Friday, December 6, 2013

Blue Smoke with Dolly Parton during World Tour


Music Icon set for concerts in United States, New Zealand, Australia, and Europe

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (December 6, 2013) – Iconic singer, songwriter, musician, actress and philanthropist DOLLY PARTON will kick-off her ‘Blue Smoke World Tour’ starting in January 2014, making a few concert appearances in the United States before heading down under for shows in New Zealand and Australia, then onto the UK and mainland Europe.

“It’s always great to perform at home in the good ol’ USA.  We're kicking off our Blue Smoke World Tour right here at home.  I love traveling all over the world; but it’s true, there’s nothing like home,” says Dolly Parton.

After a widely successful tour of Australia in 2012, Parton will head down under for her first visit to New Zealand in over three decades as well as a return visit to Australia.  “Australia, here I come again.  We have a lot of new and exciting things for the show and can't wait to share it with you.  I love my fans in that part of the world.  You've been so very good to me for so many years, I’m really, really excited to be coming back to New Zealand again after 30 years or so.  And I know that we're gonna have a wonderful time.  It’s a long way from home in your part of the world, but I always feel like I'm right at home.  So Australia, New Zealand, I'm coming home.  Wait up!”

After returning home from Australia and New Zealand, there is no slowing down for Dolly.  In May, Dolly will, once again, hit a few more markets in America before heading across the pond for June concerts in Europe as well as a return to the O2 Arena in London, the venue where Dolly recorded and filmed An Evening With…Dolly (Dolly Records), her widely praised DVD/CD set that was certified GOLD by the RIAA.

“Every time I come to Europe I’m just as excited as I was my very first time, which was many, many years ago.  I love that part of the world and I especially love the fans,” adds Parton.  “We always have such a good time and I've put together a lot of things for this show that I think the fans will love.  We had not planned to come back so soon, but we got so much fan mail and such a great reaction that I thought ‘Well, why not.  If they're having a good time and we always do, let’s just do it’.”

In 2011, Dolly continued to receive accolades for what was her most successful European and Australian tour of her 45-plus year career—The Better Day Tour! During the 2011 tour, Dolly performed for record-breaking attendances in both Europe and Australia, surpassing her previous attendance records. In 2008, Dolly performed 17 European shows to over 170,000 fans, surpassing her then-best 2007 European tour, where she played 21 shows for over 140,000 people.  Each of these treks grossed in the tens of millions of dollars and established Dolly as Europe’s favorite and most successful country artist.

Tour dates and venues are below, for ticket and on-sale information please check with your local market.

US Dates
Jan 24th   Rancho Mirage, CA - Agua Caliente Casino
Jan 25th   Primm, NV - Star of the Desert Arena
Jan 26th   Reno, NV - Reno Events Center
Jan 28th   Phoenix, AZ - Comerica Theater

Feb 7th     New Zealand, Auckland - Vector Arena
Feb 8th     New Zealand, Auckland - Vector Arena **2nd Show
Feb 11th   Australia, Melbourne - Rod Laver Arena
Feb 11th   Australia, Melbourne - Rod Laver Arena **2nd Show
Feb 15th   Australia, NSW, Hunter Valley - Hope Estate
Feb 18th   Australia, Sydney - Entertainment Centre
Feb 21st   Australia, Brisbane - Entertainment Centre
Feb 22nd  Australia, Brisbane - Entertainment Centre **2nd Show
Feb 25th   Australia, Adelaide - Entertainment Centre
Feb 27th   Australia, Perth - Perth Arena

US Dates:
May 22nd Tulsa, OK - Hard Rock Casino
May 23rd  Tulsa, OK - Hard Rock Casino
May 25th  Cherokee, NC - Harrah’s Cherokee Casino
May 27th  Richmond, KY - EKU Center For The Arts
                  (St. Mark’s Evening Among Friends)
May 28th  Knoxville, TN - University of Tennessee
                  (Benefiting Dolly's Imagination Library)
May 30th  Thackerville, OK - Winstar Casino
May 31st  Thackerville, OK - Winstar Casino

UK & EUROPE Dates:
Jun 8th     England, Liverpool - Echo Arena
Jun 10th   Northern Ireland, Belfast - Odyssey Arena
Jun 11th   Ireland, Dublin - O2 Arena
Jun 12th   Ireland, Cork - Live At The Marquee
Jun 14th   England, Newcastle - Metro Radio Arena
Jun 15th   Scotland, Aberdeen - GE Arena
Jun 17th   Scotland, Glasgow - Hydro Arena
Jun 18th   Scotland, Glasgow - Hydro Arena
Jun 20th   England, Leeds - First Direct Arena
Jun 21st   England, Manchester - Phones 4U Arena
Jun 22nd  England, Birmingham - LG Arena
Jun 24th   Wales, Cardiff - Motorpoint Arena
Jun 25th   Wales, Cardiff - Motorpoint Arena
Jun 27th   England, London - O2 Arena
Jun 28th   England, London - O2 Arena
Jul 2nd     England, Nottingham - Capital FM Arena
Jul 5th      Germany, Cologne - LANXESS Arena
Jul 6th      Germany, Berlin - o2 World
Jul 8th      Denmark, Copenhagen - Forum
Jul 9th      Norway, Oslo - Spektrum
Jul 11th    Sweden, Stockholm - THE GLOBE

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013) – Grand Ole Opry member and country music super star Craig Morgan recently returned to the Opry stage to perform and celebrate his fifth year, and counting, as a member of country music’s most honored family.
Opry Vice President and General Manager Pete Fisher presented the Opry member with a commemorative print marking the five-year mark and said, “Opry members are the heart and soul of the Grand Ole Opry. They are the reason we have been around for 88 years and are the world’s longest running live radio show. During this Thanksgiving week, we thought it be appropriate to thank Craig Morgan for five incredible years as a member and you are going to be around for several decades more I think. We’ll be doing this a lot more so let’s thank Craig Morgan for five years.”
Upon accepting the print, Craig shared, “I wore them out when I first started as a singer. For me there’s no greater honor that can be bestowed on a country singer aside from being a member of this great foundation. I’m so proud and honored to be here tonight.”
Craig was inducted as an Opry member in October 2008 by Opry member, John Conlee.

ABOUT CRAIG MORGAN: One of country music’s best-loved artists, Craig Morgan has made a name for himself with massive radio airplay of his signature hits:  “Bonfire,” “Almost Home,” “Redneck Yacht Club,” “That’s What I Love About Sunday,” “International Harvester” and "This Ole Boy," the title track to his latest album. The project boasted a Top 5 album debut on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart. He's recently released his new album The Journey (Livin’ Hits), featuring the soulful single "Wake Up Lovin’ You," on Black River Entertainment. Craig received one of country music’s highest honors when he was inducted as a member of the Grand Ole Opry in 2008. Prior to becoming a country music and TV sensation, Craig Morgan spent over 10 years of active duty in the Army and an additional nine years in the Army Reserves.  He is an avid supporter of America’s military personnel and a recipient of the 2006 USO Merit Award. In addition to a prolific country music career, he hosts the award-winning show “Craig Morgan: All Access Outdoors," airing on Outdoor Channel.  

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©2013 Grand Ole Opry

Christmas 4 Kids Tour Bus Show

Christmas 4 Kids Tour Bus Show 

Ashton Shepherd, Beth Cayhall, Hannah Bethel, McKenzies Mill and Mitch Goudy will all be helping Christmas 4 Kids give the joy of Christmas to thousands of Middle Tennessee children through the Tour Bus Show on Monday, December 16th.
 The Christmas 4 Kids Bus Show/Artist Meet & Greet takes place Monday, December 16th, from 5 PM to 9 PM (weather permitting) at the Hendersonville, TN Wal-Mart (204 North Anderson Lane, Hendersonville, TN).
 “We are excited to be involved in this special project,” says PLA Media’s CEO and President Pam Lewis. “For a small donation, fans can see what the artists’ home-away-from-home is really like and meet with artists and get their autographs.”
Christmas 4 Kids has been assisting families throughout Middle Tennessee since 1992.  The organization hosts fundraisers each year to buy presents for households that cannot afford to provide the Christmas memories that we all cherish every year. Artists that have participated in the event throughout its history include Taylor Swift, Chris Young, Gretchen Wilson, Trace Adkins and Trisha Yearwood, just to name a few.  For more information about Christmas 4 Kids, visit and

Ashton Shepherd: With the rich southern vocals and traditional Alabama values, this Billboard chart-topping country artist is back in the spotlight with the release of her new album, This Is America. This is the first studio album in 2 years. With previous hits including Sounds So Good, Takin’ Off This Pain, Where Country Grows and her Top 10 hit Look It Up, this album portrays the same genuine country style that the audience expects when they think of Ashton Shepherd.

Beth Cayhall: This country singing sensation hit the country market with her debut single and music video, Boys Eat Your Hearts Out. This fun, catchy anthem for women received a great response from radio and industry, calling her a “young Shania Twain.” This effervescent gal is loaded with talent, ambition, and savvy style. She co-wrote all but two songs on her current album, Worth Fighting For, which was produced by Grammy-nominated Kent Wells (Dolly Parton).

Hannah Bethel: This edgy and vibrant songstress released her current single, “Medicine” to country radio, along with her official music video, off the recent album, The Freedom EP. The catchy lyrics and upbeat melody provide the single with a distinctive twist on country music. She got her big break after being a contestant on the hit Fox reality show “X Factor USA” in 2011. Since then, her talent has been noticed by many and has secured four songs on the debut album of Momentum Label Group’s Rachele Lynae, including Rachele’s current single Fishin’ For Something, which was written by Bethel and Lynae.

McKenzies Mill: This North Carolina reared and southern-fried rock n’ roll duo recently joined Brad Paisley, The All American Rejects and Far East Movement on the line up at the Bud Light Port Paradise Music Festival after taking the grand prize in a fan voted contest sponsored by Bud Light, Facebook and Sonicbids. This duo, who consist of brothers Justin and Ryan Harris, also entered a battle of the bands which secured them performances at the NFR Rodeo Finals in Vegas as well as a performance on the main stage at Country Jam in both WI and CO. Recently signed with William Morris Endeavor Entertainment, they are gearing up to release their debut single Kickin’ It in the New Year.

Mitch Goudy: This country newcomer is making his way into the hearts of country music fans with the release of his debut single Blow These Speakers Out, which is now at country radio. Hailing from the cornfields of southeast Iowa, Mitch grew up with a sense of pride about who he is and a strong notion of what he believes. He has been rocking stages large and small across the country, is a regular at saloons and clubs, and has even opened for top acts around the country including Joe Nichols and The Oak Ridge Boys.

About Christmas4Kids: Christmas 4 Kids (a division of Christmas For Kids, Inc.) is a 501(c)-3 Non-Profit Organization that was created in 1982, originally called Christmas Caravan. In 1992, we incorporated and changed our name to Christmas For Kids, Inc. For over twenty years, Christmas 4 Kids has given the joy of Christmas to thousands of Middle Tennessee children that might not otherwise experience it. Each December, local businesses, volunteers, celebrities, recording artists, and their bus drivers set aside two days from their busy schedules for these special children.”

SHERRY LYNN Christmas On My Mind

SHERRY LYNN Brings Seasonal Sparkle To
"Christmas On My Mind"

Single & New Video Available Now  
Nashville, TN (December 4, 2013) - Country songstress Sherry Lynn brings a special sparkle to her latest single/video, "Christmas On My Mind."  The up-tempo holiday offering (written by Nashville hitmakers Sandy Ramos and Carmen Logan) features everything that makes the season memorable:  family, friends, snow, icicles and Santa. 

The video was produced by Tom Frkovich (Kennedy Center, Amazon, United Way), directed by Nicole Agostino (Silver Linings Playbook) and filmed at several New Jersey locations.  Settings include the Almonesson Fire Hall in Deptford and Exley's Garden Center & Christmas Tree Farm in Sewell.  The garland-festooned log cabin seen throughout is the Franklinville home of Sherry's friends Donna and Joe Kennedy, who also portray a merry mother and father. 

"Christmas On My Mind" kicks off with Lynn's crystal clear Country vocal, a bouncy melody, tinkling sleigh bells, chimes and more.  It's a song Sherry has been searching years to find.  "I have always wanted to record a Christmas song," Sherry notes.  "And while I love the traditional classics, I wanted to find something new so I could make it my own.  When Sandy brought this tune to me I believed I had finally found the perfect fit.  It was a blast to record and my whole family really got into the holiday spirit during the shoot."

Fans can sample "Christmas On My Mind" HERE via Lynn's streaming music website, and follow her online at these social media sites:

Born in Woodberry, New Jersey and now splitting her time between Sewell, NJ and Nashville, TN, Sherry began her career in 2006 when she opened for Sammy Kershaw at Pitman, New Jersey's historic Broadway Theatre.  She has gone on to share the stage with Miranda Lambert, the Oak Ridge Boys, LeAnn Rimes, Gene Watson, John Rich and Chris Young.  Sherry performed The Star Spangled Banner before a crowd of 45,000 baseball fans at Citizen's Bank Park in Philadelphia and entertained at the 2013 CMA Music Festival in Nashville.  Most recently Lynn enjoyed a Top 40 Country hit duet with the legendary Crystal Gayle, "Beautiful Life."

Clay Walker and Friends Raise Over $12,000

Clay Walker and Friends Raise Over $12,000 at 2013 Chords of Hope MS Benefit Concert

Featured on The Better Show Today
  (Nashville, TN)-- Clay Walker, along with pals Craig Campbell and Greg Bates, raised more than $12,000 during the fourth annual Chords of Hope benefit concert held at Nashville’s Wildhorse Saloon on October 30th. The concert was hosted by Clay’s charity Band Against MS (BAMS) and all proceeds were donated to the MS Center at Vanderbilt University Medical Center to aid in MS research and awareness. 

The nationally syndicated & Hallmark Channel lifestyle television program, The Better Show featured a segment about the event including performance footage and interviews with the artists today. The segment can now be viewed here.

Band Against MS, Inc. is a 501 (c) (3), or not-for-profit, public charity committed to providing educational information for those living with Multiple Sclerosis, funding programs researching a cure for Multiple Sclerosis, and funding programs helping those living with the disease. Clay Walker established BAMS in February 2003 because he wanted to help others living with the same disease he has battled since 1996. To date BAMS,, has raised more than 2 million dollars.



Tickets On Sale Now! 

Additional special guests include singer/songwriters Jenn Bostic, Matthew Perryman Jones and Tyler Flowers

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Special guests slated to perform at the recently-announced “Sarah Darling and Friends Acoustic Christmas” concert on Friday, Dec. 13 at the Franklin Theatre will now include critically-acclaimed singer/songwriter Mindy Smith, whose new Christmas EP, Snowed In, is the latest addition to the half-million albums sold over her career. Also on the bill are up-and-coming artists Jenn Bostic, Matthew Perryman Jones and Tyler Flowers.

Tickets are on sale now! To purchase, click here

The concert, set in the picturesque setting of historic downtown Franklin, TN, celebrates Darling’s release of her debut Christmas EP, Have A Merry Little Christmas Darling, produced by Emmy-nominated Musical Director Steve Gibson (Grand Ole Opry, CMA Awards, CMA Country Christmas). The EP is now available on iTunes and her official website (

Have A Merry Little Christmas Darling “adds another dimension to Darling’s already diversified portfolio,” (Breathecast), and features well-known holiday classics including “The Christmas Song,” “Silent Night,” and “I’ll Be Home For Christmas." Her poignant rendition of the Joni Mitchell original, “River,” is the "pride of the EP, capturing the pallid brokenness of the song's tortured soul with Kodak perspicuity," writes Breathecast. Moreover, Gibson's complementary production showcases her “crisp, powerhouse voice,” (The New York Times).

WHO: Sarah Darling with special guests Mindy Smith, Jenn Bostic, Matthew Perryman Jones and Tyler Flowers

WHEN: Friday, Dec. 13 at 8 p.m. CST

WHERE: The Franklin Theatre, 419 Main Street, Franklin, TN 37064

TICKETS: $25 / $35 / $45. To purchase, click here:, or visit:


Upcoming Vegas Stop Includes Filming For Three-Part AXS Series

(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) Krystal Keith's Show Dog-Universal Music debut album Whiskey & Lace is poised for its Dec. 10 release. iTunes pre-orders are available now here:
but at least one fan will be excused from purchasing the collection.

Krystal gave away a copy of the album on her cooking blog, The Barnyard Bistro (
Fans were encouraged to send in a photo and recipe of their favorite Thanksgiving dish. Keith personally selected the winning recipe of Sweet Potatoes with Bacon.

Fans can also get an advance listen to the album before Dec. 10 on, where
Whiskey & Lace is being exclusively streamed now.  To listen go to:  

Back to work after the holiday, Krystal will be the subject of a fly-on-the-wall three-part series being filmed by AXS-TV's Your Country, the television
network for entertainment and other cutting-edge
trends, during her upcoming stop in Las Vegas. Keith will perform Dec. 12 at Revolver Nightclub in the Santa Fe Station Casino, in addition to sitting down with the AXS crew during her downtime.  
Keith is getting accustomed to the attention that's come with her debut album.

Yahoo! Voices recently noted, "Krystal has talent, a lot of it, and she is going to reach heights of fame that even her father could not imagine." The comment references her famous dad Toby Keith, who co-produced Whiskey & Lace with top Nashville producer Mark Wright.

Regarding the single, Taste Of Country made it a Critic's Pick and said, "It's an understated, organic performance that allows Keith to introduce her own unique personality. There's something deliciously rebellious about the chorus." Krystal co-wrote the song with noted producer Nathan Chapman (Keith Urban, Lady Antebellum).

Also featured on Whiskey & Lace is "Daddy Dance With Me," a viral video smash Krystal wrote as a surprise for her father. The two danced to the song at her wedding.

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