Monday, October 31, 2016

DOLLYWOOD GOING HOLLYWOOD!


Dollywood is Hollywood on Tuesday, Nov. 22!  Dolly has invited the cast from her new NBC movie, Christmas of Many Colors: Circle of Love, to the worldwide premiere at Dollywood, which will open on this special day from 2 - 9 p.m. This event will give guests a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see behind-the-scenes of a real Hollywood premiere, including red carpet arrivals, media interviews and much more!

Enjoy Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Christmas and have your cameras ready as Dolly and the cast members of Christmas of Many Colors make their way down the red carpet along Dollywood’s Showstreet.  To end your family’s evening, enjoy Dollywood’s new Parade of Many Colors.

The Coca-Cola Refresh Team brings the Coca-Cola Polar Bear to take photos with guests in attendance. Coca-Cola will also offer special holiday beverage samplings during the event.

Plan your visit on Nov. 22 for your chance to experience a little bit of Hollywood at Dollywood! 


Thursday, October 27, 2016

New in 2017 at Dollywood


New in 2017 at Dollywood

In 2017 Dollywood will offer even more fun for families at our Smoky Mountain destination. With three new attractions and two new special events everyone in the family is sure to find something that makes their day memorable in 2017.
Drop Line Rendering

Drop Line at Dollywood

New in Summer 2017, Drop Line is a 200-foot tall free-fall experience that towers over Timber Canyon and provides an incredible view of the park before its exhilarating finish. The drop tower ride lifts Dollywood guests nearly 20 stories above the Canyon’s pool, before plummeting them back to the ground in a thrilling rush.

Whistle Punk Chaser at Dollywood

Whistle Punk Chaser, a new junior coaster opening in Summer 2017, throws thrilling twists and turns at Dollywood’s younger loggers, helping prepare them for the day they can join their parents aboard the award-winning Thunderhead wooden coaster.

TailSpin Racer at Dollywood's Splash Country

In 2017 experience the wet and wild twists, turns and thrills of Dollywood’s Splash Country’s newest attraction, TailSpin Racer! From its unique spiraling, high-speed AquaTubes to its splashdown finish, it’s an all-out race to see who can get to the end first.

New Special Events at Dollywood

Two new events will join our family festivals in 2017. Just in time for families enjoying spring break, the park will introduce enra, a Tokyo-based dance company which was featured on America’s Got Talent in 2015. The group wowed audiences with their high-energy multi-media dance, light and video fusion show.

Also, for the first time ever Dollywood will be opening during the evening in October to welcome the spectacular GREAT Pumpkin LumiNights event alongside the Southern Gospel Jubilee to our Harvest Festival. This nighttime event immerses families in fabulous fall pumpkin illumination.

JOHN BERRY BRINGS CHRISTMAS TO THE MASSES WITH NEW ALBUM AND TOUR All-new Holiday Album Set for November 18 National Release; Pre-sale Orders Available Now at JohnBerry.com Berry's 20th Annual "O Holy Night" Christmas Tour Kicks-off November 18

Nashville, Tenn. (October 25, 2016) - Grammy Award-winning country star John Berry will soon hit the road on his 20th Annual "O Holy Night" Tour and in celebration, he will be releasing a new holiday album.  The album, Christmas (Sony RED), will be available in select retail stores as well as digitally (iTunes, Amazon, Google Play and JohnBerry.com) on Friday, November 18. 
 
"Celebrating Christmas with my family and friends are some of my favorite memories in my life," says Berry. "Maybe it's why I dearly love the sounds of the season. My new music from Christmas is full of songs that celebrate all the things I hold near and dear to my heart… Jesus, family, and friends."
 
The 10-track album includes new songs as well as holiday classics like, "Blue Christmas," "Mary Did You Know," and Berry's personal favorite, "O Holy Night."
 
"It was especially meaningful to re-record 'O Holy Night' in the studio for the first time in 23 years," adds Berry.  "My hope is that this album fills the hearts and homes of families for many years to come."
 
Christmas pre-sale orders are available now at JohnBerry.com. Fans attending Berry's Christmas shows will be able to purchase the album at the merchandise stand.  The new music will be available along with a complete line of specially designed, limited edition 20th anniversary merchandise.  The 19-city tour kicks off in Marietta, Georgia on November 18 and wraps on December 21 in Dothan, Alabama.  For a full schedule of tour dates, click HERE.
 
Christmas Track Listing:
 
1. Let Us Be
2. This Christmas Night
3. Blue Christmas
4. Do Not Be Afraid
5. My Heart Is Bethlehem
6. You Raise Me Up
7. I Don't Wanna Rush This Christmas
8. Mary Did You Know
9.  Joseph's Lullaby
10. O Holy Night

RICKY SKAGGS TO PERFORM AT "THE 50th ANNUAL CMA AWARDS" AIRING WEDNESDAY, NOV. 2 ON ABC

Nashville, Tenn. (October 26, 2016) - Fourteen-time GRAMMY® Award-winning music legend Ricky Skaggs will perform on "Country Music's Biggest Night."  Skaggs, a former CMA Entertainer of the Year, will be part of a star-studded lineup next week at "The 50th Annual CMA Awards."
 
"What a joy it is to be back at the CMA Awards," says Skaggs.  "And to be included with so many of my heroes is very humbling."
 
Additional legendary performers include Alabama, Roy Clark, Charley Pride, Alan Jackson, Reba McEntire, Clint Black, Brooks & Dunn, Vince Gill, George Strait, Charlie Daniels, Randy Travis, Garth Brooks and more.
 
"The 50th Annual CMA Awards" will be hosted by Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood and broadcast live from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Wednesday, Nov. 2 (8:00-11:00 PM/ET) on the ABC Television Network.
 
It’s been a busy fall for Skaggs.  He will be inducted into the Musicians Hall of Fame tonight in Nashville and on Monday, October 31, he will be honored by ASCAP when he receives the organization's prestigious Founders Award.

RICKY SKAGGS TO PERFORM AT "THE 50th ANNUAL CMA AWARDS" AIRING WEDNESDAY, NOV. 2 ON ABC

Nashville, Tenn. (October 26, 2016) - Fourteen-time GRAMMY® Award-winning music legend Ricky Skaggs will perform on "Country Music's Biggest Night."  Skaggs, a former CMA Entertainer of the Year, will be part of a star-studded lineup next week at "The 50th Annual CMA Awards."
 
"What a joy it is to be back at the CMA Awards," says Skaggs.  "And to be included with so many of my heroes is very humbling."
 
Additional legendary performers include Alabama, Roy Clark, Charley Pride, Alan Jackson, Reba McEntire, Clint Black, Brooks & Dunn, Vince Gill, George Strait, Charlie Daniels, Randy Travis, Garth Brooks and more.
 
"The 50th Annual CMA Awards" will be hosted by Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood and broadcast live from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Wednesday, Nov. 2 (8:00-11:00 PM/ET) on the ABC Television Network.
 
It’s been a busy fall for Skaggs.  He will be inducted into the Musicians Hall of Fame tonight in Nashville and on Monday, October 31, he will be honored by ASCAP when he receives the organization's prestigious Founders Award.

Saturday, October 22, 2016

LARRY GATLIN & THE GATLIN BROTHERS TO RELEASE ALL-NEW HOLIDAY ALBUM, WE SAY MERRY CHRISTMAS Digital Pre-sales Start Oct. 28; Album Available for Purchase on Black Friday, Nov. 25 ______________________________________________________________________



LARRY GATLIN & THE GATLIN BROTHERS TO RELEASE ALL-NEW HOLIDAY ALBUM, WE SAY MERRY CHRISTMAS
 
Digital Pre-sales Start Oct. 28; Album Available for Purchase on Black Friday, Nov. 25 

Nashville, Tenn. (October 19, 2016) - This holiday season, country legends Larry Gatlin & the Gatlin Brothers will deck the halls with an all-new Christmas album.  On Black Friday, November 25, brothers Larry, Rudy and Steve will release We Say Merry Christmas (Sony RED), the group's first holiday album in more than 10 years.
 
"There is no better music than the sweet sounds of Christmas songs not only about the great season, but of the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ," says Steve Gatlin.
 
The 2-disc album contains 19 songs and is chock full of classic Christmas standards including, "Silver Bells," "Silent Night," "Winter Wonderland," "Joy To The World" and more. The collection also includes several original holiday songs penned by Larry Gatlin.
 
Larry adds, "We Say Merry Christmas. Any questions?"
 
Digital pre-sales on iTunes and Amazon start on October 28.  Early bird shoppers who participate in the pre-sale will immediately be able to download two songs ahead of the release date ("Joy To The World" and "Winter Wonderland").
 
Fans will also be able to purchase the new album at the brothers' live concerts at Gaylord Opryland's A Country Christmas in Nashville, Tennessee.  The daily performances kick-off on November 11 with the Gatlin Brothers performing 38 live dinner shows leading up to Christmas.  Held in the iconic 2,882-room hotel's Tennessee Ballroom, each show will include a four-course meal prepared by Gaylord Opryland's award-winning chefs. Tickets are on-sale now and may be purchased online at ChristmasAtGaylordOpryland.com.
 
We Say Merry Christmas Track Listing:
1. Joy To The World
2. O Holy Night
3. Winter Wonderland
4. Carol Of The Bells
5. What Child Is This
6. Heaven's Child
7. Silver Bells
8. White Christmas The Christmas Song (Medley)
9. Bring A Torch Janette Isabella
10. The Little Drummer Boy
11. No Star Tonite In Bethlehem
12. All We Like Sheep
13. Mary Did You Know
14. Christmas Medley (with The Lennon Sisters)
15. Do You Hear What I Hear
16. Silent Night
17. I Have Seen The Light
18. Christmas All Year 'Round
19. Alleluia
 

Thursday, October 20, 2016

The Loving Mary Band performs for a live-streamed concert at AURORA Nashville



The Loving Mary Band performs for a live-streamed concert at AURORA Nashville 
By Johnathan Pushkar

On October 19, The Loving Mary Band performed a short concert at AURORA Nashville for a live audience and online listeners.

AURORA Nashville is a new venue which live-streams concerts online to those who create a free profile on their website. All of their concerts are streamed in 4k, which puts them on the cutting edge of the live streaming entertainment industry.

The Loving Mary Band is comprised of six of the most talented musicians in Nashville, Rebecca Lynn Howard, Suzie McNeil, Marti Frederiksen, Elisha Hoffman, Andrew Mactaggart, and Sarah Tomek. 
The band’s chemistry radiates from their music and their stage presence, and their sound has calls to both modern country and slight strokes of 70’s southern rock.

The band has gained a good bit of notoriety, seeing that they serve as Steven Tyler’s backing band when he does his solo concerts. Tyler has ventured into the country music genre when he’s not rocking out with Aerosmith, and The Loving Mary Band has done an excellent job of bridging the gap between the country sound Tyler strives for and the rock sound that is engrained in his soul.

Speaking of Aerosmith, the band performed an impromptu rendition of “Sweet Emotion” after being asked a question from their hashtag, #AskLovingMary

The Loving Mary Band’s debut record comes out on October 28, and after hearing some of the songs live at AURORA, I promise that this will definitely be a record you want to listen to!

Monday, October 17, 2016

THE "MAYOR OF MUSIC ROW" CHARLIE MONK CELEBRATES 60 YEARS IN SHOW BIZ

Charlie Monk at WTBF early in his career / photo courtesy of Monk Family Music Group
 
Nashville Industry Vet's Hometown of Geneva, Alabama Unveils 
"Charlie Monk Lane"

Nashville, Tenn. (October 17, 2016) - If you work in the Nashville music business and don't know the name Charlie Monk, you probably haven't been around very long.  After all, he is the "Mayor of Music Row."  This year, Monk is celebrating six decades of blood, sweat and tears in show business.
 
"When I started out in 1956, I wanted to be a radio or TV star or maybe an actor," recalls Monk.  "I found out when I moved to Music City that I was a lot better at nurturing other talented people which got me into the management, publishing and production side of music.  I'm proud that I have made a good living for my family, had a lot of fun hanging with super talented folks and doing a lot of different things in the entertainment world."
 
Monk recently attended his 60th high school class reunion in his hometown of Geneva, Alabama.  During his visit, the town presented him with his very own roadway, "Charlie Monk Lane."
 
"Everybody in Geneva, Alabama, population 4,500, knew that I was the poorest kid in town but they knew that I was a hard worker and many of them gave me jobs and encouragement," he says.  "It took a village to raise me. I am unbelievably honored with this recognition and thank the mayor and city council for having the ceremony during a reunion of my 1957 high school graduating class. 'CHARLIE MONK LANE'... that's pretty cool."
 
Charlie Monk may know everyone working in Nashville’s music community. Outside of that community, Monk may very well be Nashville’s most influential unknown. Whether entertaining America on his daily SiriusXM radio show, managing Monk Family Music or hosting a major music event, he is honest and frank in everything he does. It’s his unique personality, combined with 60 years experience in show business, that has made Monk one of the most respected executives on Music Row.
 
Through the years, Monk has developed strong instincts. In 1983, for example, Monk signed a young singer/songwriter named Randy Traywick — now known as Randy Travis. He signed Kenny Chesney to his first songwriting deal and negotiated his first record contract with Capricorn Records. Songwriters Monk has signed "off the street" include Marcus Hummon, Holly Dunn, Jim McBride, Keith Stegall, Aaron Tippin and Philip Douglas.
 
Monk Family Music Group published songs have been recorded by Travis, Tippin, Led Zeppelin,  Lonestar, Reba, LeAnn Rimes, Tracy Lawrence, The Mavericks, Cheap Trick, Kenny Rogers, Sandi Patti, Glen Campbell, Otis Redding, Louise Mandrell, Trick Pony, Carolina Rain, Ike & Tina Turner, Jeff Treece, and John Michael Montgomery.
 
Monk's entertainment career began in 1956, sweeping floors at WGEA in Geneva, Alabama. He landed a weekend air shift at the station and remained throughout his high school years.
 
While attending Troy University, Monk worked a full-time shift on WTBF radio. He later moved to Mobile to join the staff at WKRG radio and television. He was often called upon to work the television side hosting sporting events, parades, and other local happenings. While studying at the University of Alabama, Monk had a stint as program director and afternoon personality at WACT in Tuscaloosa before returning to Mobile as PD at WUNI. That country station captured the Number One position in their market under Monk's tutelage.
 
In 1968, Monk made his move to Tennessee and WMTS radio to be close to the music business. His free-form music and talk show for the station was the first daily broadcast from Music Row.
 
He joined the staff of ASCAP in 1970, where he first became an influential player on Music Row. In 1977, he became Nashville chief of CBS Songs and in less than four years, the company became one of Music City's top three publishers. He stayed until forming his own music publishing company, Monk Family Music Group, in 1983.
 
Monk took a leave of absence from his own company in 1988 to spearhead the return of Acuff-Rose to its former glory. During Monk's tenure, Acuff-Rose was the first publisher to win both ASCAP and BMI "Most Performed Song of the Year" in the same year.
 
After returning to helm the Monk Family Music Group,  he was named SESAC's Publisher of the Year in 1998.
 
A founder of the Country Radio Seminar, Monk produced and hosted the annual New Faces Show for over 40 years. He is an alumnus of Leadership Music, lifetime Director of the Country Radio Broadcasters, a member of the Country Music Association, the Academy of Country Music and the Gospel Music Association. He has served as VP of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, VP of the Nashville Songwriters Association International, VP of the Gospel Music Association, Board of Leadership Music, and local President of the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (now known as AFTRA-SAG).  Monk was inducted into the Alabama Music Hall of Fame in 2014.
 
This year, Monk is nominated for induction into the Tennessee Radio Hall of Fame as well as the Country Radio Broadcasters Hall of Fame.
 
Charlie Monk is available for speaking engagements, voice work, acting and public appearances.  For more information, call: 615-292-6811.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

TANYA TUCKER HOSPITALIZED AFTER SUFFERING UPPER RESPIRATORY INFECTION Tucker Postpones 6 Tour Dates



NASHVILLE, Tenn. (October 12, 2016) – Tanya Tucker is recovering in a Nashville hospital after suffering an upper respiratory infection while on her North American tour. Tucker became ill before a date in South Dakota and was treated by local doctors before heading back to Nashville. As a result, six shows will be postponed (tour dates below).

“I cannot apologize enough to all the fans who bought tickets and were looking forward to seeing us on the road. I just feel terrible, but I’ll get even worse if I don’t take care of myself. I love you all,” Tucker said.

POSTPONED TANYA TUCKER TOUR DATES:
Oct. 07 Watertown, S.D. – Dakota Sioux Casino
Oct. 11 Swift Current, SK Canada – The Living Sky Casino
Oct. 12 Whitecap, SK Canada – Dakota Dunes Casino
Oct. 14 Fort Hall, Idaho – Fort Hall Casino
Oct. 15 Pendleton, Ore. – Wildhorse Resort
Oct. 16 Airway Heights, Wash. - Northern Quest Casino

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Friday, October 7, 2016

SYLVIA'S 'IT'S ALL IN THE FAMILY' AVAILABLE NOW!



Sylvia: It's All In The Family

UPCOMING FEATURES INCLUDE THE HUFFINGTON POST, “RAY STEVENS’ NASHVILLE,” SIRIUSXM RURAL RADIO,AXS.COM, ROUGHSTOCK, DIGITAL RODEO, NASHVILLE SPORTS & ENTERTAINMENT MAGAZINE, VIZION MAGAZINE, THE CONTRIBUTOR, "ROCK & REVIEW," "NASHVILLE ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY," "NASHVILLE ACCESS," AND MORE!

Recent Appearances Include WSM-AM, "Country Gold," Renegade Radio, "Country Racing," "Whiskey and Cigarettes Radio Show," "Nitty Gritty From Music City" and "My Kind of Country"

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (October 7, 2016) – It’s been 14 years since country songstress Sylviareleased an album, but the wait is over with It’s All In The Family AVAILABLE NOW. The 12-track record features a whole new take from the former ACM “Female Vocalist of the Year.” Taking on new challenges, and telling compelling stories about life, Sylvia’s songwriting reaches new highs with It’s All In The Family.

Sylvia will appear onSiriusXM Rural Radio(channel 147) this weekend on “Outside the Barrel.” Tune in as she catches up with host, Flint Rasmussen. In the wide-ranging interview, the pair talks about Sylvia’s latest album, along with what she’s been up to since taking a break from music to pursue a career as a life coach. The show is set to air today at 5:00pm ET, this Sunday at 1:00pm ET, and is also available on SiriusXM On Demand.

Fans of the heartfelt singer can catch her on an all-new episode of “Ray Stevens’ Nashville,” on RFD-TV. The 30-minute music, entertainment, TV show is centered on music and comedy, along with being hosted by Grammy winner Ray Stevens. Each episode is shot on-location in Nashville, Tennessee, featuring musical performances from some of music’s top artists like Sylvia. Visit rfdtv.com to find RFD-TV in your area.

It’s All In The Family is receiving rave reviews, with Robert K. Oermann of MusicRow stating that “not only is Sylvia singing better than ever, she has also blossomed into a formidable lyricist.” With autobiographical songs like “Every Time a Train Goes By,” the country chart-topper sings about childhood stories from her humble beginnings in rural Indiana. Roughstock gave fans a special insight into the song in their popular “Story Behind the Song” section. Digital Journalstates that “Sylvia is not afraid to showcase her vulnerability” with another track, “Cumberland Rose.” The singer/songwriter will also be featured in an upcoming Huffington Postarticle. Keep an eye out as more appearances are announced, including upcoming episodes of Heartland TV’s “Country Classics.”

It’s All In The Familytrack-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:
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. 03 – Nashville, Tenn. – Ernest Tubb’s Record Shop (in-store CD signing)
Dec. 13 – Nashville, Tenn. – Bluebird Cafe
Dec. 17 – Nashville, Tenn. – Country Music Hall of Fame – Ford Theater
Jan. 27 – Feb. 03 – Tampa, Fla. – Country Music Cruise
 

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Legendary Songwriter Hugh Prestwood To Release First Full Album “I Used To Be The Real Me”

Legendary Songwriter Hugh Prestwood To Release First Full Album “I Used To Be The Real Me”
 
The hit songwriter is releasing “I Used To Be The Real Me”, featuring Judy Collins

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Los Angeles - It may seem Hugh Prestwood is just introducing his name to the world; after all, “I Used To Be The Real Me” is essentially the first album he’s widely distributed, set to be released November 18 on Wildflower Records/Cleopatra Records. But fans of country, folk and bluegrass music are all very familiar with his work - he’s penned numerous number ones and other hits in his thirty-plus years as an Emmy Award-winning, Hall of Fame songwriter.
 
Discovered in 1978 by Judy Collins, the ethereal folk singer provided Prestwood with first hit when she recorded “Hard Times for Lovers.” It makes sense that she also had a hand in this stage of his career, releasing his new album on her Wildflower Records. She also joined him on two tracks, “Untie These Lines” and “Charlie.”
 
“I received Hugh’s CD, listened to it and practically fell over,” Collins said. “It blew me away. All of Hugh's songs are unusual and tinged with magic, and it was a pleasure singing them with my old friend.”
 
In the three decades since first working with Collins, Prestwood has become a well-respected and sought-after songwriter, penning Grammy-nominated number ones for Randy Travis with “Hard Rock Bottom Of Your Heart” Crystal Gayle’s “The Sound Of Your Goodbye” and Shenandoah’s “Ghost In This House,” among many other hits. But “I Used To Bee The Real Me” is Prestwood singing his own songs, his own way.
 
“Working with Judy on this record is closing a very big circle,” Prestwood said. “I Used To Be The Real Me is my songs recorded from my demos, whittled down from 30 songs I had in my catalog. I’m so pleased to share it.”
 
Conway Twitty, Don Williams, Jimmy Buffett, James Taylor, Alison Krauss and Union Station and Jerry Douglas have all recorded Prestwood’s songs, among many, many more. He even received an Emmy for Trisha Yearwood’s “The Song Remembers When.” With that many hits and a long history of working with some of music’s greatest names, it’s hard to believe “I Used To Be The Real Me” is Prestwood’s first full, widely-distributed album of his own work – of his voice singing his songs for a change. The album is a masterwork in lyricism, with Prestwood’s familiar take on life and love as they change through the years.
 
Although Prestwood is releasing “I Used To Be The Real Me”, he’s nowhere near done with songwriting. Prestwood continues to teach songwriting workshops for the Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI) in various locations throughout the country, and is constantly working on his next song.

Buy the digital version:http://flyt.it/HughPrestwoodDig

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

DOLLY PARTON TO RECEIVE WILLIE NELSON LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD DURING "THE 50th ANNUAL CMA AWARDS" AIRING LIVE ON THE ABC TELEVISION NETWORK NOV. 2



NASHVILLE, Tenn. (October 4, 2016) – Superstar Dolly Parton will be the 2016 recipient of the Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award, which will be presented during “The 50th Annual CMA Awards,” airing Wednesday, Nov. 2 (8:00 PM/ET) on the ABC Television Network live from Nashville.

The announcement was made Monday during Parton’s appearance on ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live.” See clip here.

The Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award is for an iconic artist who has attained the highest degree of recognition in Country Music. The Award was established to recognize an artist who has achieved both national and international prominence and stature through concert performances, humanitarian efforts, philanthropy, record sales, and public representation at the highest level. The artist receiving this Award has positively impacted and contributed to the growth of the genre throughout a course of years that have proven to have an unprecedented historical impact on fans and industry alike.

“Dolly epitomizes the very definition of the Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award,” said Sarah Trahern, CMA Chief Executive Officer. “She is a trailblazer who continues to enchant and captivate fans around the world, from her latest No. 1 album, to her sold-out tour, and numerous television projects. She is a treasure and deserving of this industry acclaim for her undeniable contributions to the success of Country Music, today.”

Previous recipients of the Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award include Willie Nelson (2012), Kenny Rogers (2013), and Johnny Cash (2015).

Parton has received 44 CMA Awards nominations and has won nine times including Entertainer (1978) and Female Vocalist of the Year (1975, 1976). In 1996, she and Vince Gill won Musical Event of the Year for “I Will Always Love You,” which is heavily featured in CMA’s hugely popular “Forever Country” single and music video project celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the CMA Awards.

An internationally renowned superstar, the iconic and irrepressible Dolly Parton has contributed countless treasures to the world of entertainment. Her latest album Pure & Simple recently debuted at No. 1 – her first in 25 years. All-inclusive sales of singles, albums, hits collections, paid digital downloads, and compilation usage during her illustrious career have topped a staggering 100 million records worldwide. Achieving 25 RIAA certified Gold, Platinum and multi-Platinum awards, Parton has had 25 songs reach No. 1 on the Billboard Country charts, a record for a female artist. Making her film debut in the 1980 hit comedy "9 to 5," Parton earned rave reviews for her performance and an Oscar nomination for writing the title tune, along with her second and third Grammy Awards. Roles in "Steel Magnolias," "Best Little Whorehouse in Texas," "Rhinestone," and "Straight Talk" followed.

Parton saw a cherished dream become a reality in 1986 with the opening of her own theme park, Dollywood, in Pigeon Forge, Tenn. In 1988, Dolly began the Dollywood Foundation which funds Dolly Parton's Imagination Library across America and in Canada by giving every preschool child a book each month from the time he or she is born until the child reaches kindergarten. Currently 80,000,000 books are mailed to children in the US, Canada and throughout the U.K. In 1999, Dolly was inducted as a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame. She has her own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and in 2004, the U.S. Library of Congress presented her with their Living Legend Award for her contribution to the cultural heritage of the United States. In December 2015, more than 13 million viewers tuned in to "Dolly Parton's Coat of Many Colors," which was the most-watched film on broadcast network television since May 2012.

To learn more about this American icon, visitDollyParton.com.

“The 50th Annual CMA Awards” will be hosted byBrad Paisley and Carrie Underwood and broadcast live from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Wednesday, Nov. 2 (8:00-11:00 PM/ET) on the ABC Television Network.

For more information on “Forever Country” visitForeverCountry50.com. For more information on “The 50th Annual CMA Awards" and to sign up for CMA emails and exclusives, visitCMAawards50.com. Celebrate Country Music Month in October.