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Charlie Daniels Joins FREE All-Star Concert Hosted by Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum TONIGHT!

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Country music legend Charlie Daniels will join tomorrow’s FREE concert hosted by the Country Music Hall of Fame ® and Museum. The event will celebrate the release of Dylan, Cash, and the Nashville Cats: A New Music City, a two-disc audio companion to the exhibition of the same name. Festivities will be held on 5th Avenue South, between Demonbreun Street and Korean Veterans Boulevard and begin at 5 p.m. The concert begins at 6 p.m. In the event of rain, performances will be moved inside, to the museum’s Event Hall.

Daniels joins an all-star line-up of artists that includes John Carter Cash and Ana Cristina, Julie Christensen, Radney Foster, Jeff Hanna (Nitty Gritty Dirt Band), Jamie Hartford, Al Kooper, Kathy Mattea, Tracy Nelson (who contributed to the album’s liner notes), Michael Nesmith (Monkees), Jason Ringenberg (Jason & The Scorchers), Britt Ronstadt (Linda Ronstadt’s niece), and special guests.

Tracks from the new album will be performed live by Music City favorites the Long Players led by Bill Lloyd (serving as the evening’s house band) and by some of the legendary session players from the original recordings, including Nashville Cats Mac Gayden, Country Music Hall of Fame member Charlie McCoy and Norbert Putnam.

The family-friendly evening begins at 5 p.m. with face painting and balloon artists for kids. Some of Nashville’s favorite food trucks will be on hand, and guests will be able to purchase Mexican cuisine, including tacos, quesadillas, and flautas—as well as wine, beer and margaritas—from Bajo Sexto Taco, located at the museum. The concert begins at 6 p.m. and the first 200 attendees to arrive will receive a commemorative Hatch Show Print poster.

The album Dylan, Cash, and the Nashville Cats: A New Music City, issued jointly by Sony Legacy Recordings and the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum is available now. It features a previously unreleased version of Bob Dylan’s “If Not for You” and 35 other essential tracks.

The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum exhibition Dylan, Cash, and the Nashville Cats: A New Music City, presented by Citi, opened March 27, 2015, and runs through December 31, 2016. For more information, including an exhibit summary, photos, and video, click here. Follow @countrymusichof on Twitter and join the conversation using #DylanCashExhibit.

Keb’ Mo, Kathy Mattea and More Lend Their Voices to Nepal

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Join some of country music’s finest at City Winery Nashville on May 16th and May 23rd for two incredible benefit concerts to support an imperative and urgent cause involving the recent devastation of the earthquakes in Nepal. City Winery is proud to host a lineup of caring and talented individuals to raise money for Nepal in this time of need. The ‘Help Rebuild Nepal’ Benefit Concerts are bound to be unforgettable nights, featuring artists who are very passionate about this cause, including Keb’ Mo’, Jack Pearson, Phil Keaggy, John Oates and more TBA on May 16th.

On May 23rd, City Winery welcomes Kathy Mattea, Leigh Nash, Melanie, Jim Lauderdale, Peter Bradley Adams and other very special guests. All net proceeds from ticket sales of these events will benefit Revolutions Per Minute’s When Disaster Strikes Fund.

At City Winery’s New York City location, there will be a benefit hosted  on May 17th called Everest Awakening A Gathering for Everest and Beyond,  benefitting Everest Awakening and featuring artists who are very passionate about the cause, including Patti Smith, Loudon Wainwright III, Kaki King, Nicole Atkins, Jesse Smith, Martha Mooke, Tara Lobsang, Shyam Nepali and other very special guests. There will be a second benefit hosted on June 17th with performances by Lizz Wright, Joan Osborne, Lucy Wainwright-Roche, Suzzy Roche, Bettye LaVette and other guests to be announced –all net proceeds from ticket sales from this evening will benefit RPM’s When Disaster Strikes Fund.

Dan Rather To Guest Announce On the Grand Ole Opry TONIGHT

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The Grand Ole Opry is set to welcome legendary American newsman Dan Rather as a special guest announcer this Friday, March 21. The Opry’s guest announcer series continues as part of the celebration of the 40th Anniversary of the Grand Ole Opry House which kicked off last weekend. Among the artists joining Rather on Friday’s show are Charlie Daniels, The Grascals, Kathy Mattea, and the Oak Ridge Boys.

Rather may be the best-known journalist in the world.  For more than 60 years, the legendary Texas newsman has covered virtually every major event across the globe and he continues to report and investigate stories for AXS-TV, where he is the managing editor of “Dan Rather Reports” and “The Big Interview.”

Among those coming soon to the Opry are The Band Perry, Vince Gill, Hunter Hayes, and Patty Loveless. Storme Warren, host on SiriusXM and “Headline Country” on GAC-TV, is scheduled to guest announce Saturday, March 29.

Bob Kingsley Honored at Grand Ole Opry with Big Surprise Guests


Country Radio Hall of Famer Bob Kingsley was honored last night (2/17) for his 40 years in national radio syndication as part of American Country Countdown (1974-2006) and as host and owner of Bob Kingsley’s Country Top 40 (2006-present), distributed by WestwoodOne. The surprise event, benefiting the Opry Trust Fund, included performances, appearances and taped messages by a mix of industry legends, today’s hit-makers and Nashville’s most influential singer-songwriters. A 50-year veteran of the radio and music industries, Kingsley walked into the Grand Ole Opry House believing he was there to pay tribute to the Grand Ole Opry’s 89th birthday, when in reality, the evening was all conceived to honor him.

“I could not have been more surprised,” said a visibly moved Kingsley, “and I could not feel more honored. I have made a career of country music radio because I love it, and to have my friends in the business, from artists and songwriters to industry executives, tell me my work has made a difference–well it means the world to me. And to have the people I work with day in and day out here to celebrate with me makes it all the more special.”

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Nearly 50 artists participated in the evening including 25-plus taped video messages along with in person appearances or performances by Rhett Akins and Thomas Rhett, Alabama, Lynn Anderson, Garth Brooks, Eli Young Band, Radney Foster, Janie Fricke, Jack Ingram, Jewel, Kathy Mattea, Martina McBride, Reba McEntire, Will Robinson, Tom Schuyler, Red Steagall, Jeffrey Steele, Tanya Tucker, Steve Wariner, Lee Ann Womack, Wynonna, Trisha Yearwood and Chris Young. Many of the artists who paid tribute commented not only on their professional relationships with Bob but also on their personal friendships. Bob’s dedication and commitment to bringing their music to the fans, while offering insights into their creative processes and personal lives, have made him the most listened-to voice in country radio history.

“What a pleasure to host so many friends on the Opry House stage tonight as we all came together to celebrate one of country radio’s most beloved voices, leaders, and gentlemen,” said Pete Fisher, Grand Ole Opry vice president and general manager. “All of us at the Opry are particularly honored that, just as Bob has made a point to do throughout his career, tonight’s event also gave back to a worthy cause, the Opry Trust Fund. For nearly 50 years the Trust Fund has assisted members of the country music community in need, and I can’t think of a better way to honor Bob’s contributions to the country community than to continue that legacy of helping others in his name.”

2014 marks 40 years since Bob Kingsley first became involved in counting down America’s biggest country hits every weekend. Bob was named American Country Countdown’s producer in 1974, and took over as host four years later. His long and successful run as host set the stage for modern-day syndication, and with the formation of KCCS Productions, he and his wife and partner Nan Kingsley established a highly successful business approach where they distributed and retained ownership of the content created for the show. Bob’s career entered new territory in 2006 with the launch of Bob Kingsley’s Country Top 40, a show KCCS solely owned and distributed, partnering with Dial Global, now WestwoodOne, for national ad sales. Bob’s wins as the CMA’s National Broadcast Personality of the Year awards in 2001 and 2003 and his 2006 Academy of Country Music Award for On-Air Personality-National showed his impressive staying power, bookending 40 years of industry honors that began with 1966 and 1967 trophies as the ACM’s Radio Personality of the Year, during his tenure on-air at KGBS in Los Angeles. Bob Kingsley’s Country Top 40 can be heard currently on more than 350 radio stations around the world.

A proud veteran of the U.S. Air Force, Bob has a passion for military-related and other charitable causes. Using his national platform to give back, Bob has been an ardent supporter of the Wounded Warrior Project, and he hosts the annual National Cutting Horse Celebrity Cutting to benefit a variety of causes.

*Photos Courtesy of Chris Hollo for the Grand Ole Opry

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