WKZU Updates Archives for 2016-04

Dolly Parton Tour


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (April 25, 2016) – Coming off the heels of a headline-making performance at the ACM Awards in early April, Dolly Parton is heading out on her largest North American tour in over two decades. Tickets are selling fast for the first leg of the Pure & Simple Tour, which will be a total of 16 dates. (See first 14 announced in tour schedule below)

Dolly Parton’s Pure & Simple Tour coincides with the summer release of her double-disc album Pure & Simple with Dolly’s Biggest Hits. The collection will include some of Parton’s most popular singles as well as a few new tracks. Parton’s set list will include the hits her fans love along with a few new songs from the double-disc album. She will also be playing songs that have not been heard live for decades.
Additional U.S. dates for Parton's 2016 historic tour will be announced soon, which includes her first trek into Canada in more than two decades. For the last 20 years, Parton has only played select dates in the U.S., but her 2016 tour will cover cities across North America.
The entertainment icon is on one of the biggest hot streaks of her career after her hugely successful TV movie, “Dolly Parton’s Coat of Many Colors,” attracted a network record of more than 15.8 million viewers. It was the most watched movie on network TV in more than three years and will be released on DVD May 3.
June 03 Greensboro Coliseum - Greensboro, N.C.
June 04 Infinite Energy Center - Duluth, Ga.
June 07 Charleston Civic Center - Charleston, W.Va.
June 08 Wolf Trap - Vienna, Va.
June 10 Hard Rock - Northfield, Ohio
June 11 Horseshoe Casino - Cincinnati, Ohio
June 12 Artpark - Lewiston, N.Y.
June 15 Mann Center - Philadelphia, Penn.
June 17 Tanglewood - Lenox, Mass. | VIP
June 18 Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion - Bangor, Maine
June 22 Mohegan Sun Arena - Wilkes Barre, Penn.
June 25 Forest Hills Stadium - Forest Hills, N.Y.
June 26 PNC Bank Arts Center - Holmdel, N.J.
June 28 Consol Energy Center - Pittsburgh, Penn.

All Tickets and official VIP packages are available for the North American dates; details and purchasing info can be accessed at dollypartonentertainment.com/tour.



First Album Releas in 10 Years

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (April 15, 2016) – Country legend Johnny Lee, known for his dynamic stage presence and smash No. 1 crossover hit "Lookin' for Love," will release his first studio album in 10 years, You Ain’t Never Been to Texas, June 3. Click here to pre-order a copy.

“I’ve been holding on to some of these songs for years and wanted to wait until it was just the right time to release You Ain’t Never Been to Texas. We’re on the road more than ever and I’m blessed because of that, so I wanted to give the fans some new music that I really think they’ll enjoy,” Lee said.

You Ain’t Never Been to Texas, distributed by Smith Music Group, includes 12 tracks that showcase Lee’s honky-tonk country storytelling with an edge, including the Bob Wills-penned “Deep Water” and the smooth pedal-steeled “Never Been to Texas,” co-written by Roger Springer, Tony Raymee and Jerry Lane. The record also includes 10 other tracks that exemplify Lee’s baritone on cuts like the feisty “Bullets First.”

Fans are still transfixed when Lee belts out his 1980 hit "Lookin' for Love," which became a crossover hit spending three weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard Country Singles chart while also appearing in the Top 5 on the Billboard Pop chart and Top 10 on Billboard's Adult Contemporary chart. In addition to "Lookin' for Love," Lee had a string of hit No. 1 songs reach the top: "One in a Million," "Bet Your Heart on Me,” "The Yellow Rose" (a duet with Lane Brody and the theme song to the NBC TV-series of the same name) and "You Could Have Heard a Heartbreak." Lee’s other major hits include "Pickin' Up Strangers," "Prisoner of Hope," "Cherokee Fiddle," "Sounds Like Love," "Hey Bartender," "Rollin' Lonely," and "Save the Last Chance."

For more information, visit theofficialjohnnylee.com or follow him on Facebook and YouTube.


  1. Lonesome Love List
  2. What’s Forever For
  3. Who’s Left, Who’s Right
  4. Deep Water
  5. Never Been To Texas
  6. Best Thing That Ever Happened to Me
  7. Good Lovin’ Woman Bad
  8. Wish I Could Love That Way Again
  9. 2 Steps From The Blues
  10. Who Did You Love
  11. Bullets First
  12. Worth Watching

#YouAintNeverBeentoTexas, pre-order here: bit.ly/23youUi



Dancing with the King


 Annual Dance Weekend Set for April 22-24


Dancing With The KingTM, presented by the Tupelo ElvisTM Fan Club, is slated for the weekend of April 22-24.  Now in its third year, the dance weekend is a highlight of Tupelo’s spring event season and draws dancers and fans from all over the South and beyond.


The annual event, designed to pay tribute to Elvis’TM  musical legacy, features a Sock Hop on Friday night at the Elvis PresleyTM Birthplace, a Saturday morning tour of Elvis’TM childhood haunts led by Tupelo ElvisTM Historian, Roy Turner, and a show dance competition on Saturday where dancers dance to Elvis’TM music, chosen from more than 800 of his songs. 


A Saturday evening dinner dance gala features a performance by the best of the best from the amateur competition and a showcase competition with professional dancers, as well as a performance by popular ElvisTM tribute artist, Jack Curtis. With the exception of the Saturday morning tour, all Saturday events will be held in Shelton Hall, St. James Catholic Church. 


Dancing With The KingTM is a charitable event designed to raise money for dance scholarships.  More than 80 items donated by area merchants will be offered during the weekend to raise additional scholarship funds for dance education.


Tickets are currently on sale and may be purchased as complete packages or for separate events.  Contact Charlise Latour at (662) 687-2188 for ticket information


Dancing With The KingTM is a special project of the CREATE Foundation and sponsored by the Tupelo Convention and Visitors’ Bureau, the City of Tupelo, the Elaine Dundy and Roy Turner Endowment for the Arts and the MDA Tourism Division along with individuals and businesses throughout Northeast Mississippi.


ElvisTM, Elvis PresleyTM and the KingTM are trademarks of ABG EPE IP LLC.  Rights of Publicity and Persona Rights for Elvis Presley are used with permission of ABG EPE IP LLC.


Kenny Rogers Last World Tour



NASHVILLE, Tenn. (April 13, 2016) – After more than five decades of touring and entertaining the world, Kenny Rogers will begin his final world tour on May 13th in Mahnomen, Minnesota.

Rogers announced late last year on NBC’s The Today Show that this upcoming tour would be his last. “The Gambler’s Last Deal” is expected to run into 2017. Dates are still being added due to popular demand. The tour will include special guest Linda Davis for all dates, along with Charlie Worsham for select dates in Europe. Davis is a GRAMMY® Award winner whose hits include the No. 1 song, “Does He Love You” (with Reba McEntire). Nashville based singer-songwriter Worsham, who is excited to return to Europe with Rogers after a successful tour there earlier this year, is currently in the studio working on the follow up to his critically acclaimed debut,Rubberband.

“I’m excited about making one more sweep around the world,” Rogers remarked. “For more than five decades, I’ve been fortunate enough to have such wonderful, loyal audiences, and their support has meant so much. This final tour is going to be a celebration of all of my music, and I know each night will be truly special."

“The Gambler’s Last Deal” concerts will include a reflective look back through Rogers’ storied 50-plus-year career. Enhanced with personal stories, vintage photos and video clips—including never-before-seen footage—the retrospective will touch on every part of Rogers’ career. Along with his long list of hits, Rogers plans to sing songs he hasn’t performed in years. The show is produced by veteran producer Kelly Junkermann.

Making this rare tour experience even more special, a very limited number of VIP ticket packages will be offered, allowing fans the opportunity to meet Rogers and receive one-of-a-kind “The Gambler’s Last Deal” memorabilia. Two types of VIP packages are available for each show of the tour. For more information, visit:www.kennyrogers.com.

Rogers has sold more than 120 million albums worldwide. He has charted a record within each of the last seven decades. The first country artist to consistently sell out arenas, Rogers achieved pop superstardom as well — his 28 Billboard Adult Contemporary Top 10's rank him fourth-best of all time among men, trailing only Elton John, Neil Diamond, and Elvis Presley. Rogers has recorded 24 No. 1 hits, 12 No. 1 albums, 25 Top 10 country albums and is the RIAA’s eighth best-selling male solo artist of all time. The Country Music Hall of Fame member has received three GRAMMY® Awards, 11 People's Choice Awards, 19 American Music Awards, eight Academy of Country Music (ACM) Awards and six Country Music Association (CMA) Awards, among many other accolades.

For the most up-to-date information on ticket on sale dates, please visit: www.kennyrogers.com.




NASHVILLE, Tenn. (April 7, 2016) – Iconic duo and international sensation, the Bellamy Brothers, will appear on an all-new episode of “Reflections” after returning from their sold-out European tour. “Reflections” airs on The Heartland Network Thursdays 8/7c (6 p.m. CST on WSMV 4.2 in Nashville) and Saturdays 4/3c. Click here to find your local channel.

The duo will be back on the road this spring and summer with dates across the U.S. as well as stops in Germany, Norway and Canada, just to name a few (tour dates below). The successful second leg of their tour coincides with their new album “40 Years: The Album,” a compilation of past hits and new songs, which also benefits Susan G. Komen by donating $1 of every U.S. iTunes download to fund breast cancer research, education and community outreach programs. Click here to purchase “40 Years: The Album.”

“Reflections” is a weekly half-hour, interview show where Bilbrey leads one-on-one insightful interviews with country music's legendary artists. Viewers can also tune in to Blue Highways TV, Sky Angel Two, The Family Channel or AMG TV to watch. Check your local listings for channels and airtimes.

40 Years: The Album” encompasses more than their four decades in the music business. The project is a compilation of past hits, like “Let Your Love Flow,” ”Redneck Girl” and “If I Said You Have a Beautiful Body (Would You Hold It Against Me)” and 20 new songs.





MURFREESBORO, Tenn.--April 6, 2016--New for Uncle Dave Macon Days 2016 is an event that will certainly thrill young and old alike--the attempt to break the Guinness record for the World's Largest Square Dance. 

There will be a community-wide Square Dance meeting, April 12, 6:30 pm at Bradley Museum, 415 South Academy Street in Murfreesboro. All interested in participating, as a either a dancer or volunteer, are encouraged to attend. Details about the World's Largest Square Dance will be discussed. 

The high-energy, rollicking sounds of the Hog Slop String Band will lead the attempt for the World's Largest Square Dance. According to the Nashville Scene, "Hog Slop String Band is the finest Square Dance Band on the planet."

On the evening of July 7th, at 6 pm, a true Tennessee favorite will be introduced on the Public Square in Murfreesboro, Tennessee with Marcia Campbell from Grand Ole Opry Dancers and WSM 650. According to the State of Tennessee, the square dance is the official dance of Tennessee, but the record for the World's Largest Square Dance is now held in Illinois.

This free event drawing thousands will kick-off Uncle Dave Macon Days 2016 and bring folks back to the Square where the festival began nearly 40 years ago.

For more information about the World's Largest Square Dance to sign up or to participate go to: https://uncledavemacondays.com/the-worlds-largest-squaredance/

Gloria Christy, (615) 893-2371, gsc714@hotmail.com


Merl Haggard Dead at the age of 79

Country Music Legend Merle Haggard Dead

Haggard was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1994. Before then, California Governor Ronald Reagan granted him a full pardon for his youthful indiscretions. Merle Haggard's final recording was 2015's Django and Jimmie, with his pal Willie Nelson. He had a string of hits including: "Okie from Muskogee","You Take Me For Granted", "Mama's Hungry Eyes", "Mama Tried", "Branded Man," and "Someday When Things Are Good (I'm Gonna Leave You)."


Merle Haggard died on his 79th birthday, Wednesday, April 6th.


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