Country Music Artists Join Efforts of World Vision

“Use Your Voice: Do Good” Campaign

World Vision Logo(Nashville, Tenn. – Sept. 8, 2011)  Global humanitarian organization World Vision has announced the addition of several Country music artists to its growing list of supporters in the United States and around the world.The most recent round of artists to join the World Vision efforts are: Attwater, Carter’s Chord, Jason Crabb, Sarah Darling, Lainey Edwards, LoCash Cowboys and Gary Morris.  Since 2009, World Vision has become an active sponsor at the CMA Music Festival and increased its presence within the Country music community through its Use Your Voice: Do Goodcampaign.  The campaign has already achieved success within the Gospel and Contemporary Christian markets with more than 900,000 sponsorships of children in need.Artists in partnership with World Vision use their voices on the road and elsewhere to encourage fans to join them in speaking out on behalf of those around the world whose voices are not heard: the poor, the marginalized and the oppressed.  Among the diverse roster of acts already committed to the World Vision cause are: Terri Clark, Patty Griffin, The Isaacs, Sarah McLachlan, PawnShop Kings, Kenny Rogers, Jordyn Shellhart, Ricky Skaggs, Chuck Wicks and Wynonna.  Together, these and many other artists and fans have sponsored nearly one million children over the last 23 years.
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Country Stars Pay Homage to Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge

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COUNTRY STARS PERFORM AND PAY HOMAGE TO COUNTRY MUSIC INSTITUTION TOOTSIE’S ORCHID LOUNGE, CELEBRATING ITS 50th ANNIVERSARY WITH A SOLD OUT SHOW AT THE RYMAN

Tootsie's Orchid Lounge - 50th Anniversar

Tootsie's Orchid Lounge - 50th Anniversary

Nashville, Tenn.  (November 8, 2010) – Nashville’s venerable Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge has been shaped by legends, and last night, music icons and stars of yesterday, today, and tomorrow gathered at the Ryman Auditorium to honor country music’s legendary honky-tonk celebrating its 50th anniversary.

Kris Kristofferson honors the legendary honky tonk where he used to sweep floors.

Kris Kristofferson (Photo Credit: Ed Rode)

Kris Kristofferson, Mel Tillis, Terri Clark, Little Jimmy Dickens, Colt Ford, Randy Houser, Jamey Johnson, Mark Chesnutt, Lorrie Morgan, The Grascals, Ronnie McDowell, Dean Miller (son of the late great Roger Miller), Mandy Barnett, and newcomer Joanna Smith, were among those who performed on the revered Ryman stage at the sold out show. Kristofferson, Dickens, Tillis and Clark co-hosted the evening which included a retrospective paying tribute to the Nashville landmark and the iconic woman it’s named for, Hattie Louise “Tootsie” Bess, who died in 1978.  Radio personality Dr. Shane Collins, WPAP-FM (Panama City, FL), served as emcee.

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