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‘Stars Behind The Stars’ Unveils Silent Auction Items

Dallas Police Association Foundation

Thousands of dollars worth of items, experiences and services have already been donated for STARS BEHIND THE STARS July 27th concert at Billy Bob’s Texas benefiting the Dallas Police Association’s Assist the Officer Foundation (items below). In addition to silent auction items, the Andrew Sabin Family Foundation came forward and donated $5,000 in support of STAR BEHIND THE STARS on behalf of country music legend Janie Fricke.

Reserved seats are SOLD OUT! CLICK HERE to purchase $10 tickets to this star-studded event (lineup below) before tickets are gone.

Some notable items include a two-night stay at the luxurious Rough Creek Lodge & Resort, complete with a 3-course dinner and breakfast for two. Another item includes a Diamond Oaks Country Club golf package with PGA Professional Ryan Miller, which includes a Flight Scope Golf Lesson and Foursome Gold Game as well as a Miller Light Golf Bag and set of Titleist Golf Balls.

Additional silent auction items:
– FN America .40 caliber pistol, donated on behalf of Mark Wills and FN America
– One-Year diamond tanning package from Palm Beach Tan
– Aaron Watson Signed Guitar with Meet-N-Greet Passes and Private Concert for 6 Guests at Aaron Watson’s next concert at Billy Bob’s Texas
– Gift card to The Woodhouse Day Spa in Fort Worth for the The Woodhouse Experience Package which includes Aromatherapy Bath Cure, Signature Four Handed Massage, The Woodhouse Signature Minkyti Facial, The Woodhouse Signature Hand Retreat, The Signature Seaweed Lead Pedicure. This package also includes one blow-out from The Dry Bar in Fort Worth.
– Two-night stay at Omni Fort Worth Hotel with breakfast for 2 in cast iron each morning in addition to two 2017 Weekend Grounds passes for the Dean & Deluca Invitational
– Signed Charlie Daniels Guitar
– Signed Troy Aikman helmet with certificate of authenticity
– Signed Emmitt Smith football with certificate of authenticity
– 2 Tickets to the opening night of Sound of Music on Wednesday, August 17th 2016 at the Bass Performance Hall and 1 Complimentary night stay at the Embassy Suites Fort Worth
– Complimentary Two Night Stay at the Gaylord Texan Resort & Convention Center – Smith & Wesson 642. .38 Special Revolver. Special Features Include: Stainless Steel, Small Feature, Internal Hammer, Made in the USA, Backed with Smith & Wesson lifetime service policy. Must be picked up at Nations Best Sports Office
– 1 Night Stay and Breakfast for 2 at the Marriott DFW South
– Signed Davey O’Brien Winner Football. Signed by Trevone Boykin, Jim McMahon, Marcus Mariota, Warren Moon, Dak Prescott, Vince Young and many others.
– Authentic Sam Ettleman Cowhide Ivory Leather Purse
– TX Rangers Neon Light
– 4 Tickets to the Case/Lang/Veirs featuring Andy Shauf on Thursday, August 4th 2016 at 8:00pm at Winspear Opera House. Certificate includes access to Circle Member Lounge an hour before the show and 1 Self Parking Ticket
– Star wars Collectables: 1 Plush Yoda Collectible, 1 Plush BB8 Droid Collectable, 1 Plush Chewbacca Collectible, 1 Plush Darth Vader, 2 Collectable Books
– Tailgate Package: 4 TX Rangers Tickets and a Stainless Steel Budweiser Cooler. Ranger tickets are good for up to a corner box value for any home game Monday-Thursday during the 2016 Regular Season
– Golf Tec at Montgomery Plaz Gift Voucher for One Driver or Iron Fitting and 1 Gift Voucher good for 1 Swing Evaluation
– J’McLaughlin Canvas Weekend Bag
– 4 Reserved Seats to the PRCA Rodeo at the 2017 Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo, Complimentary Dinner for 4 at Chuy’s Fort Worth
– American West Leather Purse
– 50 Minute Couples Massage at Hand & Stone Massage and Facial Spa with Peppermint Scalp Treatment Massage or Foot Treatment
– 4 Tickets to the Kimball Art Museum Special Exhibition the Brother Le Nain: Painters 17th Century France. Must be Used before September 11th 2016. $100 gift card to Terra Fort Worth
– 4 Tickets to The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth with 4 Tickets to a Film Screening at The Modern. The Modern Coffee Table Book and Andy Warhol Tote.
– TX Whiskey Gift Box; Includes Bottle of TX Whiskey, Dry
– 2 Tickets to the Texas Star Dinner Theater. 90 minute, 3 course murder mystery dinner in downtown Grapevine
– Blazen Roxx Purse & Candle Set
– Golf Game for 2 with Cart at Waterchase Golf Club
– 2 Complimentary Painting with a Twist Vouchers, 1 Longhorn Steer Painting and Woodbridge Wine. Redeemable only at Painting with a Twist Fort Worth.
– Cabela’s Trail Camera
– Collectible Coors Banquet 12 Can Dispenser
– Blazen Roxx Purse and Matching Wallet
– Thomas Kinkade Painting 14×14 print “Light of Freedom” Limited Edition Art
– $100.00 Gift Voucher for the Cowtown Electric Bike Tour in Fort Worth
– Pink Mossy Oak Camo Purse and Matching Wallet
– Fort Worth Logo Rolling Travel Bag and Blanket
– Unique Texas Map Plaque with Barbed Wire
– William Sonoma Jalapeno Drink Mixer with 2 rocks glasses and jigger

STARS BEHIND THE STARS features country music icons Tanya Tucker, The Oak Ridge Boys, Mark Wills, Collin Raye, Janie Fricke, T.G. Sheppard, Kelly Lang,The Bellamy Brothers, T. Graham Brown, Johnny Lee, Gene Watson, John Conlee, Ronnie McDowell, Mickey Gilley and Moe Bandy at the world-famous Billy Bob’s Texas this Wednesday, July 27. Randy Travis will also make a special appearance during the event. General Admission tickets are still available. Doors will open at 5 p.m. CT.

STARS BEHIND THE STARS will donate 100% of all proceeds to Dallas Police Association’s Assist the Officer Foundation. The Assist the Officer Foundation provides immediate financial assistance to an officer’s family in the event of the death of an active officer.

For those wanting to donate to STARS BEHIND THE STARS can do so by visting or by calling 1-888-691-6995. STARS BEHIND THE STARS will donate 100% of all proceeds to Dallas Police Association’s Assist the Officer Foundation, which provides immediate financial assistance to an officer’s family in the event of the death of an active officer.

The event is produced by Kirt Webster and Scott Adkins of Nashville-based Webster Public Relations in association with Concho Minick of Billy Bob’s Texas. Billy Bob’s Texas is donating the facility and providing staffing and marketing for the event. Advanced Aviation Team will provide private charter airfare to make it possible for artists to travel and participate in STARS BEHIND THE STARS.

STARS BEHIND THE STARS has partnered with Cumulus Dallas/Ft. Worth to be the official radio partner of the event. 99.5 The Wolf (KPLX-FM), 1310/96.7 FM The Ticket (KTCK-FM), 820 WBAP-AM, their other 4 stations will all participate in creating awareness for this event and the Assist the Officer Foundation.

T.G. Sheppard will serve as host and performer and the Texas Country Music Hall of Fame Band will provide their talent to back all of the artists. Texas Country Music Hall of Fame Band members include Mitchell Smithey, Wes Taylor, Charlie Shearer, Scott Moody, Curtis Randall, John Martinez, Angie McWhirter, Kyle Harris and Shawnda Rains.

Garth Brooks, Luke Bryan, Kenny Chesney & More Make Forbes List of Highest Paid Country Acts


Forbes released their annual list of the world’s highest-paid Country artists today (7/26), with Garth Brooks topping it at $70 million, followed by Kenny Chesney ($56 million), Luke Bryan ($53 million), Toby Keith ($47.5 million) and Jason Aldean ($36.5 million).

Also making the list is Keith Urban, Miranda Lambert, Brad Paisley, Dolly Parton, Blake Shelton and more. See the full list here.


Hall of Famer Bonnie Brown Passes Away

bonnie brown

Bonnie Brown Ring, one-third of one of Country Music’s most enduring family groups as a member of The Browns, passed away on July 16th at Baptist Hospital in Little Rock, Arkansas following complications from lung cancer. She was 77 years old.

Born July 31, 1938 in Sparkman, Arkansas, Brown became enamored with music at an early age – thanks to the exposure she had to it from watching her older siblings, Maxine and James Edward. The two performed together, earning a hit in 1954 with “Looking Back To See.” Upon her graduation from high school, Bonnie joined her siblings, expanding their duet into a trio.

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John Conlee’s “Walking Behind The Star” Pays Homage To Law Enforcement Officers #Pray4Dallas

John Conlee, Grand Ole Opry star and one of the most recognizable voices in country music, honors law enforcement officers around the country with his performance of “Walking Behind The Star”, recently performed on the #1 rated cable morning show Fox News’ FOX & Friends.

I wanted to do this song to show support to police officers who are just doing their jobs,” says Conlee. “With all the turmoil going on I think they are relieved that someone is paying attention the other way and giving them a pat on the back.”

Conlee’s poignant interpretation of “Walkin’ Behind the Star” has sparked comments from around the country:

Howard R. Sills, sheriff for Putnam County, GA — “For the last 41 years I have been a police officer and for the last 19 years I have been the Sheriff of my hometown community. Needless to say we in the law enforcement profession haven’t been thought of too highly in most of the national media of late. This media coverage has made me more than a little despondent. I was lamenting about all of this when I turned on the Opry show this past Saturday night. It was not too long after the show began before a wonderful breeze of fresh air swept across my veranda and from my old GE radio sitting up on the porch rail. That breeze was the moment I heard you announce to the audience and the world that the Opry wanted to take a moment to honor those who “walk behind the star” and you sang the song with the same title that I’d never heard before. It literally caused me to tear up and it lifted my spirits. I cannot express thanks enough to you, the Opry and WSM-AM for the recognition during your show.”

Mike Kelleher, chaplain from San Bernardino County Sheriff department — “With all the bad press our force is constantly receiving, I would like to thank Mr. Conlee for his uplifting song.”

James Bartels, police officer in Patriot, OH — As a policeman shot in the line of duty, I found John Conlee’s comments and his performance on the Grand Ole Opry very moving. I would like to thank him for understanding the terror law enforcement endure every day in the society we live in.

Derik Walker, K102 Country in Spokane/Sandpoint, ID — Just wanted you to pass along to John Conlee that his song, “Walkin’ Behind The Star” was the absolute perfect song to play this week for our fallen officer Greg Moore of the Coeur d’Alene, Idaho police department. I can’t tell you how many calls we got regarding the song and how much it meant to folks in the inland Northwest as they deal with this tragedy. Sargent Greg Moore served the people for 16 years, before he was gunned down in Post Falls, Idaho Monday night. Please extend our gratitude to John on behalf of the entire K102 Country family!

David Lyons, police chief in Savannah, GA — I am a police chief in the state of Georgia, the immediate past president of the Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police and a career police officer. I heard you sing the song, “Walkin’ Behind the Star” and wanted to tell you how much I appreciated you. With all that’s going on in the world right now along with the attacks on our police officers, it is good to hear some appreciative words. Thank you and God bless you.

Conlee’s newest release, “Bread and Water” has deep meaning to the veteran Opry legend. “The song was written by Vince Gill and Leslie Satcher and hit me right in the heart the first time I heard it. It is a story of redemption and a reminder that with God, all things are possible.”

The chorus of the song says:
Bread and water, man that’s all you need
Bread and water, brother just believe
If you ain’t too proud to get down on your knees
The bread and water’s free
Bread and water’s free

John continues the long-standing relationship between faith and the country music industry. “Out of concerns for today’s America it has affected the way I’m applying my musical energies. I believe in prayer and I feel like now more than ever is the time to be singing about it and hopefully inspiring others to do the same.”

To learn more about John Conlee and his latest project, Classics 2 or tour date specifics, visit

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