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“PLAYIN’ POSSUM! THE FINAL NO SHOW”

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“PLAYIN’ POSSUM! THE FINAL NO SHOW” HAS ADDED BRAD PAISLEY, MARTINA McBRIDE, LORETTA LYNN, RONNIE MILSAP, BIG & RICH, LEE ANN WOMACK, CRAIG MORGAN, THOMPSON SQUARE, BILL ANDERSON AND MEGADETH AS PERFORMERS ON FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 22, 2013 AT NASHVILLE’S BRIDGESTONE ARENA

GJ_PlayinPossum_RGB_medNashville, Tenn. (October 8, 2013) – Today, Nancy Jones revealed additional talent for what would have been George Jones’ final concert appearance in Nashville, Tennessee, on November 22, 2013 but is now a tribute to the country music legend.  In addition, “Playin’ Possum! The Final NO Show” has been dubbed the official name of the event.

“The evening of George Jones songs is going to be the best musical tribute Nashville has ever seen,” says Nancy Jones.  “We have many surprises planned, and I just wish George could be here to see what we are doing for him.”

The SOLD OUT tribute concert will feature performances by Brad Paisley, Martina McBride, Big & Rich, Loretta Lynn, Lee Ann Womack, Craig Morgan, Thompson Square, Ronnie Milsap, Bill Anderson and rockers Megadeth. Previously announced performers include Kid Rock, George Strait, Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert, Eric Church, Alan Jackson, Dierks Bentley, Reba McEntire, Alabama, Travis Tritt, Tanya Tucker, Josh Turner, The Oak Ridge Boys, Charlie Daniels, Jamey Johnson, Montgomery Gentry, Sam Moore, and others.

“George Jones had a way of putting his finger right into your wounds and letting you know, ‘I understand. I know your pain.’ While ‘Wild Irish Rose,’ may be an unexpected choice with so many great songs to choose from, it is a perfect example of Mr. Jones way of reaching inside every one of us, and making us aware that we all have pain. By far the most pain a man can endure, sadly as so many of our Vietnam Vets know, is to come home and find no one wants him. In the end, as so many do, they end their days inside of a bottle, as “Rose” knows too well,” says Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine.

George Jones, often referred to as the “the greatest living country singer” was on his farewell tour titled “The Grand Tour,” when he passed away. The icon’s hits, “I Don’t Need Your Rockin’ Chair”, “Who’s Gonna Fill Their Shoes”, “White Lightning” and “He Stopped Loving Her Today” will surely become standards for honky-tonk cover bands for years to come.

About George Jones
George Jones was the #2 best-charting country artist of all time, with a staggering list of hit singles since the ‘50s.  The Beaumont, Texas native also has 143 Top 40 hits to his name, has received two Grammy Awards, was a 2008 Kennedy Center Honor recipient, is a Country Music Hall of Fame member, was presented with a GRAMMY® Lifetime Achievement Award in 2012 and holds a National Medal of Arts medallion.

For more information on George Jones, please visit www.georgejones.com

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The 19th Annual ICM Faith, Family & Country™ Awards will Reach Potential Audience of 1.6 Billion Worldwide

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The 19th Annual ICM Faith, Family & Country™ Awards will Reach Potential Audience of 1.6 Billion Worldwide — Airing on NRB, TCT, GEB, TLN & The Worship Network

Portion of Proceeds to Benefit Operation Troop Aid

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NASHVILLE, Tenn (October 3, 2013) – The 19th Annual ICM Faith, Family & Country™ Awards is excited to announce that this year’s ceremony will reach its largest audience to date. The ICM Faith, Family & Country™ Awards, to be held on Oct. 24 at The Fellowship at Two Rivers, will be aired on The TCT Network, GEB America, National Religious Broadcasters (NRB), The Worship Network and Total Living Network (TLN), reaching a record-breaking potential audience of 1.6 billion around the world. The 2013 ICM Faith, Family and Country Convention and Awardsare also pleased to announce Operation Troop Aid as this year’s charity of choice. OTA’s mission is to make a positive difference and inspire deployed U.S. service members by letting them know America stands with them. For more information on OTA, please visit operationtroopaid.org. For more information on the ICM Faith, Family and Country Convention and Awards or to buy tickets, visit www.faithfamilycountry.com.

“As a 10-year military veteran, I am always eager to support my brothers and sisters in arms,” said Jason Higgins, executive director of the Inspirational Country Music Association. “I have known Mark Woods and Operation Troop Aid for many years now and love the work they do to support our troops overseas. Operation Troop Aid (OTA) is the real deal and I have seen their work first-hand. I am honored to be supporting OTA.”

The ICM Faith, Family & Country™ Awards will also be signing individual station affiliate agreements as the show nears. The following have already signed on to carry the show:

WVUP 45 CTN – Tallahassee, FL
KFXB TV43.1 – Dubuque, IA
WLFT 30.1/ Cox 17 – Baton Rouge, LA
Lifestyle TV – CTN Family Television in Largo, FL

The 2013 ICM Faith, Family and Country Convention and Awards will take place at Two Rivers at Opryland in Music City on Oct 20-24. The 2013 ICM Faith, Family week includes the annual ICM Faith, Family and Country Talent Show, The Power Source #1 Party and Media Appreciation Luncheon, the annual membership breakfast, seminars, incredible live music and much more.The Inn at Opryland will serve as this year’s host hotel and is centrally located to great food, shopping and downtown Nashville. Every year, this week draws music fans, media and the industry’s top artists to Nashville where they showcase music and discuss industry related issues. The Annual ICM Faith, Family & Country™ Awards Week is dedicated to honoring and showcasing the biggest names and emerging talent among artists who perform Inspirational and Christian Country music which is inspired by Faith, Family, and Country™.

Like us on Facebook at: facebook.com/faithfamilycountry or follow us on Twitter at: twitter.com/ICMAwards for the most up-to-date information.

About Operation Troop Aid
We salute and support all our Armed Forces! The mission of Operation Troop Aid (OTA) is to provide care packages for U.S. Service members with the revenue generated through professional concert promotions and public financial generosity. OTA is a non-profit 501 (c) (3) corporation striving to make a positive difference and inspire our Armed Forces by letting them know Americans stand with them. For more info visit operationtroopaid.org

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Inside Edition’s Megan Alexander Returns to Host 2013 Inspirational Country Music Awards

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Inside Edition’s Megan Alexander Returns to Host 2013 Inspirational Country Music Awards

Performers Include Reigning ICM Entertainer Chuck Day, Guy Penrod with Special Guest Sarah Darling and Mary James & Jamie O’Neal

Megan_Alexander_pub_medNASHVILLE, Tenn (September 9, 2013) – National television correspondent Megan Alexander returns to Nashville on Oct. 24, 2013, to host the 19th annual Inspirational Country Music Awards. Taking place at The Fellowship at Two Rivers (2800 McGavock Pike Nashville, TN 37214), the Awards will feature performances by reigning ICM Entertainer Chuck Day, former lead singer of the Gaither Vocal Band Guy Penrod with special guest Sarah Darling, with additional presenter and performer announcements coming soon. This year’s ICM Award finalists feature country music superstars, Bluegrass favorites and Inspirational Country music staples alike, including Dolly Parton, Carrie Underwood, Vince Gill, Darius Rucker, Chuck Day, Alan Jackson, The Roys and more.For more information on the ICM Faith, Family and Country Convention and Awards or to buy tickets, visit www.faithfamilycountry.com.

The 2013 ICM Faith, Family and Country Convention and Awards will take place at Two Rivers at Opryland in Music City on Oct 20-24. The 2013 ICM Faith, Family week includes the annual ICM Faith, Family and Country Talent Show, The Power Source #1 Party and Media Appreciation Luncheon, the annual membership breakfast, seminars, incredible live music and much more.The Inn at Opryland will serve as this year’s host hotel and is centrally located to great food, shopping and downtown Nashville.Every year, this week draws music fans, media and the industry’s top artists to Nashville where they showcase music and discuss industry related issues. The Annual ICM Faith, Family & Country™ Awards Week is dedicated to honoring and showcasing the biggest names and emerging talent among artists who perform Inspirational and Christian Country music which is inspired by Faith, Family, and Country ™.

Like us on Facebook at: facebook.com/faithfamilycountry or follow us on Twitter at: twitter.com/ICMAwards for the most up-to-date information.

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Brian Wright Garners Early Praise With New Album Rattle Their Chains, Available Now on Sugar Hill Records

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Nashville, Tenn. (Sept. 11, 2013) – While singer-songwriter/roots rocker Brian Wright certainly created an impressive stir and left a memorable impression with his first label release, House on Fire (2011), it’s his second album, Rattle Their Chains, that has cemented Wright as a talent on the road to earning legendary status: “Brian Wright is yet another in a long line of sharp, impressive Texas songwriters, a line that reaches back through Guy Clark, Townes Van Zandt, Joe Ely, Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Steve Earle…Buddy Holly and beyond, and his songs stand up with any out there…” (All Music).
The Waco, Tex., native and new Nashville resident unveiled Rattle Their Chains, a diverse new collection of plaintive ballads and rootsy rockers on Sugar Hill Records, yesterday, Sept. 10. For the creation of Rattle Their Chains, Wright retreated to coastal Oregon to find inspiration and pen new songs after scrapping the initial recordings of the project. He sought the spontaneity of live show, a roots-rock hoot to smolder and sting, and he got it.
Here’s just a sampling of some of the early praise Rattle Their Chains has received from the press:
“He’s a careful and exact lyricist, knows his way around a melody, and has an unerring pop sense as well as deft sense of arrangement. Wright’s songs are the stars, and they’re good ones, full of sharp turns of phrase, memorable situations and characters, and they’re tightly written gems.”
– All Music
“Songs are important to him, as is evident in the craft and care that went into Rattle Their Chains. If work is a good place to hide, perhaps good work is a better place to hide, and if that’s the case then Rattle Their Chains should be an ideal hiding spot.”
– The Tennessean
“…A deliberately loose delight, songs that worm their way into your subconscious and won’t let go. Even the more subdued numbers, such as the strangely affecting “Weird Winter” are staggering in their richly evocative imagery. Outside of Peter Case I don’t know anyone writing songs — personal and universal, disparate and familiar — this multi-leveled.”
– Rapid River Magazine
“…Louder and broader than anything he’s done before.”
– American Songwriter
Let me tell you, there aren’t many people that can turn a phrase like this. It’ll tickle your ears and stab your heart all at once. And when he’s not being clever, he’s being honest.”
– The Ruckus
In support of the new album, Wright will hit the road this fall on tours with both singer-songwriter Sarah Jarosz and indie rock band Carbon Leaf. But before kicking things off with a hometown show in Nashville on Sept. 29, he will perform at the prestigious 2013 Americana Festival in Nashville on Sept. 17. Joining Carbon Leaf on October 10 in Kansas City, Wright will play markets including Denver, Portland and Seattle before joining Jarosz once more for a stretch of nine dates. Beginning in Wilmington, DE, on Oct. 22, the Jarosz/Wright bill will visit cities such as New Orleans, Atlanta and Charleston, SC, before wrapping on Nov. 23. For a complete list of tour dates, please visit www.brianwrightmusic.com.
Brian Wright Fall 2013 Tour: 
19-Sep – Americana Festival            Nashville, TN – The Basement
29-Sep – w/ Sarah Jarosz                 Nashville, TN – 3rd & Lindsley
10-Oct – w/ Carbon Leaf                    Overland Park, KS – Kanza Hall
11-Oct – w/ Carbon Leaf                  Denver, CO – Bluebird
12-Oct – w/ Carbon Leaf                   Monument, CO – Pikes Peak
14-Oct – w/ Carbon Leaf                   Salt Lake City, UT – Urban Lounge
16-Oct – w/ Carbon Leaf                   Spokane, WA – Knitting Factory
17-Oct – w/ Carbon Leaf                   Seattle, WA – Crocodile
18-Oct – w/ Carbon Leaf                   Seattle, WA – Triple Door
19-Oc – w/ Carbon Leaf                   Portland, OR – Doug Fir
22-Oct – w/ Sarah Jarosz                  Wilmington, DE – Baby Grand
23-Oct – w/ Sarah Jarosz                  Fall River, MA – Narrows Center/Arts
13-Nov – w/ Sarah Jarosz                  New Orleans, LA – House of Blues
14-Nov- w/ Sarah Jarosz                  Jackson, MS – Duling Hall
17-Nov- w/ Sarah Jarosz                  Birmingham, AL – Work Play Theater
19-Nov- w/ Sarah Jarosz                  Asheville, NC – Grey Eagle
21-Nov- w/ Sarah Jarosz                  Atlanta, GA – Eddie’s Attic
22-Nov- w/ Sarah Jarosz                  Charleston, SC – Charleston Music Hall
23-Nov- w/ Sarah Jarosz                  Saxahapaw, NC – Haw River Ballroom

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Johnny Cash US Postage Stamp Launch at Ryman Auditorium June 5

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Johnny Cash US Postage Stamp Launch at Ryman Auditorium June 5, 10:30 – noon

JohnnyCash-Forever-single-BGv1NASHVILLE, TN (May 23, 2013) — On behalf of the U.S. Postal Service and Cash family, please save the date for the unveiling of the U.S. Postal Service’s Johnny Cash stamp on Wednesday, June 5, 2013 at the Ryman Auditorium (116 Fifth Avenue, Nashville, TN).
Starting at 10:30 a.m., a special ceremony will recognize the Man in Black’s contributions to music and pop culture, followed by a series of appearances from a few of Johnny Cash’s closest friends and family including John Carter Cash, Carlene Carter, and other guests to be announced.  Admission to the event is free and open to the public.

Johnny Cash is memorialized in a limited-edition Forever stamp, issued by the U.S. Postal Service on June 5, 2013.  Designed by Neal Ashby, a three-time Grammy nominee for Best Recording Packaging, and art director Greg Breeding, the Johnny Cash stamp features a photograph captured by Frank Bez during the photo session for Ring of Fire: The Best of Johnny Cash (1963).  The stamp is part of U.S. Postal Service’s Music Icon Series, which also includes stamps honoring Lydia Mendoza (available now) and Ray Charles (to be released in September).   The stamps are available for purchase  at the Ryman Auditorium on June 5 from 9 a.m. until noon, at the CMA Festival Fan Fair X at LP Field June 6-9, local post offices and online at usps.com/stamps.

For more information about the Johnny Cash stamp visitwww.usps.com/stampswww.facebook.com/uspsstamps or beyondtheperf.com.

More details to follow.

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LORIANNE CROOK & CHARLIE CHASE, RALPH EMERY, BILL CODY, LARRY BLACK, RICK MARINO & LISA MANNING, BILL MACK, AND KEITH BILBREY SET FOR EMCEE DUTIES IN CELEBRATION OF GEORGE JONES’ FINAL NASHVILLE CONCERT NOVEMBER 22, 2013, AT BRIDGESTONE ARENA

LORIANNE CROOK & CHARLIE CHASE, RALPH EMERY, BILL CODY, LARRY BLACK, RICK MARINO & LISA MANNING, BILL MACK, AND KEITH BILBREY SET FOR EMCEE DUTIES IN CELEBRATION OF GEORGE JONES’ FINAL NASHVILLE CONCERT NOVEMBER 22, 2013, AT BRIDGESTONE ARENA

BARBARA MANDRELL TO MAKE RARE APPEARANCE AT CELEBRATION

650AM WSM & 95.5 WSM NAMED ‘OFFICIAL’ STATIONS OF GEORGE JONES FINAL NASHVILLE CONCERT

Nashville, TN (March 15, 2013) – The George Jones final Nashville concert, to be held on Friday, November 22, 2013, at the Bridgestone Arena, continues to boast a roster of ‘who’s who’ that will be in attendance.  Radio and television personalities Lorianne Crook & Charlie Chase, Ralph Emery, Bill Cody, Larry Black, Rick Marino & Lisa Manning, Bill Mack, and Keith Bilbrey are all set to take part in the evening ceremonies.

“Throughout my career I have made lots of friends,” says Jones.  “I would not have had a career that lasted 50 years without all of these great radio personalities.  They always were so good to me and always made me feel like I was somebody whether I had a song on the radio or not.  I am forever grateful to them.”

In addition, country legend Barbara Mandrell will make a rare appearance to celebrate George Jones’ career. “I love Barbara!  She asked me to sing on her song “I Was Country When Country Wasn’t Cool” in 1981 and that song soon became a #1 record for us.  I was honored to be part of her Country Music Hall of Fame induction ceremony a few years ago, as she is just one of the greatest singers of all time,” adds Jones.   “She is not just a good singer, but she is my good friend.  I am so happy that Barbara is coming to the Nashville show.”

Although still 8 months away, the sure-to-be unforgettable show is already gearing up to be a star-studded event with some historical moments and lots of surprises.   More artists will continue to be announced.

George Jones, often referred to as the “the greatest living country singer” will mark the end of an era with 2013’s farewell tour titled “The Grand Tour”. The tour is expected to make approximately 60 stops this year. “I Don’t Need Your Rockin’ Chair”, “Who’s Gonna Fill Their Shoes”, “White Lightning” and “He Stopped Loving Her Today” will surely be part of each night’s set list, along with plenty of guests and surprises.

George Jones on Tour
03/15 – Joliet, IL – Rialto Square Theater
03/16 – Muncie, IN – Emens Auditorium
03/22 – Chattanooga, TN – Memorial Auditorium
03/23 – Evansville, IN – The Centre
04/06 – Knoxville, TN – Knoxville Coliseum
04/19 – Atlanta, GA – Fox Theater
04/20 – Salem, VA – Salem Civic Center
04/27 – Huntsville, AL – Mark C. Smith Concert Hall
05/17 – Charlottesville, VA – John Paul Jones Arena
05/18 – Spartanburg, SC – Memorial Auditorium
06/01 – North Tonawanda, NY – Riviera Theater
06/02 – Lancaster, PA – American Music Theater
06/14 – Midland, TX  – Wagner Noel Performing Arts Center
06/15 – Albuquerque, NM – Route 66 Casino
06/28 – Rome, GA – The Forum
06/29 – Columbus, GA – Civic Center
07/26 – Pittsburgh, PA – Palace Theater
07/27 – Cherokee, NC – Harrah’s Casino
08/02 – Columbus, OH – Ohio State Fair
08/03 – Watertown, NY – Watertown Fairgrounds Arena
08/22 – Penn Forest Township, PA – Penns Peak
08/23 – Myrtle Beach, SC – Alabama Theater
09/13 – Biloxi, MS – IP Casino
09/14 – Marksville, LA – Paragon Casino
09/27 – Prior Lake, MN – Mystic Lake Casino
09/28 – Milwaukee, WI – Potawatomi Casino
10/11 – Branson, MO – The Oak Ridge Boys Theatre
10/25 – Mt. Pleasant, MI – Soaring Eagle Casino
10/26 – Bowling Green, KY – SKY Performing Arts Center
11/09 – Grant, OK – Choctaw Event Center
11/10 – Branson, MO – The Oak Ridge Boys Theatre
11/22 – Nashville, TN – Bridgestone Arena

About George Jones
George Jones is the #2 best-charting country artist of all time, with a staggering list of hit singles since the ‘50s.  The Beaumont, Texas, native also has 143 Top 40 hits to his name, has received two Grammy Awards, was a 2008 Kennedy Center Honor recipient, is a Country Music Hall of Fame member, was presented with a GRAMMY® Lifetime Achievement Award in 2012 and holds a National Medal of Arts.  At 81, Jones continues to be an active country music superstar who has influenced so many of today’s hottest country artists.

For more information on George Jones, please visit www.georgejones.com

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CYNDI LAUPER, DON McLEAN, BILLY RAY CYRUS AND MORE JOIN GEORGE JONES FOR HIS FINAL NASHVILLE CONCERT

CYNDI LAUPER, DON McLEAN, BILLY RAY CYRUS AND MORE JOIN GEORGE JONES FOR HIS FINAL NASHVILLE CONCERT

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 22, 2013 AT NASHVILLE’S BRIDGESTONE ARENA

Nashville, TN (March 12, 2013) – Cyndi Lauper, Don McLean, Billy Ray Cyrus are the latest to be added to George Jones’ final Nashville concert taking place at the Bridgestone Arena on Friday, November 22, 2013.

Commenting on the added performers George Jones says, “Now, people may not know this, but I have been a fan of Cyndi’s since I first saw her years ago at the Grammy awards, what a thrill it was to hear she will be part of this final celebration.  Don McLean and I first met in the ‘70s, here in Nashville, and I love his singing, his songwriting, and I know his performance will be just as special as when I first saw him sing. Billy Ray is an old friend and someone I have spent many times together, bless his heart for wanting to be with me on this show.  I love and respect all these singers.”

Previously announced guest performers include Garth Brooks, Kid Rock, Kenny Rogers, Randy Travis, Alan Jackson, Dierks Bentley, T. Graham Brown, Mark Chesnutt, Charlie Daniels, Joe Diffie, Jamey Johnson, Tracy Lawrence, Patty Loveless, Shelby Lynne, Kathy Mattea, Montgomery Gentry, Sam Moore, Lorrie Morgan, The Oak Ridge Boys, Pam Tillis, Randy Travis, Tanya Tucker, Josh Turner and Gene Watson.

In addition, Clay Walker, Aaron Tippin, Collin Raye, Larry Gatlin, Crystal Gayle, The Kentucky HeadHunters, Jett Williams, Jeanne Pruett, Lisa Matassa, The Whites, Ricky Skaggs, Mandy Barnett, Mark Collie, Ronnie McDowell, Baillie & the Boys, and Daryle Singletary will join previously announced Brenda Lee, John Conlee, Lee Greenwood, Eddy Raven, The Roys, Janie Fricke, T.G. Sheppard, Dailey & Vincent, Gary Morris, Jessi Colter, Bobby Bare, Jim Ed Brown, Little Jimmy Dickens, Stonewall Jackson and more will all take the stage during the finale performance.

More stars are expected to be announced as performers gear up to pay tribute to one of the world’s most accomplished recording artists.

George Jones, often referred to as the “the greatest living country singer” will mark the end of an era with 2013’s farewell tour titled “The Grand Tour”. The tour is expected to make approximately 44 stops this year. The  icon’s hits, “I Don’t Need Your Rockin’ Chair”, “Who’s Gonna Fill Their Shoes”, “White Lightning” and “He Stopped Loving Her Today” will surely be part of each night’s set list, along with plenty of guests and surprises.

About George Jones
George Jones is the #2 best-charting country artist of all time, with a staggering list of hit singles since the ‘50s.  The Beaumont, Texas native also has 143 Top 40 hits to his name, has received two Grammy Awards, was a 2008 Kennedy Center Honor recipient, is a Country Music Hall of Fame member, was presented with a GRAMMY® Lifetime Achievement Award in 2012 and holds a National Medal of Arts medallion.

For more information on George Jones, please visit www.georgejones.com

JASON ALDEAN AND LEE GREENWOOD SURPRISE GUESTS AT CHARLIE DANIELS’ SCHOLARSHIP FOR HEROES CONCERT AT LIPSCOMB UNIVERSITY

JASON ALDEAN AND LEE GREENWOOD SURPRISE GUESTS AT CHARLIE DANIELS’ SCHOLARSHIP FOR HEROES CONCERT AT LIPSCOMB UNIVERSITY

IOSTUDIO EVENT FEATURED CHARLIE DANIELS, RETURNING PERFORMERS CHRIS YOUNG AND THE GRASCALS, AS WELL AS KENI THOMAS AND BLEACH TO SUPPORT LIPSCOMB’S YELLOW RIBBON PROGRAM

Nashville, TN (March 6, 2013) – The legendary Charlie Daniels was surprised while hosting a special free concert last night to support Lipscomb University’s Yellow Ribbon Enhancement Program as part of the Charlie Daniels’ Scholarship for Heroes event.  Fellow patriots and country stars, the multi-platinum, multi-award winning chart-topper Jason Aldean and the GRAMMY® award-winning Lee Greenwood walked unannounced onto the stage to offer their support for our military.  The concert also featured return performances by Chris Young and The Grascals, as well as Keni Thomas, Bleach and Lynyrd Skynyrd guitarist Sparky Matejka, and included a presentation with Mary Byers, President of Gold Star Mothers, Inc., an organization of mothers who have lost sons or daughters while in service of their country.
“The motto for the USO is ‘until they all come home.’ Last night’s event at Lipscomb addressed the fact that many did not come home,” explained Greenwood.  “I’m proud to have been a part of this event and congratulate my friend Charlie Daniels for being a leader in our Nashville community.”

Daniels, a staunch supporter of the military, was pleased with the event and the support by the community.  Corporate sponsors and donors included iostudio, Humana, Waltrip Brothers’ Charity Championship, Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Twice Daily, Bridgestone, Chase, Operation Homefront, Clear Channel, Dollywood, Shofner Vision Center, Trauger & Tuke, Glover Group Entertainment, SunTrust and DSI.

“We have so many heroes whose needs fly below our radar,” said Daniels. “This shouldn’t be happening and this event is helping to make sure it doesn’t.”

For more information on Lipscomb University’s Yellow Ribbon Enhancement Program, call 615-966-5176 or visit lipscomb.edu/campuslife/veterans.

ABOUT THE FEDERAL YELLOW RIBBON PROGRAM:
In 2009, the Post-9/11 GI Bill was established as an education benefit program for individuals who served on active duty after Sept. 11, 2001. It is administered by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Based on a veteran’s length of service, he or she may be eligible to receive the cost of tuition and fees, not to exceed the most expensive in-state institution of higher education.

ABOUT LIPSCOMB UNIVERSITY’S YELLOW RIBBON ENHANCEMENT PROGRAM:
For veterans who qualify for 100 percent of the Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits, Lipscomb University has committed to allocate the necessary funds to allow them to earn a tuition-free undergraduate degree through the Yellow Ribbon Enhancement Program. The university also offers qualifying student veterans a variety of graduate degrees tuition-free or at a greatly reduced tuition rate. Lipscomb University officials believe strongly in helping open doors for student veterans through the Yellow Ribbon Program. Since its inception in fall 2009, Lipscomb’s Yellow Ribbon Program has grown from 20 original participants to more than 150 veterans enrolled this spring. Students have performed well academically with 71 percent of currently enrolled student veterans maintaining a minimum 3.0 GPA, with 13 percent of those maintaining a perfect 4.0 GPA.  “Our veterans know that freedom isn’t free, but we think their education should be. At Lipscomb we have a very unique opportunity to help open doors for our veterans through higher education,” said Jim Humphrey, Assistant Dean of Campus Life and Director of Veterans Services at Lipscomb.

For more information about Lipscomb University’s Yellow Ribbon Enhancement Program, call 615-966-5176 or visit veterans.lipscomb.edu.

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ALAN JACKSON, TRAVIS TRITT, PAM TILLIS, PATTY LOVELESS, TRACY LAWRENCE, KATHY MATTEA, JOE DIFFIE, MARK CHESNUTT, T. GRAHAM BROWN, AND MORE JOIN GEORGE JONES FOR HIS FINAL NASHVILLE CONCERT

ALAN JACKSON, TRAVIS TRITT, PAM TILLIS, PATTY LOVELESS, TRACY LAWRENCE, KATHY MATTEA, JOE DIFFIE, MARK CHESNUTT, T. GRAHAM BROWN, AND MORE JOIN GEORGE JONES FOR HIS FINAL NASHVILLE CONCERT

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 22, 2013
AT NASHVILLE’S BRIDGESTONE ARENA

Celeb Q&A George JonesNashville, TN (March 7, 2013) – With the SOLD OUT final concert already hosting top names in all genres of music including Garth Brooks, Kid Rock, Kenny Rogers, and Randy Travis among others, George Jones is excited to announce his dear friends and fellow Grand Ole Opry members Alan Jackson, Travis Tritt and other performers from his hit song “I Don’t Need Your Rockin’ Chair” will join him onstage.  Pam Tillis, Kathy Mattea, Tracy Lawrence, Patty Loveless, Joe Diffie, Mark Chesnutt, and T. Graham Brown latest additions to concert lineup.  The event, which will soon be dubbed the Country Music Event of the Year, has already announced Dierks Bentley, Charlie Daniels, Jamey Johnson, Montgomery Gentry, Shelby Lynne, Sam Moore, Lorrie Morgan, The Oak Ridge Boys, Randy Travis, Tanya Tucker, Josh Turner and Gene Watson as participating in the evening of music.

In addition, Brenda Lee, John Conlee, Lee Greenwood, Eddy Raven, The Roys, Janie Fricke, T.G. Sheppard, Dailey & Vincent, Gary Morris, Jessi Colter, Bobby Bare, Jim Ed Brown, Little Jimmy Dickens, Stonewall Jackson and more will all take the stage during the finale performance.

More stars are expected to be announced as performers gear up to pay tribute to one of the world’s most accomplished recording artists.

“Alan and Denise Jackson have been friends of Nancy and I for years, so this show wouldn’t be the same without him,” says George Jones.  “I am also so grateful that my dear friend Garth Brooks is going to be on stage with me.  I am not sure who will be crying more, me or him.”

George Jones, often referred to as the “the greatest living country singer” will mark the end of an era with 2013’s farewell tour titled “The Grand Tour”. The tour is expected to make approximately 44 stops this year. The  icon’s hits, “I Don’t Need Your Rockin’ Chair”, “Who’s Gonna Fill Their Shoes”, “White Lightning” and “He Stopped Loving Her Today” will surely be part of each night’s set list, along with plenty of guests and surprises.

About George Jones
George Jones is the #2 best-charting country artist of all time, with a staggering list of hit singles since the ‘50s.  The Beaumont, Texas native also has 143 Top 40 hits to his name, has received two Grammy Awards, was a 2008 Kennedy Center Honor recipient, is a Country Music Hall of Fame member, was presented with a GRAMMY® Lifetime Achievement Award in 2012 and holds a National Medal of Arts medallion.

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