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A telethon on Nashville television station WSMV has raised $1.7 million for Tennessee flood relief tonight (May 6). The nearly four hour telethon was hosted by Vince Gill and featured performances by Keith Urban, Alison Krauss, Amy Grant, Steven Curtis Chapman, Billy Dean, Lonestar, Lee Roy Parnell, Larry Gatlin, Bryan White, Steve Wariner, Lorrie Morgan and others. "It's amazing what a couple of phone calls can do," Vince said at one point during the show.

Not only did artists perform, Keith, Amy, Billy and Steve were among those answering phones during the event, which was carried locally as well as on the station's website and intermittently on CNN.

Meanwhile, Taylor Swift called in from a concert stop in Des Moines, Iowa, to pledge her support to the event. While she didn't donate directly, it was announced during the show that she has given $500,000 to various charities for flood relief.

Meanwhile, Vince and wife Amy Grant donated $100,000 to the cause. Amy told an interviewer that their inspiration came from Reba McEntire, who donated the same amount to the American Red Cross this week.

Proceeds from the telethon will go to benefit the Second Harvest Food Bank, the American Red Cross, and the Salvation Army.

Thousands of Middle Tennessee families were left with no homes, food, or possessions after weekend flooding of historic proportions. Several Nashville landmarks, including the Grand Ole Opry, the Country Music Hall of Fame, the Schermerhorn Symphony Center, the Opryland Hotel, the Wildhorse Saloon and the Opry Mills Mall were affected by the flooding of the nearby Cumberland River.

Vince closed the show with "Go Rest High On That Mountain," which featured an all-star chorus including Billy Dean, Lee Roy Parnell, Bryan White, Jeff Hanna, Larry Gatlin, Lonestar and others. "This is the best choir I've ever seen," Vince said before playing the opening notes of the song, which he dedicated to those who had lost their lives in the flooding.

"Follow that Jay Leno," Vince shouted to laughs and applause as the show ended.

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victoria-shaw-concertARE YOU KIDDING ME WITH VICTORIA SHAW'S RECENT UNDER THE COVERS CONCERT?

The multi-trillion selling singer/songwriter/producer once again brought a bevy of Nashville talent to our stage (left, by Stephen Sorokoff) , telling the stories behind the famous songs they’ve written, and singing spectacularly gorgeous acoustic renditions! Between Gary Burr, who wrote my all-time favorite Wynonna song, “To Be Loved By You,” Julie Gold, who performed a touching “From A Distance,” Mark Hudson, who did his best Steve Tyler on “Livin’ On The Edge,” and the extraordinary Bryan White who played and sang with great humor through an allergy attack - the show was a crazy hit. Of course, Ms. Shaw sang some new songs, along with her biggest hit, “The River.” We’re thrilled that she’s up for yet another ACM Award for her work on Lady Antebellum’s debut CD. The place was packed with music fans, including one Lance Bass, who knows a little something about selling records! (‘N Sync sold more than 56 million records worldwide!) The Under The Covers series has been one of our favorites for seven years, and you know Vic will make a return visit soon! Be there, or be all kinds of square!


On Monday, April 5, 2010, I had the distinct privilege of interviewing Award winning country music artist Bryan White after seeing him perform with Victoria Shaw and Gary Burr at New York City’s legendary jazz club Birdland as part of Jim Caruso’s Broadway at Birdland series. Right before I interviewed him, Bryan took the time to meet with fans, take pictures, and sign cds. Gracious, personable, and down to earth, Bryan White is proud of his success, but hasn’t forgotten where he came from. Since the age of 14, he has been entertaining audiences. He’s won a Grammy award, CMA Horizon Award, ACM Top Male Vocalist Award, had six #1 singles, two platinum records, two gold records and joined forces with Shania Twain for “From This Moment on” which they took to #4 on Billboard’s Hot 100 Chart. Bryan just released his eighth studio album entitled “Dustbowl Dreams” and is currently touring the country. For tour dates and much more on Bryan, be sure to visit: http://www.bryanwhite.com.

The Kidney Foundation of the Greater Chattanooga Area and 107.9 The Duke are hosting the 8th annual Six Strings at Sunset on April 7. This acoustic concert showcases country music artists that are not only performers, but songwriters as well.

This year, the Tivoli Theatre again will house the award-winning singers and songwriters, which include Richie McDonald, formally with Lonestar, Larry Stewart of Restless Heart, Bryan White, Katie Armiger and Jeremy McComb.

Review for Richie McDonald:
Richie McDonald has long been one of music's most accomplished and wide-ranging talents. Recognized as one of country's best singers, he was the face and voice of Lonestar, ranked among the genre's preeminent groups. A polished and engaging entertainer, he was the focal point of the group's storied touring career. As one of the industry's most successful songwriters, he has penned some of the era's most memorable songs and earned a mantle full of awards and nominations. Hits include I’m Already There, Amazed, Mr. Mom, Coming Home, My Front Porch Looking, and many more.

Review for Larry Stewart:

Larry Stewart is best known for his role as lead singer of country band Restless Heart. Restless Heart charted 18 Top 40 singles on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles and Tracks chart including six Number Ones. Hits include The Bluest Eyes In Texas, That Rock Won’t Roll, Why Does It Have to Be (Wrong or Right), I'll Still Be Loving You, among others.

Review for Bryan White:

Bryan White has been a strong force within the country music industry for over two decades. He has charted 17 singles on Billboard's Country Charts, had six number one singles, two platinum records, two gold records, he joined forces with Shania Twain and together they took From This Moment On all the way up to number four on Billboard's Hot 100 Chart. He has garnered several awards for himself, including a Grammy, a CMA Horizon Award, and an ACM Top Male Vocalist award among them. And, with his songwriting, he helped several other artists climb the charts; Sawyer Brown and Diamond Rio both got in the top five with songs co-written by White and Wynonna, Joe Diffie, LeAnn Rimes and Lila McCann all recorded songs he co-wrote. However, despite all of his music successes, it is an award from outside of the music arena that is probably the best indicator of who White really is; People Magazine named him one of their “50 most beautiful people” in the world and everyone who knows him finds it easy to understand why.

Review for Katie Arminger:
Newcomer Katie Armiger's powerful vocals and skillful songwriting are clearly showcased on her new music. At the ripe age of 18, Katie does not hold back and has an inspiring combination of determination and passion that shines through in her music. Her current breakthrough album was created by Katie along with some of Nashville’s elite songwriters that have written songs for Reba McEntire, Willie Nelson, Trisha Yearwood and many more.

Review for Jeremy McComb:

Singer/Songwriter, Jeremy McComb got his start as a writer and tour manager for Larry The Cable Guy. With that start, doors opened up for Jeremy to pursue his passion for music and gain radio play for his music. His most recognized songs include This Town Needs A Bar, Wagon Wheel, and Cold. Jeremy continues to have a powerful, yet humorous, presence on stage and will deliver a performance that guarantees fun.

Six Strings at Sunset will be April 7 starting at 7:30 p.m. at the Tivoli Theatre. Tickets are $30 for priority seating and $25 all other seats. Reserve tickets now by calling 642-TIXS. VIP Packages are available by calling 265-4397. All money raised will go directly to benefit kidney patients in the greater Chattanooga area.