Dolly Parton Sells Out Upcoming Nashville Concert in Record Time
Dolly Parton sold out her upcoming performance at Nashville's historic Ryman Auditorium on Saturday morning (June 20), the very same day that tickets went on sale. The sellout is one of the fastest in the entire storied history of the venue.
The country icon will give her first full Nashville performance in 12 years at the hallowed venue on July 31, at a special concert event billed as Dolly Parton: Pure and Simple. The event is the Dustin Wells Foundation Gift of Music concert, with proceeds going to support the W. O. Smith School of Music in Nashville.
“I think back to all the people who encouraged me and helped me on my way up, and if I can help some young person make music, then I absolutely want to do that,” Parton says in a press release. “Music is important to me and my family, and I’m grateful that so many people wanted to come see the show that it sold out so quickly.”
The Dustin Wells Foundation was established by the family and friends of Dustin Wells, a young man who passed away in a car accident in 2005. Since its inception in 2008, the Gift of Music concert has garnered the support of many top musical acts, including Ronnie Dunn, Kellie Pickler, Dierks Bentley, Lady Antebellum, Peter Frampton, Peter Cetera, Lee Greenwood and more.
Parton is proud to add her name to that impressive list.
“The ‘Gift of Music’ is something that runs deep within my kin folks,” she says. “I love and cherish the Ryman and I am really excited to perform there to help raise money for the Dustin Wells Foundation. This goes to help many young kids that are part of the W.O. Smith School of Music. Through all of us working together we can make a difference in helping a child feel the magic in making music.”
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