World-famous wax attraction pays tribute to icon’s lasting mark on country music NASHVILLE, Tenn. (December 19, 2016) – Madame Tussauds, the world-renowned wax attraction slated to open its newest location in Nashville this spring, and country superstar Brad Paisley joined forces to pay tribute to Grand Ole Opry legend Little Jimmy Dickens. While appearing on Saturday night’s Opry at The Ryman show, Paisley honored his longtime friend by playing the Little Jimmy Dickens hit “Out Behind the Barn” and unveiling the late singer’s figure to a sold-out audience. Little Jimmy Dickens, famous for his humorous novelty country songs and his small 4-foot-11-inch stature, had a profound impact on country music. Not only is Dickens credited for introducing rhinestone-studded outfits to live country music performances, he was also the first country artist to circle the globe while on tour. He is a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame and was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry more than 60 years a…
Renowned mentalist/entertainer Jim Karol; ten-time NBA All-Star and Olympic gold medalist Ray Allen; four-time Olympic medalist in swimming Maya DiRado; actor/filmmaker Chris Evans; Tony Award-winning actress/four-time Golden Globe nominee and USO tour veteran Scarlett Johansson; and RED BOW Records’ country star and USO tour veteran Craig Campbell pose for a photo alongside General Dunford and wife, Ellyn; USO CEO and President J.D. Crouch II and wife, Kristin; and Command Sergeant Major John Troxell and wife, Sandra; as well as hundreds of U.S. service members stationed overseas as part of the 2016 Chairman USO Holiday tour in early December.
PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (December 14, 2016) – Millions watched Smoky 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 …
Nashville, TN (December 3, 2016) - Granger Smith was injured last night while performing a show at the Starland Ballroom in Sayreville, New Jersey. Granger was standing on a monitor when it gave way, bringing Granger crashing off the stage into a metal barricade. Miraculously, Granger managed to get up and finish the set through excruciating pain, which ended with the crowd singing "Backroad Song."
After visiting a nearby Emergency Room, he was transferred and admitted to a Level 1 trauma center in New Brunswick, NJ and doctors confirmed two completely separated, broken ribs and a punctured and partially collapsed lung. The latest reports are encouraging and Granger hopes to get back home to his family in Texas to rest soon.
All shows and appearances through the weekend are canceled and further information about subsequent shows will be forthcoming.
Fund will provide monthly assistance to those who lost homes in wildfiresPIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (November 30, 2016) – In a video messagereleased this evening, Dolly Parton announced a new effort by The Dollywood Company and The Dollywood Foundation to establish a fund to assist the victims of the Great Smoky Mountain wildfires in Tennessee. The new My People Fund will provide $1000 each month to Sevier County families who lost their homes.
“I’ve always believed charity begins at home and my home is some place special,” Parton explained. “That’s why I’ve asked my Dollywood Companies—including the Dollywood theme park, and DreamMore Resort; my dinner theater attractions including Dixie Stampede and Lumberjack Adventure; and my Dollywood Foundation—to help me establish the My People Fund.
“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.”
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (December 1, 2016) – A sell-out event, the Charlie Daniels 80th Birthday Volunteer Jam hit a capacity of 15,784 patrons in the building and was a star-studded show with a portion of the proceeds benefitting The Journey Home Project. The event featured guests 3 Doors Down, Luke Bryan, Kid Rock,Larry The Cable Guy, Chris Stapleton and Travis Tritt with the Charlie Daniels Band for another historic jam. The jam featured a variety of the artists singing standards like “Can’t You See” and “Will the Circle Be Unbroken.”
Charlie Daniels was surprised with the Rare Country Humanitarian of the Year Award by Randy Travis and Lt. General Keith Huber before playing his mega-hit “The Devil Went Down to Georgia” to a sold out crowd at his 80th Birthday Volunteer Jam at Bridgestone Arena on Wednesday evening.
“Looking back over my 50 plus year career, this is among the top five shows I have ever done in my entire life, Volunteer Jam 2016,” said Charlie Daniels of the momentous occasio…
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (November 13, 2016) – Leon Russell, born Claude Russell Bridges, who sang, wrote and produced some of rock 'n' roll's top records, passed away Sunday, Nov. 13 at the age of 74.
Leon’s wife, Jan Bridges, released the following statement:
“We thank everyone for their thoughts and prayers during this very, very difficult time. My husband passed in his sleep in our Nashville home. He was recovering from heart surgery in July and looked forward to getting back on the road in January. We appreciate everyone’s love and support.”
Leon’s last performance was July 10 in Nashville.
Known as "The Master Of Space And Time," Leon was a legendary musician and songwriter who performed his gospel-infused southern boogie piano rock, blues, and country music for more than 50 years.
Leon, born in Lawton, Okla., began as a nightclub piano player in Oklahoma at the age of 14, also backing touring artists when they came to town. Jerry Lee Lewis was so impressed with Leon th…
Nashville, TN – Superstar Brad Paisley announces the release of his new single, “Today,” which is at country radio now! Currently featured as the iHeartCountry World Premiere track, fans can download “Today” HERE and stream it HERE. View the emotional video for “Today” HERE. Within the first six hours the video was viewed over 1.8 million times and had 50,000+ Facebook shares. Co-produced by Paisley and Luke Wooten, this powerful love song was co-written by Brad Paisley, Chris DuBois and Ashley Gorley.“Today” will be featured on the world-renowned entertainer’s forthcoming studio album, his 11th release on Arista Nashville. Look for Paisley, for his ninth consecutive year, to co-host of the “The 50th Annual CMA Awards” with Carrie Underwood, November 2, (8:00 – 11:00PM/ET) on the ABC Television Network. Brad Paisley is a critically acclaimed singer, songwriter, guitarist and entertainer whose talents have earned him numerous awards, including three GRAMMYs, two American Music Awards, 14 A…
Superstar Country duo FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE continued their history-making streak on Saturday (7/30), shattering the Cheyenne Frontier Days attendance record during the legendary Western festival’s grand finale show. Packing an astounding 25,011 fans into the Cheyenne Frontier Days Arena, the hit-making team of Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley topped a mark previously set by Jason Aldean, more evidence that FGL has arrived as one of the genre’s premiere touring acts. “Saturday night’s show in Cheyenne was truly amazing, setting the new record for concert attendance,” said Bob Romeo, President of Romeo Entertainment Group. “It was incredible to see how much Florida Georgia Line has grown into a polished, undeniable headline act in just a few short years. Everything from the production to their energy on stage was spot on and the fan response was overwhelming. I’m so proud of Brian and Tyler and all that they have accomplished.” Tallying over 1.5 million concert tickets sold in 2015, this sum…
FOURTH ANNUAL FASTER HORSES FESTIVAL CONTINUESSTRONG CONNECTION WITH OVER 40,000 FANS RETURNING TO THE PARTY OF THE SUMMER Three-Day Country Music And Camping Festival AnnouncesIt Will Return In 2017 On July 21, 22, 23
Nashville, TN - July 18, 2016 - The fourth annual Faster Horses raced into town this past weekend, as the sprawling, picturesque Irish Hills of Brooklyn, MI played host. Over 40,000 fans returned to the region's summer staple to enjoy performances from country music's elite including Jason Aldean, Eric Church, Lady Antebellum and many more. As campers arrived on Thursday, and with fan’s spirits at the forefront of priorities, the first-ever "Budweiser Campfire Kickoff” took place in the center of the festival’s campgrounds as a rowdy set from LoCash, as well as a stacked lineup of local artists, set the pace for the weekend’s festivities.
“From the first year of Faster Horses, we knew we were onto something really special,” said Brian O’Connell, Live Nation Pr…
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (July 16, 2016) – Bonnie Brown Ring, one-third of one of Country Music’s most enduring family groups as a member of The Browns, passed away earlier today (July 16) at Baptist Hospital in Little Rock, Arkansas following complications from lung cancer. She was 77 years old.
Born July 31, 1938 in Sparkman, Arkansas, Brown became enamored with music at an early age – thanks to the exposure she had to it from watching her older siblings, Maxine and James Edward. The two performed together, earning a hit in 1954 with “Looking Back To See.” Upon her graduation from high school, Bonnie joined her siblings, expanding their duet into a trio. They began performing together on The Louisiana Hayride on KWKH in Shreveport, which led to appearances on ABC-TV’s Ozark Jubilee. Chet Atkins and RCA came calling soon after, and the Browns found themselves on the chart with hits such as “I Take The Chance” and “I Heard The Bluebirds Sing.” James Edward (now known as Jim Ed) was drafted in 1…