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Many Of The Biggest Names In Country Music Came Together For A Good Cause Sunday Night

Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley, Sam Hunt, Lady Antebellum, Little Big Town, Martina McBride, Reba McEntire, Jon Pardi, Chris Stapleton, George Strait and Keith Urban played a star-studded, sold-out fundrasing show at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena last night (11/12). Proceeds from COUNTRY RISING, presented by Hilton and Dollar General, are going towards the Country Rising Fund of The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee, which was established to support charitable initiatives to help victims of the September 2017 hurricanes — Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, Jose and Maria. Additionally, the fund will also envelop victims of the recent shooting in Las Vegas.
Donations are still being accepted and you can support the cause by texting “NASHVILLE” to 41010 to make a $10 donation or by visiting www.CountryRising.org.
PHOTOS for outlets wishing to support and cover the event are available gratis here.

For more information, visit: www.CountryRising.org.

About The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee
The Community Foundation exists to promote and facilitate giving in the 40 counties of Middle Tennessee and beyond. It does this by accepting gifts of any size from anyone at any time and by empowering individuals, families, companies, nonprofits, and communities to respond to needs and opportunities that matter. The Community Foundation works with people who have great hearts, whether or not they have great wealth, to craft solutions that reflect their intentions and goals. For more information, call 615-321-4939 or visit www.cfmt.org.

About Hilton
Hilton (NYSE: HLT) is a leading global hospitality company, with a portfolio of 14 world-class brands comprising more than 5,000 properties with more than 825,000 rooms in 103 countries and territories. Hilton is dedicated to fulfilling its mission to be the world’s most hospitable company by delivering exceptional experiences – every hotel, every guest, every time. The company’s portfolio includes Hilton Hotels & Resorts, Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, Conrad Hotels & Resorts, Canopy by Hilton, Curio Collection by Hilton, DoubleTree by Hilton, Tapestry Collection by Hilton, Embassy Suites by Hilton, Hilton Garden Inn, Hampton by Hilton, Tru by Hilton, Homewood Suites by Hilton, Home2 Suites by Hilton and Hilton Grand Vacations. The company also manages an award-winning customer loyalty program, Hilton Honors. Hilton Honors members who book directly through preferred Hilton channels have access to instant benefits, including a flexible payment slider that allows members to choose exactly how many Points to combine with money, an exclusive member discount that can’t be found anywhere else and free standard Wi-Fi. Visit newsroom.hilton.com for more information and connect with Hilton on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram and YouTube.

About Dollar General
Dollar General Corporation has been delivering value to shoppers for over 75 years. Dollar General helps shoppers Save time. Save money. Every day!® by offering products that are frequently used and replenished, such as food, snacks, health and beauty aids, cleaning supplies, basic apparel, housewares and seasonal items at everyday low prices in convenient neighborhood locations. Dollar General operated 14,000 stores in 44 states as of August 19, 2017. In addition to high quality private brands, Dollar General sells products from America’s most-trusted brands such as Clorox, Energizer, Procter & Gamble, Hanes, Coca-Cola, Mars, Unilever, Nestle, Kimberly-Clark, Kellogg’s, General Mills, and PepsiCo. For more information on Dollar General, visit www.dollargeneral.com.

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CMT & Blackbird Presents Celebrate Music & Culture Icon Kris Kristofferson In ‘The Life & Songs Of Kris Kristofferson’ Available On CD/DVD

Blackbird Presents Records just released the full-length concert film, The Life & Songs Of Kris Kristofferson, as a CD/DVD combo, which is available now at songsofkristofferson.com and pledgemusic.com/projects/songsofkristofferson.

The Life & Songs Of Kris Kristofferson features captivating performances, in-depth interviews, and compelling behind-the-scenes footage with Kris Kristofferson, Jessi Alexander, Lady Antebellum, Dierks Bentley, Ryan Bingham, Rosanne Cash, Eric Church, Jessi Colter, Rodney Crowell, Larry Gatlin, Emmylou Harris, Jack Ingram, Shooter Jennings, Jamey Johnson, Alison Krauss, Martina McBride, The Travelin’ McCourys, Reba McEntire, Buddy Miller, Willie Nelson, Jennifer Nettles, Jon Randall, Darius Rucker, Hank Williams Jr. and Lee Ann Womack. Performances include a range of Kristofferson classics, such as “Me And Bobby McGee” (performed by Reba McEntire), “Help Me Make It Through The Night” (Performed by Lady Antebellum), “To Beat The Devil” (Performed by Eric Church), a very special performance of “Sunday Mornin’ Comin’ Down” (performed by Willie Nelson and Kris Kristofferson), and an all-star grand finale performance of “Why Me”, premiering today at Rolling Stone County rollingstone.com/country and available at all digital outlets.

In addition to the CD/DVD release fans can get exclusive merchandise from PledgeMusic (pledgemusic.com/projects/songsofkristofferson) including a limited edition framed gig poster from the night of the show, color photo, and an Epiphone Ltd. Ed. 1963 J-45 guitar, all signed by Kris Kristofferson. Merchandise bundles which include the official concert t-shirt, hat and CD/DVD are available via Blackbird Presents at songsofkristofferson.com.

Kristofferson, a Country Music Hall of Fame inductee, is considered a true poet who helped modernize the genre with songs such as “Sunday Mornin’ Comin’ Down,” “Help Me Make It Through the Night,” “Me and Bobby McGee” and “Lovin’ Her Was Easier.” These are the songs of heartbreak and despair, of love and loss, of yearning and hope. These are the songs so honest that we adopted them as our own. They are the songs of a life led unlike any other: An All-American athlete, Golden Gloves boxer, Army Ranger, helicopter pilot, singer-songwriter, social activist, humanitarian and movie star.

Keith Wortman is creator and executive producer of the show. GRAMMY® Award-winner Don Was served as music director alongside country music legend Buddy Cannon. An all-star band that included featured artist and GRAMMY® Award-winner Buddy Miller backed the performers at this incomparable concert event taping.

“Few musicians have had as profound an impact on music as Kris Kristofferson,” Blackbird CEO Keith Wortman says. “It’s only fitting that we celebrated his artistry just blocks from where the legend was born, with both his friends and contemporaries and those who are continuing his legacy with raw, honest songwriting of their own.”

FOR COMPLETE DETAILS VISIT THE OFFICIAL WEBSITE:
songsofkristofferson.com
#songsofkristofferson

About Blackbird Presents:
Blackbird Presents is a global media company that produces premium content via a range of strategies including large-scale concert events and festivals, broadcast series and specials, and music releases featuring major music stars across all genres and demographics.

Blackbird’s recent concerts, broadcast specials and releases include “Sing Me Back Home: The Music of Merle Haggard,” “The Life & Songs of Kris Kristofferson,” “Imagine: John Lennon 75th Birthday Concert,” “Outlaw: Celebrating The Music of Waylon Jennings,” “I’ll Take You There: Celebrating 75 Years of Mavis Staples,” “The Life and Songs of Emmylou Harris,” “Lynyrd Skynyrd: One More For The Fans,” “The Musical Mojo of Dr. John: Celebrating Mac and His Music,” and “All My Friends: Celebrating The Songs and Voice of Gregg Allman,” the latter of which earned a 2014 GRAMMY® Award nomination for Gregg Allman and Taj Mahal’s awe-inspiring performance of “Statesboro Blues.”

Blackbird Presents is also creator and producer behind the Outlaw Music Festival Tour, in partnership with Willie Nelson; the American Roots Music & Arts Festival, in partnership with Eric Church; and The Last Waltz 40 Tour.

Visit us at blackbirdpresents.com

About Kris Kristofferson:
Kristofferson is a Country Music Hall of Famer who ranks among the most versatile of American talents. He’s been a Golden Gloves boxer, a Rhodes scholar, a college football player, an acclaimed actor, a military officer, a helicopter pilot, a GRAMMY® winner, and an icon. It was the singing and the writing that called to him. He wound up penning classics including “Me and Bobby McGee,” “Help Me Make It Through the Night,” “Sunday Mornin’ Comin’ Down” and “For The Good Times,” as well as a slew of other empathetic, incisive gems. Kristofferson— along with contemporaries Tom T. Hall, Mickey Newbury, Willie Nelson and John Prine— enhanced the scope of country music songwriting, focusing on layering, nuance, empathy and emotional truth. Once established, he quickly became one of music’s most charismatic and intriguing figures. Kristofferson went on to a prolific acting career with roles in “A Star is Born,” “Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore,” “Blade” and many more films.

About CMT:
CMT is the leading authority on country music and lifestyle, offering a mix of original series, music events and specials. CMT is everywhere its fans are including two cable channels (CMT and the 24-hour music channel, CMT Music), radio (CMT Radio), digital (CMT App, CMT.com) and social (CMT on Facebook, CMT on Instagram and CMT on Twitter). CMT is a unit of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIA, VIAB). For more information, please visit CMT Press.

2-CD TRACK LISTING:

1.”Please Don’t Tell Me How The Story Ends” Buddy Miller
2.”Kristofferson” Jessi Alexander, Jon Randall & Larry Gatlin
3.”Here Comes That Rainbow Again” Martina McBride
4.”The Taker” Ryan Bingham
5.”The Captive” Jessi Colter
6.”Nobody Wins” Lee Ann Womack
7.”Jesus Was A Capricorn (Owed to John Prine)” Jack Ingram
8.”Worth Fighting For” Jennifer Nettles
9. “Loving Her Was Easier (Than Anything I’ll Ever Do Again)” Rosanne Cash
10.”Chase The Feeling” Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell
11.”The Pilgrim: Chapter 33″ Emmylou Harris & Kris Kristofferson
12.”From the Bottle to the Bottom” Dierks Bentley & The Travelin’ McCourys
13.”Help Me Make It Through The Night” Lady Antebellum
14.”Under The Gun” Darius Rucker
15.”For The Good Times” Jamey Johnson & Alison Krauss
16.”Casey’s Last Ride” Alison Krauss
17.”If You Don’t Like Hank Williams” Hank Williams Jr.
18.”To Beat The Devil” Eric Church
19.”Me And Bobby McGee” Reba McEntire
20.”Sunday Mornin’ Comin’ Down” Willie Nelson & Kris Kristofferson
21.”Why Me” Kris Kristofferson & Full Ensemble

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LIFE AND SONGS OF KRIS KRISTOFFERSON Premiering TONIGHT On CMT at 9pm/Central

The Life & Songs of Kris Kristofferson, an all-star concert taped live in Nashville, will premiere Oct. 27 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on CMT.

CMT will present the concert as 90-minute broadcast, and Blackbird Presents Records will release the full-length concert film as a CD/DVD combo. The broadcast, concert film and music release features a collection of legendary singers, songwriters and rising stars who came together in March 2016 at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena for a once-in-a-lifetime concert to celebrate Kristofferson and his classic songs.

The Life & Songs of Kris Kristofferson features performances, in-depth interviews, and behind-the-scenes footage with Kristofferson, Jessi Alexander, Lady Antebellum, Dierks Bentley, Ryan Bingham, Rosanne Cash, Eric Church, Jessi Colter, Rodney Crowell, Larry Gatlin, Emmylou Harris, Jack Ingram, Shooter Jennings, Jamey Johnson, Alison Krauss, Martina McBride, the Travelin’ McCourys, Reba McEntire, Buddy Miller, Willie Nelson, Jennifer Nettles, Jon Randall, Darius Rucker, Hank Williams Jr. and Lee Ann Womack.

Performances includes McEntire’s take on “Me and Bobby McGee,” Lady Antebellum’s version of “Help Me Make It Through the Night” and Church’s interpretation of “To Beat the Devil.” Other highlights include a special performance of “Sunday Mornin’ Comin’ Down” by Nelson and Kristofferson and an all-star grand finale performance of “Why Me.”

The CD/DVD version is available for immediate preorder at Blackbird Presents and Pledge Music. Fans can also get exclusive merchandise from PledgeMusic, including a limited edition framed gig poster from the night of the show, color photo, and an Epiphone limited edition 1963 J-45 guitar, all signed by Kris Kristofferson. Merchandise bundles which include the official concert T-shirt, hat and CD/DVD are available from Blackbird Presents.

Keith Wortman is creator and executive producer of the show. Grammy winner Don Was served as music director alongside famed songwriter-producer Buddy Cannon.

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COUNTRY RISING Expands Due To Demand Adding More Artists At Ascend Amphitheater On Same Night

COUNTRY RISING BENEFIT CONCERT SELLS OUT AND ADDS SECOND EVENT AT ASCEND AMPHITHEATER, TICKETS ON SALE OCT. 26 AT 10:00A CT

COUNTRY RISING: DOWNTOWN JAM at Ascend Amphitheater to Feature
Tucker Beathard, Bobby Bones & The Raging Idiots, Bailey Bryan, Lindsay Ell, Chris Janson, Jon Pardi, Eric Paslay, Carly Pearce and Drake White With More To Be Added,
Hosted By SiriusXM’s Storme Warren

Country Music’s star-studded benefit concert COUNTRY RISING Presented by Hilton at Bridgestone Arena on Nov. 12 has sold-out, prompting the addition of a second event the same night, COUNTRY RISING: DOWNTOWN JAM at Nashville’s Ascend Amphitheater. The Downtown Jam will be hosted by SiriusXM’s Storme Warren and will include performances from Tucker Beathard, Bobby Bones & The Raging Idiots, Bailey Bryan, Lindsay Ell, Chris Janson, Jon Pardi, Eric Paslay, Carly Pearce and Drake White, with more artists to be announced. Tickets go on sale Thursday, Oct. 26 at 10:00A CT on www.Ticketmaster.com. Citi® is the official pre-sale credit card of Country Rising, Citi® cardmembers will have access to purchase pre-sale tickets beginning Tuesday, Oct. 24 at 10:00A CT through Citi’s Private Pass® program. For complete pre-sale details visit www.citiprivatepass.com.

Bridgestone Arena’s sold-out show features Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley, Sam Hunt, Lady Antebellum, Little Big Town, Martina McBride, Reba McEntire, Chris Stapleton, George Strait, Carrie Underwood and Keith Urban, and will be hosted by iHeartMedia’s Bobby Bones.

COUNTRY RISING is presented by Hilton, sponsored by Citi and Tito’s Handmade Vodka and will benefit The Country Rising Fund of The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee, which was established to support charitable initiatives to help victims of the September 2017 hurricanes — Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, Jose and Maria. Additionally, the fund will now also envelop victims of the recent shooting in Las Vegas. In the course of rebuilding lives disrupted by these devastating events, there are immediate needs and there also will be long-term needs. This fund will strategically support both as they emerge.

For more information, visit: www.CountryRising.org.

About Hilton

Hilton (NYSE: HLT) is a leading global hospitality company, with a portfolio of 14 world-class brands comprising more than 5,100 properties with nearly 838,000 rooms in 103 countries and territories. Hilton is dedicated to fulfilling its mission to be the world’s most hospitable company by delivering exceptional experiences – every hotel, every guest, every time. The company’s portfolio includes Hilton Hotels & Resorts, Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, Conrad Hotels & Resorts, Canopy by Hilton, Curio Collection by HiltonTM, DoubleTree by Hilton, Tapestry Collection by HiltonTM, Embassy Suites by Hilton, Hilton Garden Inn, Hampton by Hilton, Tru by Hilton, Homewood Suites by Hilton, Home2 Suites by Hilton and Hilton Grand Vacations. The company also manages an award-winning customer loyalty program, Hilton Honors. Hilton Honors members who book directly through preferred Hilton channels have access to instant benefits, including a flexible payment slider that allows members to choose exactly how many Points to combine with money, an exclusive member discount that can’t be found anywhere else and free standard Wi-Fi. Visit newsroom.hilton.com for more information and connect with Hilton on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram and YouTube.

About The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee

The Community Foundation exists to promote and facilitate giving in the 40 counties of Middle Tennessee and beyond. It does this by accepting gifts of any size from anyone at any time and by empowering individuals, families, companies, nonprofits, and communities to respond to needs and opportunities that matter. The Community Foundation works with people who have great hearts, whether or not they have great wealth, to craft solutions that reflect their intentions and goals. For more information, call 615-321-4939 or visit www.cfmt.org.

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COUNTRY RISING Adds Bobby Bones As Host – Tix On Sale Today

Country Music’s star-studded benefit concert COUNTRY RISING has added Bobby Bones, from iHeartMedia’s nationally syndicated “The Bobby Bones Show,” as the host for the benefit concert at Bridgestone Arena on Nov. 12. Tickets and VIP packages for the event will now go on sale TODAY at 10:00A CT on www.Ticketmaster.com
 
COUNTRY RISING will include performances by Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley, Sam Hunt, Lady Antebellum, Little Big Town, Martina McBride, Reba McEntire, Chris Stapleton, George Strait, Carrie Underwood and Keith Urban. Proceeds will benefit The Country Rising Fund of The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee, which was established to support charitable initiatives to help victims of the September 2017 hurricanes — Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, Jose and Maria. Additionally, the fund will now also envelop victims of the recent shooting in Las Vegas. In the course of rebuilding lives disrupted by these devastating events, there are immediate needs and there also will be long-term needs. This fund will strategically support both as they emerge.
 
For more information, visit: www.CountryRising.org.
About Bobby Bones
Voted for induction into the National Radio Hall Of Fame as the youngest inductee ever, Bobby Bones has been dubbed “the most powerful man in country music” (Forbes). His nationally syndicated radio show reaches millions of listeners on 100+ stations and recently garnered a Country Music Association award for “National Broadcast Personality of the Year.” His memoir, BARE BONES: I’M NOT LONELY IF YOU’RE READING THIS BOOK (Dey Street Books), landed at #1 on the New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal Bestsellers Lists. Bones’ FUNNY & ALONE STAND UP COMEDY TOUR has sold-out over 20 dates this year. His comedy band, The Raging Idiots, have released two No. One albums with THE RAGING IDIOTS PRESENTS – THE RAGING KIDIOTS and THE CRITICS GIVE IT 5 STARS. 
 
About The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee
The Community Foundation exists to promote and facilitate giving in the 40 counties of Middle Tennessee and beyond. It does this by accepting gifts of any size from anyone at any time and by empowering individuals, families, companies, nonprofits, and communities to respond to needs and opportunities that matter. The Community Foundation works with people who have great hearts, whether or not they have great wealth, to craft solutions that reflect their intentions and goals. For more information, call 615-321-4939 or visit www.cfmt.org.
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Tyler Farr Added To Shine For Susie Benefit Concert Lineup With Tickets On Sale TODAY

Shining light on ALS and showing their support for Love and Theft’s Stephen Barker Liles and family, country music’s biggest stars come together for an acoustic filled evening at the Historic Ryman Auditorium on December 4, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. to benefit The ALS Association of Tennessee and the Burchett & Liles Family in their fight against ALS together.

Tyler Farr will also join friends and fellow artists Love and Theft, Florida Georgia Line, Jerrod Niemann, Craig Campbell, Canaan Smith, Trent Tomlinson, The Warren Brothers, and Stevie Monce for a night of hope and healing. The evening will be hosted by SiriusXM The Highway’s Storme Warren, Stephen Baker Liles from Love and Theft and Dee Jay Silver.
Concert tickets go on sale Friday, October 20, 2017 at 10 a.m. via Ticketmaster outlets, ticketmaster.com, the Ryman box office, www.ryman.com and by phone 800.745.3000. Tickets are $125, $75 and $55.
Shine for Susie ALS Benefit Concert was formed as a partnership between The ALS Association of Tennessee and the Burchett & Liles Family to raise funds in the fight against ALS. Susie Burchett, mother of Stephen Barker Liles from Love and Theft, was diagnosed with ALS in March of 2017.
Together, our efforts are helping to improve the daily lives of people living with ALS, including Susie’s.
“I’ve had the privilege of helping with many charities through the years, but when the cause touches your life, it changes everything,” said Stephen Barker Liles from Love and Theft. “When my mother was diagnosed with ALS, in March of this year, I was devastated. But I also felt called to make a difference to help her and others through my musical platform. I’m incredibly grateful for some of my dear friends who are joining me to shine light through our music and bring hope to millions.”
ALS is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. Eventually, people with ALS lose the ability to initiate and control muscle movement, which often leads to total paralysis and death within two to five years of diagnosis. For unknown reasons, NFL players are four times as likely to develop ALS and veterans are twice as likely to develop ALS as the general population.
The simple fact is, ALS can strike anyone, anytime.
“There are so many important causes that merit our support,” said Burchett and Liles Family. “Often however, we don’t choose those causes…they choose us. For our family, having our mother, wife, grandmother diagnosed with ALS presented a galvanizing opportunity to support the needed cause of ALS. We hope this event will provide more awareness, funds for research, and financial support to all touched by this debilitating disease.”
For information on sponsorship packages or if you have any additional questions before you purchase, please contact Ashlee Moon at 615.331.5556 or send an email to ashlee.moon@alstn.org.
“We are thrilled to curate this first-of-its-kind unique concert experience for the Tennessee Chapter alongside the Burchett and Liles Family. The enthusiasm and willingness this family has brought to the table to secure some of the industry’s most talented artists to perform is truly amazing. They continue to work tirelessly with our team to create an unforgettable musical experience,” said Steve Wallace, CEO of The ALS Association of Tennessee.

“Our Chapter is truly grateful to have this important partnership and we are thankful to all the musical guests, who have graciously lent their time and talents to support the Association’s efforts in brightening the lives of ALS patients and families in our community,” said Wallace.

About The ALS Association Tennessee ChapterThe ALS Association is the only national non-profit organization fighting ALS on every front.  By leading the way in global research, providing assistance for people with ALS through a nationwide network of chapters, coordinating multidisciplinary care through certified clinical care centers, and fostering government partnerships, The Association builds hope and enhances quality of life while aggressively searching for new treatments and a cure. For more information about The ALS Association, visit our website at www.ALSTN.org.

About Shine for Susie ALS Charity Fund
Shine for Susie ALS Charity Fund was formed by the Burchett & Liles Family to raise funds in the fight against ALS after Susie Burchett, wife, mother and grandmother of the family, was diagnosed with ALS in March 2017.
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Line-Up Announced For 3rd Annual Tracy Lawrence & Friends Mission: Possible Turkey Fry Concert

After raising more than $135,000.00 with the music event last year, Tracy Lawrence is back with his 3rd Annual Tracy Lawrence & Friends Mission:Possible Turkey Fry Concert on November 21st, with doors opening at 6pm, following his 12th Annual Turkey Fry, all benefiting Nashville Rescue Mission.

This year’s line-up boasts country stars and stars of tomorrow, including; Luke Combs, Clay Cormier, Ben Gallaher, Halfway to Hazard, William Michael Morgan and Jamie O’Neal, all taking the stage prior to the evening’s host and headliner, Tracy Lawrence. 

Tickets can be purchased at HERE.  General Admission $25.00, Reserved seating $50.00 and special VIP tickets including a meet & greet with Tracy $100.00.

The country music star and nationally syndicated radio personality is gearing up for the release of his new album GOOD OLE DAYS on November 10th and features collaborations with Jason Aldean, Brad Arnold, Big & Rich, Luke Bryan, Luke Combs, Easton Corbin, Craig Morgan, Dustin Lynch, Tim McGraw, Justin Moore, Kellie Pickler and Chris Young.

For more information and tickets for the Mission: Possible Turkey Fry, please visit: www.turkeyfry.org. For tour information, visit: www.tracylawrence.com.

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Aaron Watson Hosts “A Night Of Texas” Benefit Concert Tonight At Ryman

Amidst a string of sold out shows nationwide, Aaron Watson is preparing for his October 4 headlining date at Music City’s iconic Ryman Auditorium. Opening for this date will be fellow acts all from the great state of Texas including Jon Wolfe, Mickey Guyton, Jim Collins and Leslie Satcher, to present “A Night of Texas Music” benefitting American Red Cross Hurricane Harvey response efforts. Tickets start at only $25 and can be purchased HERE.  Proceeds from the show will be donated to the Red Cross.

It’s been nearly five weeks since Hurricane Harvey devastated parts of Texas and Louisiana, and the Red Cross continues to provide shelter, food, relief supplies and more to people in need. Red Cross response vehicles and volunteers are fanning out across neighborhoods to distribute nutritious meals and relief supplies, such as diapers, bug spray, cleaning supplies, coolers, and comfort kits that contain deodorant, toothbrushes, toothpaste and other hygiene items. Red Cross disaster workers are also providing health services such as replacing lost medications and eyeglasses, emotional support and spiritual care to people affected by this devastating storm.

Aaron Watson Photo credit: Joseph Llanes

The date adds to a hugely successful 2016-2017, with headlining ticket counts nearing the half million mark and 100+ sellout shows covering 40 states and 8 countries.

“It is such an honor to headline the iconic Ryman stage, and having the opportunity to turn this into a benefit for all of the folks in Southeast Texas who really need our help is going to make it an extra special night,” says Watson. “Really grateful for the chance to give back.”

Watson’s lead single “Outta Style” from the critically acclaimed album Vaquero, which debuted earlier this year at No. 2 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart and No. 1 on Billboard’s all genre Indie Albums chart, is currently sitting in the 20’s on both charts. Aaron continues to undeniably impact the country music scene, building an incredible 18-year career, marking his highest charting single to date and arguably the greatest underdog story in country music since Zac Brown Band’s “Chicken Fried” nearly a decade ago.

About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.

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COUNTRY RISING: Nashville Gives For Hurricane Relief Concert – 11/12

Nashville’s Biggest Superstars Including Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley, Garth Brooks, Sam Hunt, Lady Antebellum, Little Big Town, Martina McBride, Reba McEntire, Chris Stapleton, George Strait and Carrie Underwood Unite for Benefit Concert
Tickets Go On Sale Next Friday, Oct. 6 at 10:00A CT
Country Music’s biggest stars have rallied to announce plans for COUNTRY RISING, a benefit concert to support those in Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico and additional Caribbean islands who have been impacted by the recent hurricanes. The star-studded lineup at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena on Nov. 12 will include performances by Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley, Garth Brooks, Sam Hunt, Lady Antebellum, Little Big Town, Martina McBride, Reba McEntire, Chris Stapleton, George Strait and Carrie Underwood. Tickets and VIP packages for the event go on sale next Friday, Oct. 6 at 10:00A CT on Ticketmaster.com. Additional artists and more details will be announced over the coming weeks at CountryRising.org

The Nashville music community has also stepped on board, with AEG and Live Nation teaming up as the official show promoters working alongside organizer Red Light Management, Bridgestone Arena and the Nashville Predators. COUNTRY RISING will benefit The Country Rising Fund of The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee, which was established to support charitable initiatives to help victims of the September 2017 hurricanes — Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, Jose and Maria. In the course of rebuilding lives disrupted by these devastating storms, there are immediate needs and there also will be long-term needs. This fund will strategically support both as they emerge.

For more information, visit: www.CountryRising.org.

About The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee
The Community Foundation exists to promote and facilitate giving in the 40 counties of Middle Tennessee and beyond. It does this by accepting gifts of any size from anyone at any time and by empowering individuals, families, companies, nonprofits, and communities to respond to needs and opportunities that matter. The Community Foundation works with people who have great hearts, whether or not they have great wealth, to craft solutions that reflect their intentions and goals. For more information, call 615-321-4939 or visit www.cfmt.org.
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Kip Moore & Tony Hawk Raise Funds For Hurricane Relief At “Music City Skate Jam”

Photo credit: Alex Ferrari

Multi-PLATINUM singer/songwriter Kip Moore and international skateboarding champion Tony Hawk took over downtown Nashville yesterday, hosting “MUSIC CITY SKATE JAM PRESENTED BY HARLEY-DAVIDSON” in an effort to raise funds for hurricane-affected communities, in light of recent and ongoing events. By donating through Moore’s “Kip’s Kids Fund” and Hawk’s “Tony Hawk Foundation,” attending fans supported skatepark communities and those affected by the recent disasters, while enjoying a stacked lineup of events. Kicking off with performances by Jordan Davis and Dee Jay Silver, icon Tony Hawk conducted a thrilling skate demo, followed by a rollicking performance by Moore who closed out the day’s festivities. Fans can continue to donate now through Friday Sept. 15th at 5PM CST by texting HAWK to 52182 or visit http://hawk.gesture.com to bid on special event auction items.

Photo credit: Nicholas Byrne

About Kip Moore And “Kip’s Kids Fund:”
Multi-PLATINUM singer/songwriter Kip Moore’s already-revered “thoroughly vital, 13-song collection” (NPR) SLOWHEART is available everywhere now. Moore has hit his stride with SLOWHEART, with critics including Noisey declaring the release as “the sound of an uncompromising, genre-defying artist firing on all cylinders,” while his current Top 10 single “More Girls Like You,” is the fastest rising single of his career. SLOWHEART follows the acclaim that surrounded his sophomore album WILD ONES heralded as “an impressively singular release from Music Row” by The Guardian. Moore first turned heads with his debut album UP ALL NIGHT which was recently certified Double-PLATINUM by the RIAA and spawned three No. One hit singles including GOLD certified “Beer Money,” PLATINUM certified “Hey Pretty Girl,” and the DOUBLE PLATINUM breakout hit “Somethin’ ‘Bout A Truck. Moore, who has trail-blazed his own path with his reputation-making live show recently announced his headlining PLEAD THE FIFTH TOUR kicking off on 10/19 as well as headlining dates in U.K this fall. Moore’s “Comeback Kid Skatepark Project” raising funds for “Kip’s Kids Fund” was born as a passion project, with the goal of finding an outlet to showcase Moore’s love for the alternative sports lifestyle, and his desire to help inner city children. Phase one cities of the project included building and developing skateparks in Nashville, TN; Boston, MA; San Marcos, TX; Cincinnati, OH and Annapolis, MD. The “Comeback Kid Skatepark Project” is the first initiative of “Kip’s Kids Fund,” a donor-advised fund through The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee (CFMT) focused on youth and teens. As a result, the “Kip’s Kid Fund” provides alternative outlets for youth to engage in healthy habits and physical activities like skateboarding, in addition to the traditional sports offerings where they live. For more information visit: kipmoore.net.

About Tony Hawk Foundation:
A charitable, non-profit organization, the Tony Hawk Foundation was established in 2002 by its namesake, professional skateboarder Tony Hawk. THF promotes and provides technical assistance and funds for high-quality public skateparks in low-income areas throughout the United States that promote healthy, active lifestyles, and to International programs that enrich the lives of youth through skateboarding. Domestically, the foundation’s Skatepark Grant program has awarded over $5.7 million to 588 communities in all 50 states. The foundation focuses on working with local officials and grassroots, community-based organizations that plan to hire designers and contractors with strong experience designing and building skateparks. The foundation’s International Program has provided financial and technical support to assist youth through the Skateistan educational programs in Afghanistan, Cambodia, and South Africa (www.skateistan.org). The Tony Hawk Foundation was established by a gift from Tony Hawk. Its directors raise additional funds through events, industry donations, and continuing contributions from Tony and other entities. For more information or to make a donation, visit the foundation’s website at www.tonyhawkfoundation.org. You can also visit THF on facebook and Instagram @tonyhawkfoundation, and on Twitter @THF.

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