Dolly Parton gives fans a free song to benefit the chestnut

 

Dolly Parton has recorded a new song for the American Chestnut Foundation and is offering it as a free download to fans. 

If you visit ACF.org, you can download "Oh, Chestnut Tree, a song dedicated to the American chestnut.

According to ACF, "the American chestnut tree was an essential component of the entire eastern US ecosystem. A late-flowering, reliable, and productive tree, unaffected by seasonal frosts, it was the single most important food source for a wide variety of wildlife from bears to birds. Rural communities depended upon the annual nut harvest as a cash crop to feed livestock. The chestnut lumber industry was a major sector of rural economies. Chestnut wood is straight-grained and easily worked, lightweight and highly rot-resistant, making it ideal for fence posts, railroad ties, barn beams and home construction, as well as for fine furniture and musical instruments."

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The Henningsens’ Debut Album, “American Beautiful,” to Release July 2; Brad Paisley Tour Begins in May (from the mailbag)

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New Arista Nashville trio The Henningsens will have a tough summer to beat this
year, as the multi-talented family band releases their debut album, titled
American Beautiful, on July 2, and prepares to join superstar Brad
Paisley as a guest on his Beat This Summer Tour presented by Cracker Barrel
Old Country Store®
, beginning May 9.

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Kenny Rogers a 2013 Country Music Hall of Fame Inductee (from the mailbag)

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Press release from last week: 

This morning during a press conference at the famed Country Music Hall of Fame Rotunda, the Country Music Association announced that Kenny Rogers, Bobby Bare and Cowboy Jack Clement will become the newest members of the coveted Country Music Hall of Fame! The three will be formally inducted during an official medallion ceremony later this year.

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Lee Greenwood: American Patriot Spotlight Exhibition to open at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum (from the mailbag)

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The Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum will unveil a special
spotlight exhibit dedicated to singer Lee Greenwood on May 10. Lee
Greenwood: American Patriot
, which will be located within the museum's
permanent exhibit on the third floor, will incorporate costumes and other
artifacts spanning Greenwood’s 50 years of musical activity. The exhibition will
run through April 25, 2014.

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