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article imageInterview: Emmylou Harris talks about Woofstock at Fontanel Special

By Markos Papadatos     Apr 27, 2013 in Entertainment
Nashville - On April 24, veteran country and folk music sensation Emmylou Harris chatted via telephone with Digital Journal’s Markos Papadatos.
She opened up about her second annual “Woofstock” charity event, which will take place during the CMA Music Festival on June 8 at the Fontanel Mansion in Nashville, Tennessee. Throughout her illustrious career, Emmylou has sold over 15 million albums and she has been inducted into the coveted Country Music Hall of Fame; moreover, she works tirelessly to help pets in need.
All of the proceeds from “Woofstock” benefit dog-rescue organizations such as “Bonaparte’s Retreat” and the community outreach program, “Crossroads Campus.” “We are able to have it at the same time as the CMA Music Festival and hopefully a lot of people will be coming from out of town and they will make ‘Woofstock at Fontanel’ a part of their destination on their trip. It’s nice to incorporate it with the whole CMA Music Festival,” she acknowledged.
According to Emmylou, she remarked, “It’s going to be a clone of last year’s event but we are going to have a different musical line-up. I will be performing and we are working on some other musical acts. It’s going to be a day of celebration for people to gather and bring their dogs (if they like) and they can even adopt a dog. It’ll have great things for children to do. It’s such a wonderful, outdoor big park where people can come and relax, have some good food to eat and hear some music. There will be lots of rescues and vendors there. It’s just a day at the park and we encourage people to have a good time and to support ‘Bonaparte’s Retreat’ and ‘Crossroads Campus.’”
“Woofstock” is an all-day concert event which will include a live performance by Emmylou Harris, among many other singers and songwriters.
In addition to the musical aspect of “Woofstock,” attendees will enjoy several animal-centered activities such as “Dog Beach,” as well as “Dog Playground,” which will consist of frisbee, bass toss and other exciting games. “The Dog Beach is going to be there for people to dry off their dogs. We want the dogs to have a fun time. There are walking trails and a place where you can throw frisbees and do all of these wonderful activities that people do with their dogs,” she said.
Emmylou is an active supporter of the Nashville Humane Association and she has been a Goodwill Ambassador for “Best Friends Animal Society.” “The ‘Best Friends Animal Society’ has done an extraordinary amount of work over the last 25 years. They just started with a desire to help animals and they just built this place which helps dogs, cats, birds and other farm animals. It’s an amazing place and they do extraordinary work all around the country. I am actually going to do a private concert for some of the big donors next week. I am really excited to go back and see it again. It’s just thrilling! ‘Bonaparte’s Retreat’ and ‘Crossroads’ is a microcosm of ‘Best Friends Animal Society,’” she said. “I am so inspired by these people that I have met and all of these organizations since I started my rescue organization nine years ago. I really feel that we are a tribe and we are trying to change the world, by making it a safer, more loving place for animals.”
Emmylou continued, “I’ve been doing music for years and I still love it. It’s so exciting to be out there with one of my oldest, dearest friends making music together. I absolutely enjoy it. Animal rescue has become a second job, almost career, and a big passion. It does require a lot of work and my presence very much. Sometimes, it is a little difficult doing both almost full-time, but I wouldn’t give up either one. I am actually very grateful to be able to do two things that I am passionate about.”
Although she is not yet sure which songs she will be performing at this year’s “Woofstock” event, she revealed that she will be performing “Big Black Dog,” a tune from her Grammy-nominated “Hard Bargain” album, which is dedicated to her black lab mix, Bella. “I will definitely be doing ‘Big Black Dog’ since that’s my signature animal rescue song,” the country songstress shared.
For hopefuls that wish to get involved in animal rescue, Emmylou remarked, “Start volunteering at an established rescue and find out what goes into it. I think it’s a wonderful thing that can take over your life. If you can foster an animal from a rescue, you are doing an amazing thing. Every rescue can use help.”
The 12-time Grammy-winning songstress concluded our interview by thanking her loyal fans for their support. “I appreciate people checking us out and for showing up and supporting ‘Bonaparte’s Retreat’ and ‘Crossroads Campus.’ Wherever people live, please consider adopting an animal from a local shelter. You will save a life and maybe one of those lives that you save will actually be yours, or at least you can make your life better,” Emmylou said.
For more information on Emmylou Harris’ “Bonaparte’s Retreat” visit the official website.
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