After a Sellout, Dolly Parton Books Second Show at the Ryman
After tickets to Dolly Parton’s first full Nashville headlining show in 12 years sold out nearly immediately, fans now have a second chance at snagging seats. The country icon announced June 29 there would be a second Dolly: Pure and Simple show on August 1, 2015 at the historic Ryman Auditorium, and it will benefit the Opry Trust Fund. Tickets will go on sale Thursday (July 2).
"I love being a member of the Grand Ole Opry ... have been since 1969. It's important to me to be able to do a concert for the Opry Trust Fund as so many of my old Opry friends have benefited from it through the years,” Parton explains in a news release. "The money raised will go to help fund the medical needs and hospitalization for those who are not able to afford it and need the help. I am proud to be of help in any way."
The Opry Trust Fund helps individuals who are a part of the country music industry in times of great financial need, whether due to medical expenses, an emergency, or catastrophe of any kind. This extends to any songwriter, producer, studio musician, artist, et. al. employed full-time in the industry.
The first show July 31 is a benefit for the W. O. Smith Music School in Nashville via the Dustin Wells Foundation. The organization hosts the “Gift of Music” concert annually, which has featured other stars including Dierks Bentley, Kelly Pickler, Ronnie Dunn, Lady Antebellum and more.
“The ‘Gift of Music’ is something that runs deep within my kin folks,” says Parton in an release about the event. “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.”
The Dustin Wells Foundation was established in memory of a young man who passed away in a car accident by his family and friends to keep his legacy alive.
Parton is scheduled to perform sold-out shows at Dollywood in East Tennessee twice in August to benefit her Imagination Library, which provides books to any child residing in Tennessee for no cost to the child’s family. She recently presented the Chasing Rainbows award, of which Parton was the first recipient in 2002 for her work with the Imagination Library, to a Kansas teacher for her contribution to education.
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