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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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.

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.”

WANDA JACKSON TO RELEASE AUTOBIOGRAPHY

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – BMG has announced it will release legendary rockabilly and country music pioneer Wanda Jackson’s autobiographyEvery Night Is Saturday Night: A Country Girl’s Journey to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame on November 14, 2017. The iconic performer known as the “Queen of Rockabilly” and the “First Lady of Rock & Roll” landed more than thirty singles on the country and pop charts between 1954 and 1974. Featuring over eighty photographs from her personal collection and a foreword by Elvis Costello,Every Night is Saturday Night is the rockin’ great-grandmother’s chance to finally share the story of her fascinating life and career in her own words.

Jackson’s debut single, “You Can’t Have My Love,” reached the Top 10 while she was still a sixteen-year-old high school student. She hit the road after graduation, playing package shows with Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Elvis Presley, who gave Wanda his ring and asked her to be “his girl.” With Presley’s encouragement, the Oklahoma native began recording rock music, often releasing singles with country on one side and rock on the other during her decade-and-a-half tenure on Capitol Records.

Known for her energetic stage shows and pioneering presence as a female artist, Wanda stormed the charts with a series of hit singles, including “Let’s Have a Party,” “Right or Wrong,” and “In the Middle of a Heartache.” With over 40 albums to her credit, Wanda has proven to be an enduring and genre-defying legend of American music.

In Every Night is Saturday Night, Wanda tells the story of being discovered by Country Music Hall of Famer Hank Thompson; why she refused to return to the Grand Ole Opry for more than fifty years; the challenges she and her integrated band, The Party Timers, faced when touring in a less racially tolerant era; personal memories of her relationship with Elvis; and how she ultimately found the love of her life.

Along the way, Wanda reveals details about her first boyfriend, who went on to become a well-known pioneer of country music’s Bakersfield Sound; how she launched the career of country star Roy Clark; the challenges she faced as a woman who introduced sex appeal to country music and growling femininity to rock & roll; her recent work with rock luminaries such as Jack White and Joan Jett; and how her deep faith has sustained her over more than seven decades of rocking, shocking, and thrilling audiences around the globe.

Wanda will launch the book with several public events and book signings around its release, including Tuesday, November 14 at the GRAMMY Museum in Los Angeles and Saturday, December 2 at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville.

“I LOVE HER, SHE’S SO BRILLIANT. I don’t think ‘Rollin’ in the Deep’ would exist if it wasn’t for Wanda Jackson.” – Adele

“THERE’S AN AUTHENTICITY IN HER VOICE that conjures up a world and a very distinct and particular place in time.” – Bruce Springsteen

“Wanda Jackson, AN ATOMIC FIREBALL OF A LADY, could have a smash hit with just about anything.” – Bob Dylan

“She’s influential to every modern female singer, whether they know about her or not. SHE BROKE DOWN THOSE WALLS in the beginning, when it was the hardest to do.” – Jack White

“As you look up the history of your roots in music, you don’t find a lot of women. BUT WANDA JACKSON WAS RIGHT THERE, AT THE BEGINNING OF IT. . . . I learned to sing rock ’n’ roll by listening to Wanda Jackson, but I learned about country music from her, too.” – Cyndi Lauper

7th ANNUAL NATD HONORS GALA SET FOR NOVEMBER 14

Historic Organization to Honor Music Industry Veterans David Corlew and Barbara Hubbard, GRAMMY-Winning Artist Jeannie Seely and Nashville CVB’s Butch Spyridon With More to be Announced

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Nashville Association of Talent Directors (NATD) announced today four Nashville leaders who will be recognized at the 7th Annual NATD Honors Gala, scheduled forNovember 14, 2017, at the Hermitage Hotel. Honorees include David Corlew, long-time personal manager for Charlie Daniels and co-founder of Blue Hat Records, Barbara Hubbard, Executive Director of American Collegiate Showcase (ACTS),Jeannie Seely, GRAMMY®-Award-Winning country artist and Butch Spyridon, President/CEO of the Nashville Convention & Visitors Corporation.

The Gala will begin with a reception at 6:00 PM, followed by dinner and the awards ceremony. For tickets and sponsorship information visit www.n-a-t-d.com.

For media credentials to awards ceremony, please email your request to megan@websterpr.com.

About NATD
NATD was founded in 1958 and professionally represents, directs, and promotes the entertainment industry through its members. Today those members generate over $300 million dollars annually for Nashville-based artists. The organization not only serves as a forum for idea exchange among its members, it also serves as a vehicle for other facets of the industry to share information vital to the overall growth of the Nashville music and entertainment industry. NATD members foster camaraderie among “friendly competitors” which seems to be unique to the close-knit Nashville music and entertainment community. As part of its philanthropic program NATD provides scholarship funds for students showing exemplary performances in academics, civic duties, and personal goals. For more information, please visit www.n-a-t-d.com.

About David Corlew
David Corlew has worked with The Charlie Daniels Band for 44 years, serving as Daniels’ personal manager for the last 28 years. Corlew also holds the title of President/Co-Owner of Blue Hat Records which recently celebrated their 20th year of releasing albums and DVD projects. Even winning a GRAMMY Award for Amazing Grace Vol. II (A Country Salute to Gospel) in 1998. In 1999, The Corlew Music Group was formed, producing over 150 cuts to date, from artists such as Reba, Kenny Chesney, Brad Paisley, Jason Aldean, and many other country superstars. In 2005, Corlew formed d corlew films which has filmed several projects for Charlie Daniels’ Band, including their 2005 tour of Iraq and Southwest Asia as well as developing projects for CMT, GAC, and other networks. Corlew and Daniels also co-founded the not-for-profit organization The Journey Home Project which sees it’s mission to assist veterans with military organizations who do the most good. David is a former President of the Academy of Country Music Board of Directors and Governor to the Nashville Chapter Board for NARAS. He is currently a member of the Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center Board of Directors and President of the Stars For Stripes Board of Directors.

About Barbara Hubbard
A spit fire with an Arkansas twang came to Las Cruces, New Mexico in the early 50’s and has since left a legacy in the community and an impression on the entertainment businesses. Barbara Hubbard started as a biology teacher where she met her husband and later explored careers as a Campus Activities Program advisor and cheer-leading coach for New Mexico State University. She was named Director of Special Events in 1977 which quickly lead her to her current title as Executive Director of the American Collegiate Showcase. Although ACTS has changed over the years, their mission remains the same: providing educational scholarships and experience for students wishing to display their talents in the performing arts field. With the scholarship money raised, Barbara is able to take her students to various industry conferences and help nurture their involvement, giving them the exposure, networking experience, and skills to succeed in the entertainment industry.

About Jeannie Seely
“Miss Country Soul” Jeannie Seely is a GRAMMY® award-winning artist who has been recording and performing for more than six decades. A Pennsylvania native, Seely moved to LA where she met many songwriters including Dottie West who ultimately encouraged her to move to Nashville. Within a month, Porter Wagoner hired her as the female singer for his road and television series. On September 16, 1967, Seely’s biggest dream came true when she became the first Pennsylvania native to become a member of the world famous Grand Ole Opry. Seely subsequently became the first female to regularly host segments of the weekly Opry shows. She’s also credited for changing the image of female country performers by being the first to wear a mini-skirt on the Opry stage. On March 2, 1967, the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences honored Jeannie with the 1966 GRAMMY® Award for the “Best Country Vocal Performance by a Female.” A BMI-awarded songwriter, Seely’s songs have been recorded by Country Music Hall of Fame members Faron Young, Merle Haggard, Connie Smith, Ray Price, Willie Nelson, Ernest Tubb and Little Jimmy Dickens, as well as by many other artists including Doyle Lawson, Lorrie Morgan and Irma Thomas. Along with placing records on the Billboard country singles chart for 13 consecutive years, Seely also served as a radio disc jockey on her own Armed Forces Network Show. For more information, visit jeannieseely.com.

About Butch Spyridon
Butch Spyridon has served as the head of the Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp (NCVC) since 1991. Over the last 25 years the NCVC has led the strategic development of Nashville’s hospitality industry. During that time, Nashville has evolved into a global, year-round destination. Visitor spending in Davidson County exceeded $5.7 billion and accounts for one third of the visitor spending in the entire state. During Butch’s tenure, the NCVC has been involved with development initiatives that include the Tennessee Titans, Bridgestone Arena, Music City July 4th, New Year’s Eve in Nashville, the Music City Center, Music City Walk of Fame, and the first ever citywide branding initiative. Combined with the NCVC ongoing sales and marketing initiatives, the city enjoyed an unprecedented 70 months of record (year-over-year) hotel performance and has been named a top destination in the world by multiple publications for five consecutive years.

Past NATD Honors honorees include:
2016 – Rod Essig, Scott Hamilton, Doc McGhee, Leon Russell, Mike Smardak, P.K. Subban and Randy Travis
2015 – Mayor Megan Barry, Sarah Trahern, Charlie Brusco, Mike Wolfe, Peter Weber, Steve Lassiter and Kirt Webster
2014 – Gov. Bill Haslam, Rob Beckham, Tim Corbin, Demetria Kalodimos, Michael W. Smith, JP Williams and Charlie Daniels
2013 – Bernie Cahill, Tom Condon, Chaz Corzine, Martina McBride, Kevin Neal and Bob Romeo
2012 – Mike Fisher, Clint Higham, John Huie, George Jones, Robert Williams and Alan Valentine
2011 – Alabama, Tony Conway, Mayor Karl Dean, James H. Gosnell Jr. and Barry Trotz

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Vincent and Singletary Featured on The Boot, Rolling Stone Country

NASHVILLE, TENN. – The wait is over as Rhonda Vincent and Daryle Singletary release their brand new duet album American Grandstand. The album includes 12 traditional country songs, combining classic duets, along with never before heard all-original music. This must-have album is released via Upper Management Music, and fans can purchase American Grandstand HERE.

Both artists have continued to generate buzz with American Grandstand, recently securing features on The Boot, Music City Roots, Nashville Sports & Entertainment Magazine, Nashville Country Club, Sounds Like Nashville, Roughstock, Nashville Access and more. Vincent will also appear on Heartland TV’s “Bluegrass Ridge,” where she will be the guest host for 4 consecutive weeks, beginning the week of July 10. Throughout each episode, she will share some of her most career-defining moments, and what led her to the latest venture. Vincent and Singletary are also giving fans an inside glimpse of tracks from the latest album with exclusive videos featured on The Country Note, The Daily Country, Roughstock, Nashville Country Club, Lovin’ Lyrics and more.

Fans got the first taste of American Grandstand with the lead single, “One.” The dynamic pair originally performed the song together in 2016 at the legendary Grand Ole Opry, which ultimately led them to record the song, originally made famous by country icons George Jones and Tammy Wynette. Each track includes their unique spin with their feel-good, distinctive vocals.

In addition to upcoming tour dates together, fans were treated to multiple performances as both artists teamed up for CMA Music Fest in Nashville, which was included in Rolling Stone Country’s 20 Best Free Concerts. Fans can catch Vincent, who the Wall Street Journal dubbed “The New Queen of Bluegrass,” at festivals and venues throughout North America, while fans in central Europe will get a chance to catch the most award winning band in bluegrass music, Rhonda Vincent & The Rage, when they return in September (see dates below).

American Grandstand Track Listing:
1. Above and Beyond
2. One
3. After The Fire Is Gone
4. American Grandstand
5. Slowly But Surely
6. As We Kiss Our World Goodbye
7. Can’t Live Life
8. Golden Ring
9. We Must Have Been Out of Our Minds
10. Louisiana Woman Mississippi Man
11. A Picture of Me Without You
12. Up This Hill and Down

Rhonda Vincent On Tour:
July 07 Murfreesboro, Tenn. – Uncle Dave Macon Days
July 08 Centre Hall, Pa. – Remington Ryde Festival
July 09 Woodbine, Md. – Jennings Chapel United Methodist Outdoor Worship Center
July 15-16 Colby, Ks. – Pickin’ on the Plains Bluegrass Festival
July 19 Sheridan, Wyo. – Whitney Center for the Arts
July 20 Livingston, Mt. – Music Ranch Montana
July 22-23 Darrington, Wash. – Darrington Bluegrass Festival
July 27 Hiawassee, Ga. – Georgia Mountain Fair
Aug. 03-04 Thornton, N.H. – Pemi Valley Festival
Aug. 05 Milan, Mich. – Milan Bluegrass Festival
Aug. 11 Hebron, Conn. – Podunk Bluegrass Festival
Aug. 17 Marion, N.C. – North Carolina Bluegrass Festival
Aug. 18 Gettysburg, Pa. – Gettysburg Bluegrass Festival
Aug. 23 Rhonda Filming
Aug. 25 Keene, Ontario, Canada – Greenbridge Celtic Folk Festival
Aug. 26 Washington, Pa. – Wild Things Park
Sept. 02 Fort Fairfield, Maine – County Bluegrass
Sept. 06 Prague, Czech Republic
Sept. 8-9 Gstaad, Switzerland – Country Night Gstaad
Sept. 14 Kodak, Tenn. – Dumplin Valley Bluegrass Festival
Sept. 15 Conway, Mo. – Starvy Creek Bluegrass Festival
Sept. 16-17 Flagstaff, Ariz. – Pickin’ in the Pines
Sept. 23 Vine Grove, Ky. – Vine Grove Bluegrass Music Festival
Sept. 30 Hartselle, Ala. – Hartselle High School Auditorium
Oct. 19 Breman, Ga. – Milltown Music Hall with Daryle Singletary