We dont want karaoke.
Applications and rules for the Parton songfest can be found at www.bloominbarbequeandbluegrass.com and entries must be received by April 5. The top Parton interpreter wins $500 and a studio recording session.
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