Dollywood’s New Faces of Country

Visit Dollywood on select Thursdays this summer for New Faces of Country! Listen to WIVK for your chance to win tickets to Dollywood and experience some of country music’s newest stars.

On select Thursday’s this summer, WIVK and Dollywood will team up to present the New Faces of Country concert series. WIVK and Dollywood are teaming up to bring the newest stars in country music for intimate performances at Dollywood.

A number of performance careers have launched from the stages of Dollywood, and thanks to the upcoming New Faces of Country concert series, guests of the park have an opportunity to see more up-and-coming country artists on the verge of their big breaks.

The concerts at Back Porch Theater offer the perfect intimate setting to witness live performances from country music’s newest stars. Be sure to catch them as they begin their rise up the charts! This year’s lineup includes Adam Craig, Janelle ArthurCaylee Hammock and King Calaway!


King Calaway | July 18th

Six unique voices. Six top-notch instrumentalists. Three different countries. Featuring a half dozen musicians from both sides of the Atlantic, King Calaway is proof that there’s strength in numbers.

Before coming together in 2018, bandmates Caleb Miller, Chris Deaton, Simon Dumas, Jordan Harvey, Chad Michael Jervis, and Austin Luther all pursued their own solo careers, racking up a long list of milestones — including CMA Awards performances, international tours, session gigs, and BBC TV appearances — along the way. They could all sing. They could all play. And one by one, they all found their way to Nashville, drawn to the city by its rich, diverse music scene.

That diversity reaches a new peak with King Calaway. A multi-national supergroup of harmony-singing, instrument-playing musicians, the band makes anthemic country music for the modern world. Songs like “World For Two” show the full range of their sound, mixing groove, grit and rootsy stomp in equal doses. In an age when music fans listen to everything, filling their playlists with songs from every corner of the musical spectrum, King Calaway is something new and fresh: a band that both embraces country’s roots and reaches far beyond them.

Janelle Arthur | August 1st

Janelle Arthur hails from the small town of Oliver Springs, TN. Janelle began singing in the heart of the Smoky Mountains at 8yrs old. She performed thousands of shows in the area before making the move to Nashville in 2010.

She soon began her American Idol journey. After 3 years of persistence, she made it all the way to the Top 5 out of 120,000 competitors. Janelle not only had international exposure on Idol, but also on shows like the TODAY show, the Kelly & Michael Show and the Tonight Show with Jay Leno. She’s been the opening act for Craig Morgan, Rascal Flatts and has performed alongside and/or collaborated with The Henningson’s, The Band Perry and Vince Gill.

Her lifelong dream was to perform on the Grand Ole Opry stage, and she has fulfilled that dream multiple times since her debut on June 19th 2013.


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