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Lynn Anderson Rose Bushes

Limited Edition Lynn Anderson Rose Bushes Available For Purchase Just In Time For Mother's Day

Available For Pre-order To Reserve Rare Crafted Rose Bushes Online Now With Pick Starting Friday, May 1st in Nashville, TN. Legacy Recordings Release Digitally Remastered Albums 'Cry,' 'Singing My Song,' 'Listen To A Country Song,' and 'Stay There ‘Til I Get There' To All Digital Platforms.

Nashville, Tenn. - As part of the year long, 50th anniversary celebration of Lynn Anderson’s Rose Garden, fans can order The Lynn Anderson Rose Bushes and pick them up just in time for Mother's Day. There are only 60 rose bushes available and can be purchased directly at www.lynnandersonrosegarden.com for $50.00 each. These uniquely designed tea roses took two years from start to harvest.

To view the harvest process, please visit here.

“It's comforting to have the final portion of mom's 2020 'Lynn Anderson' rose bushes available in time for Mother’s Day,” says daughter Lisa Sutton. “In light of social distancing, there's been no better place for me than in Mom's rose garden. "Come Hell or High Water" as the late songwriter Alex Harvey wrote, Mom's roses are going to bloom right when I need them most.”

Cultivated at Weeks Roses in Wasco, California, The Lynn Anderson Rose is a hybrid tea rose, grown in small numbers to ensure that only the finest bushes are chosen from top professionals. This is the second harvest of these special roses and once they are gone, there won’t be any available anywhere until the spring of 2021.

In addition to The Lynn Anderson Rose, Legacy Recordings has opened the vault to release four albums from the timeless collection of country music pioneer Lynn Anderson. Her fans now have access to four of her classic albums that have just been re-released to all digital platforms. Anderson’s digitally remastered albums CryListen To A Country SongSinging My Song and Stay There ‘Til I Get There were recently released, with hopes of more to come.

Ranked among the most admired and trailblazing entertainers in America throughout her six-decade career, Lynn Anderson’s sparkling vocals brought a new level of sophistication and glamour to country music. Her groundbreaking pop-country sound helped her become one of the first female country artists to achieve mass crossover appeal. Many firsts were achieved throughout Anderson’s career; some of which broke social barriers. Anderson was the first female country singer to perform on The Tonight Show, first to headline and sell out Madison Square Garden and the first female to win an American Music Award. Lynn repeatedly delivered chart topping songs, such as “(I Never Promised You A) Rose Garden,” and was named Billboard’s Artist of the Decade for the 70s. Too timeless to be forgotten, events and celebrations are in the works to honor the classic hits and sweet southern personality that Anderson engraved in hearts across the world.

To keep up with events and announcements visit LynnAndersonRoseGarden.com and follow Anderson’s social channels linked below:
 

YouTube | Facebook | Instagram | Twitter

 

Feeding America

Subway® Restaurants and Feeding America® Partner To Provide 15 Million Meals

For every Footlong purchased, Subway will donate a meal to Feeding America

MILFORD, Conn. (April 17, 2020) – For more than 50 years, Subway® restaurants have been open to serve guests and communities. Now, during this unprecedented time, Subway remains committed to not only providing nutritious meals but getting them to those who need it the most. Starting today, Subway and Feeding America® are teaming up to provide up to 15 million meals* to feed people in need across the country. With the purchase of every Footlong through April 30 for takeout, catering and delivery, Subway will provide a meal* to Feeding America.

 

With Feeding America predicting food banks needing an additional estimated $1.4 billion

over the next six months to feed people in need due to the COIVD-19 pandemic, Subway

and its guests are lending their support by simply ordering their favorite Footlong from

participating restaurants through the Subway app, on order.subway.com or by visiting

Subway.com to find their closest restaurant offering takeout.

 

“Subway has always been a part of the community to provide delicious subs and a

helping hand – and we plan to continue to do just that during this time of hardship,” said

Subway’s North America President, Trevor Haynes. “From keeping our restaurants open

and safe, to providing better-for-you food options, to our Franchise Owners dedicating

their time and donating food, Subway is open to serve. And, we are proud to once again

partner with Feeding America to help make sure our neighbors are getting the nutritious

meals they need and deserve.”

 

As of December 2019, the Feeding America network of food banks served about 40

million people a year. It has seen a drastic uptick in need, an unprecedented increase of

17 million people, who will rely on food banks during this uncertain time. This has put an

unexpected burden on the Feeding America network, and despite increased support, it

still doesn’t have all of the resources it needs to meet demands. As a long-standing

supporter of Feeding America, Subway wants to lend its support in helping to alleviate

some of this need, using the community reach of its over 24,000 restaurants nationwide

to help feed millions of Americans in these uncertain times.

 

“Feeding America network food banks have seen an unprecedented increase in need for

food assistance across the communities they serve,” said Claire Babineaux-Fontenot,

CEO of Feeding America. “Subway’s donation of 15 million meals will help ease the

burden felt by our neighbors struggling with hunger so they can instead focus on

navigating this difficult time with their families.”

 

Along with keeping restaurants open and ready to serve, Subway Franchise Owners

across the globe have stepped up in big ways in their local communities donating meals

to those on the frontlines including healthcare workers and first responders, as well as

donating meals to children who normally rely on school lunches.

 

Subway has also taken steps in restaurant to ensure a safe experience, including

increased frequency of cleaning and sanitizing, continued reinforcement of existing

health and food safety protocols and moving to a takeout and delivery-only model.

For more information about how Subway and its Franchise Owners are addressing the

coronavirus outbreak, visit Subway.com/COVIDRelief.

 

 

Opry Easter Celebration

Tune In Alert: T. Graham Brown Joins Trace Adkins, Jason Crabb And Host Bobby Bones For A Special Easter Edition Of The Grand Ole Opry, Live On Circle

Opry Easter Celebration to Re-air on Circle on Easter Sunday

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Country hit-maker T. Graham Brown will join Trace Adkins, Jason Crabb, and Circle host Bobby Bones for a special Easter celebration and to carry on the tradition of the 4,919th consecutive Saturday night broadcast of the Grand Ole Opry.

“I’m so happy that the Grand Ole Opry tradition of weekly live broadcasts is able to continue bringing the music and fun to it’s loyal audience,” said T. Graham. “I’m always honored to sing in the “Sacred Circle,” especially during these times of uncertainty. Music heals the soul and that’s what we are all trying to do in one way or another.”

In addition, the Grand Ole Opry has partnered with MusiCares to bring you the #UNBROKEN campaign to raise money for MusiCares’s COVID-19 Relief Fund, benefiting artists and music professionals affected by the crisis. You can help us keep the music playing and the circle unbroken by texting UNBROKEN to 41444 to donate now, and by tuning in this Saturday, April 11 at 8PM ET / 7PM CT on Circle.

The Opry will be broadcast live Saturday, April 11 at 8 PM ET / 7 PM CT on Circle, and on Gray TV stations, DISH Studio Channel 102, Sling TV and other TV affiliates in addition to a companion live stream on Circle All Access Facebook and YouTube channels. TV and radio personality Bobby Bones will host the Circle telecast, while Opry announcer Charlie Mattos will join the Opry’s radio audience at the announcer podium. Embracing today’s technology, the Opry will be broadcast and streamed with a very small production team. The show’s artists will perform acoustically at a recommended social distance across the Opry stage.

Fans around the world can also tune in to the broadcast on the Opry’s flagship radio home, 650 AM-WSM and several other outlets.

With Nashvillians at home under Nashville Mayor John Cooper’s “Safer at Home” order and live shows paused at the Grand Ole Opry to help reduce the spread of COVID-19, this Saturday’s performance will once again take place without a live audience. Grand Ole Opry management has worked closely with Nashville’s Director of Health to bring the show live to millions around the world while following strict safety protocols under the guidance of local health professionals.

Since the Saturday night Opry telecast will be an Easter celebration, the one-hour show will be re-broadcast on Circle Television on Easter Sunday 10 ET/ 9 CT and 6:30 PM/ 5:30 ET.

For T. Graham Brown's most updated concert calendar visit tgrahambrown.com.

About T. Graham Brown:
T. Graham Brown has recorded 15 studio albums and charted more than 20 singles on the Billboard charts. He has had multiple number one hits in country, gospel and blues. Brown’s voice is also recognized from his singing in advertising campaigns for McDonald’s, Disneyland, Almond Joy, Coca Cola, Dodge Truck, Ford, Hardee’s and many others including the Taco Bell “Run For The Border” television spots.

In early 2015, Brown released his latest Grammy nominated album, Forever Changed, which featured collaborations with Vince Gill, Jason Crabb, The Oak Ridge Boys, Jimmy Fortune and more. T. Graham Brown still actively tours throughout the year, including multiple appearances on the legendary Grand Ole Opry and television appearances such as Larry's Country Diner and Country's Family Reunion. Brown's uniqueness has made him one of the most beloved and iconic performers of the day.

For more information, visit tgrahambrown.com.

 

John Prine

Fellow Singer/Songwriters and Friends Remember and Mourn The Loss of Lyrical Legend John Prine

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Grammy Award winning, Songwriters Hall of Fame Member John Prine passed away at age 73 due to Covid-19. Some of his most legendary hits include, “Hello in There,” “Sam Stone,” “Angel From Montgomery” and “Paradise.” Prine used these masterpieces to highlight moments that the average mind grazed over with empathetic words and light-hearted lines. Writing for big industry names such as Johnny Cash, George Strait, Don Williams, the Everly Brothers, Carl Perkins and Bette Midler, all while being a singer, author, actor and record label owner, leaves Prine with one of the most renowned legacies in music history. Prine was not only a poetic prodigy, but a friend to many in the music and entertainment industry.

Fellow artists mourn the loss of their friend and share fond memories that have left them forever inspired by the timeless, John Prine.

“I have enjoyed John’s music for many years. He was a truly gifted man and he will be missed. My prayers go out to his family.” - Charley Pride

“All of The Oak Ridge Boys are saddened by the loss of John Prine. The man was a genius songwriter! I have been listening to his music and praying for him since he got sick and to be honest I didn’t really know John personally but my heart is heavy nonetheless.” - Joe Bonsall / Oak Ridge Boys

“Nashville has lost another legendary artist. John Prine will always be remembered for his great music. I will always remember John’s wonderful smile and how nice and caring he was. Sending lots of love to his family.” - Crystal Gayle

“So sad to see another great music legend leave us. My family sends prayers to John Prine's family.” - Lee Greenwood

“John was a sweet genius who always had time for conversation with me and as a songwriter, he was untouchable.” – T. Graham Brown

“After having the honor of seeing John Prine on a few occasions, it was no secret how much he is loved and admired. I last saw him at the Marty Stuart Late Night Jam, and was fortunate to have a front row seat. I captured many great photos, and will cherish the photos as a wonderful memory of witnessing one of the greatest songwriters to walk God’s Earth.” - Rhonda Vincent

“I really feel like we've lost one of our generation's great champions for living outside the senses.” - Lacy J. Dalton

John Prine was a treasure! He inspired every singer/songwriter who has ever lived. He has survived several health challenges and I was praying that he would survive this. There was only one John Prine. Everyone looked up to him and he will be missed by not only Nashville, but around the world. We love you, John.” – Deborah Allen

“I used to sing his song “Paradise” about Muhlenburg county during my shows in clubs. It was written about how the coal mines stripped away the vegetation and trees. He also wrote “Angel From Montgomery,” which was a hit by Bonnie Raitt. This is the kind of music that I have always loved. It was a touch of blues and a touch of pop. I have always loved his music and style. He was a leader in the “awareness” songs and was a huge influence in my life and my approach to music. You will be missed, John.” - Janie Fricke

“I first met John Prine in the 70's backstage at the Grand Ole Opry.  He was perhaps one of the nicest guys I've ever had the honor to meet.  No star attitude whatsoever. He was just an average guy who loved words.  And he became one of the greatest wordsmiths of our time. His lyrics are pure poetry.  He never worried about making his songs commercial. He wrote from the heart and the gut.  Ironically I was in the studio last month and recorded one of his songs that I've loved for years called  "Blue Umbrella." John would say in three minutes what an author would say in 256 pages. What a talent!” - Tim Atwood

“So sad to hear the passing of the legendary John Prine. One of the most influential songwriters of our time gone way too soon! His music will live on forever.” - J.D. Shelburne

John Prine was one of the most beloved and well-versed songwriters in the business, and his passing is a huge loss to songwriters and fans alike. The mark he made on the americana/folk/country music industry was remarkable - one that no one else could ever dream of accomplishing. His songwriting will be deeply missed, but even more than that is his infectious smile and sweet spirit. My thoughts and prayers go out to all of John's family and friends, as well as all the fans he has made over the years. There will truly never be another John Prine.” - Paige King Johnson.

 

Paycheck Protection Program

SBA’s Paycheck Protection Program for Small Businesses Affected by the Coronavirus Pandemic Launches

One of Multiple Economic Relief Provisions to Protect Workers and Small Businesses

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Small Business Administration Administrator Jovita Carranza today launched the Paycheck Protection Program, a $349 billion emergency loan program created last week with the President’s signing of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES). The program provides forgivable loans up to $10 million to small businesses left financially distressed by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The loans, which will be administered at the local level by a national network of banks and credit unions, are designed to maintain the viability of millions of small businesses struggling to meet payroll and day-to-day operating expenses.

 

“These loans will bring immediate economic relief and eight weeks of financial certainty to millions of small businesses and their employees,” SBA Administrator Carranza said. “We urge every struggling small business to take advantage of this unprecedented federal resource – their viability is critically important to their employees, their community, and the country.”


The loans, which are 100% backed by SBA, are being provided to small businesses without collateral requirements, personal guarantees, SBA fees, or credit elsewhere tests. Those eligible for the program include small businesses, certain non-profits, veterans’ organizations, self-employed individuals, independent contractors, and other businesses meeting size standards based on their North American Industry Classification System code.

 

The Paycheck Protection Program’s maximum loan amount is $10 million with a fixed 1% interest rate and maturity of two years.

The loans are available to cover up to eight weeks of average monthly payroll (based on 2019 figures) plus 25% and payments are deferred for six months (interest does accrue). The SBA will forgive the portion of loan proceeds used for payroll costs and other designated operating expenses for up to eight weeks, provided at least 75% of loan proceeds are used for payroll costs. Eligible expenses for the eight-week forgiveness include:

  • Payroll costs (excluding the prorated portion of any compensation above $100,000 per year for any person. Payroll costs include salary, commissions, tips; certain employee benefits including sick leave and health care premiums, and state and local taxes;
  • Mortgage interest (not prepayment or principal payments) and rent payments on mortgages and leases in existence after February 15, 2020;
  • Utilities such as electricity, gas, water, transportation, phone and internet access for services that began before February 15, 2020; and
  • Additional wages paid to tipped employees.


Visit www.SBA.gov/Coronavirus for additional resources about protecting your business, employees and customers.

 

Deana Martin Host Facebook

World-renowned Entertainer Deana Martin To Host Interactive Facebook Live Friday, April 3rd at 4 PM EST, 3PM CST & 1PM PST

Martin Performs New Music During Facebook Live Show

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Celebrated artist Deana Martin takes her audience on a virtual interactive adventure full of new music, laughs, and stories of the past with her signature one-of-a-kind energy in her Facebook Live show on Friday April 3rd at 4 PM EST, 3PM CST & 1PM PST. The show features covers of songs by other great performers who shaped popular culture and audience engagement as fans are encouraged to make requests. Martin hosts these interactive performances to comfort fans by keeping them company during times of social distancing and to assure that we are all in this together!

I'm praying for all of you and the way I pray is with my God given voice. My father taught me how to sing… well no... Frank Sinatra taught me how to sing… which is a very cute story,” said Martin.

Each Facebook Live show highlights unique stories along with attribution to her father, legendary entertainer, Dean Martin. Fans have the rare opportunity to hear new music from Martin performed live each week from the comfort of their homes. Tune into her next Facebook Live show to be entertained, engage in the action and have a much needed light-hearted time with musical great, Deana Martin.

Click here to watch Martin’s next Facebook Live.

To watch the last Facebook Live shows click here: March 27 | March 20.

 

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