Country music icon Dolly Parton will headline and host Red, White & Bluegrass, a New Year's Eve benefit concert at the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville. Featuring Parton backed by an all-star aco
Country music icon Dolly Parton will headline and host Red, White & Bluegrass, a New Year's Eve benefit concert at the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville. Featuring Parton backed by an all-star acoustic band and a slate of guest performers yet to be announced, the show will raise funds for the Families of Freedom Scholarship Fund, established to provide scholarships to children and spouses of the victims of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
"We are trying to gather some of the greatest talent from the bluegrass and roots music community," Parton said in a statement. "I wanted to show my true colors, which are red white and blue, by being a good American and a good Samaritan and doing whatever I could to help the victims of the terrorist tragedy."
Parton, who is not ruling out the possibility of future events to benefit the Freedom Scholarship Fund, added, "I would like to do a series of concerts throughout the year in order to make this an on-going program to raise money for something so worthy."
A $100 million fundraising effort for the scholarship fund is being spearheaded by former President Bill Clinton and former Senator and presidential candidate Bob Dole. For more information, visit the organization's official Web site, or that of the fund's administrator, Citizens' Scholarship Foundation of America.
After more than four decades of recording country music that crossed her over to the mainstream, Parton returned to her bluegrass roots with her latest Sugar Hill albums, 1999's "Grass Is Blue" and this year's "Little Sparrow." Released in January, the latter peaked at No. 3 on Billboard's Top Independent Albums chart, No. 4 on the Top Internet Album Sales tally, No. 12 on Billboard's Top Country Albums roundup, and No. 97 on The Billboard 200.