THE OAK RIDGE BOYS ANNOUNCE NEW ALBUM

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Country Music Hall of Fame members and five-time GRAMMY winning group, The Oak Ridge Boys, announced they will release a project with acclaimed producer Dave Cobb in the first quarter of 2018.

At a listening event during Americana Music Association AmericanaFest at Nashville’s historic RCA Studio A, where the album was recorded, the Oaks performed songs from the yet-untitled project recorded with multi-award winning producer Dave Cobb. This is the group’s second project with Cobb, who produced the Oaks’ acclaimedThe Boys Are Back album released in 2009.

For the new project, Cobb’s vision for the Oaks was to dig way back into their roots of gospel music. But a different kind of gospel. One that took a hard look at the early days of rock and roll, which was influenced by spiritual, or black gospel.

The album will be released by Lightning Rod Records and distributed by Thirty Tigers.

According to Logan Rogers, founder of Lightning Rod Records, “Everyone has heard the Boys sing gospel, but nobody has heard it quite like this. Under Dave Cobb’s direction, they touch on unchartered territory—and for a long-tenured act like The Oak Ridge Boys, that’s saying something.”

The event was hosted by Peter Cooper, Senior Director, Producer and Writer at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.

For more information, visit oakridgeboys.com

The Oak Ridge Boys On Tour:
Sept. 15 Adventure Road Entertainment Stage, Oklahoma State Fair – Oklahoma City, Okla.
Sept. 16 Falcon Stadium – Colorado Springs, Colo.
Sept. 20 The Mansion Theatre – Branson, Mo.
Sept. 21 The Mansion Theatre – Branson, Mo.
Sept. 23 Country Tonite Theater – Pigeon Forge, Tenn.
Sept. 27 Nörsk Hostfest – Minot, N.D.
Sept. 28 Casino Regina Show Lounge – Regina SK Canada
Sept. 29 The Resort at Paws Up – Greenough, Mont.
Sept. 30 WYO Theater – Sheridan, Wyo.
Oct. 04 The Mansion Theatre – Branson, Mo.
Oct. 05 The Mansion Theatre – Branson, Mo.
Oct. 07 Meramec Music Theatre – Steelville, Mo.
Oct. 10 Mississippi State Fair – Jackson, Miss.
Oct. 11 The Mansion Theatre – Branson, Mo.
Oct. 12 The Mansion Theatre – Branson, Mo.
Oct. 13 Shawnee Bluff Vineyard – Eldon, Mo.
Oct. 20 Innovation Amphitheater – Winder, Ga.
Oct. 21 Alabama Theatre – North Myrtle Beach, S.C.
Oct. 26 The Mansion Theatre – Branson, Mo.
Oct. 27 French Lick Resort Casino – French Lick, Ind.
Oct. 31 The Mansion Theatre – Branson, Mo.
Nov. 01 The Mansion Theatre – Branson, Mo.
Nov. 02 The Mansion Theatre – Branson, Mo.
Nov. 03 Cherokee Casino – Roland, Okla.
Nov. 04 Limelight Eventplex – Peoria, Ill.
Nov. 07 The Mansion Theatre – Branson, Mo.
Nov. 08 The Mansion Theatre – Branson, Mo.
Nov. 09 The Mansion Theatre – Branson, Mo.
Nov. 11 The Colony Five Star Complex – The Colony, Texas
Nov. 14 The Mansion Theatre – Branson, Mo.
Nov. 15 The Mansion Theatre – Branson, Mo.
Nov. 16 The Mansion Theatre – Branson, Mo.
Nov. 17 Effingham Performance Center – Effingham, Ill.
Nov. 18 Meskwaki Bingo Casino Hotel – Tama, Iowa
Nov. 19 Memorial Hall – Independence, Kan.

About The Oak Ridge Boys:
The Oak Ridge Boys, who have sold over 41 million units worldwide, are synonymous with “America, apple pie, baseball, pop, rock, gospel and country music.” In addition to their awards and accolades in the country and pop music fields, they have garnered five GRAMMY® Awards and nine GMA DOVE Awards as well as the Mainstream Artist of the Year Award at the ICM Awards. The group—Joe Bonsall, Duane Allen, William Lee Golden, and Richard Sterban—have earned prestigious membership in the Country Music Hall of Fame (2015 Inductees) and Grand Ole Opry, and are known worldwide as one of recording history’s most extraordinary musical successes. They have charted single after single and album after album, celebrating two double-platinum albums and more than 30 Top 10 hits, including No. 1 chart-toppers “Elvira,” “Bobbie Sue,” “Thank God For Kids,” “American Made,” “Y’All Come Back Saloon,” among dozens more. For more information and to view upcoming tour dates for The Oak Ridge Boys, please visit oakridgeboys.com.

DOLLY PARTON TO APPEAR ON ACM HONORS AND 69TH PRIMETIME EMMY AWARDS

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Country music icon Dolly Parton will be all over television this weekend as pre-orders begin for her first children’s album I Believe In Youavailable here. Parton first appears on the ACM Honors on Friday, September 15 where she will accept the Gary Haber Lifting Lives Award before heading to the 69th Primetime Emmy Awards on September 17.

Parents, fans and all those young at heart can be the first to get their hands on Parton’s new children’s album, I Believe In You, by placing a pre-order on or after September 15. Those who pre-order will receive an instant download of the album’s first track “I Believe In You.” The album will feature 14 new songs, all written and performed by Dolly Parton with the spirit and heart of children in mind. Proceeds from the album will benefit Imagination Library, which was established in 1995 to honor Parton’s father, who never had the chance to learn to read or write.

A digital release of the new album on Dolly Records/RCA Nashville will be available September 29, and the physical album will be available worldwide October 13.

Dolly Parton on ACM Honors
Friday, Sept 15.
CBS 9/8c

Dolly Parton on 69th Primetime Emmy Awards
Sunday, Sept. 17
CBS 8/7c

I Believe In You Track Listing:

  1. I Believe in You
  2. Coat of Many Colors (new recording)
  3. Together Forever
  4. I Am a Rainbow
  5. I’m Here
  6. A Friend Like You
  7. Imagination
  8. You Can Do It
  9. Responsibility
  10. You Gotta Be
  11. Makin’ Fun Ain’t Funny
  12. Chemo Hero
  13. Brave Little Soldier
  14. Bonus track spoken audio: Coat of Many Colors (book read by Dolly Parton)
ABOUT DOLLY PARTON:
Dolly Parton is the most honored female country performer of all time. Achieving 25 RIAA certified gold, platinum and multi-platinum awards, she has had 25 songs reach #1 on the Billboard Country charts, a record for a female artist. She has 41 career top 10 country albums, a record for any artist, and she has 110 career-charted singles over the past 40 years. All-inclusive sales of singles, albums, hits collections, paid digital downloads and compilation usage during her Hall of Fame career have reportedly topped a staggering 100 million records – which includes sales of her 2016 chart-topping disc Pure & Simple, her first number one album on the Billboard Country Album charts in twenty-five years. She has garnered eight Grammy Awards – including a 2017 win with Pentatonix in the Country Duo/Group Performance category for their collaboration on her iconic 1973 hit “Jolene” – 10 Country Music Association Awards, five Academy of Country Music Awards, three American Music Awards and is one of only five female artists to win the Country Music Association’s Entertainer of the Year Award. In 1999 Parton was inducted as a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame. She has her own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and became a member of the National Academy of Popular Music Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2001. Broadcast Music Inc. honored Parton with their Icon Award in 2003, 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. This was followed in 2005 with the National Medal of Arts, the highest honor given by the U.S. government for excellence in the arts. The honors keep coming. The 2016 made for television movie, Dolly Parton’s Christmas of Many Colors: Circle of Love is nominated in the “Television Movie” category for the 69th Annual Emmy Awards. The film also won in the TV and Cable category at the 68th Annual Christopher Awards, which also includes the Movieguide Epiphany Prize for Television. The film served as the follow-up to her highly rated 2015 film Coat Of Many Colors, also broadcast on NBC, which won the Academy of Country Music’s Tex Ritter Award. In 2017, Dolly will release “I Believe In You,” a collection of children’s songs on Dolly Records through her partnership with Sony Music Nashville.

ABOUT DOLLY PARTON’S IMAGINATION LIBRARY:
Founded in 1995, Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library is a book gifting organization that has, to date, mailed more than 100 million books to children in Australia, Belize, Canada, United Kingdom and the United States. Each month, the program currently mails more than one million specially selected, high-quality, age-appropriate books to registered children from birth until they start Kindergarten in participating communities. Dolly envisioned creating a lifelong love of reading in children, preparing them for school and inspiring them to dream. Recent studies suggest participation in the Imagination Library is positively and significantly associated with higher measures of early language and math development. Penguin Random House is the exclusive publisher for Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library.

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Naomi Judd Opens Up About Struggles With Mental Depression

Grammy-winning country icon, best-selling author, actress, and in-demand speaker, Naomi Judd is set to release the paperback version of her new book, “River of Time: My Descent Into Depression and How I Emerged With Hope” on Dec. 5. Judd will be promoting the paperback release with multiple television, radio and online interviews, including an appearance on the TODAY Show Dec. 5.

In “River of Time: My Descent Into Depression and How I Emerged With Hope,” Judd shares her harrowing personal experience with the severe depression that almost killed her. CLICK HERE TO ORDER.

Judd first captured the attention of the entire world as half of The Judds, which she formed with her daughter Wynonna. The Judds sold 20 million records, scored fifteen No. 1 hits, and received more than 60 industry awards, including six GRAMMY® awards and seven consecutive CMA Vocal Group of the Year trophies. That ride came to a screeching halt when Naomi was diagnosed with Hepatitis C––and given only three years to live. Instead of accepting her fate, the former registered nurse educated herself and pursued healing. Today, Naomi is Hep C-free––a medically documented miracle.

Written with Marcia Wilkie, “River of Time” picks back up with Judd in 2010. From there, she dives into her three-and-a-half years of nightmares, hospitalizations, psychiatric wards, drug poisoning and addiction, electroconvulsive shock treatments, suicidal thoughts, and more. Raw and unflinchingly candid, the book serves beautifully not as a voyeuristic joyride, but as a generous confession and clarion call for others to fight on and reach out.

“I wrote it with the sincere hope of offering encouragement to the 40 million Americans who suffer from depression and anxiety every minute of every day and night,” Judd said. “I want them to know that I understand, and I’m here to help.”

Throughout, readers of “River of Time” will explore the effects of Judd’s traumatic childhood filled with abuse and generations of mental illness. Judd also opens up about the electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) treatments that would ultimately bring her some long-sought relief, the strain that her illness brought her relationships with daughter Wynonna and husband Larry Strickland, the wisdom she received from friends and what others can do when suffering.

Judd’s tale is gripping, and while she offers it with the deft skill of a natural-born storyteller, what matters most is her message. “River of Time” is more than just a compelling read. For many, it could be a life-saving one.

For more information, follow Naomi Judd on Facebook or visit NaomiJudd.com.

ABOUT NAOMI JUDD:
Hailing from the Appalachian​ ​foothills​ ​of Ashland, Ky., mother​ ​and​ ​daughter​ duo, The Judds, were first discovered by RCA​ ​label​ ​head​ ​Joe​ ​Galante​ ​in​ ​1983 ​after landing a spot on​ ​WSM-TV’s​ “​The​ ​Ralph​ ​Emery Show.” They​ ​made​ ​their​ ​chart​ ​debut​ ​by​ ​the​ ​end​ ​of​ ​the​ ​year​ ​with​ ​“Had​ ​A​ ​Dream​ ​(For​ ​The​ ​Heart),” and​ ​the​ ​two​ ​were​ ​on​ ​their​ ​way​ ​to​ ​a​ ​history​-making​ ​career. For​ ​the​ ​rest​ ​of​ ​the​ ​1980’s,​ ​each​ ​single​ ​from​ ​The​ ​Judds​ ​released​ ​by​ ​RCA​ ​went​ ​to​ ​the Billboard​ ​Top 10,​ ​with​ ​14 hits ​going​ ​all​ ​the​ ​way​ ​to​ ​number​ ​one.​ ​ The​ ​Judds​ ​embarked​ ​on​ ​their​ ​“Farewell​ ​Tour”​ ​in​ ​1991 ​after​ ​Naomi’s​ ​diagnosis​ ​of​ ​Hepatitis C​ ​forced​ ​her​ ​to​ ​retire​ ​from​ ​the​ ​road.​ ​Wynonna​ ​launched​ ​a​ ​successful​ ​solo​ ​career​ ​with​ ​her self-titled​ ​5x​ ​multi-platinum ​debut​ ​album. Her​ ​first​ ​three​ ​singles also reached​ ​No.1​ ​on​ ​the​ country​ ​charts and has become a country icon in her own right.​ ​Naomi​ ​focused​ ​on​ ​her​ ​health,​ ​beating​ ​the​ ​disease, writing​ ​several​ ​New​ ​York​ ​Times​ ​best-selling​ ​books​ ​and​ ​becoming​ ​a​ ​popular​ ​motivational speaker.​ For more information, visit naomijudd.com.

DON WILLIAMS DEAD AT 78

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Country Music world mourns the loss of one of its’ most distinctive song stylists with the passing of Don Williams after a short illness. He was 78.

A native of Floydada, Texas, Williams was born May 27, 1939. He grew up in Portland, TX, graduating there in 1958. Music had always been a part of his upbringing, entering – and winning – a talent contest when he was just three years old. For his efforts, Williams received an alarm clock. He began playing guitar during his teen-age years, learning the songs that he heard on the radio during that period. He and his friends played in local bands around the area, and he wed wife Joy Bucher on April 10, 1960.

To support his family – which would grow to include two sons, Gary and Timmy – Williams worked at a number of odd jobs, including oil field work, and also as a bill collector. While living in Corpus Christi in 1964, he formed the folk-styled trio The Pozo Seco Singers with Lofton Cline and Susan Taylor. They stayed together for seven years, with their biggest hit being “Time.”

After the group disbanded in 1969, Williams soon found his way to Nashville. By 1971, he had a songwriting contract with the publishing company owned by Jack Clement. The next year would see Williams ink a recording deal with Clement’s JMI Records. He made his chart debut with “The Shelter of Your Eyes” in 1973, and was soon hitting the charts time and again with a much more laid-back sound than a lot of the music coming out of Nashville at the time. 1974 would see Williams top the charts for the first time with “I Wouldn’t Want To Live If You Didn’t Love Me.” From that point all the way through 1991, each Williams single would hit the Top-40 on the Billboard Country charts. His 1970s hits included such chart toppers as “Tulsa Time,” “She Never Knew Me,” and “It Must Be Love.” His career grew steadily through label shifts to ABC / Dot, MCA, Capitol, and finally RCA. Williams also gained a devoted following overseas in such unlikely spots as England, Ireland, and New Zealand , and even South Africa and Kenya – where he reached superstar status. He was named the Male Vocalist of the Year by the Country Music Association in 1978. Though known for being very low-key and soft spoken, Williams did make two movie appearances – 1974’s W.W. and The Dixie Dancekings, and 1980’s Smokey and the Bandit II.

The 1980s saw no slow down in Williams’ recorded output, with the singer notching his biggest hit with 1981’s “I Believe In You,” which not only topped the Country charts, but crossed over to No. 24 on the Hot 100. By this time, he had earned the nickname “The Gentle Giant” for his trademark mellow sound, and the hits continued to pile up throughout the rest of the decade – “Stay Young,” “If Hollywood Don’t Need You,” and “One Good Well” being three of his biggest of the 1980s. His final top ten came in 1991, with “Lord Have Mercy On A Country Boy,” a song that Josh Turner – a Williams fan – would record in 2006.

Though the changing of the guard at radio slowed down Williams’ chart success, he continued to perform for sold-out crowds in America and abroad, playing a final tour in 2006. However, retirement was not in the cards for the singer, who returned to the road in 2010 – the same year that he was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. Williams’ return to the spotlight also included a pair of albums on Sugar Hill, 2012’s And So It Goes, and 2014’s Reflections, which included contributions from Alison Krauss, Vince Gill, and Keith Urban. It was a sign of his enduring appeal that both albums hit the Top-20 on the Billboard Country Albums charts – his biggest rank there in three decades.

In 2016, Williams decided that the time was right for his final performance, calling it a career after one of the most successful careers in the history of the Country Music business. “It’s time to hang my hat up and enjoy some quiet time at home. I’m so thankful for my fans, my friends and my family for their everlasting love and support,” the 76-year-old Williams said in a statement at the time. Last year also saw the final release of Williams’ career, a live CD and DVD recorded in Ireland. In 2017, the singer was the subject of a tribute album, Gentle Giants: The Songs of Don Williams, that included performances of his hits by artists such as Lady Antebellum and Garth Brooks.

Arrangements are pending.

JANA JAE CHOSEN TO REPRESENT THE USA FOR THE SILK ROAD INTERNATIONAL ARTS FESTIVAL TOUR

Hee Haw Star Taking Her ‘Magic Blue Fiddle’ To China, Mexico
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The fall of 2017 is shaping up to be a busy one for beloved Country Music entertainer Jana Jae, with an annual camp where she teaches the art of fiddling for students of all ages, performances across the globe spreading America’s music to the masses, as well as a special series of performances in the United States that reunites her with many of her fellow citizens from the iconic “Kornfield Kounty” of Hee Haw fame!
 
The award-winning instrumentalist held her annual Jana Jae Fiddle Camp & Music Fest in Grove, Oklahoma over Labor Day weekend. As part of the Grand Lake Festivals organization, a 501c3 group that promotes artistic endeavors, the event – in its’ twentieth year – brought over one hundred participants to Grove to learn the craft of making music from over twenty instructors. Although the name of the event references the fiddle, there is much more to the camp. There are also four guitar instructors, and sessions on the art of learning mandolin, viola, cello, bass, and rhythm tabla drums, spoons, and bones. Attendees had plenty of chances to participate with each other in jam sessions over the weekend, and perform for their mentors!

From there, Jana Jae will embark on an overseas trip to China, where she will participate in the two-week Fourth Annual Silk Road International Arts Festival, based in Xi’an, a monumental endeavor drawing from many countries coming together to celebrate East meets West unity, showcasing each country’s music. It’s an invitation that she says truly humbled and honored her. “I am thrilled and honored to represent the USA and share our American heritage through the universal language of music. This is a ‘Goodwill Tour’ and I hope to be an outstanding American Ambassador of Music!! My group represents three states – Oklahoma, Kansas and California – and we are bringing congratulatory letters of good will from Congressmen and dignitaries from each state, as well as gifts representative of the United States.”

That’s not the only international performances that the fan favorite has on her schedule in the coming weeks. On September 21 – just days after her return – she will embark on a flight for Oaxaca, Mexico where she will appear as an “American Ambassador of Music”, and take place in an Air France project conducting La Banda and teaching underprivileged but extremely talented students. She will perform two major concerts for the City of Oaxaca with a stellar classical trio, and will also be responsible for directing the orchestra La Banda, comprised of teenagers from 12 to 18. “I am looking forward to teaching in support of this major Air France project, which was started six years ago and now provides rehearsal halls, practice rooms, instruments, instrument repair shops, and instructors flown in from Europe as well as resident instructors in Oaxaca. I am honored to be invited to be a guest artist and director in this musical sharing, again bridge cultures through the international language of music!”

While that would classify as a busy Autumn in anyone else’s book, there is plenty on Jana Jae’s “To Do” list once she returns to the United States in early October. She will be going on the road as part of the Hee Haw Revue, a touring show that features her fellow cast members from the classic Country Music series of the same name that aired to millions of households in America for twenty-five years. Appearing with Jana on the shows – which have already attracted fans on the road this summer – are “Hee Haw Honeys” favorite Misty Rowe, legendary banjoist Buck Trent – also known for his work with Porter Wagoner and Dolly Parton, as well as Rodney Lay and Richard Kennedy, who have been longtime key members in the band of Country Music Hall of Fame member (and show co-host) Roy Clark. She says the shows take her back in time. “Hee Haw was the greatest thing I’ve ever done. It was the most fun, and such an extended-family experience that we shared with all of America. People still watch the show on RFD-TV every Sunday night, and still think of me as ‘The Girl With The Blue Fiddle.”

And, that famous instrument will be representing the Red, White, and Blue all over the world this fall!

TIM ATWOOD SET TO RELEASE NEW ALBUM THIS FALL

Award-Winning Studio Musician Performs on RFD’s Larry’s Country Diner, Wednesday Night Prayer Meeting, and more!
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – During his career, Tim Atwood has played behind some of the greatest Country Music performers of all time. But, in 2017, Atwood’s star as a vocalist is shining brighter than ever as a solo artist on his own – with several shows, television appearances, and a new album project by year’s end.

Atwood, who played in the staff band at the world-famous Grand Ole Opry for thirty-eight years, has developed a reputation as one of the most polished and energetic stage shows in the entertainment business, performing for audiences of all ages. Fans of his traditional style will have several opportunities to enjoy his music and story-telling abilities in the coming weeks.

On Thursday, September 7, Atwood will shine in the spotlight as a featured guest on Larry’s Country Diner on RFD-TV. The popular staple of the network will air at 8pm/EST that evening, with a re-airing scheduled for Saturday, September 9 at 11pm / EST. The singer will also be featured on RFD’s The Penny Gilley Show on Friday, September 8 in a performance filmed at the iconic Fort Worth Stockyards at Lil’ Red’s Longhorn Saloon. Also, Atwood will be a performer on an upcoming airing of Wednesday Night Prayer Meetingon RFD, sharing music and testimony with artists such as Country Music Hall of Famers The Oak Ridge Boys and Randy Travis, Linda Davis, and Mark Wills.

After a long career shining while playing at the Opry behind artists such as Garth Brooks and Carrie Underwood, 2017 has been a banner year for Tim Atwood on many levels as a performer in his own right. The Peoria, Illinois native – a recent winner of the Musician of the Year award from the Academy of Western Music – is also nominated for Musician of the Year as well as Entertainer of the Year at the upcoming ROPE (Reunion of Professional Entertainers) Awards set for October 5 in Music City. He’s included with some of the most beloved artists in the format, such as Gene Watson and Jeannie Seely.

And, as a recording artist, his star is shining as never before. Atwood, signed to i2i Records has been touring non-stop around the United States to promote his faith-based album That Old Time Religion, which includes the break-out track “Let’s All Go Down To The River,” a performance with the sensational Mandy Barnett, which has earned a Top-5 ranking on the Cash Box Country / Gospel charts.

And, there’s more music coming from Atwood – who earned his wings in the business playing for three years in the band of Jim Ed Brown. The singer is in the midst of completing his third Country disc, with the lead single and title cut “I’ll Stand Up And Say So” primed for a Fall 2017 release. Needless to say, it’s a busy time for Tim Atwood – and he’s grateful for every bit of it.

“I am a blessed man, and I know it” Atwood humbly states. “I’m not sure where this journey will take me, but one thing is for sure. I am enjoying the ride.”

Learn more here at timatwood.com
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“GRAMMY Salute To Music Legends™” Honoring Charley Pride, Shirley Caesar, Ahmad Jamal, Jimmie Rodgers, Nina Simone, Sly Stone, And The Velvet Underground To Air On PBS’ “Great Performances” Friday, Oct. 13, At 9:00 P.M.

SANTA MONICA, Calif. – In collaboration with the Recording Academy™, “Great Performances ” presents “GRAMMY Salute To Music Legends™”, the second annual all-star concert offering a primetime spotlight for the Academy’s 2017 Special Merit Awards recipients. The celebration and tribute concert feature rare performances by honorees and renditions by those they’ve inspired.

The celebration, led by GRAMMY®-winning industry icon Paul Shaffer as musical director, was recorded in July at New York’s Beacon Theatre, and will air Friday, Oct. 13 from 9–11 p.m. on PBS. (Check local listings.) Historically held during GRAMMY® Week, this is the second time the Recording Academy has celebrated the Special Merit Awards with a stand-alone event and musical tribute.

This year’s Lifetime Achievement Award honorees are Charley Pride, Shirley Caesar, Ahmad Jamal, Jimmie Rodgers, Nina Simone, Sly Stone, and the Velvet Underground.

Additional Special Merit Awards honorees celebrated include Trustees Awards recipients producer, arranger, and songwriter Thom Bell; record executive Mo Ostin; and recording executive, A&R man, and music publisher Ralph S. Peer; and audio inventor Alan Dower Blumlein, who is the Technical GRAMMY Award recipient. Also honored is Keith Hancock, this year’s recipient of the Recording Academy and GRAMMY Museum®’s Music Educator Award™.

Along with never-before-seen video packages celebrating each of the honorees’ contributions to the music industry and our cultural heritage and heartfelt testimonials from the presenters, the star-studded event features performances by Lifetime Achievement Award honorees John Cale and Maureen “Moe” Tucker of the Velvet Underground, Lifetime Achievement Award honoree Shirley Caesar, jazz pianist Stanley Cowell, past GRAMMY nominee Andra Day, 12-time GRAMMY winner Kirk Franklin, GRAMMY Winner Le’Andria Johnson, past GRAMMY nominee Neal McCoy, six-time GRAMMY winner Randy Newman, GRAMMY-winning Living Colour founder and songwriter Vernon Reid, past GRAMMY nominee Catherine Russell, Lifetime Achievement Award honoree Charley Pride, past GRAMMY nominee Valerie Simpson, past GRAMMY nominee Russell Thompkins Jr. of the Stylistics, five-time GRAMMY winner Dionne Warwick, past GRAMMY nominee Charlie Wilson, and two-time GRAMMY winner Dwight Yoakam. There is also a special appearance by GRAMMY winner Whoopi Goldberg, who accepts for the late Nina Simone.

The full musical program follows (the honorees in bold type; performers in parentheses):

Thom Bell

  • “You Make Me Feel Brand New” (Russell Thompkins Jr.)
  • “Then Came You” (Dionne Warwick)

Ahmad Jamal

  • “But Not For Me” / “Ahmad’s Blues” / “Poinciana” (Stanley Cowell)

Nina Simone

  • “Mississippi Goddam” (Andra Day)

Jimmie Rodgers

  • “Hobo Bill’s Last Ride” / “Mule Skinner Blues” / “T For Texas” (Dwight Yoakam)

Ralph S. Peer

  • “Crazy Blues” (Catherine Russell)
  • “The Great Pretender” (Russell Thompkins Jr.)
  • “Georgia on My Mind” (Andra Day)

The Velvet Underground

  • “I’m Waiting For The Man” / “Sunday Morning” (John Cale Band with Maureen “Moe” Tucker)

Shirley Caesar

  • Medley: “You Name It” / “It’s Alright, It’s OK” / “You’re Next In Line For A Miracle” / “Satan, We’re Going “To Tear Your Kingdom Down” (Kirk Franklin with Le’Andria Johnson)
  • “Caught Up” / “Jesus, I Love Calling Your Name” (Shirley Caesar)

Mo Ostin

  • “A Few Words In Defense Of Our Country” / “I Think It’s Going To Rain Today” (Randy Newman)

Charley Pride

  • “Is Anybody Goin’ To San Antone” (Neal McCoy)
  • “Kiss An Angel Good Morning” (Charley Pride)

Sly Stone

  • “I Want To Take You Higher” / “Everybody Is A Star” / “Sex Machine” / “Dance To The Music” (Charlie Wilson, Valerie Simpson, Vernon Reid)

The Lifetime Achievement Award honors performers who have made contributions of outstanding artistic significance to the field of recording, while the Trustees Award recognizes such contributions in areas other than performance. Both awards are determined by a vote of the Recording Academy’s National Board of Trustees. Technical GRAMMY Award recipients are determined by vote of the Academy’s Producers & Engineers Wing® Advisory Council and Chapter Committees and ratified by the National Board of Trustees, and presented to individuals and companies who have made contributions of outstanding technical significance to the recording field. Visitwww.grammy.org/recording-academy/awards for complete lists of previous recipients.

“Great Performances” is produced by THIRTEEN PRODUCTIONS LLC for WNET, one of America’s most prolific and respected public media providers. Throughout its more than 40-year history on public television, “Great Performances” has provided viewers across the country with an unparalleled showcase of the best in all genres of the performing arts, serving as America’s most prestigious and enduring broadcaster of cultural programming.

A production of THIRTEEN Productions LLC for WNET, “GRAMMY Salute To Music Legends” is written by David Wild and directed for television by David Horn, with Mitch Owgang as producer, and Horn and Neil Portnow as executive producers. For “Great Performances,” Bill O’Donnell is series producer; David Horn is executive producer.

The “Great Performances” presentation is funded by the Joseph & Robert Cornell Memorial Foundation, the Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Arts Fund, the Irene Diamond Fund, the LuEsther T. Mertz Charitable Trust, the Agnes Varis Trust, the Starr Foundation, the Kate W. Cassidy Foundation, Ellen and James S. Marcus, the Philip and Janice Levin Foundation, the Thea Petschek Iervolino Foundation, the Abra Prentice Foundation, and PBS.

Visit “Great Performances” online at www.pbs.org/gperf for additional information and other programs.

About The Lifetime Achievement Award Honorees:
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 black singer to perform at the Grand Ole Opry. “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).” Pride is considered the first black superstar in country music.

A deeply spiritual and affecting gospel singer, Shirley Caesar’s emotive vocal talents were discovered in a church choir when she was 10 years old. She is arguably best known for her eight-year tenure with the Chicago-based gospel group the Caravans, whom she joined after appealing to Albertina Walker to sing a solo with the group. Electing to pursue a solo career in 1966 alongside her own choir, the Caesar Singers, she subsequently carved out a profile that earned her the title of First Lady of Gospel Music. Caesar’s roll call of achievements includes 11 GRAMMY Awards®, 14 Stellar awards, 15 Dove awards, an NAACP Image Award, a Soul Train Music Award, and two recent 59th GRAMMY nominations.

A prodigy who began playing piano at age 3, Ahmad Jamal started performing professionally at 14 and was signed to Okeh Records by age 21. Trained in both traditional jazz and European classical piano styles, Jamal has been labeled as a jazz innovator who helped pioneer “cool jazz,” which had a significant influence on Miles Davis, among others. With a catalog spanning seven decades, he is known for wonderful renditions of pieces such as “Poinciana” and “Dolphin Dance,” original compositions such as “Ahmad’s Blues,” the fantastic compilation Complete Live At The Spotlight Club 1958, and his most well-known album, 1958’s At The PershingBut Not For Me.

Jimmie Rodgers* is widely regarded as the Father of Country Music. In 1961 he became one of the first three people inducted into the Country Music `. In 1970 he was a part of the inaugural class of songwriters voted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. In 1986, the first year of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductions, he was inducted under the early influencers category. Rodgers has three recordings in the GRAMMY Hall Of Fame® — “Blue Yodel (T For Texas)” and “In The Jailhouse Now” (both from 1928) and “Blue Yodel #9 (Standing On The Corner)” (1930).

Dr. Nina Simone*, known as the High Priestess of Soul, was a child prodigy whose dreams of becoming a classical musician were deferred by the color of her skin. Her fearlessness and deep commitment to the civil rights movement gave birth to such classics as “Mississippi Goddam,” “Four Women” and “To Be Young, Gifted And Black.” Her approach to music was so versatile she labeled her style black classical. From R&B and rock to jazz, gospel, blues, folk, and Broadway, Simone brought her unique style to each genre. Her interpretations of “Feeling Good” and “Sinnerman” are classics that fans around the world still enjoy. Her version of “I Loves You, Porgy,” which became a Top 20 hit in 1959, was inducted into the GRAMMY Hall Of Fame in 2000.

Sylvester “Sly Stone” Stewart is an iconic American musician, songwriter and producer most famous for his role as frontman of Sly & The Family Stone. Classic hits penned by Stone, including “Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin),” “Everyday People,” “Dance To The Music,” and “There’s A Riot Going On,” played a critical role in the development of soul, funk, rock, and psychedelia in the 1960s and 1970s. Sly & The Family Stone were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1993. The group has four recordings in the GRAMMY Hall Of Fame.

Despite a relatively brief lifespan and limited commercial success, the Velvet Underground are now recognized as one of the most influential rock bands of all time. Comprising Lou Reed*, John Cale, Sterling Morrison*, and Maureen “Moe” Tucker, the band was, perhaps, ahead of their time, both visually and sonically. Often dubbed the quintessential proto-punk band, they have been continually cited as the benchmark for countless modern-rock movements over the past 50 years. The Velvet Underground’s seminal 1967 debut album, The Velvet Underground & Nico, was inducted into the GRAMMY Hall Of Fame in 2008.

About The Trustees Award Honorees:
Producer/arranger/songwriter Thom Bell was one of the cornerstones of the Philadelphia Soul legacy. He was a prime architect in the development of a ‘70s soul sound that moved beyond the grit of Southern soul and the effervescence of Motown by building complex and sophisticated arrangements around smooth strings, elegant horns and a driving rhythm that anticipated the rise of disco. With the Delfonics, the Stylistics, the Spinners and others, Bell established his trademark sound with sweet strings and muted brass led by the French horn. Hits such as “I’ll Be Around” and “Betcha By Golly, Wow” cemented his stature as one of the all-time great songwriter/producers, and his partnership with Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff helped create the quintessential Sound of Philadelphia.

Mo Ostin is one of the greatest record executives in music history. While he started out at Verve, it was helming Frank Sinatra’s Reprise Records where Ostin came into his own. With Reprise Records and ultimately Warner Bros., where he served as Chairman for 25 years, Ostin worked with the seminal artists of the generation such as Eric Clapton, Randy Newman, Paul Simon, Prince, and Neil Young, while also developing a staff that was legendary in their own right. With an artist-friendly disposition, Ostin led with the idea that great art made great business — most of the bands signed under his watch made both critically acclaimed and profitable records. Ostin was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2003 and was honored with The Recording Academy’s President’s Merit Award at the 2006 GRAMMY Salute To Industry Icons®.

Ralph S. Peer* was a successful recording executive, archetypal A&R man and music publisher whose career spanned from 1919 to 1960. Through his work as a music executive, he continually broadened the palate of genres that music makers and audiences embraced. He was the executive producer of Mamie Smith’s ”Crazy Blues,” the first vocal blues recording, James P. Johnson’s “Carolina Shout,” considered by historians to be among the first jazz piano solo recordings, and Fiddlin’ John Carson’s “The Little Old Log Cabin In The Lane,” the first country record released. He was the producer of the 1927 Bristol Sessions, considered the “Big Bang” of country music, where he discovered Jimmie Rodgers and the original Carter Family. He broadened his focus by publishing Latin music in the United States and around the globe. Fifty-nine recordings produced or published by Ralph S. Peer have been inducted into the GRAMMY Hall Of Fame.

About The Technical GRAMMY Award Recipient:
Alan Dower Blumlein* received 128 patents on his way to becoming one of the most significant audio inventors of his time. His most noteworthy patent was for the stereo in 1931, a development that was spurred by a visit to the cinema and being frustrated that the sound from a single speaker didn’t match with the actors and action on screen. He also invented the Blumlein Pair microphones, a stereo disc-cutting head and a shuffling circuit, among other audio inventions.

*Denotes posthumous award

About The Recording Academy:
The Recording Academy represents the voices of performers, songwriters, producers, engineers, and all music professionals. Dedicated to ensuring the recording arts remain a thriving part of our shared cultural heritage, the Academy honors music’s history while investing in its future through the GRAMMY Museum, advocates on behalf of music creators, supports music people in times of need through MusiCares®, and celebrates artistic excellence through the GRAMMY Awards—music’s only peer-recognized accolade and highest achievement. As the world’s leading society of music professionals, we work year-round to foster a more inspiring world for creators.

For more information about the Academy, please visitwww.grammy.com. For breaking news and exclusive content, follow @RecordingAcad on Twitter, “like” Recording Academy onFacebook, and join the Recording Academy’s social communities onInstagramTumblr, and YouTube.

ABOUT WNET:
WNET is America’s flagship PBS station and parent company ofTHIRTEEN and WLIW21. WNET also operates NJTV, the statewide public media network in New Jersey. Through its broadcast channels, three cable services (THIRTEEN PBSKids, Create and World) and online streaming sites, WNET brings quality arts, education and public affairs programming to more than five million viewers each week. WNET produces and presents such acclaimed PBS series as Nature,Great PerformancesAmerican MastersPBS NewsHour WeekendCharlie Rose and a range of documentaries, children’s programs, and local news and cultural offerings. WNET’s groundbreaking series for children and young adults include Get the MathOh Noah! and Cyberchase as well as Mission US, the award-winning interactive history game. WNET highlights the tri-state’s unique culture and diverse communities through NYC-ARTSTheater Close-UpNJTV News with Mary Alice Williams and MetroFocus, the daily multi-platform news magazine focusing on the New York region. In addition, WNET produces online-only programming including the award-winning series about gender identity, First Person, and an intergenerational look at tech and pop culture, The Chatterbox with Kevin and Grandma Lill. In 2015, THIRTEEN launched Passport, an online streaming service which allows members to see new and archival THIRTEEN and PBS programming anytime, anywhere: www.thirteen.org/passport.

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Charley Pride On Tour:
Sept. 10 – Lancaster, Pa. – American Music Theatre
Oct. 13 – Shawnee, Okla. – Grand Resort Casino
Sept. 22 – Arlington, Texas – Arlington Music Hall
Sept. 23 – Crockett, Texas – Crockett Civic Center
Sept. 29 – Branson, Mo. – The Welk Resort Theatre
Oct. 21 – Shipshewana, Ind. – Blue Gate Theater
Oct. 28 – Wendover, Nev. – Peppermill Concert Hall
Nov. 03-04 – Lincoln City, Ore. – Chinook Winds Casino
Nov. 11 – Mescalero, N.M. – Inn of the Mountain Gods

About Charley Pride:
Charley Pride is celebrating more than 50 years as a recording artist. He has enjoyed one of the most successful careers in the history of country music and is credited with helping to break color barriers by becoming the first black superstar within the genre. A true living legend, he has sold tens of millions of records worldwide with his large repertoire of hits. A three-time GRAMMY® award and Recording Academy “Lifetime Achievement Award” winner, Pride has garnered no less than 36 chart-topping country hits, including “Kiss An Angel Good Morning,” a massive #1 crossover hit that sold over a million singles and helped Pride land the Country Music Association’s “Entertainer of the Year” award in 1971 and the “Top Male Vocalist” awards of 1971 and 1972. A proud member of the Grand Ole Opry, Pride continues to perform concerts worldwide and has toured the United States, Canada, Ireland, The United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand over the last several years. For more information, visitCharleyPride.com.

JOHN ANDERSON RETURNS TO THE ROAD

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Country music hit-maker John Anderson is set to return to the stage on September 3, 2017, after rescheduling a few weekend of shows in August to undergo some medical procedures.

“I am thankful for the outpouring of prayers from friends and fans. All medical procedures went great and we’ll plan on seeing you all real soon,” says John Anderson.

2017 marks the 35th anniversary of Anderson’s iconic hit “Swingin’” from his acclaimed album Wild & Blue.

Be sure to follow Anderson on InstagramTwitter and Facebook or visit johnanderson.com.

JOHN ANDERSON ON TOUR:
Sept. 03 Hollywood Casino & Resort Gulf Coast – Bay Saint Louis, Miss.
Sept. 16 Poppy Mountain Bluegrass Festival – Morehead, Ky.
Sept. 21 Dan Cannon Auditorium – Dade City, Fla.
Sept. 28 Loretta Lynn Ranch – Hurricane Mills, Tn.
Sept. 29 Billy Bob’s – Fort Worth, Texas
Sept. 30 Burleson County Fair – Caldwell, Texas
Oct. 5 Dosey Doe – Woodlands, Texas
Oct. 7 Sugar Creek Casino – Hinton, Okla.
Oct. 14 Lake Of The Torches Resort Casino – Lac Du Flambeau, Wis.
Oct. 24 State Theatre – Eau Claire, Wis.
Oct. 25 Barrymore Theatre – Madison, Wis.
Oct. 26 Meyer Theatre – Green Bay, Wis.
Oct. 27 Sondheim Center for the Performing Arts – Fairfield, Iowa
Oct. 28 Meramec Music Theatre – Steelville, Mo.
Dec. 01 Harvester Performance Center – Rocky Mountain, Va.
Dec. 02 The Beacon Theatre – Hopewell, Va.

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ABOUT JOHN ANDERSON:
Raised in Apopka, Fla., Anderson was exposed to both rock and traditional country growing up and, as incendiary rock outfits like Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers and Lynyrd Skynyrd honed their chops around him, learned to love (and play) both types of music. But Anderson resisted the call of rock ‘n roll, electing rather to pursue his country music dreams. It was the traditional country ballads that lured him in and changes music history, songs like Porter Wagoner’s “Green, Green Grass of Home.” Anderson moved to Nashville in 1972, working construction by day (including as a roofer at the Grand Ole Opry House) and playing the honky-tonks at night. He signed to Warner Bros. in 1977, and notching his first major hit in 1980 with Billy Joe Shaver’s “I’m Just an Old Chunk of Coal (But I’m Gonna Be a Diamond Someday).” Other hits, including the classic “Wild and Blue” in 1982, solidified his status as a powerful new voice in country music. “Swingin’,” written by Anderson and Lionel Delmore, blew the roof off a year later, exploding to No.1 on the Billboard Country chart, propelling Anderson to the CMA Horizon Award, and becoming one of the most enduring hits in the country canon. Anderson plowed through the ebbs and flows of country music (and the country music business) throughout the ’80s, and in the early 1990s engineered one of the greatest “comeback” runs (he never really left) in the history of the genre. Seminole Wind, released on BNA, produced hit singles in “Straight Tequila Night,” “When It Comes To You,” “Money in the Bank,” and the stirring title cut. The latter would have never been released had Anderson not stuck to his guns, a familiar refrain throughout his career as the artist has wound his way through virtually all of Nashville’s major labels. Learn more at johnanderson.com.

COUNTRY LEGEND JOHN CONLEE RECIEVES INAUGURAL “LEGEND AWARD” FROM KENTUCKY COUNTRY MUSIC ASSOCIATION

BENTON, Ky – Country legend and Kentucky native John Conlee was recently awarded the first ever Legends Award by the Kentucky Country Music Association during his performance at the Kentucky Opry. The award was created to honor an artist who is not only from Kentucky, but has also promoted Kentucky throughout their career in both music and interviews.

“It is always gratifying to be recognized by those from my home state of Kentucky. My profound thanks to the Kentucky Country Music Association and Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin for their very kind honors,” said Conlee.

Along with his award, Conlee received a letter from Kentucky Governor Matthew Bevin recognizing not only his successful career but his dedication to country music, the “Common Man” and the state of Kentucky as well. Bevin noted that this award was a “perfectly fitting tribute.”

“John Conlee is a perfect fit for our first Legend Award,” said Kenneth Reynold, President and Founder of the Kentucky Country Music Association. “He has never forgotten where he came from and has been a great promoter of not only country music but of Kentucky.”

For more information visit johnconlee.com.

JOHN CONLEE ON TOUR:
Sept. 08 – Colorado Country Fair – Columbus, Texas
Sept. 09 – Hardtails Bar & Grill – Georgetown, Texas
Sept. 14 – White County Fair – Searcy, Ariz.
Sept. 15 – The Stage at Silver Star Steakhouse – Bossier City, La.
Sept. 16 – Red Rooster Icehouse – Hawkins, Texas
Sept. 21 – Grundy High School Auditorium – Grundy, Va.
Sept. 22 – Clayton Center – Clayton, N.C.
Sept. 23 – Ground Zero – Myrtle Beach, S.C.
Oct. 05 – The Historic State Theatre – Elizabethtown, Ky.
Oct. 06 – Mitchell Opera House – Mitchell, Ind.
Oct. 07 – Sesser Opera House – Sesser, Ill.
Oct. 08 – Historic Rodgers Theatre – Poplar Bluff, Mo.
Oct. 19 – Sunset Theatre – Asheboro, N.C.
Oct. 20 – Carteret Theatre – Morehead City, N.C.
Oct. 21 – Red Barn Convention Center – Winchester, Ohio
Oct. 22 – Harvest Performance Center – Rocky Mount, Va.
Nov. 16 – Main Street Crossing – Tomball, Texas
Nov. 17 – Route 92 – Youngsville, La.
Feb. 01 – The Palace Theater – Corsicana, Texas
Feb. 02 – Stampede Houston – Houston, Texas
Feb. 22 – Wadsworth Auditorium – Newnan, Ga.
Feb. 23 – Tallassee High School Auditorium – Tallassee, Ala.
Feb. 24 – Theatre Dublin – Dublin, Ga.
Feb. 25 – Mars Theatre – Springfield, Ga.
March 03 – Cecilian Auditorium in the Conservatory of Music – West Terre Haute, Ind.
March 04 – Jasper Arts Center – Jasper, Ind.
March 24 – Sondheim Center for the Performing Arts – Fairfield, Iowa
April 07 – Orange Blossom Opry – Weirsdale, Fla.
Aug. 02 – Social Circle Theatre – Social Circle, Ga.
Sept. 07 – Newberry Opera – Newberry, S.C.

ABOUT JOHN CONLEE:
Kentucky native and Grand Ole Opry member, John Conlee, has one of country music’s most recognizable voices. Self-penned and signature hit “Rose Colored Glasses,” was the first of over 30 hit singles, most of which charted in the Top 10 or better. Some of the songs from the John Conlee hit list include “Back Side of Thirty,” “Lady Lay Down,” “Friday Night Blues,” “Common Man,” “I’m Only In It For The Love” and “Domestic Life.” All of Conlee’s hits have that unmistakable common thread – that unique voice. In 2015, Conlee hasn’t slowed down and continues to cut songs with substance with the release of Classics 2 that includes a tribute to law enforcement titled “Walkin’ Behind the Star.”