Friday, December 23, 2016

RONNIE MCDOWELL SPREADS HOLIDAY CHEER TO CHILDREN IN HIS HOMETOWN OF PORTLAND, TENN.


2016 is the 38th Year of McDowell’s Annual Christmas Shopping Trip for Underprivileged Youth

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (December 22, 2016) – 2017 will mark 40 years of country music legend Ronnie McDowell making music that impacts the lives of others. For 38 of those, he has also been changing the lives of children in need from his hometown of Portland, Tenn. with a special Christmas shopping trip they will remember for years to come.

This week McDowell teamed up with elementary schools and countless community volunteers to transport 30 children on five tour buses to a local Walmart for a $100 shopping spree just days before Christmas. This year the buses were lent to the worthy cause by fellow country stars Garth Brooks, Josh Turner and more.

McDowell decided to make spirits even brighter by dressing up like Santa Claus as the kids shopped for clothes, dolls, bicycles and everything else on their wish list. Following the shopping trip, the group headed to a local fast food restaurant for dinner and treats.

“This event makes my Christmas every year. I cannot fathom, as one of 10 children to a mother that worked three jobs, what something like this would have meant to me as a kid growing up in Portland, Tennessee. That’s why I do it,” said McDowell.

Known for more than thirty Top 40 hits, including chart-toppers “The King Is Gone,” “Older Women” and “You’re Gonna Ruin My Bad Reputation,” the warm-hearted country hitmaker recently released his first ever autobiography about his illustrious music career “Bringing It To You Personally.” Be sure to keep up with Ronnie McDowell onFacebookTwitter andRonnieMcDowell.comas he hits the road in 2017 for his 40th anniversary tour.

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

COUNTRY SUPERSTAR DUO BIG & RICH TO HEADLINE RIAA/MUSICIANS ON CALL INAUGURAL BENEFIT



WASHINGTON, D.C. (December 20, 2016) – Country music superstar act Big & Rich will be the headlining entertainment at the Recording Industry Association of America’s (RIAA) second-ever inauguration charity event benefiting Musicians On Call. The hit duo will perform their set at the 9:30 Club the evening of the presidential inauguration on Friday, January 20, 2017.

Comprised of Big Kenny and “Celebrity Apprentice” winner John Rich, Big & Rich have exerted a definitive gravitational pull to the direction modern country music has taken. Known as “America’s Technicolor cowboys,” Big & Rich have made a career of being relatable and musically relevant since exploding into the public consciousness in 2003. Their 2004 debut studio album Horse of a Different Color shot to RIAA triple-Platinum and included smash hit “Save a Horse (Ride a Cowboy),” while their latest album Gravity scored three back-to-back-to-back Top Ten country hits with “Look at You,” “Run Away With You,” and “Lovin’ Lately” featuring Tim McGraw. Meanwhile, their hit “Comin’ to Your City” is nearing a decade as the theme song for ESPN’s College GameDay.

“Musicians On Call brings the healing power of music to the bedsides of patients in healthcare facilities nationwide,” said Pete Griffin, President of Musicians On Call. “We are so grateful for RIAA’s long term support of our mission and to be the charitable beneficiary of Big & Rich’s performance in Washington, DC.”

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

DOLLY PARTON'S CHRISTMAS OF MANY COLORS: CIRCLE OF LOVE - DVD AVAILABLE TODAY!


DOLLY PARTON'S CHRISTMAS OF MANY COLORS: CIRCLE OF LOVE - DVD AVAILABLE TODAY!

NBC to Re-Air Special on Friday, December 23

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (December 20, 2016) – NBC is set to re-air their blockbuster special: “Dolly Parton’s Christmas of Many Colors: Circle of Love” starring Jennifer Nettles, Ricky Schroder, and Gerald McCraney. The 2-hour special will air again on Friday, December 23 at 9 p.m. ET/PT. The DVD of the movie, which also features a guest appearance by Dolly Parton, is available today at retailers nationwide.

“Dolly Parton’s Christmas of Many Colors: Circle of Love” tells the story of when the Partons, a family of humble means living in the mountains of Tennessee, face a devastating event that challenges their will. But when they experience a bewildering Christmas miracle, the Partons are drawn closer together than ever — with deepened faith and love for one another.

Available now on Digital HD

DVD & Blu-Ray Available Today

Or you can use this link that takes you directly to the proper place at each retailer:
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Daywind Roots Welcomes Misty Freeman


Hendersonville, TN (December 19th, 2016) – Misty Freeman is no stranger to Southern Gospel music, having spent most of her life on a tour bus with her family, The Freemans.  An accomplished artist and musician in her own right, Misty Freeman is a welcomed addition to the Daywind Roots label.
 
Influenced by artists such as Allison Krauss and Dolly Parton, Misty’s raw and honest vocals resonate with the soul and deliver the truth of the Gospel with transparency and grace.  Although Misty has released solo albums in the past, her project with Daywind Roots will be the first solo release in nearly a decade.  Slated for early Spring 2017, the EP will contain six new songs, and feature a special bonus Christmas track.
 
“We have worked with the Freemans for many years and when we talked to Misty about doing a solo project, I knew that it would be a very special and unique CD,” comments Daywind VP Scott Godsey. “The songs and arrangements are fresh and contain a strong message. Daywind is proud to partner with Misty and have her as part of the Daywind Roots family!”
 
Daywind Roots strives to fill a void left in Christian music. The rich, classic sounds of Christian, country and gospel artists are the foundation of the label; providing these timeless artists with a home to create new, quality music to be heard by fans around the world.
 
Daywind Music Group is home to Daywind Records, Daywind Music Publishing, Daywind Studios, Daywind Soundtracks, Daywind Concert Series, DMG Concerts and daywind.com.  Daywind Instrumental is distributed to retail through New Day Christian Distributors, Sony Red, and all major digital outlets, including iTunes.

LARRY GATLIN & THE GATLIN BROTHERS TO CELEBRATE 40 YEARS AS MEMBERS OF THE GRAND OLE OPRY



Nashville, Tenn. (December 19, 2016) — On December 242016, Christmas Eve, Larry Gatlin & the Gatlin Brothers will celebrate 40 years as members of the Grand Ole Opry.  Brothers LarrySteve and Rudy will perform on the Opry stage that night, live from Nashville's historicRyman Auditorium.

 
"Well, I could hardly believe it when it happened that night 40 years ago, and I can hardly believe it 40 years later, that Steve and Rudy and I are members of the greatest family in country music, in all of music for that matter, the Grand Ole Opry," says Larry.  "Thank you fans, thank you Grand Ole Opry.  Thank you God."
 
The Christmas Eve Opry starts at 7 PM with tickets available for purchase at the Ryman box office or Opry.com.  The show can be heard on 650AM WSM as well as SiriusXM (Channel 59).
 
The brothers recently released We Say Merry Christmas, their first Christmas album in more than 10 years and are currently in-residence at Gaylord Opryland performing dinner shows at the hotel's A Country Christmas.
 
About Larry Gatlin & the Gatlin Brothers
The close family harmonies of Larry Gatlin & the Gatlin Brothers have given the trio a signature sound that led to country classics like "All The Gold In California" and "Houston (Means I'm One Day Closer To You)."  The brothers won a GRAMMY® for their 1976 breakthrough hit, "Broken Lady," and reached #1 with "I Just Wish You Were Someone I Love" soon after.  Along with five career nominations for the ACM Vocal Group, the Gatlin Brothers picked up three 1979 trophies – Single of the Year ("All The Gold In California"), Album of the Year (Straight Ahead) and Male Vocalist of the Year for Larry Gatlin.  Larry Gatlin has written songs that were later recorded by Elvis PresleyGlen CampbellBarbra StreisandJohnny CashKris KristoffersonCharlie RichDottie West and more.  The brothers' latest album, The Gospel According to Gatlin, is available now from Curb Records.
 
For more information on Larry Gatlin and the Gatlin Brothers, visit www.gatlinbrothers.com.

Monday, December 19, 2016

CHARLEY PRIDE HONORED WITH THE RECORDING ACADEMY’S 2017 LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD



NASHVILLE, Tenn. (December 19, 2016) –The Recording Academy will honor three-time GRAMMY® award-winning country music icon Charley Pride with its 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award.

Three-time GRAMMY winner Charley Pride taught himself to play guitar in his early teens, but he dreamed of becoming a professional baseball player. After playing in the Negro American League, he was signed by RCA Victor and in 1967 he became the first African-American singer to perform at the Grand Ole Opry. (Later, in 1993, Pride became the Grande Ole Opry's first
African-American member.) "Just Between You And Me" launched Pride to stardom, earning him his first GRAMMY nomination for 1966. In 1969, Pride scored his first No. 1 country hit with "All I Have To Offer You (Is Me)." The recognition led to a long and auspicious career for Pride, who is considered the first African-American superstar in country music.

The Recording Academy will also honor Shirley Caesar, Ahmad Jamal, Jimmie Rodgers, Nina Simone, Sly Stone and the Velvet Underground with the Lifetime Achievement Award.

"This year's Special Merit Awards recipients comprise a prestigious group of diverse and influential creators who have crafted or contributed to some of the most distinctive recordings in music history," said Neil Portnow, President/CEO of The Recording Academy. "These exceptionally inspiring figures are being honored as legendary performers, creative architects, and technical visionaries. Their outstanding accomplishments and passion for their respective crafts have created a timeless legacy."

The Lifetime Achievement Award celebrates performers who have made outstanding contributions of artistic significance to the field of recording, while the Trustees Award honors contributions in areas other than performance. The recipients are determined by vote of The Recording Academy's National Board of Trustees. Technical GRAMMY Award recipients are voted on by The Academy's Producers & Engineers Wing Advisory Council and Chapter Committees, and are ratified by The Academy's Trustees. The award is presented to individuals and/or companies who have made contributions of outstanding technical significance to the recording industry.

BLUEGRASS SUPERSTARS DAILEY & VINCENT CELEBRATE 10TH ANNIVERSARY WITH GRAND OLE OPRY PERFORMANCE



NASHVILLE, Tenn. (December 16, 2016) – Critically-acclaimed bluegrass duo Dailey & Vincent are set to kick off their highly anticipated 10-year celebration in true superstar fashion. They are one of the most decorated acts in the history of the genre, consisting of 6-time “Male Vocalist of the Year” winner Jamie Dailey and 5-time Grammy® winner Darrin Vincent. They will be commemorating the special occasion with a series of events that will start their year off with a bang.

The celebration will commence on December 30, when the “Entertainer of the Year” winners hit the stage at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, held at the historic Ryman Auditorium. They will perform a special star-studded 30-minute Opry segment. The night will also mark the pair’s 100th Opry performance.

"We started our career on the stage of the Grand Ole Opry at the Ryman Auditorium nine years ago,” says Jamie Dailey. “I describe how touched and humbled I am to know we will be returning to kick off our 10th year on that same stage. The Grand Ole Opry is like coming home for us.”

Dailey & Vincent will continue the celebration with another career first, as they open their own personalized exhibit at the world-renowned International Bluegrass Hall of Fame and Museum in Owensboro, Ky. Other legends featured at the prestigious museum include bluegrass legends Earl Scruggs, Lester Flatt, Ralph Stanley and more. Fans can stop by and experience “A Decade of Dailey & Vincent – An American Music Journey,” showcasing artifacts, memorabilia, and other priceless mementos from their band’s iconic career. The exhibit is set to launch January 13, 2017 at the original museum location, and will also be celebrated with an intimate concert performance broadcast LIVE on SiriusXM’s Bluegrass Junction, followed by a meet & greet and reception (fans can purchase tickets HERE).

“A dream of ours was to start our career at the Grand Ole Opry in 2007. Ten years later, celebrating this milestone brings overwhelming feelings of joy and excitement” says Darrin Vincent. “Also, having another first for us with our exhibit at the Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame is wonderful. I never thought I’d live to see that. In thinking about these milestones, I feel too thankful for my family and a lifetime of love and support they have given to me. My father passed away 2 years ago, but it brings tears to my eyes knowing that he would be so proud.”

There are plenty of other surprises in store, as the multi-Grammy® nominated duo kick off what will be a year full of memorable moments. Fans can stay up to date with the latest Dailey & Vincent news through the band’s social media platforms, or by visitingdaileyandvincent.com.

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Wednesday, December 14, 2016

STAR-STUDDED SMOKY MOUNTAINS RISE TELETHON RAISES NEARLY $9 MILLION, SO FAR

The generosity of viewers' unexpected volume of donations slowing final tally

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (December 14, 2016) – Millions watchedSmoky Mountains Rise: A Benefit for the My People Fund telethon and millions were raised. The telethon, broadcast on GAC, AXS-TV, RFD and The Heartland Network Tuesday, received huge donations from music stars like Taylor Swift, Kenny Chesney, Chris Stapleton, Chris Young, Paul Simon and Dierks Bentley but also from families across the country who just want to give the people of Dolly’s home area a hand up in the tragic wildfires.

“I am overwhelmed by the generosity of the people who have donated from all over the country and to my friends who donated their time, their talent, and money for My People,” Dolly Parton explained. “The response has been so overwhelming that we haven’t been able to count all of the donations yet; right now, in total, we have raised about $9 million dollars for the folks who lost everything in Sevier County.”

The total amount raised is expected to rise as mail donations are counted and the telethon is rebroadcast to new audiences over the next five days.

Anyone who would like to make a tax-deductible contribution to the My People Fund may visit dollywoodfoundation.org. For those wishing to send donations via mail, those contributions should be sent to: My People Fund, c/o Dollywood Foundation, 111 Dollywood Lane, Pigeon Forge, TN 37863. Donations are also being accepted by texting DOLLY to 501501 for a onetime $10 donation or DOLLY25 to 501501 for a onetime $25 donation. Messaging and data rates will apply.

More than 1300 families have been displaced due to the wildfires which spread across Parton’s home area of Sevier County, Tennessee in late November. The entertainment icon established the Dollywood Foundation My People Fund to provide $1000 each month for six months to every family who lost their primary residence.

Artists who donated their performances to the effort include: Dolly Parton, Kenny Rogers, Hank Williams Jr., Chris Stapleton, Reba McEntire, Alison Krauss, Michael W. Smith, Chris Janson, Big & Rich, LOCASH, Chris Young, Montgomery Gentry, Jamey Johnson, Cyndi Lauper, Don McLean, Amy Grant, Alabama, Aaron Lewis and Rhonda Vincent.

Dolly hosted the overall telethon with friends HLN’s Robin Meade, GAC’s Suzanne Alexander and Nan Kelly, The Bobby Bones Show’s Bobby Bones, SiriusXM’s Storme Warren, Crook & Chase hosts Lorriane Crook and Charlie Chase, Nash Night LIVE’s Shaun Parr and Elaina D. Smith, and TuneIn Country Roads’ Kelly Sutton will share hosting duties throughout the three-hour broadcast.

Celebrities also donated their time to answer phones including: Paula Deen and her sons Bobby and Jamie, Chrisley Knows Best cast members Todd, Julie and Savannah, Moonshiners’ cast members Mark and Digger, Nashville’s Charles Esten, cast members of Dolly Parton’s Christmas of Many Colors, country hit-makers Chris & Morgane Stapleton, Mark Wills, Lee Greenwood, Larry & Rudy Gatlin, TG Sheppard, John Conlee, Ronnie McDowell, Kristian Bush, Tim Rushlow, T. Graham Brown, Dolly’s nieces Rebecca Seaver and Danielle Parton, bluegrass hit makers Lorraine Jordan and Darrin Vincent, comedian Henry Cho, KC of KC & The Sunshine Band, hot new country artists Lucas Hoge and Denny Strickland, songwriter Becky Hobbs, and members of the Tennessee Titans.

Several other celebrities shared special video messages during the telethon including: Katy Perry, Carrie Underwood, Larry King, Steve Harvey, Good Morning America’s Robin Roberts, Kiefer Sutherland, and Today Show’s Willie Geist.

Smoky Mountains Rise was also simulcast across multiple radio chains, including iHeart Media's digital and select on-air platforms, Cumulus Media's NASH Nights LIVE, TuneIn's Country Roads channel, RURAL Radio on SiriusXM plus cross-promotion on The Highway, Prime Country, Y2Kountry and The Garth Channel, CBS Radio, ABC Radio Networks, and several other platforms which are set to be announced shortly. All of the artists are donating their performances to help the effort. USAToday.com and USA Today National Networks live streamed the telethon on their affiliate newspaper websites, including all Tennessee newspaper sitesTennessean.comKnoxnews.comcommercialappeal.com,jacksonsun.comtheleafchronicle.comdnj.com, and others.

The My People Fund will provide $1000 each month to Sevier County families whose homes are uninhabitable or were completely destroyed in the recent Smoky Mountain wildfires. Any family who lost their primary residence (renters and homeowners) due to the wildfires in Sevier County will be eligible. A pre-application for those affected is available at dollywoodfoundation.org.

JOHN BERRY TO JOIN MIKE TERRY ON SIRIUSXM'S "COUNTRY CHRISTMAS"

Special Holiday Segment Airs this Sunday, December 18 at 3 PM Central / 4 PM Eastern on SiriusXM 'Prime Country'
Nashville, Tenn. (December 14, 2016) — Grammy Award-winning country star John Berry will be featured onSiriusXM Prime Country's "Country Christmas" this weekend.  Berry joins host Mike Terry to chat up his new holiday album, John Berry Christmas.  The segment airs this Sunday,December 18 at 3 PM Central / 4 PM Eastern on Channel 58.
 
Berry is currently on the road performing live concert dates on his "20th Annual O Holy Night Tour."
 
For more information on tour dates and to order the album visitwww.johnberry.com.

BIG & RICH AND CMT JOINS ARMED FORCES ENTERTAINMENT FOR FIRST-EVER "HOT 20 COUNTDOWN" SPECIALS FROM BAHRAIN MILITARY BASE


Chart Topping Duo and CMT’s Cody Alan Visit U.S. Naval Forces Central Command and U.S. 5th Fleet at Naval Support Activity Bahrain for "Hot 20 Video of the Year Countdown" Premiering December 17 and "Hot 20 Holiday Salute" on December 24

 
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (December 14, 2016) – Country duo Big & Rich and “CMT Hot 20 Countdown” made network history recently when the show completed its first-ever trip overseas to a military base in Bahrain to tape two special holiday episodes that will air at the end of the year. “Hot 20 Video of the Year Countdown” premieres Saturday, December 17 at 9 AM, ET/PT followed by “Hot 20 Holiday Salute” on Saturday, December 24 at 9 AM, ET/PT.

Partnering with Armed Forces Entertainment, Big & Rich, along with CMT’s Cody Alan visited the Naval Support Activity Bahrain, home to the U.S. Naval Forces Central Command (NAVCENT) and U.S. 5th Fleet. Their trip, which included rocking performances from Big & Rich, special music video shout-outs from military personnel to their friends and family back home, tours of Arabian Gulf naval ships, physical training sessions with soldiers on base, artillery demos and more will be highlighted across both “Hot 20” specials.

“This was ‘Hot 20’s’ most ambitious production to date and being able to bring the troops a little closer to their families was a no-brainer for us,” said Quinn Brown, CMT executive producer. “Our military deserves special recognition any time of the year, but for the holiday season it’s particularly important to bring some joy to those overseas. Big & Rich did just that – what a phenomenal concert they put on for the thousands at the base. It was an absolute honor to be invited to NSA Bahrain and to be amongst so many brave and talented people.”

“This was a unique experience for us. It’s the first time that Armed Forces Entertainment has sent a tour to any of our locations that included a cable network's camera crew,” said Major Jody Wynans, Chief of Armed Forces Entertainment (AFE). “The holidays typically represent a time when families get together, so to be able to provide our deployed service members with a little piece of home in the form of quality entertainment and hopefully cheer them up while they’re missing their loved ones, is what AFE is all about.”

"It is sure an inspiring experience to get an up-close look at our US Naval base in Bahrain, which is host and home to a very large multi-national coalition force working to support operations and providing stability and peace in the region,” said Big & Rich’s Big Kenny. “The focus, discipline, knowledge and integrity that we witnessed of the security forces and command there is superb. I can say with great pride and assurance that our nation is represented well on the front lines of freedom by the men and women of the US military. It was an absolute honor and a blast to play some country music for all the folks there and say thank you on behalf of all of us back home in the USA. We are blessed beyond belief."

Premieres for “Hot 20’” specials from Bahrain include:

Hot 20 Video of the Year Countdown – Premieres Saturday, December 17 at 9 AM, ET/PT; Encores Saturday, December 31 at 9 AM, ET/PT

“Hot 20” thanks our men and women serving overseas in the first installment from their trip to NSA Bahrain. For the first time on national television country superstars Big & Rich debut a new song, “For the Party,” in front of a small group of Sailors at guard mount, where they prepare for a 12-hour shift protecting the base. Later, the guys deliver a full concert to thousands of service members on base including a performance of their hit “Comin’ To Your City,” and one lucky individual has the opportunity to join the guys on stage. Cody Alan tests his physical strength and endurance when he joins four branches of the armed forces for their early morning training, including pushing a firetruck, flipping tires and more. Alan also sits down with an NSA Bahrain Commanding Officer to discuss the importance of the base in that region, as well as what has surprised him about living in Bahrain.

Hot 20 Holiday Salute – Premieres Saturday, December 24 at 9 AM, ET/PT

Military personnel from the Army, Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard command this special episode as they request music videos and send personalized video messages dedicated to their family and friends back in the United States. From Toby Keith’s “American Soldier,” to Reba’s “Fancy” and Florida Georgia Line’s “H.O.L.Y.,” the video requests span a catalogue of country’s biggest hits.

In addition to “Hot 20” Cody Alan also highlights the trip to Bahrain on “CMT After MidNite,” with all-new interviews from Big & Rich and more airing the night before each “Hot 20” premiere (12/16 and 12/23). "CMT After MidNite" airs from midnight – 6 a.m., ET, reaches nearly two million weekly listeners on more than 200 radio stations and is available on iHeartRadio. For more information, visit www.cmtcody.com.

CMT HOT 20 COUNTDOWN is executive produced by Quinn Brown. For more information on HOT 20 COUNTDOWN and exclusive content, visit CMT.com, download the CMT app, like the show’s official Facebook page, follow @CMT on Twitter and Instagram and use hashtag #CMThot20.

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

STAR-STUDDED SMOKY MOUNTAINS RISE TELETHON SET TO AIR TONIGHT


Taylor Swift, Kenny Chesney, Academy of Country Music and Country Music Association all pledge large donations prior to start of telethon




PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (December 13, 2016) – Nearly $500,000 of donations already have been committed before the Smoky Mountains Rise: A Benefit for the My People Fund telethon has even started. The telethon, which will be broadcast on GAC, AXS-TV, RFD and The Heartland Network at 8 p.m. (EST), already has received pledges from Taylor Swift, Kenny Chesney and both the Academy of Country Music (ACM) and the Country Music Association (CMA).

The ACM donated $100,000 to the fund, with Taylor Swift matching the amount, while the CMA donated $125,000 accompanied by a matching donation by East Tennessean Kenny Chesney. Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam and First Lady Crissy Haslam will make a special appearance during the telethon, which has grown to include a star-studded lineup of performers and phone bank operators. All of the celebrities are donating their time to help the effort.

“The donations that are already coming in are so special to me,” Dolly Parton explained. “It means there are a lot of people behind us and ready to help us. There is still so much need to support the people of the Smoky Mountains, but thanks to Taylor and Kenny and both the ACM and CMA for gettin’ us started with such huge donations.”

While the telethon is off to a good start, the need for funds is much greater. More than 1300 families have been displaced due to the wildfires which spread across Parton’s home area of Sevier County, Tennessee in late November. The entertainment icon established the Dollywood Foundation My People Fund to provide $1000 each month for six months to every family who lost their primary residence. Currently, the monthly pledge is in excess of $1.3 million each month.

Artists donating their performances to the effort include: Dolly Parton, Kenny Rogers, Hank Williams Jr., Chris Stapleton, Reba McEntire, Alison Krauss, Michael W. Smith, Chris Janson, Big & Rich, LOCASH, Chris Young, Montgomery Gentry, Jamey Johnson, Cyndi Lauper, Don McLean, Amy Grant, Alabama, Aaron Lewis and Rhonda Vincent.

Although Dolly will be hosting the overall telethon, friends HLN’s Robin Meade, GAC’s Suzanne Alexander and Nan Kelly, The Bobby Bones Show’s Bobby Bones, SiriusXM’s Storme Warren, Crook & Chase hosts Lorianne Crook and Charlie Chase, NASH Nights LIVE’s Shaun Parr and Elaina D. Smith, and TuneIn Country Roads’ Kelly Sutton will share hosting duties throughout the 3-hour broadcast. Celebrities donating their time to answer phones include: Paula Deen and her sons Bobby and Jamie, Chrisley Knows Best cast members Todd, Julie and Savannah, Moonshiners’ cast members Mark and Digger, Nashville’s Charles Esten, cast members of Dolly Parton’s Christmas of Many Colors, country hit-makers Chris & Morgane Stapleton, Terri Clark, Mark Wills, Lee Greenwood, Larry Gatlin, T.G. Sheppard, Highway 101's Paulette Carlson, John Conlee, Ronnie McDowell, Kristian Bush, Tim Rushlow, T. Graham Brown, Dolly’s nieces Rebecca Seaver and Danielle Parton, bluegrass hitmakers Lorraine Jordan and Darrin Vincent, comedian Henry Cho, KC of KC and the Sunshine Band, hot new country artists Brett Young, Cassadee Pope, RaeLynn, Danielle Bradbury, Lucas Hoge, Denny Strickland, songwriter Becky Hobbs, and members of the Tennessee Titans.

Several other celebrities are sharing special video messages during the telethon including: Katy Perry, Carrie Underwood, Larry King, Steve Harvey, Good Morning America’s Robin Roberts, Kiefer Sutherland, and Today Show’s Willie Geist.

Smoky Mountains Rise also will be simulcast across multiple radio chains, including iHeart Media's digital and select on-air platforms, Cumulus Media's NASH Nights LIVE, TuneIn's Country Roads channel, RURAL Radio on SiriusXM plus cross-promotion on The Highway, Prime Country, Y2Kountry and The Garth Channel, CBS Radio, ABC Radio Networks, and several other platforms which are set to be announced shortly. All of the artists are donating their performances to help the effort. USAToday.com and USA Today National Networks will live stream the telethon on their affiliate newspaper websites, including all Tennessee newspaper sitesTennessean.comKnoxnews.comcommercialappeal.com,jacksonsun.comtheleafchronicle.comdnj.com, and others.

The My People Fund will provide $1000 each month to Sevier County families whose homes are uninhabitable or were completely destroyed in the recent Smoky Mountain wildfires. Any family who lost their primary residence (renters and homeowners) due to the wildfires in Sevier County will be eligible. A pre-application for those affected is available at dollywoodfoundation.org.

During the telethon, viewers will be asked to call 1-866-CARE MORE to donate to the My People Fund.

Anyone who would like to make a tax-deductible contribution to the My People Fund may visit dollywoodfoundation.org. For those wishing to send donations via mail, those contributions should be sent to: My People Fund, c/o Dollywood Foundation, 111 Dollywood Lane, Pigeon Forge, TN 37863.

Please help the Dollywood Foundation share the word about this effort by using the hashtags #MyPeopleFund and #someplacespecial.

Monday, December 12, 2016

HANK WILLIAMS JR., CYNDI LAUPER, ALABAMA, DON McLEAN, RONNIE DUNN, JAMEY JOHNSON AND LAUREN ALAINA ADDED TO PERFORM DEC. 13 ON THE SMOKY MOUNTAINS RISE TELETHON

Paula Deen, Moonshiner’s Mark & Digger and more join celebrity phone bank

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (December 11, 2016) – The impressive lineup of performers continues to grow for Smoky Mountains Rise: A Benefit for the My People Fund on Tuesday, Dec. 13 at 8 p.m. (EST).Hank Williams Jr., Cyndi Lauper, Alabama, Don McLean, Ronnie Dunn, Jamey Johnson and Lauren Alaina have been added to the star-studded telecast, which will be broadcast on GAC, AXS-TV, RFDand The Heartland Network.

A number of celebrities will answer phones during the telethon. Paula Deen and her sons Bobby and Jamie, RaeLynn, Dailey & Vincent,Moonshiners’ Mark & Digger, T.G. Sheppard, Jason Crabb, Larry Gatlin, comedian Henry Cho, Tim Rushlow and more will help man the phone lines during the telethon. All of the celebrities are donating their time and performances to help the effort.

“Every day I’m touched even more by the number of people who are joining us to help raise money for the people of the Smoky Mountains,” Parton said. “It is a special place and I’m honored that these people care so much about what we’re doing through the My People Fund to help those who have lost everything due to the wildfires.”

The nationally-broadcast telethon seeks to raise money for the Dollywood Foundation’s My People Fund, established by Parton, The Dollywood Company and Parton’s dinner theaters in the wake of last week’s wildfires in the entertainment icon’s home area of Sevier County, Tennessee.

Smoky Mountains Rise also will be simulcast across multiple radio chains, including iHeart Media's digital and select on-air platforms,Cumulus Media's NASH Nights LIVE, TuneIn's Country Roadschannel, and several other platforms which are set to be announced shortly. All of the artists are donating their performances to help the effort. USAToday.com and USA Today National Networks will live stream the telethon on their affiliate newspaper websites, including all Tennessee newspaper sites Tennessean.comKnoxnews.com,commercialappeal.comjacksonsun.comtheleafchronicle.com,dnj.com, and others.

The My People Fund will provide $1000 each month to Sevier County families whose homes are uninhabitable or were completely destroyed in the recent Smoky Mountain wildfires. Any family who lost their primary residence (renters and homeowners) due to the wildfires in Sevier County will be eligible. A pre-application for those affected is available at dollywoodfoundation.org.

During the telethon, viewers will be asked to call 1-866-CARE MORE to donate to the My People Fund.

Anyone who would like to make a tax-deductible contribution to the My People Fund may visit dollywoodfoundation.org. For those wishing to send donations via mail, those contributions should be sent to: My People Fund, c/o Dollywood Foundation, 111 Dollywood Lane, Pigeon Forge, TN 37863.

Please help the Dollywood Foundation share the word about this effort by using the hashtags #MyPeopleFund and #someplacespecial.

Friday, December 9, 2016

DOLLY PARTON ANNOUNCES AXS TV, RFD, AND THE HEARTLAND NETWORK ADDED AS BROADCAST PARTNERS FOR SMOKY MOUNTAINS RISE TELETHON



Chris Stapleton, Chris Young, Big & Rich, Michael W. Smith, Amy Grant, LOCASH, Chris Janson, Montgomery Gentry and more added to perform
 
USAToday.com and USA Today National Network to Live Stream Telethon

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (December 8, 2016) – Several famous names have been added to the growing list of celebrities set to perform during Smoky Mountains Rise: A Benefit for the My People Fund on Tuesday, Dec. 13 at 8 p.m. (EST). Chris Stapleton, Chris Young, Big & Rich, Michael W. Smith, Amy Grant, LOCASH, Chris Janson and Montgomery Gentry are just a few of the new names added to perform during the event, which also has added three new broadcast partners, AXS TV, RFD and The Heartland Network. In addition, USAToday.com and USA Today National Networks to live stream the telethon on their affiliate newspaper websites, including all Tennessee newspaper sites Tennessean.comKnoxnews.com,commercialappeal.comjacksonsun.comtheleafchronicle.com,dnj.com, and others.

The nationally-broadcast, three-hour telethon seeks to raise money for the Dollywood Foundation My People Fund, established by Parton, The Dollywood Company and Parton’s dinner theaters in the wake of last week’s wildfires in the entertainment icon’s home area of Sevier County, Tennessee. Smoky Mountains Rise also will be simulcast across multiple radio chains, including iHeart Media's digital and select on-air platforms, Cumulus Media's NASH Nights LIVE, TuneIn's Country Roads channel, and several other platforms which are set to be announced shortly. All of the artists are donating their performances to help the effort.

“I’m truly honored that these artists are giving their time and energy to help us raise money for everyone affected by the wildfires,” Parton said. “I’ve got so many great friends in the industry, and I’m so proud that they were so ready to step up and help me help my people in the Smoky Mountains through this telethon and the My People Fund.”

The My People Fund will provide $1000 each month to Sevier County families whose homes are uninhabitable or were completely destroyed in the recent Smoky Mountain wildfires. Any family who lost their primary residence (renters and homeowners) due to the wildfires in Sevier County will be eligible. A pre-application for those affected is available at dollywoodfoundation.org.

During the telethon, viewers will be asked to call 1-866-CARE MORE to donate to the My People Fund.
 
Anyone who would like to make a tax-deductible contribution to the My People Fund may visit dollywoodfoundation.org. For those wishing to send donations via mail, those contributions should be sent to: My People Fund, c/o Dollywood Foundation, 111 Dollywood Lane, Pigeon Forge, TN 37863.

Please help the Dollywood Foundation share the word about this effort by using the hashtags #MyPeopleFund and #someplacespecial.

Stations needing the broadcast coordinates, please contact Jeremy Westby by emailing jeremy@websterpr.com or calling 615-496-4954.

DOLLY PARTON ANNOUNCEMENT VIDEO DOWNLOAD LINK.

About Smoky Mountains Rise:
Smoky Mountains Rise is a three-hour telethon broadcast on Tuesday, Dec. 13 to raise money for the Dollywood Foundation’s My People Fund to benefit those affected by the Sevier County, Tennessee wildfires. Smoky Mountains Rise is executive produced by Dolly Parton, Danny Nozell, Kirt Webster, Pete Owens and Scott Durand. Produced by Edie Hoback, Jeremy Westby, Shanna Strassberg, Nic Dugger and Shantel Klinger.

Thursday, December 8, 2016

1 NIGHT. 1 PLACE. 1 TIME.: A HEROES & FRIENDS TRIBUTE TO RANDY TRAVIS TO BE HELD FEBRUARY 8

Alabama, Kenny Rogers, Rodney Atkins, Chris Janson, Jamey Johnson, Montgomery Gentry, Michael Ray, Ricky Skaggs, Michael W. Smith, The Randy Travis Band, Tanya Tucker and Josh Turner Announced to Join Country Music Hall of Famer at Bridgestone Arena

Tickets to the Historic Event Will Go On Sale Friday, December 9; More Artists Will Be Announced in the Coming Weeks


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (December 8, 2016) – On February 8, 2017, the stars will gather for a tribute to one of country music’s finest,Randy Travis. The event, titled1 Night. 1 Place. 1 Time.: A Heroes & Friends Tribute to Randy Travis, will feature performances from Alabama, Kenny Rogers, Rodney Atkins, Chris Janson, Jamey Johnson, Montgomery Gentry, Michael Ray, Ricky Skaggs, Michael W. Smith, The Randy Travis Band, Tanya Tucker, Josh Turnerand more to be announced. Tickets for the highly anticipated event go on sale to the general public Friday, December 9 at 11:00am CST at allTicketmaster locations and theBridgestone Arena Box Office.

In October, Randy Travis was officially inducted into The Country Music Hall of Fame. The multi-platinum country giant suffered a massive stroke in 2013 and has made miraculous strides towards recovery since, recently singing “Amazing Grace” at his Country Music Hall of Fame induction ceremony as well as the tagline to his iconic “Forever and Ever, Amen” at the 2016 CMA Awards in November alongside numerous country legends and stars.

A portion of the proceeds will go to the Randy Travis Foundation; a 501(c)3 non-profit that raises money for stroke research and rehabilitation.

"Nashville is coming together on February 8 for one night in one place and at one time to give back to their friend and musical hero, Randy Travis. It’s amazing to see the support that Randy has received from the music industry since his stroke. We’re thrilled to have all of these artists come out and pay tribute to him," said producer of the event and Travis’ manager, Tony Conway of Conway Entertainment Group.

1 Night. 1 Place. 1 Time.: A Heroes & Friends Tribute to Randy Travis is produced by Mary Travis along with Tony Conway of Conway Entertainment Group, Mike Smardak of Outback Concerts of Tennessee, Inc. who is also the promoter of the event and Kirt Webster of Webster and Associates.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

DOLLY PARTON (REBA MCENTIRE, KENNY ROGERS) AND MORE PERFORM DURING DEC. 13 SMOKY MOUNTAINS RISE TELETHON

 


Great American Country to broadcast benefit for the My People Fund

iHeart Media, Cumulus' NASH Nights LIVE, TuneIn Country Roads & more partners join forces for radio simulcast
 
Reba McEntire, Kenny Rogers and Alison Krauss Set To Perform


PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (December 7, 2016) – Dolly Parton and a number of her friends, including Reba McEntire, Kenny Rogers and Alison Krauss, are set to perform duringSmoky Mountains Rise: A Benefit for the My People Fundon Tuesday, Dec. 13 at 8 p.m. (EST) on Great American Country (GAC).

The nationally-broadcast, three-hour telethon seeks to raise money for the Dollywood Foundation My People Fund, established by Parton, The Dollywood Company and Parton’s dinner theaters in the wake of last week’s wildfires in the entertainment icon’s home area of Sevier County, Tennessee. Smoky Mountains Rise also will be simulcast across multiple radio chains, including iHeart Media's digital and select on-air platforms, Cumulus Media's NASH Nights LIVE, TuneIn's Country Roads channel, and several other platforms which are set to be announced shortly. Additionally, other celebrities joining Smoky Mountains Rise include will be announced in the coming days.

“My home in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee is some place special,” Parton said. “Wildfires have affected many of the people—my people—who live in those beautiful mountains. We want to provide a hand up to those families who have lost everything in the fires. I know it has been a trying time for my people and this assistance will help get them back on their feet.”

The My People Fund will provide $1000 each month to Sevier County families whose homes are uninhabitable or were completely destroyed in the recent Smoky Mountain wildfires. Any family who lost their primary residence (renters and homeowners) due to the wildfires in Sevier County will be eligible. A pre-application for those affected is available atdollywoodfoundation.org.

During the telethon, viewers will be asked to call 1-866-CARE MORE to donate to the My People Fund.

Anyone who would like to make a tax-deductible contribution to the My People Fund may visitdollywoodfoundation.org. For those wishing to send donations via mail, those contributions should be sent to: My People Fund, c/o Dollywood Foundation, 111 Dollywood Lane, Pigeon Forge, TN 37863.

Please help the Dollywood Foundation share the word about this effort by using the hashtags #MyPeopleFund and #someplacespecial.

DOLLY PARTON ANNOUNCEMENT VIDEODOWNLOAD LINK.

ABOUT SMOKY MOUNTAINS RISE
Smoky Mountains Rise is a three-hour telethon broadcast nationally on Great American Country on Tuesday, Dec. 13 to raise money for the Dollywood Foundation’s My People Fund to benefit those affected by the Sevier County, Tennessee wildfires. Smoky Mountains Rise is executive produced by Dolly Parton, Danny Nozell, Kirt Webster, Pete Owens and Scott Durand. Produced by Edie Hoback, Jeremy Westby, Shanna Strassberg, Nic Dugger and Shantel Klinger.

SHENANDOAH ANNOUNCES "30TH ANNIVERSARY TOUR" Legendary Country Group to Hit the Road in 2017 in Celebration of Three Decades of Music


Nashville, Tenn. (December 7, 2016) — Legendary country groupShenandoah will hit the tour trail in 2017 to commemorate 30 years of their classic sound.  Next year marks three decades since the group first released their debut album in 1987.  Today, a handful of dates were announced for the Shenandoah "30th Anniversary Tour."  A second round of dates will be announced in January.
 
The tour kicks off on January 22 in Annapolis, Maryland and will continue throughout the year with many additional live dates scheduled across the country.  Shenandoah will also perform two live concerts in Zürich, Switzerland, a first for the band.  
 
"After 29 years in the music business, we find ourselves more determined than ever before," says lead singer Marty Raybon.  "The past helps us to realize where we've been and sets our vision to where we want to be.  Our mission in 2017, with new music, is to expand our fanbase while continuing to enjoy the performances and making our 30th year the best ever."
 
To celebrate the holiday season, Shenandoah has released a new Christmas song. The single, "The First Noel," is included on the group's Christmas Comes Alive EP.  The song is now available for digital download at smarturl.it/ShenandoahFirstNoel and radio airplay as well.
 
2017 Concert Schedule for Shenandoah "30th Anniversary Tour"
 
Jan 22 - Annapolis, MD - Rams Head Onstage
Feb 25 - LaBelle, FL - Swamp Cabbage Festival
March 2 - Zürich Switzerland - Schützenhaus Albisgütli
March 3 - Zürich Switzerland - Schützenhaus Albisgütli
March 25 - Weatherford, TX - Texas Opry
March 30 - Vienna, GA - Dooly Campground
March 31 - Hartselle, AL - Hartselle High School Auditorium
April 8 - Winchester, OH - New Barn Convention Center
April 29 - Geneva, AL - Festival On the River
June 3 - Syria, VA -  Graves Mountain Festival
June 10 - Emmetsburg, IA - Wild Rose Casino
June 20 - Clayton, NY - Clayton Opera House
July 29 - Rural Retreat, VA - Heritage Days
Aug 4 - Schulenburg, TX - Schulenburg Festival