Friday, September 30, 2016


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (September 30, 2016) – Country superstar Collin Raye will perform his timeless No. 1 hits “My Kind Of Girl” and “Love, Me” on “Ray Stevens’ Nashville” this Saturday night, October 1, at 8:30/7:30c on RFD-TV. to find RFD-TV in your area.

With 16 No. 1 hits, 24 top tens and ten Male Vocalist Of The Year nominations, Raye emerged on the country music scene 25 years ago and has sustained as one of the most recognized voices of the genre. In celebration of his 25th anniversary, the energizing showman is currently entertaining fans on a nationwide tour, including an upcoming Mexican Riviera Cruise that sets sail in mid-October.

Fans are anxiously awaiting Raye’s soon-to-be released “Silver Anniversary Album” to commemorate his quarter-century in country music, featuring new recordings of his greatest hits. Raye’s most recent projects include a tribute to Glenn Campbell,Still On The Line, an inspirational album, His Love Remains, and his first autobiography A Voice Undefeated. To purchase, please

Sept. 30 Grand Ole Opry – Nashville, Tenn.
Oct. 01 Dixie Carter Performing Arts Center – Huntingdon, Tenn.
Oct. 09 Big 25 Tour Cruise – Los Angeles, Calif.
Oct. 10 Big 25 Tour Cruise – Los Angeles, Calif.
Oct. 11 Big 25 Tour Cruise – Los Angeles, Calif.
Oct. 12 Big 25 Tour Cruise – Los Angeles, Calif.
Oct. 13 Big 25 Tour Cruise – Los Angeles, Calif.
Oct. 14 Big 25 Tour Cruise – Los Angeles, Calif.
Oct. 15 Big 25 Tour Cruise – Los Angeles, Calif.
Oct. 16 Big 25 Tour Cruise – Los Angeles, Calif.
Oct. 21 North Park Assembly Center –30 Denham Springs , La.
Oct. 22 Arkansas State Fair – Little Rock, Ark.
Nov. 06 Tribute to the Veterans, Foothills PAC – Oneonta, N.Y.
Nov. 12 Plaza Theatre – Glasgow, Ky.
Nov. 17 Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa – Tulsa, Okla.
Nov. 18 Benton Civic Center – Benton, Ill.
Dec. 09 California Center for the Arts – San Diego, Calif.
Dec. 10 California Center for the Arts – San Diego,  Calif

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Dolly Parton To Appear On The Talk and Makes Debut Appearance & Performance on Jimmy Kimmel Live on Oct. 3 Final Leg of the "Pure & Simple Tour" Kicks Off Nov. 15 in Pigeon Forge, Tenn. Dolly Parton's Christmas of Many Colors - Circle of Love Premieres on NBC Nov. 30 and on DVD Dec. 20

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (September 27, 2016) – On Monday, Oct. 3, Dolly Parton will be the lead guest and perform as part of the Outdoor Concert Series on ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” her first-ever appearance on the late night program. In addition, earlier Monday morning, Dolly will appear as the featured guest on “The Talk,” where she will chat with hosts Sharon Osbourne, Sheryl Underwood, Aisha Tyler and Julie Chen about her new movie, Dolly Parton's Christmas of Many Colors - Circle of Love, the success of her most recent album “Pure & Simple” (which remains in the Billboard Country Albums Top 10 chart) and much more.

Just in time for the holidays,Dolly Parton's Christmas of Many Colors - Circle of Love, premieres on NBC this Nov. 30. The sequel to the critically-acclaimed filmDolly Parton's Coat of Many Colors will be available on DVD beginning on Dec. 20 and digitally on Dec. 1.

Dolly Parton's Christmas of Many Colors - Circle of Lovecontinues with the story of young Dolly Parton as the Parton Family experiences a true Christmas miracle drawing the Partons closer together than ever - with deepened faith and love for one another. The film delivers Christmas joy and peril as an unexpected blizzard threatens the Parton family while Dolly’s father (and his kids) make sacrifices to raise enough money to finally buy his loving wife the wedding ring he could never afford. Meanwhile, an important person in little Dolly’s life begins to see that her amazing voice and musical gift might just be made for something bigger than rural Tennessee.The family-oriented, faith-based movie stars Jennifer Nettles (Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter and actress), Ricky Schroder (Golden Globe® Award-winner for The Champ,NYPD Blue), Alyvia Alyn Lind (Blended), Kelli Berglund (Lab Rats), Mary Lane Haskell (Coat of Many Colors), Cameron Jones (Shortland Street), Stella Parton (Green Corn), Hannah Nordberg (American Pastoral), Farrah MacKenzie, Parker Sack, Forrest Deal, Dylan Michael Rowen, Blane Crockarell and Gerald McRaney (Major Dad). Dolly Parton makes a special appearance, introduces the film and serves as narrator.

The final leg of the “Pure & Simple Tour” kicks off on Nov. 15 in Pigeon Forge, Tenn. The hottest ticket of the summer becomes the hottest ticket of the year with stops in Ala., S.C., Fla., Texas and more. Full list of tour dates below. Tickets are available everywhere tickets are sold.

Nov. 15 LeConte Center - Pigeon Forge, Tenn.
Nov. 16 Von Braun Center Arena - Huntsville, Ala.
Nov. 18 North Charleston Coliseum - North Charleston, S.C.
Nov. 26 Amalie Arena - Tampa, Fla.
Nov. 27 BB&T - Sunrise, Fla.
Nov. 29 Pensacola Bay Center - Pensacola, Fla.
Nov. 30 Smoothie King Center - New Orleans, La.
Dec. 02 American Bank Center Arena – Corpus Christi, Texas
Dec. 03 Verizon Theatre – Grand Prairie, Texas
Dec. 05 NRG Arena - Houston, Texas
Dec. 06 Frank Erwin Center - Austin, Texas
Dec. 08 Tobin Center for the Performing Arts – San Antonio, Texas
Dec. 09 Global Event Center at WinStar World Casino and Resort - Thackerville, Okla.
Dec. 10 Global Event Center at WinStar World Casino and Resort - Thackerville, Okla.

Fans can link to purchasePure & Simple and the various versions available by exclusive partners below:


Walmart's special version ofPure & Simple includes a bonus disc, featuring Dolly's greatest hits and exclusive tracks. The Cracker Barrel deluxe version contains herPure & Simple album complemented by two tracks, the smash hits "Jolene" and "9 To 5" recorded live at Glastonbury Festival, along with a 48-page ZinePak magazine filled with photos and interviews highlighting memorable stories from Parton.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

DARRYL WORLEY ANNOUNCES FINAL LINEUP FOR 15TH ANNUAL TENNESSEE RIVER RUN This Year's Lineup Features Worley, Kellie Pickler, Randy Houser, Chuck Wicks and More

Nashville, Tenn. (September 27, 2016) - Kellie Pickler, Randy Houser and Chuck Wicks will join Darryl Worley in headlining the 15th Annual Tennessee River Run concert in Savannah, Tennessee next weekend.
Additional performers include James Robert Webb, Alyson Greene, the Marshall Lowry Band, the Bryan Moffitt Band and Dead Horse.
The concert is one of many events that will raise money to help fund projects of the Darryl Worley Foundation.  Organizations that have benefited from the foundation include The Leader In Me program, the Darryl Worley Cancer Treatment Center, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, among others.
"We've managed to do a lot by the grace of God over the past 15 years," notes Worley.  "We're having the biggest years of fundraising now just because we've learned how to do it.  It's just a very positive thing that we've been able to accomplish."
On Friday, October 7 at 6:00 PM, Worley will host the Darryl Worley and Friends Songwriters in the Round Gala, a special dinner event at the home of Mayor and Mrs. Bob Shutt in Savannah. Each year, guests listen to the stories behind the hit songs, while they enjoy an intimate performance under the stars. Sponsorship levels are $1,500 for a 10-seat table, which includes a meet-and-greet with the artists, and $900 for an eight-seat table.  Individual tickets are $100. To sponsor or secure tickets, individuals may call 731-926-2667.

A 5K race will be held on Saturday, October 8 at Pickwick Landing State Park beginning at 8:00 AM.  Later that morning at 10:00 AM, the Motorcycle Poker Run at Parris Elementary School hits the road.  Prizes will be awarded at the final stop.
The live music will begin on Saturday at 2:00 PM, in downtown Savannah.  Gates will open at noon with vendors offering food and crafts for guests.  The $25 tickets (free admission for children 12 and younger) may be purchased online at or by phone at 866-484-3877 or 731-926-2667.

Monday, September 26, 2016

"GET YOUR GAME FACE ON" TO FIGHT ALZHEIMERS Vols partner with DISH, Pat Summitt Foundation, enlists Dolly Parton

KNOXVILLE – The University of Tennessee Athletics Department, in partnership with longtime sponsor DISH, The Pat Summitt Foundation and IMG College-Vol Network, has developed a first-of-its kind community initiative calling on Vol fans to “Get Your Game Face On!”

Designed to bring awareness to the ongoing fight against Alzheimer’s, this “Game Face” fundraiser began at the Vols’ SEC opener against the Florida Gators on Sept. 24. DISH will provide all 102,455 fans in attendance with custom eye-black stickers featuring the iconic Pat Summitt signature “P” and the branded “Tennessee” wordmark.

“Vol Nation, it’s time to get your game face on against the Gators, and get your game face on against Alzheimer’s,” said Chris Fuller, Tennessee Senior Associate Athletics Director. “This year, we experienced a tragedy in the passing of Tennessee’s own legend, coach Pat Summitt. Our friends at DISH approached us this summer with a goal to meaningfully impact The Pat Summitt Foundation by uniting our fans in the ongoing battle against Alzheimer’s. We hope to see every single Vol fan at the Florida game wear these eye blacks to show their support.”

In appreciation of Neyland Stadium attendees rallying behind Alzheimer’s awareness, DISH will present a check for $102,455 to The Pat Summitt Foundation during a second quarter break next Saturday.

DISH’s gameday donation kicks off fundraising efforts that involve the entire Vol Nation community throughout Tennessee. Beginning next week through the remainder of the football season, or while supplies last, fans can purchase “Get Your Game Face On!” eye-black stickers at a number of retailers across the state, including Alumni Hall, Cracker Barrel Old Country Store®, HoundDogs, Pilot Food Marts, Sports Seasons and Vol Shop. The eye blacks cost $3.99, with $2 of every purchase going directly to The Pat Summitt Foundation.

DISH’s donation, and all funds raised through “Get Your Game Face On!” eye-black sticker sales, will go toward the development of The Pat Summitt Alzheimer’s Clinic, scheduled to open in December. The Pat Summitt Foundation is creating this clinic in partnership with The University of Tennessee Medical Center.

“We are grateful to DISH and all Vol fans for supporting Pat’s mission of Alzheimer’s awareness, advocacy and research for a cure,” said Patrick Wade, Executive Director of The Pat Summitt Foundation. “If you’re not attending the Florida game at Neyland, we hope you’ll buy our eye blacks ahead of the game to show us that you back Pat. Get your ‘Game Face’ on at tailgate parties, local pubs and from your living rooms by sharing photos on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram with the hashtags #VolsGameFace and #DISHCares.”

Friday, September 23, 2016


BATON ROUGE, La. (September 22, 2016) – Grand Ole Opry country legend John Conlee and multi-platinum recording artist Mark Chesnuttcouldn’t stand by and do nothing about the devastating floods in Louisiana, so they’re joining other artists for Red Stick Together, a star-studded relief concert this Sunday, September 25 in Baton Rouge. CLICK HERE to learn more about this FREE event.

“It is an honor to be a part of the Red Stick benefit for the flood victims of south Louisiana. Hope you’ll join us so we can help some folks while we have some fun,” says John Conlee. Mark Chesnutt adds, "I'm really glad to be a part of such a big show to help the people of Louisiana. They have had some hard times lately, so I hope we can bring some fun to these folks and that everyone comes out to support them."

In addition to Chesnutt and Conlee, other guest artists hitting the stage includeLonestar, Jamie O’Neal, Tracy Byrd, Marty Raybon, Aaron Tippin and many more. Each artist is donating their time for the one of a kind event, which includes live music, food, drinks and relief supply donation opportunities.

Repentance Park, located in downtown Baton Rouge, will serve as the location for the concert, which begins at 1:00 p.m. CT. The scenic landscape offers plenty of room for locals to gather together for the fun-filled event.


Nashville, Tenn. (September 21, 2016) – Country music star Darryl Worley will be the celebrity guest on the Santa Train when it makes its 74th journey, on Saturday, Nov. 19. He will accompany Santa and event sponsors CSX, Dignity U Wear, Food City and the Kingsport Chamber of Commerce on the 110-mile trek.  Worley will perform live at the final stop in Kingsport, Tennessee.
"I'm honored to accompany the Santa Train as the celebrity guest this year," Worley said. "The opportunity to give back and to be a part of a 74-year-old holiday tradition is one that I couldn't pass up, and I look forward to being a part of it."
Worley, who has three No. 1 singles on the Billboard U.S. country chart during his career, has been on the country music scene since 2000. Worley has released six albums during his career and as well as 18 singles on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts. 
"We are thrilled to have Darryl Worley join us on this year's Santa Train," said Tori Kaplan, assistant vice president, corporate social responsibility, CSX. "The support we receive each year from celebrity guests is humbling, and we know Darryl will add to the holiday spirit of the Santa Train."
The Santa Train makes 14 stops in Kentucky, Virginia and Tennessee and delivers toys, food and winter clothing to hundreds of children and families along the way. Fans can use the hashtag #santatrain16 to follow the train online and engage in the Santa Train conversation on social media.

Monday, September 19, 2016


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (September 19, 2016)
 – Duke FM, where the “Legends of Country Hang Out,” is teaming up with Webster Public Relations again to feature its roster of legacy artists in candid, sit-down interviews on air, online and across Midwest Communications digital platforms. T. Graham Brown, Danny Shirley, Exile, Jimmy Fortune, Lorrie Morgan, T.G. Sheppard and John Anderson will be featured in the second round of Duke FM’s Video Vault series. Click here to watch the Video Vault series.

The Video Vault series will be hosted on Duke FM’s eight stations in Knoxville, Tenn., Appleton, Wis., Green Bay, Wis., Lansing, Mich., Evansville Ind., Fargo ND, Duluth, Minn. and Terre Haute, Ind.

Duke FM will also be providing listeners an opportunity to win a prize each week for watching the videos, with all entrants going into a grand prize drawing for a trip for two on the Country Music Cruise. The 2017 artist lineup includes Vince Gill, Charley Pride, The Oak Ridge Boys, Brenda Lee, Lee Greenwood, Tanya Tucker, Johnny Lee, Moe Bandy & Joe Stampley - Good Ole Boys Reunion, Dailey & Vincent, Jimmy Fortune of the Statler Brothers, Wade Hayes, Jo-El Sonnier, Sylvia, Deborah Allen and Chuck Mead & His Grassy Knoll Boys and host Lorianne Crook, plus a special Grand Ole Opry at Sea performance event.

In addition to one-on-one interviews with the artists, Duke FM also carries syndicated country video news series “The Pickup,” which highlights today's stars and classic country artists making news today. “The Pickup” is produced by The Hot Seat.

"Duke FM reintroduced a multitude of Country Hits to the public that have not received radio airplay in numerous years. This music was popular then and continues to be popular today. As a result of consistently delivering these great hits to the fans, we decided to invest the time and money to bring the Legends stories closer to the DUKE-FM fans. Our first round of interviews in Nashville far exceeded our expectations and now DUKE-FM is sharing those thought-provoking stories with country music aficionados throughout the United States with a positive response on all levels," said Jeff McCarthy, Vice President Programming, Midwest Communications, Inc.

Video Vault Series:
Sept. 19 T. Graham Brown
Sept. 26 Danny Shirley (Confederate Railroad)
Oct. 03   Exile
Oct. 10   Jimmy Fortune
Oct. 17   Lorrie Morgan
Oct. 24   T.G. Sheppard
Oct. 31   John Anderson

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Brian Wilson brings "Good Vibrations" to the Ryman Auditorium on Saturday night By Johnathan Pushkar


Brian Wilson, formerly of the Beach Boys, fulfilled a two-night residency at the Ryman Auditorium " which concluded on Saturday night..

Wilson and his band performed numerous Beach Boys classics along with the legendary album "Pet Sounds in its entirety. 

The band opened with a beautiful, crowd-endearing rendition of "California Girls," after which the audience roared with applause.

Brian's verbal antics had the audience laughing in admiration of the songwriting legend and founding Beach Boy. He continually spoke to the audience, introducing each song with charisma.

"Ladies and gentleman, please be seated!" was perhaps Wilson's favorite catchphrase of the evening. He received several standing ovations after several songs' completion, but Wilson was there to perform, not to be applauded. 

Before the song "Salt Lake City," Al Jardine, fellow founding Beach Boy, shared that he and Brian had written the song about a fair they used to play in their youth, but Brian was quick to correct Al in saying, "Here's a song that I wrote!" as Wilson kept into the intro of the song.

Jardine's son, Matt Jardine, came forward early in the show's first set to deliver a hauling rendition of "Don't Worry Baby," channeling the falsetto voicing of the original 1964 record.He was met with a standing ovation and screaming applause for his resurrection of one of the most beloved Beach Boys' songs of the "surf" era. 

Blondie Chapin, former Beach Boys and Rolling Stones collaborator in his own right, joined the band for "Sail Away, "Wild Honey," and "Sail On Sailor," delivering two memorable (but loud) guitar solos in the later two songs. 

After an intermission, the band returned and delivered what was promised: a performance of the classic 1966 album, "Pet Sounds," in its entirety, 50 years later.

The band performed "Pet Sounds" in its original sequential order, with Brian at the helm for vocals.

"Wouldn't It Be Nice" kicked off a crowd sing along, with Matt Jardine's beautiful falsetto carrying the song.

As the second half  of the show progressed, Wilson spoke (and occasionally shouted) his vocals more than singing, which the audience had mixed reactions to.

For those unfamiliar with Wilson, he has suffered under intense mental illness for the better part of his life, and at the age of 74, one can hear the liveliness in his speaking voice, but the taxation on his singing voice. His hunger to perform outweighs his handicaps, and the passion and soulfulness in his deliveries make for a memorable experience for all in attendance.

In seeing Wilson, it's not about the performance, it's about the experience. 

Still, Wilson's band has mastered the art of capturing the magic of the original Beach a boys records and reproducing the sounds of the surf rock era in a way that transports you out of your seat and onto the Santa Monica Pier, 50 years ago. 

After the completion of the "Pet Sounds" portion, the band exited the stage, and returned for an encore, where they shifted it into gear with Beach Boys classics like "Surfin' U.S.A.," "Help Me, Rhonda," "Fun, Fun, Fun," and "Barbara Ann"

The evening came to a close with a sweet, tender rendition of Brian's spiritual song, "Love and Mercy."

Brian Wilson and his band had the crowd singing and dancing all night, and the audience could not get enough of their performance.

If one thing is for certain, the 60's were alive and well at the Ryman on Saturday night, and we have Wilson, Jardine, and the rest of the band to thank.

Thursday, September 15, 2016


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (September 14, 2016) – Country chart-topper Sylvia is gearing up for the release of her new CD It’s All in the Family. It will hit music retailers on October 7th. This recording marks the ACM “Female Vocalist of the Year” winner’s first album release in 14 years. The 12-song album was produced by Sylvia and her longtime collaborator John Mock. Fans can pre-order the album now! Those who pre-order the digital album at iTunes will receive two tracks instantly, and those pre-ordering the physical CD at CD Baby will receive an autographed copy!

"I hope this music inspires and encourages people of all ages to continue to create in whatever genre brings them joy,” stated Sylvia. “I have found that there is no age limit on creativity. Your best work is ahead of you! I've felt like a kid again making this record, and I can hardly wait to share it with the world!"

It’s All in the Family is Sylvia’s first album on which she co-wrote the majority of the 12 all-new songs. The highly anticipated release is the singer/songwriter’s most personal venture to date, paying homage to her family’s musical roots and touching on the choices, challenges and turns in the road that have brought her to where she stands today. The Grammy-nominated singer collaborated with some top songwriters including Thom Schuyler, Craig Bickhardt, Jeff Pennig, Kate Campbell, Bobby Tomberlin, and Mark Narmore. John Mock wrote the music for six cuts on the record as well as string arrangements for half of the album.

Known for her long list of huge hits like “Nobody” and “Tumbleweed,” Sylvia has a history of creating long-lasting fan favorites. Future classics from the upcoming album include the title cut, “All in the Family” a story told by a grandmother to her granddaughter over an old family photo album and “Every Time A Train Goes By,” a true story from Sylvia’s childhood, which is an empowering anthem about facing one’s fears, and in doing so, gaining confidence and courage.

It’s All in the Family track-listing:
 1. Every Time A Train Goes By
 2. Somebody’s Daughter
 3. Leave The Past in the Past
 4. A Right Turn
 5. All in the Family
 6. Grandpa Kirby Runnin’ the Hounds
 7. Immigrant Shoes
 8. Cumberland Rose
 9. Hope’s Too hard
10. I Didn’t Know What I Was Missing
11. Here Lately
12. Do Not Cry For Me

Sylvia On Tour:
Sept. 10 – Llano, Texas – Llano Country Opry Latex Theater
Nov. 4 – Saginaw, Mich. – Temple Theater
Nov. 5 – Allegan, Mich. – Allegan High School
Nov. 16 – Port Huron, Mich. – McMorran Auditorium
Nov. 17 – Monroe, Mich. – River Raisin Center
Nov. 18 – Paw Paw, Mich. – Paw Paw High School
Dec. 17 – Nashville, Tenn. – Country Music Hall of Fame – Ford Theater
Jan. 27 – Feb. 03 – Tampa, Fla. – Country Music Cruise


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (September 14, 2016) – Country traditionalist Gene Watson, who recently released his 33rd studio albumReal.Country.Music., will perform his No. 1 smash hits “Fourteen Carat Mind” and “Farewell Party” on “Ray Stevens’ Nashville” this Saturday night, September 17 at 8:30/7:30c on RFD-TV. Visit to find RFD-TV in your area.

After five decades in the music business and more than 75 charting singles, Watson delivers an authentic, soulful album with Real.Country.Music.Real.Country.Music. also charted on Billboard Top Country Albums and remains one of the best selling albums in the Classic Country genre

Watson recently added additional dates to his heavy tour schedule (see below). Considered one of the finest pure-country singers of his generation and known as “The Singer’s Singer,” Watson offers one of the best traditional country shows in the business when he’s on tour and still sings in the same key as 30 years ago.

Be sure to follow Gene Watson on Facebook or visitGeneWatsonMusic.comto orderReal.Country.Music and purchase tickets to upcoming shows.

Sept. 17 Truman Lake Opry- Tightwad, Mo.
Sept. 18 Truman Lake Opry- Tightwad, Mo.
Sept. 20 “Larry’s Country Diner” Starlite Theatre- Branson, Mo.
Sept. 23 Bluegrass Island Festival- Manteo, N.C.
Sept. 24 Liberty Showcase- Liberty, N.C.
Sept. 27 Red River Valley Fair- Paris, Texas
Sept. 28 The Kenney Store- Kenney, Texas
Oct. 01 Prairie Knights Casino- Fort Yates, N.D.
Oct. 02 Midwest Country Theatre- Sandstone, Minn.
Oct. 06 Ryman Auditorium - Nashville, Tenn.
Oct. 07 Kentucky Opry- Benton, Ky.
Oct. 08 Kentucky Opry- Benton, Ky.
Oct. 14 University of AR-Texarkana Hempstead Hall- Hope, Ark.
Oct. 15 Texas Opry- Weatherford, Texas
Oct. 21 Riverwind Casino - Norman, Okla
Oct. 22 Palace Theater- Corsicana, Texas
Oct. 26 Starlite Theatre- Branson, Mo.
Oct. 27 Starlite Theatre- Branson, Mo.
Oct. 28 Starlite Theatre- Branson, Mo.
Oct. 29 Music In The Barn- Dixon, Mo.
Nov. 05 Meramac Music Theater- Steelville, Mo.
Nov. 12 Music City Texas Theatre- Kinden, Texas
Nov. 25 Dosey Doe - Houston, Texas
Dec. 01 Starlite Theatre- Branson, Mo.
Dec. 02 Starlite Theatre- Branson, Mo.
Dec. 03 Starlite Theatre- Branson, Mo.
Jan. 06 Main Street Crossing - Tomball, Texas
Jan. 20 Lincoln Theatre - Marion, Va.
Jan. 21 Dixie Carter Performing Arts Center - Huntingdon, Texas
Jan. 27 Ameristar Casino - Kansas City, Mo.
Jan. 29 Country’s Family Reunion Cruise - George Town, Cayman Islands

Monday, September 12, 2016


Larry Gatlin Also to Appear LIVE on Fox Business Network's Varney & Co.

Nashville, Tenn. (September 12, 2016) - Legendary country music group Larry Gatlin & the Gatlin Brothers will perform on tomorrow morning's edition of Fox & Friends on the Fox News Channel.  The trio will perform the Larry Gatlin-penned "Stand Up And Say So," a new song featured in Dinesh D'Souza's latest film, Hillary's America.
In addition, Larry Gatlin will appear live on tomorrow's edition of the Fox Business Network's Varney & Co.  He will join host Stuart Varney to weigh-in on the day's news topics.
Schedule of appearances:
Tuesday, September 13
8:50 AM ET
Fox News Channel - Fox & Friends
11:45 AM ET
Fox Business Network - Varney & Co.

Thursday, September 8, 2016

RAY STEVENS SENDS OPEN LETTER TO AMERICA New "Dear America" Music Video Premieres Today on The Boot

Nashville, Tenn. (September 6, 2016) -- To help commemorate the 15th anniversary of the 9-11 attacks, legendary singer Ray Stevens has released a new music video with a message for the USA.  "Dear America," premiered exclusively today on The Boot. 
"Dear America, I promise you, I'll teach my children of your freedom and your grace / And of the Founding Fathers' wisdom in the writings that they made," Stevens sings to open the ballad. "Dear America, I won't let them forget the sacrifice that your men and women made / And that our flag still flies from the dying breath they gave."
"I loved the song, and I immediately wanted to record it," says Stevens. "And I think the record turned out really well.  I think the song is very appropriate for the situation in our country today."
"Dear America" was penned by Connie Jo Hamrick, the wife of Stevens' keyboard player, Jon Hamrick.  It is available for download now on iTunes and Amazon.


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (September 8, 2016) – It’s been exactly 30 years since Paulette Carlson formed the ground-breaking country group, Highway 101. After collecting four total ACM and CMA awards for “Vocal Group of the Year,” along with multiple Grammy nominations, Highway 101 led the field in the late 80’s and early 90’s, fueled by Carlson’s distinctive vocals, which would lead the group to 10 Top Ten hits.

“Wow, it’s such a wonderful feeling looking back and remembering all the great times we had,” says Carlson. “I remember at the time, I had such a certain feeling that this was really going to be a successful endeavor. And of course working with Warner Brothers, Chuck Morris and Paul Worley, how could it not be? Hats off to my fellow cohorts in Highway 101… didn’t we have fun!”

After forming in 1986, Highway 101 would go on to release their debut single, the Paulette Carlson-penned anthem, “The Bed You Made for Me.” The song burst onto the country charts, establishing Highway 101 as the premiere vocal group in the genre. From that point, Highway 101 would go on to release hit-after-hit, with timeless tracks like “Cry, Cry, Cry and “Somewhere Tonight.” After spending five years with the band and leading them to multiple Grammy nominations, Carlson moved on from the group.

Paulette Carlson continues to make music today. The heartfelt vocalist has shifted her efforts to raise attention to issues near and dear to the award-winning singer’s heart. Her song, “Thank You Vets” was created to honor military servicemen and women. The song was specifically dedicated to Carlson’s brother Gary, who served in the 82nd Airborne and 173rd Division in Vietnam as a paramedic. The track was featured on Carlson’s album, It’s About Time. The country chart-topper continues to make music that will remind fans of the voice that they fell in love with exactly 30 years, with many surprises in store as Carlson begins the next chapter of her career.

Wednesday, September 7, 2016


Official Induction Ceremony and Concert to be Held on October 26 at the
Municipal Auditorium in Nashville

Nashville, Tenn. (September 7, 2016) -- The musical honors just keep pouring in for country and bluegrass legend Ricky Skaggs. Last week, Skaggs learned he would receive this year's prestigious ASCAP Founders Awardand today it was announced that the 14-time GRAMMY® winner will be inducted into the Musicians Hall of Fame. 
"What an incredible honor it is for me to be inducted into the Musicians Hall of Fame," says Skaggs. "Just to be named alongside so many of my musical heroes is really humbling. I'm grateful to all of the musicians who have gone before me and left a trail that I have followed and learned from. I'm so thankful for this honor."
In addition to Skaggs, this year's inductees include Garth Brooks, the late Jerry Reed, Brooks' studio backing band, the G-Men and the Sigma Sound Studio Rhythm Section.
An induction ceremony and concert will be held on Wednesday, October 26, at 7 p.m. at the Municipal Auditoriumin downtown Nashville. The Municipal Auditorium is home to the Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, and GRAMMY Museum Gallery™ at Musicians Hall of Fame. Tickets will be available through Ticketmaster on September 12.  

Tuesday, September 6, 2016


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (September 6, 2016) – The month of September brings new releases, CMA memories, and some great Springer Mountain Farms® chicken recipes from featured artists onGreat Country Moments. September episodes will feature Moe Bandy, Bill Anderson, Lee Greenwood, T. G. Sheppard, Jimmy Fortune, Mark Wills, Exile and Jennifer McCarter. Fans can access Great Country Moments content online

Through the one-of-a-kind story segments, the featured country stars will take viewers through some of the best times of their career and reveal emotional, exciting, and memorable moments that fans have never heard first-hand. Along with the videos will be trivia questions that viewers can answer to enter a contest to win a variety of prizes. A grand prize of a free FREEZER FULL OF CHICKEN will be given away to one lucky winner who participates in the trivia contest.

"Springer Mountain Farms® enjoys many wonderful partnerships with the country music community. Great Country Moments is another great outlet to feature some of country music's finest with an added bonus, their favorite chicken recipe! We have created a living cookbook that fans and Springer Mountain Farms® chicken lovers can follow along with. I can't wait to try the recipes out in my kitchen!" said Gus Arrendale, President of Springer Mountain Farms®.

The “Great Country Moments” series features a new video being released each week. The recipe segments will reveal the artist’s favorite homemade recipes using Springer Mountain Farms® chicken, along with a written recipe that will be available to viewers. Some of the stars featured in the series include Johnny Lee, The Oak Ridge Boys, Tanya Tucker, Ronnie McDowell, Jeannie Seely, Deborah Allen, Jimmy Fortune and many more.

September Episodes of Great Country Moments
Tuesday, September 6 - Moe Bandy Chicken Fajitas Recipe, Bill Anderson New Releases Moment
Monday, September 12 - Lee Greenwood Chicken Marsala with Mustard and Mascarpone, T.G Sheppard Elvis Moment
Monday, September 19 - Jimmy Fortune Jimmy’s Chicken Recipe,Mark Wills CMA Moment
Monday, September 26 - Exile C.R.A.P. (Sweet and Sour) Chicken Salad Recipe, Jennifer McCarter First Radio Single Moment

Monday, September 5, 2016


Prayers and well wishes for Loretta Lynn as she recovers from a recent fall. Loretta cancelled her September 3, appearance, at her Hurricane Mills ranch. The fall left her feeling not well enough to perform. Please don't be alarmed and remember to respect this special lady by not jumping to conclusions or rumors. 

Loretta, you're in our prayers and we look forward to seeing you on the stage soon. 

Friday, September 2, 2016

The Isaacs Announce Release of Nature’s Symphony in 432

Hendersonville, TN (September 2nd, 2016) – Esteemed Gospel family-group, The Isaacs, are pleased to present the latest contribution to a vast catalog of acclaimed music, entitledNature’s Symphony in 432: A Journey From Pain To Praise. 
Nature’s Symphony in 432 has been a labor of love for the musical family, comprised of siblings Sonya, Ben and Becky, and their mother Lily.  Born out of a season of pain and struggle, each song is a personal testimony that speaks to the faithfulness of God and offers praise and rejoicing to the Lord through the trials of life. After much research and prayer, the group chose to record the project in 432 tuning, the frequency which most closely reflects the sounds found in nature, further setting this 15-song collection apart from other recorded albums.
Fans of the Isaacs know that the award-winning group cannot be confined to one musical genre; a fact that is well reflected in this new release.  From the triumphant rejoicing found in ‘This Is The Year’ and the country-driven feel of ‘Keep Breathing,’ to the heart-felt ballads of ‘I Love You More,’ and ‘If That’s What It Takes,’ and worshipful praise of ‘Lord Of My Heart,’ each song reflects a different angle of the project’s subtitle, A Journey From Pain To Praise, all while singing the praises of a sovereign and faithful God and staying true to the beautiful and intricate harmonies that are unmistakably the Isaacs.
The first single from Nature’s Symphony in 432, entitled ‘This Is The Year,’ is at Southern Gospel radio now.   The project is available to the Christian marketplace exclusively through New Day Christian. Mainstream and digital distribution are provided by Sony RED.
The Isaacs are a multi-award winning family group based out of Hendersonville, TN.  Drawing from bluegrass, country, contemporary Christian and southern gospel influences, infused with their signature acoustic instrumentation, the Isaacs’ unique sound and blended harmonies appeal to a wide range of audiences and has earned them notoriety in a variety of genres.  They have been featured artists on the Gaither Homecomings, as well as appearing on stages such as the Grand Ole Opry, Dove Awards, IBMA (International Bluegrass Music Association) Awards, ICMA (Inspirational Country Music Association) Awards, CMA Music Week, Carnegie Hall and professional sporting events across the country.


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (September 1, 2016) – Upcoming episodes of “Country’s Family Reunion” will spotlight popular episodes originally filmed in 2010. Artists in the ‘2010’ series include The Whites, Michael Martin Murphy, Narvel Felts, Duane Allen, Jessi Colter,and Johnny Lee. These reminiscent episodes also feature and celebrate the lives of many country legends who have since passed, includingJim Ed Brown, Billy Grammar, Charlie Louvin, Jack Greene, Earl Scruggs, George Hamilton IV, andJimmy C. Newman.

The idea behind the hit “Country’s Family Reunion” series when it all started in 1997 was simple – ask the great people who shaped country music to get together and talk about their history, and maybe sing a few songs. Each episode of Country’s Family Reunion is hosted by country legend and hit songwriter, Bill Anderson who guides the discussion and supplies viewers with inside stories from his many years in the business. Nearly 20 years later, Gabriel Communications celebrates more than a dozen projects, featuring hundreds of songs and never-before-heard stories from some of country music’s original artists, which would have otherwise been lost forever. Click here to find out where to watch RFD-TV and “Country’s Family Reunion” in your area.

Upcoming “Country’s Family Reunion” Airdates:
*All episodes re-air on Saturdays at 11 pm CST
Friday, September 2 - “Lookin’ Back”
Friday, September 9 – ‘2010’
Friday, September 16 – ‘2010’
Friday, September 23 – ‘2010’
Friday, September 30 – ‘2010’

Tune in Fridays at 7 pm CST and Saturdays at 11 pm CST on RFD-TV.

The “’Country’s Family Reunion’ Collection Series” DVD box set features four different show compilations including “Country’s Family Reunion Original,” “Country’s Family Reunion Celebration,” “Country’s Family Reunion Gospel,” and “Stories From The Golden Age Of Country.” Purchase the entire series and have unlimited access to over 50 legendary country music artists with 130 rare live performances online by visiting


One-hour Special Airs on SiriusXM Willie's Roadhouse, Channel 59 Labor Day Weekend

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (September 1, 2016) – Songwriting icon and legendary performer “Whisperin’ Bill” Anderson pens the lyrics to his life in a new revealing autobiography available today. As part of Anderson’s media blitz to promote Whisperin’ Bill Anderson: An Unprecedented Life In Country Music, Willie’s Roadhouse on SiriusXM will broadcast a one-hour special conversation with his old friend Charlie Monk, “The Mayor of Music Row,” for a live audience of SiriusXM subscribers recorded the SiriusXM Music City Theatre in Nashville. The show will air on Channel 59 on Saturday, Sept. 3 at 2:00 pm & 7:00 pm ET, Sunday, September 4 at 10:00 am and 8:00 pm ET, and Monday September 5 at 11:00 am ET and 11:00 pm ET.

Whisperin’ Bill Anderson: An Unprecedented Life In Country Music is a 360-page representation of Anderson’s journey published by University of Georgia Press featuring respected music journalist and Grammy-nominated music producer Peter Cooper as a contributing writer. It includes rare, never-before-seen photos and eye-opening personal stories from Anderson’s nearly eighty years of living – from early days of radio broadcasting in Georgia, to standing alongside the greatest country music stars in the world onstage at the Grand Ole Opry, to being named BMI’s first ICON Award winner in the country music genre.

“I sometimes look in the mirror and wonder how one man could have been so blessed to have crammed so much living into one lifetime. I see the gray on my temples and instead of trying to hide it, I remember how much fun I had putting it there. Writing it down for these pages was almost akin to living it again, though, and I probably need to take a deep breath, relax and go sit down in the corner. Come sit with me, bring the book, and let me tell you about it,” said Anderson.

With the 2015 success of Mo Pitney’s “Country,” Anderson has become the only country songwriter to tally a Top 40 hit in seven consecutive decades, and he stands today a legendary performer, who recently celebrated his 55th Anniversary as a member of the Grand Ole Opry. The youngest writer to ever be named “Songwriter Of The Year” (BMI) at age 23, prior to 21-year-old Taylor Swift, Anderson has certainly lived an unprecedented life in country music. Fans, artists, songwriters and music executives young and old revere him for his soft speaking style that can silence a room with just a few poignant words.

But there was a time in the early 90s that Bill felt as if his words no longer mattered. “I didn’t write much anymore because I didn’t feel as if what I wanted to write related to what young listeners wanted to hear,” he revealed. However, it was in 1992 that singer/songwriter Steve Wariner helped to re-ignite Anderson’s writing career with a cover of “Tips Of My Fingers.” The exposure the song received made Anderson test the waters as a co-writer, and in 1994, he teamed up with Vince Gill to write “Which Bridge To Cross (Which Bridge To Burn).”

Gill said that as a life-long lover of songs, he had no idea what a profound impact Bill would have on him throughout his career, and still to this day, when he hears one of his favorite songs, he finds out that Bill undoubtedly wrote it.

“When I asked him to write some songs with me in the early 90s, I was shocked to hear him say he didn’t write much anymore because he didn’t think my generation was interested in what he had to say,” Gill said.

“I told him I believed he was one of the most prolific and important songwriters in our history, and it would mean the world to me if we could write together. ‘Which Bridge To Cross (Which Bridge To Burn)’ was the result of that collaboration, and in Bill’s words, it lit a fire to want to keep writing with some of us kids. Well, believe me, we kids are better songwriters because of Bill Anderson,” Gill added.

Anderson also celebrated unprecedented success in the new millennium with the Kenny Chesney hit “A Lot Of Things Different,” George Strait’s “Give It Away,” and the multiple CMA/ACM Award winning song, “Whiskey Lullaby,” (2004), recorded by Brad Paisley and Alison Krauss.

Paisley said, “Very few songwriters or artists will be prolific or talented enough to enjoy 2 or maybe 3 decades of success. Bill Anderson is going on 7. His words and melodies are a part of the very foundation upon which country music is built.”

And even icons like Dolly Parton look up to Anderson for his legacy.

“Bill Anderson has been an inspiration to me as a writer since I was young and new in Nashville. It was songs like ‘Still’ and “Once A Day’ that made me want to become a better writer. Bill has written so many wonderful songs and is a major force in country music, not only as a writer, but as an entertainer, singer and host. It would be impossible to really measure his worth in this industry, but it’s BIG! I also love and respect him as a gentle and wonderful human being. Though he speaks softly, he carries a big stick and is a wise and effective businessman. I’ve always admired him for that, too. In the words of one of my own songs, I would like to say Bill Anderson, I will always love you,“ said Dolly Parton.

Whisperin’ Bill Anderson: An Unprecedented Life In Country Music jacketed cloth edition will be available for $29.95 at Barnes & Noble, Books-A-Million, various independent book stores, and online

Anderson shows no signs of slowing down. The prolific singer/songwriter continues to tour the country, playing to sold-out audiences and meeting with every last fan yearning to receive an autograph from the icon. He recently signed with The Kinkead Entertainment Agency for booking representation. Bob Kinkead will serve as his agent and is based in the agency’s Nashville office.

For more information on Bill Anderson, or to purchase Whisperin’ Bill Anderson: An Unprecedented Life In Country Music, please

Sep 04 Decatur Book Festival - Decatur, GA
Sep 06 Bill Anderson Performing Arts Center - Commerce, GA
Sep 08 Social Circle Theatre - Social Circle, GA
Sep 10 Grand Ole Opry - Nashville, TN
Sep 17 Franklin Theatre - Franklin, TN
Sep 20 Grand Ole Opry - Nashville, TN
Sep 22 Country's Family Reunion Tour - Bremen, GA
Sep 23 Country Tonight Theatre - Pigeon Forge, TN
Sep 24 Country's Family Reunion Tour - Franklin, NC
Oct 01 Grand Ole Opry - Nashville, TN
Oct 08 Red Barn Convention Center - Winchester, OH
Oct 13 Blue Gate Theater - Shipshewana, IN
Oct 14 Blue Gate Theater - Shipshewana, IN
Oct 16 Southern Festival of Books - Nashville, TN
Nov 12 The Henrico Theatre - Henrico, VA
Nov 13 The Lincoln Theater - Marion, VA

.@WhisperinBill's new autobiography, An Unprecedented Life In Country Music available NOW:

Thursday, September 1, 2016


Nashville, Tenn. (September 1, 2016) -- ASCAP, the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, will present acclaimed bluegrass and country music songwriter-artist and Grand Ole Opry member Ricky Skaggs with its prestigious Founders Award at the 54th annual ASCAP Country Music Awards. The exclusive, invitation-only gala, which celebrates the songwriters and publishers of ASCAP’s most performed country songs of 2015, will take place at the historic Ryman Auditorium in downtown Nashville, Tennessee on October 31st.

ASCAP President Paul Williams says, "For more than four decades Ricky Skaggs has been a musical force in bluegrass and country music. His incredible gifts as a musician combined with his boundless creativity and energy continue to fuel a passion for American roots music around the world. A national treasure, he has influenced generations of fellow music creators and we are honored to present him with the ASCAP Founders Award."

The Founders Award is one of ASCAP’s highest honors and is presented to songwriters and composers who have made pioneering contributions to music by inspiring and influencing their fellow music creators. Each recipient is a musical innovator who possesses a unique style of creative genius, which will enrich generations to come. Previous recipients include George Strait, Alan Jackson, Jackson Browne, Emmylou Harris, Garth Brooks, Bob Dylan, Tom Petty, Melissa Etheridge and Neil Young.

Ricky Skaggs is a renowned pioneer of bluegrass and country music, having earned 12 #1 singles, 14 Grammy Awards, 11 IBMA Awards, nine ACM Awards, eight CMA Awards (including Entertainer of the Year), two Dove Awards, three honorary Doctorate degrees, a GMA Gospel Music Hall of Fame induction, the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum’s 2013 Artist-In-Residence, and an Americana Music Association Lifetime Achievement Award, along with numerous other accolades. Since he began playing music more than 50 years ago, Skaggs has released more than 30 albums and has performed thousands of live shows. He started his own record label, Skaggs Family Records, in 1997 and has since released 12 consecutive Grammy-nominated albums. His newest release, Hearts Like Ours, with his wife, celebrated artist Sharon White of The Whites, features the couple performing duets of handpicked country love songs. The Grand Ole Opry member has also released his first-ever autobiography, "Kentucky Traveler," which details the life and times of Skaggs and provides a descriptive history of country and bluegrass music. In addition to his regular touring schedule with his band, Kentucky Thunder, he has recently performed a string of dates with Sharon White and guitar legend Ry Cooder, and continues to tour with versatile singer-songwriter and pianist Bruce Hornsby.

The 54th annual ASCAP Country Music Awards will include the announcements of the ASCAP Country Music Songwriter of the Year, Song of the Year and Publisher of the Year. The evening is expected to feature live performances of the top five most performed songs by the award-winning songwriters and/or the artists who recorded them. 


DENVER, Colo. (August 31, 2016) – Traditional country music fans have plenty to look forward to on upcoming episodes of the national variety series “The Joey Canyon Show,” airing on RFD-TV. The program, which is shot on-location in scenic Denver, Colorado, features the who’s who in country music. September’s episodes will feature Doug Stone, Daryle Singletary,Pam Tillis, Josh Abbott Band and John Berry. Enter your zip code here to find RFD-TV in your area.

Hosted by Denver’s own Joey Canyon, the show aims to entertain fans in a location “where the music meets the mountains.” As a traditional country artist, Canyon has made it his mission to showcase artists that he loves, while also showing off his homeland on a bigger, national scale.The Denver Post took readers inside the studio for the final day of tapings for season on. The show is also co-hosted in season one by country singer/songwriter Dean Miller, who is the son of country chart-topper Roger Miller.

Upcoming Music Guests for “The Joey Canyon Show” Include:
September 2: Doug Stone
September 9: Daryle Singletary
September 16: Pam Tillis
September 23: Josh Abbott Band
September 30: John Berry

The 30-minute series began airing in January and airs Friday evenings at 10pm Eastern / 9pm Central. So far this season, the show has featured artists like Mark Wills, T.G. Sheppard, Wynn Varble, Irlene Mandrell, Highway 101, Moe Bandy and more.

“The Joey Canyon Show” airs in over 65 million homes nationwide on RFD-TV. The program is carried by Comcast, Direct TV and Dish. Comcast Entertainment Television on XFINITY channel 900 (HD) and 105 in Colorado, and XFINITY channel 6 in Utah, airs the show Sunday evenings at 8:30pm MDT and Tuesday evenings at 7:30pm MDT, with additional airings on CET throughout the week.

For more information on Joey Canyon, as well as The Joey Canyon Show,