The Oak Ridge Boys Receive Prestigious U.S. Military AwardNASHVILLE, Tenn. (August 11, 2015) – After five GRAMMY Awards, nine GMA Dove Awards, an induction into The Grand Ole Opry and a forthcoming induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame, The Oak Ridge Boys have been presented with yet another distinction -- theBob Hope Award for Excellence in Entertainment by the Congressional Medal of Honor Society – recognizing their work with The American Legion. The group accepted the award on August 8 at the Nashville Salutes Gala surrounded by 25 Medal of Honor recipients.
In September 2014, The Oak Ridge Boys joined forces with The American Legion to help raise awareness and support for better detection and treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder among U.S. military servicemen and women, and veterans. Through the partnership, The Oak Ridge Boys have also assisted with improving the VA benefits process, as well as the education and career opportunities that are available to veterans once they return to civilian life.
Dolly Parton Raises Over 500,000.00 For The Imagination LibraryPIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (August 10, 2015) — Dolly Parton returned home, this past weekend, to help raise money for her Imagination Library and although the performances were billedDolly: Pure & Simple, in simple Dolly fashion she shined brighter than the stars in the sky. The four sold-out shows, which took place at Dollywood’s D.P. Celebrity Theatre raised over $500,000.00.
When welcoming the audience, Dolly said,“Thank you from all the kids and me! We give books to children all over the world now, and the Imagination Library started right here in Sevier County, right up here in these hills. So thank you all for coming. I truly believe that you can never get enough books into the hands of enough children.”
Currently in Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom and the United States, theImagination Libraryhas mailed more than 71 million free books!
FromBlue Smoke toBackwoods Barbie,9 to 5 andCoat Of Many Colors, Dolly captivated the audience show after show performing her latest and greatest hits. During her performances, Dolly also shared her excitement for her new resort,“I am so proud of all the things we are doing here. Of course, it’s our 30th Anniversary, and we’ve been longing for our own hotel ever since we started Dollywood. Yesterday, I had a chance to go over to the resort and do some videos and things in my suite, and I got to see the resort up and breathin’ with real people in it. We are just so proud of it!”
Gene Watson Joins Webster Public Relations Roster
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (August 11, 2015) – Webster Public Relations is honored to announce that country music great Gene Watson joins the firm’s long roster of legendary clients. "Gene Watson's voice is as smooth as it ever was," says Webster PR President Kirt Webster. "We are excited to begin working with Gene and help continue to build his brand awareness."
Watson was working as an auto body repairman in Houston, Texas when, in 1974, major label Capitol Records picked up distribution rights for his song, “Love in the Hot Afternoon,” which became the first of dozens of hit songs from Watson in a career that has spanned more than 50 years. During that time, Watson has defied expectations and convention as he has endured as a staunchly country artist. Watson frequently calls his success in the music industry “an accidental career,” saying he never planned on becoming a professional musician.
“I am excited to work with Kirt Webster and the excellent team at Webster PR,” said Watson. “The company Kirt has built has done so much to preserve the legacy of real country music that I could not think of a better home.”
Parker McCollum Releases Debut AlbumAUSTIN, Texas — It doesn’t take Texans long to catch on to an artist who expresses authenticity through engaging melodies and compelling lyrics. That would explain why Austin singer-songwriter Parker McCollum found his name at the top of Spotify airplay lists in two major Texas markets, and at No. 3 in a third, with “Meet You in the Middle,” the first single from his debut album, The Limestone Kid (February 2015, PYM Music). His just-released follow-up, “High Above the Water,” is already gaining airplay on stations throughout the state.
Justin Frazell, program director of Fort Worth’s 95.9 the Ranch and host of the nationally syndicated “Texas Red Dirt Roads” radio show, was one of the first to jump on McCollum’s increasingly crowded bandwagon. “Twenty seconds into ‘Meet You In the Middle,’ I was hooked,” Frazell reports. “I knew that if this was a sign of what was to come from this new artist, decisions on his future singles would not be hard to make. What an incredible talent!”