Dolly Parton Adds Second Benefit Concert at Ryman Auditorium
"I love being a member of the Grand Ole Opry ... have been since 1969," Parton says in a press release. "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. 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."
Parton's original show, slated for July 31, sold out the same day tickets went on sale, making it one of the fastest sellouts in the history of the Ryman, and with good reason: The concert will be the Tennessee native's first headlining performance in Music City in 12 years.
“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 statement. “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 July 31 concert is the W.O. Smith School of Music's Dustin Wells Foundation’s annual Gift of Music concert. All proceeds from the event will benefit the foundation, which was created in 2005, in memory of Dustin Jack Wells, a music major at Belmont University, who was killed in a car accident.
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