Archive | May 9, 2014

Country Music Star Dierks Bentley And Ole Smoky® Tennessee Moonshine® Align For Brand Partnership

Dierks BentleyMulti-Platinum singer/songwriter Dierks Bentley and OLE SMOKY® TENNESSEE MOONSHINE® announced today that they will join forces in a multi-year partnership across tour, media and digital platforms.  First up, for Bentley’s RISER TOUR, which kicks off tonight in Charlotte, NC, the moonshine maker will provide a tailgate party for fans in a throwback 1920’s style saloon with a modern country vibe featuring signature OLE SMOKY® drinks, music and specialty merchandise at participating venues.

“When I first moved to Nashville, I lived down at the Station Inn and really dove head first into the bluegrass community…I used to beg my way into pickin parties with those guys because I was eaten up with that sound and that lifestyle.  And when you surround yourself with banjos and fiddles, there’s bound to be some shine there too,” said Bentley.  “All of that influenced who I am and the music I make today.  Ole Smoky is a great partner for me and my fans out on the RISER tour this year…they’re going to help us get the party started early out in the parking lot and set the tone for a rowdy night.”


“We are thrilled to be launching our partnership with Dierks Bentley as he starts the RISER tour,” said Joe Baker, founder of Ole Smoky Moonshine. “Just like Ole Smoky, the tour is about bringing people together who love country music and having fun. We can’t wait to see the fans dancing, laughing and sharing their stories over our moonshine.”


Seven albums into one of country music’s most-respected and most-unpredictable careers, award-winning singer/songwriter Dierks Bentley continues to grow. His latest evolution comes in the form of his critically acclaimed and No. one selling album RISER. Throughout his career, Bentley has mixed elements of modern country, classic country, bluegrass and rock, maintaining an unmistakable identity while constantly reinventing his sound. His six previous studio albums have sold more than five million copies, notched 11 chart-topping singles and earned 11 GRAMMY nominations, countless CMA, ACM and CMT nominations and membership at the Grand Ole Opry. Bentley’s headlining 2014 RISER TOUR with special guests Chris Young, Chase Rice and Jon Pardi continues through the summer. For more information and for a full list of upcoming tour dates, visit

About Ole Smoky®Tennessee Moonshine®
Currently, Ole Smoky Tennessee Moonshine nationally retails ten flavors of moonshine made using authentic East Tennessee recipes, jarred and shipped directly from the company’s famed Gatlinburg distillery. The Ole Smoky Moonshine™ distillery, known as The Holler™, is America’s most visited distillery and produces the brand’s signature flavors.   Original Moonshine, White Lightnin’™, Moonshine Cherries™, Peach Moonshine, Apple Pie Moonshine™, Blackberry Moonshine, Strawberry Moonshine, Lemon Drop Moonshine™ and Charred Moonshine™ are available selectively in 49 states and Canada. Pineapple Moonshine is available in Tennessee, California and Hawaii only.  Ole Smoky Tennessee Moonshine can be found at local retailers and is sampled and sold at some of the biggest music and sporting events in the country.  True to its roots, each Ole Smoky Moonshine flavor is born from the hand-crafted recipes of the Tennessee families who have been filling moonshine jars and jugs in the Smoky Mountains for more than a century. For more information about the brand, please visit

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Zac Brown And His Wife Welcome The Arrival Of New Baby Boy

Zac-and-Shelly-BrownZac Brown Band frontman Zac Brown and his wife, Shelly, are celebrating the recent birth of their 5th child.  His name is Alexander Frost Brown.  He was born on May 5th weighing 11lbs, 7oz. and 22.5 inches long at the Atlanta Medical Center.  (All information according to the Zac Brown Band official Facebook page.)

Congratulations to them both!

Zac Brown's baby boy Alexander Frost

Alexander Frost Brown


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A Closer Look @ Charlie Worsham

Charlie Worsham We caught up with Charlie Worsham during ACM Party For A Cause! Find out what huge artist he is touring with!

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The most celebrated female in country music history, Dolly Parton, is set to launch her 42nd album BLUE SMOKE on May 13th in a partnership between Dolly Records and Sony Masterworks.  In preparation of Blue Smoke’s release, Dolly performed a one-hour special Dolly Parton Q Sessions Live from Nashville on QVC and has scheduled a plethora of media appearances that will include the following:

May   8:   Headline Country (GAC)
May   9:   NPR Weekend Edition (various times)
Headline Country (GAC)
May 10:   America’s News Headquarters (Fox News)
Headline Country (GAC)
May 12:  The Big Interview with Dan Rather (AXS)
May 13:  Wake Up with Al (The Weather Channel)
The Today Show Concert Series (NBC)
The Talk (CBS)
The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon (NBC)
May 14:   Imus in the Morning (Fox Business Network)
American Pickers (History Channel)
May 15:   The Wendy Williams Show (syn & BET)
American Pickers (History Channel)
The Big Interview with Dan Rather (AXS)
May 17:   Hot 20 Countdown (CMT)
American Pickers (History Channel)
May 18:   Weekend Express (HLN)
Hot 20 Countdown (CMT)
American Pickers (History Channel)
The Big Interview with Dan Rather (AXS)
May 20:   Morning Express w/ Robin Meade (HLN)
The Better Show (syn)

The Dolly Parton SiriusXM Town Hall Premieres on Entertainment Weekly Radio (ch. 105) on May 14th at 7pm, and will re-air over the weekend.  In addition, the special presentation will broadcast on Willie’s Roadhouse channel (ch. 56) on Saturday, May 17th at noon and 8 pm ET, with re-airs Sunday, May 18th at 9 am and 3 pm ET, Tuesday, May 20th at 6 pm ET, and Thursday on May 22nd at 11 pm ET.  Prime Country channel (ch. 57) will premiere the presentation on Saturday, May 31st at 12 pm and 9 pm ET , with re-airs Sunday, June 1st 9 am and 3 pm ET, Tuesday, June 3rd at 6 pm ET, andThursday, June 5th at 11 pm ET.  The OUTQ channel (ch. 108) is also set to air Dolly’s Town Hall on Saturday, May 17th at 3 PM and Sunday, May 18th at 10 AM ET.

In addition, Parton will appear on OMG! Insider, Access Hollywood, Entertainment Tonight, EXTRA, ABC News Now, Associated Press TV, and more throughout the week.

Dolly Parton talks about each song on Blue Smoke one on one with Yahoo!–blue-smoke–track-by-track-151418196.html–blue-smoke–track-by-track–week-2-144302382.html–blue-smoke–track-by-track–week-3-175400923.html

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Big Machine Label Group’s Dot Records Signs On Seven Staff Members

Dot RecordsDot Records’ General Manager CHRIS STACEY today unveiled  seven staff members who have been hired for the iconic label’s promotion efforts.

In late March, The New York Times first broke the news of the legendary establishment’s resurgence and announced the 20-year industry veteran’s appointment, who previously held posts at Warner Music Nashville. Remaining in Nashville, Stacey reports to Big Machine Label Group President and CEO Scott Borchetta and can be reached at 615.846.7745 or

“I look at the team that we have assembled here at Dot and the entire Big Machine Label Group and I know that we cannot only compete, but win. Newly named Director of National Promotion Kris Lamb is such a perfect fit to spearhead this team, where we have such an amazing balance of experience, relationships, intelligence, promo skill and hustle. I cannot wait to unleash this team on our first single!” exclaimed Stacey.

Under Stacey’s leadership, the Dot Records’ powerhouse team will consist of staff members with multi-genres backgrounds as well as internal hires within the Big Machine Label Group:

KRIS LAMB (Director of National Promotion) is upped in the label group family, where he most recently served as the West Coast Regional for Big Machine Records and was integral in the careers of Taylor Swift, Tim McGraw, Rascal Flatts, Danielle Bradbery and The Cadillac Three. He will relocate to Nashville and can be reached 615.846.7750 or via

JAMES MARSH (Director of Southwest Promotion) joins the team from Warner Bros Records, where he served as Southwest Regional Promotions Manager. Based in Dallas, TX, he is available at 615.846.7747 or

BILL LUBITZ (Director of West Coast Promotion) will remain based in Las Vegas, NV, where he was most recently at Black River Entertainment in National Radio Promotion and West Coast Regional. He can be contacted at 615.846.7752or

MICHELLE TIGARD-KAMMERER (Director of Midwest/Northeast Promotion) previously Sr. Director of Brand Marketing and Strategic Partnerships at Country Radio Broadcasters and will be located in Nashville. She can be reached at 615.846.7751or via

EJ BERNAS (Director of Southeast Promotion) comes from Curb/Universal, where he served as Sr. Director of Promotion. Remaining in Nashville, he can be contacted at 615.846.7749 or

RACHEL DOBSON (Promotion Manager) joins the label from Capitol Records Nashville & EMI Records Nashville, where she served as Promotion Coordinator. Shewill be based in Nashville and is available via 615.846.7748 or

GARRETT HILL (Executive Assistant) is a staple within the Big Machine walls, previously interning with the company and working as the Traffic Coordinator for the label group. He can be reached at 615.846.7746 or

Under the Big Machine Label Group umbrella, Dot Records is armed with the same tenacity and poised for similar success that both BMLG President/CEO Scott Borchetta and Republic Records CEO Monte Lipman have enjoyed. Their previous joint venture, Republic Nashville, launched the careers of Florida Georgia Line, The Band Perry, Eli Young Band and Cassadee Pope, scoring eleven #1 hits and selling over 30 million tracks in a mere five years.

Comparably, Dot Records will be headquartered in Nashville and will utilize the combined resources of Big Machine and Republic Records. The Universal Music Group, parent company of Republic Records, now owns the original Dot Records catalogue.

Dot Records’ success from inception in 1950 relied on finding, developing and marketing great music regardless of genre boundaries. That mission will remain intact as artists’ signings and incredible new music from across the globe are revealed in the coming months.

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Craig Morgan Enlists Celebrity Friends For 8th Annual Charity Event Benefitting The Dickson County Craig Morgan Foundation

Photo credit: Bill Konway

Photo credit: Bill Konway

Country music star and award winning TV host, CRAIG MORGAN, has enlisted the support of fellow music friends, as well as a number of motocross celebrities, for his 8th annual charity event.  Tickets for the July 20th star-studded concert and celebrity off-road trail ride, taking place in Craig’s hometown of Dickson, Tenn., go on sale today, Friday, May 9th, and can be purchased online HERE, at, and all Tri-Star Bank Locations. Proceeds will benefit the Dickson County Craig Morgan Foundation. The organization’s primary goal is to assist foster children in Dickson County and throughout Middle Tennessee.

The family-friendly festivities kick off at 8 a.m. on Sunday, July 20th in Dickson. The morning will start with a hair-raising motocross exhibition from several of motocross’ top celebrities and competitors, followed by a group trail ride and lunch. Motocross stars participating this year include: Kevin Windham, Malcolm Stewart, Destry Abbott, Fred Andrews, Randy Hawkins, Andrew Short, and Larry Ward.

Later that night, fans can catch Black River Recording Artist Craig Morgan and friends for an outdoor concert at the Dickson War Memorial Lawn. A live and silent auction will also take place from the concert.  All proceeds from the event will benefit the Dickson County Craig Morgan Foundation.

Both events are open to the public. Event tickets will go on sale May 9 at Celebrity participants for both events will be announced in the coming weeks.

Craig Morgan Charity Weekend
Celebrity Off-Road Trail Ride
Date: July 20, 2014
Location: Paul Allen Farm 1286 Bell Hollow Rd Vanleer, TN
Registration Opens: 8:00 AM
Autograph Session: 9:00 AM
Trials Show: 9:30 AM
Ride Start Time: 10:00 AM

Celebrity Concert and Silent Auction
Date: July 20, 2014
Location: Dickson War Memorial Lawn 200 Center Ave. Dickson, TN 37055
Silent Auction Opens: 5:00 PM
Gates Open: 6:00 PM
Concert Start Time: 8:00 PM

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.” 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 nearly nineteen years serving our country in the Army and 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. For more information on Craig Morgan, visit www.cra   and engage with him on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

ABOUT THE DICKSON COUNTY CRAIG MORGAN FOUNDATION: The idea for The Dickson County Craig Morgan Foundation was born while Craig Morgan was serving as an Assistant Sheriff’s Deputy in Dickson, TN and named for his wife Karen’s father. The organization, a component fund of the 501c3 Craig Morgan Dickson County Educational Foundation, will support foster children in Dickson County and throughout Middle Tennessee. Craig’s continuing charitable mission is to eventually build and maintain a home in Dickson County Tennessee for temporarily displaced children in Tennessee’s 23^rd District (5 counties) and to provide lasting funding for the home. His long-term goal is to start additional Billy’s Place homes around the country. The annual Craig Morgan Charity Weekend has raised $250,000 the last four years in support of The Dickson County Craig Morgan Foundation and other children’s welfare organizations.

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Natalie Stovall And The Drive Make Grand Ole Opry Debut

Natalie Stovall and the Drive perform on Grand Ole Opry stage. ©2014 Grand Ole Opry Photo By: Rachael Black, Hollo Photographics, Inc.

Natalie Stovall and the Drive perform on Grand Ole Opry stage.
©2014 Grand Ole Opry
Photo By: Rachael Black, Hollo Photographics, Inc.

Surrounded by family, friends, and longtime fans, Natalie Stovall and The Drive made their Grand Ole Opry debut on Tuesday, May 6th. The dream come true for the band has the rare distinction of making a debut both as a solo artist and a band as Natalie graced the stage for the first time in the Spring of 1995 at the age of 12.

Natalie Stovall and The DriveThe critically acclaimed band’s debut album, produced by GRAMMY winner Paul Worley (The Band Perry, Dixie Chicks, Lady Antebellum), is expected this fall on HitShop Records. The lead track, “Baby Come On With It,” is currently climbing the charts and is available now at iTunes.  The official music video for the track is available HERE.

ABOUT NATALIE STOVALL AND THE DRIVE: Natalie Stovall and The Drive are relentless road warriors, amassing over 200 dates each year across college campuses, clubs, and military bases around the globe. Natalie, a Tennessee native, has been playing professionally since she was 10 and performed everywhere from the White House to the Oprah Winfrey Show. A fiddle phenom, she made her Grand Ole Opry debut at the age of 12. Natalie Stovall And The Drive is led by multi-instrumentalist and powerhouse vocalist, Natalie Stovall, who has been selected as one of this year’s CMT Next Women of Country. The Drive includes drummer James Bavendam from Seattle, Chile’s Miguel Cancino on guitar, Zach Morse from Cheyenne, Wyoming on bass and vocals and Redding, California guitarist and vocalist Joel Dormer. For more information, visit and engage with the band on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Left photo credit: Stovall Family Photo Right photo credit: ©2014 Grand Ole Opry, Photo By: Rachael Black, Hollo Photographics, Inc.

Left photo credit: Stovall Family Photo
Right photo credit: ©2014 Grand Ole Opry, Photo By: Rachael Black, Hollo Photographics, Inc.

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[Photo Release] ABC’s “Nashville” Concert Tour Wraps

(l-r) Chris Carmack, Sam Palladio, Chaley Rose, Jonathan Jackson, Charles Esten, Clare Bowen, Will Chase  Photo By: Chris Hollo

(l-r) Chris Carmack, Sam Palladio, Chaley Rose, Jonathan Jackson, Charles Esten, Clare Bowen, Will Chase Photo By: Chris Hollo

The first-ever “Nashville” Concert Tour completed its four-city run Tuesday night in New York City with the ABC series stars Charles Esten, Clare Bowen, Jonathan Jackson, Sam Palladio, Chris Carmack, Will Chase and special surprise guest Chaley Rose.   Previous Chicago, Washington, DC and Philadelphia tour stops were all sold-out.

The tour was produced by the Opry Entertainment Group, with the Nashville Convention and Visitors Corporation as the presenting sponsor

 (l-r): back row: Scott Edwards, tour manager; Gary Craig, drums; Colin Linden, guitar; Steve Buchanan, President Opry Entertainment Group; Tim Lauer, keyboard, Jim Hoke, steel guitar/harmonica;guitar; John  Dymond, bass Middle Row: Chris Carmack, Sam Palladio Front Row: Charles Esten, Clare Bowen, Will Chase, Chaley Rose, Jonathan Jackson  Photo By ©2014 Heidi Gutman/ABC

(l-r): back row: Scott Edwards, tour manager; Gary Craig, drums; Colin Linden, guitar; Steve Buchanan, President Opry Entertainment Group; Tim Lauer, keyboard, Jim Hoke, steel guitar/harmonica;guitar; John Dymond, bass
Middle Row: Chris Carmack, Sam Palladio
Front Row: Charles Esten, Clare Bowen, Will Chase, Chaley Rose, Jonathan Jackson
Photo By ©2014 Heidi Gutman/ABC

About the Show
“Nashville” airs Wednesday nights at 10:00 p.m. on ABC and stars Connie Britton as Rayna Jaymes, Hayden Panettiere as Juliette Barnes, Eric Close as Teddy Conrad, Charles Esten as Deacon Claybourne, Clare Bowen as Scarlett O’Connor, Jonathan Jackson as Avery Barkley, Sam Palladio as Gunnar Scott, Chris Carmack as Will Lexington, Maisy Stella as Daphne Conrad and Lennon Stella as Maddie Conrad. Will Chase recurs as Luke Wheeler. “Nashville” is executive-produced by Dee Johnson, R.J. Cutler, Callie Khouri and Steve Buchanan. The series is produced by Lionsgate, ABC Studios, and Opry Entertainment. For more information about “Nashville” visit
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Sweet Sunday Singin’ With Amber Hayes And Friends Scheduled For Sunday, June 8

Amber HayesCountry artist Amber Hayes will host a special show, titled Sweet Sunday Singin’ with Amber Hayes and Friends on Sunday, June 8, 2014. The event, sponsored by Gigi’s Cupcakes and J. Alexander Home, is free to the public and will feature Hayes along with other acts performing positive, uplifting Country music accompanied by complimentary cupcakes, coffee and tea.

This unique show will take place at The Listening Room in downtown Nashville. Doors will open at 9:00 a.m. and the show will begin at 9:30 a.m. Event access is free and tickets will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. Those wanting to attend can sign up for tickets at or here.

“I’ve wanted to do a CMA Fest show like this for a few years now,” said Hayes. “So many fans from all over the world come to Nashville for CMA Fest, and I am so excited to offer a show with a little change of pace. This show is all about creating an atmosphere of a sweet, Southern Sunday with a country flair. Sweet Sunday Singin’ is a time for all of us to come together and enjoy coffee, Gigi’s Cupcakes and positive music on the last day of CMA Fest. I have some very good friends who will be joining me on June 8, and I can’t imagine a better way to wind down the amazing week that is Music Fest.”


Additional performers for Sweet Sunday Singin’ with Amber Hayes and Friends will be announced in the coming weeks.

About Amber Hayes: Weleetka, Okla. native Amber Hayes released her debut EP C’mon in 2010, landing two Top 40 singles (“C’mon,” “Wait”) on the national MusicRow Country Breakout chart. In 2012, her music was featured in four episodes of the hit CW television series, “Hart of Dixie.” In October of that year, she released her sophomore album, Any Day Is A Good Day. Shortly following, Billboard’s The 615 named her as “One To Watch” and she opened up for one of her biggest musical influences, Reba McEntire, in Durant, Oklahoma. Amber’s title track of her album and most recent single, “Any Day Is A Good Day,” scored Amber her first Top 30 record. As for future plans, Amber is currently in the studio recording new music for a forthcoming project. For more information about Amber, visit and follow her on Twitter and Facebook

Amber Hayes


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Country Weekly’s Annual Kick-Off Party To Take Over Nashville’s Hard Rock Cafe June 3


Country Weekley Kick-Off PartyCountry Weekly to throw the bash of the summer with the annual Country Weekly Kick-Off Party powered by NASH on Tuesday, June 3 at Nashville’s Hard Rock Cafe. The event serves as the magazine’s pre-celebration to the big CMA Music Festival and will feature performances by two of today’s hottest country stars – Kip Moore and Frankie Ballard.

Kip MooreSponsored by Durango and Roper, all proceeds from the show will benefit Musicians On Call, a non-profit organization that brings live and recorded music to the bedsides of patients in healthcare facilities. For the past eight years, Country Weekly has teamed up with Musicians On Call on fundraisers to help support the charity’s mission.

“Musicians On Call couldn’t be any more excited to work with Country Weekly again on this great event,” says Pete Griffin, President of Musicians On Call. “Having the support of Kip Moore, Frankie Ballard, Hard Rock Cafe, Durango and Roper means so much to us and will allow us to bring the healing power of music to more patients and facilities in Nashville and around the country.”


Tickets are on sale now and range from $30 General Admission to a $500 VIP package including a reserved table for four guests plus a meet-and-greet with the performing artists. All attendees will enjoy a red carpet arrival complete with bright lights and a backdrop for photos. Doors open at 7:00P with the music cranking up at 8:00P.

For more information on the event, ticket options and Musicians On Call, please visit

Frankie BallardAbout Kip Moore:
MCA Nashville singer/songwriter Kip Moore shot out of the gate with the best selling debut country album from any solo male country artist released in 2012 and 2013, which spawned the PLATINUM, two week chart-topping hit “Somethin’ ‘Bout A Truck,” followed by two more No. one singles, “Beer Money” and “Hey Pretty Girl.”   In advance of his upcoming sophomore album due out later this year, Moore recently released “Dirt Road” as his latest single.  In addition to headlining his own shows, which have often been selling out in minutes, Moore, “one of Nashville’s breakout stars…” (Washington Post), joins Tim McGraw on his SUNDOWN HEAVEN TOWN Tour for over 30 dates across the country this summer.

About Frankie Ballard:
Frankie Ballard has launched onto the country music scene with breakthrough #1, GOLD-certified smash “Helluva Life.” The infectious anthem is featured on his current album SUNSHINE & WHISKEY (Warner Bros. Records), which debuted in the Top 5 on the Billboard Country Albums Chart and captures the rising newcomer’s unique blend of blues-infused, country rock. Produced by Marshall Altman (Mark Broussard), Ballard played guitar on every track on the project including his latest single “Sunshine & Whiskey.” The Battle Creek, Michigan native is currently touring all over the country playing headline shows and will join Jake Owen’s Days Of Gold Tour for select dates through the summer. His dynamic live show has caught the eye of many headliners, including Kenny Chesney, Taylor Swift and longtime idol Bob Seger, who have previously tapped him for coveted opening slots. Ballard has appeared on TBS’ Conan, NBC’s TODAY Show and CBS’ Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson. He first captured the national spotlight with hits – “Tell Me You Get Lonely” and “A Buncha Girls.”

About Country Weekly
As America’s premier country entertainment source for 20 years, Country Weekly and deliver the inside stories on country music’s hottest stars, featuring late-breaking news and the scoop on the stars’ lifestyles, families, homes, favorite foods and latest fashions. Country Weekly is published 52 times a year by parent company American Media, Inc.

About Musicians On Call (MOC)
Musicians On Call (MOC) was founded in 1999 with the mission of bringing live and recorded music to the bedsides of patients in healthcare facilities. To date, its volunteers have played for over 400,000 people nationwide. Musicians On Call continues its mission through room-to-room hospital performances by both local musicians and national celebrities as well as the Music Pharmacy and Project Playback Programs.

Musicians On Call

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