THIRTEEN’s American Masters Presents the World Premiere of Patsy Cline Documentary Beginning March 4 on PBS During Women’s History Month

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Born Virginia Patterson Hensley in Winchester, Virginia, The late Patsy Cline (September 8, 1932-March 5, 1963) defined modern country music by using her singular talent and heart‐wrenching emotional depth to break down barriers of gender, class and genre. In her music and her life, she set a standard of authenticity towards which artists still strive. After years of hard work to overcome industry gender biases and her own personal hardships and professional missteps, she achieved success, only to have it punctured by uncanny premonitions and her untimely death at age 30. The new documentary Patsy Cline: American Masters premieres nationwide beginning March 4 on PBS (check local listings) during Women’s History Month as part of the 31st season of THIRTEEN’s American Masters series. 2017 marks the 85th anniversary of Cline’s birth.

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Patsy Cline. Credit: Courtesy of Universal Music Enterprises

Cline boldly bucked female conventions of the 1950s with her fashion sense, her decision to divorce, her support of fellow female artists, and her assertive ambition to get opportunities equal to those of her male Nashville peers, such as the same kind of headliner billing and radio airplay, particularly after breaking free of her unfavorable contract with Four Star Records. Six years after her national breakthrough on Arthur Godfrey’s Talent Scouts (CBS, 1957), she died in a plane crash returning home from a benefit performance. Her many posthumous honors include being the first solo female performer to be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame, a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award and a U.S. postage stamp. She was also portrayed in the Oscar-winning feature film Coal Miner’s Daughter (1980) by D’Angelo and in Sweet Dreams (1985) by Jessica Lange.

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Patsy Cline. Credit: Courtesy of Universal Music Enterprises

Narrated by Rosanne Cash, Patsy Cline: American Masters examines the roots of Cline’s impact in both personal and cultural terms to illuminate how she arrived at a pivotal moment in the evolution of American culture and, with Decca Records producer Owen Bradley, synthesized country, pop and rock in a new way to create the Nashville Sound. With exclusive access to the Cline estate, the film features rare performances of such Cline classics as “Walkin’ After Midnight” “Three Cigarettes in an Ashtray,” “Come On In,” “I Fall to Pieces,” “Crazy,” “You Made Me Love You” and more.

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Patsy Cline. Credit: Courtesy of Universal Music Enterprises

The documentary also features exclusive archival interviews with Cline’s contemporaries and new interviews with a wide range of artists who have been influenced by Cline: LeAnn Rimes, Kacey Musgraves, Rhiannon Giddens, Wanda Jackson, Bill Anderson, Beverly D’Angelo, Callie Khouri, Reba McEntire, Mickey Guyton and more.

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Country music singer-songwriter Mickey Guyton, who was influenced by Patsy Cline, is interviewed in “Patsy Cline: American Masters.” Credit: Peggy Sirota

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Country music singer-songwriter Mickey Guyton, who was influenced by Patsy Cline, is interviewed in “Patsy Cline: American Masters.” Credit: Peggy Sirota

It’s been such a privilege to tell the story of Patsy Cline. For me, her story exceeds her musical accomplishments. She is in a rare class of women who simply set out to achieve their dreams and through those efforts left an indelible mark,” said Emmy-nominated director and producer Barbara J. Hall. Continue reading

THIRTEEN’s ‘American Masters’ Presents the World Premiere of the New Documentary ‘Loretta Lynn: Still a Mountain Girl’ March 4 on PBS

Bio-Doc Features Never-Before-Seen Performances And New Interviews With Lynn, Jack White, Sheryl Crow, Willie Nelson, Garth Brooks, Trisha Yearwood, Reba McEntire, Miranda Lambert, Sissy Spacek and Others

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Inducted into more music Halls of Fame than any female recording artist to date, Loretta Lynn (b. April 14, 1932) has earned four Grammy Awards, Kennedy Center Honors and a Presidential Medal of Freedom, and sold more than 45 million records worldwide. Still going strong after more than 50 years, “The Queen of Country Music” is now the subject of the new documentary American Masters – Loretta Lynn: Still a Mountain Girl, premiering Friday, March 4 at 9 p.m. on PBS (check local listings) during Women’s History Month as part of the 30th anniversary season of THIRTEEN‘s American Masters series. The world premiere broadcast is the same day as the release of Lynn’s first new studio album in over 10 years, Full Circle (Legacy Recordings).

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You couldn’t make up a better example of the American Dream than Loretta Lynn’s astonishing rags-to-riches story. Her 48-year marriage to Doo and their rare partnership is also one of the great love stories of our times,” said executive producer Elliott Halpern of Yap Films Inc.

With unprecedented access to Lynn, her family and archives, Still a Mountain Girl features never-before-seen home movies, performances and photos, as well as insightful interviews with her friends and fellow musicians, including Jack White (producer of Lynn’s Grammy-winning album Van Lear Rose), Sheryl Crow, Willie Nelson, Garth Brooks, Trisha Yearwood, Reba McEntire, Miranda Lambert and Bill Anderson. The documentary also features never-before-seen footage of Lynn in the studio with producer John Carter Cash, as she records Full Circle and other new songs at the Cash Cabin Studio in Hendersonville, Tenn. Filming with Lynn, her family and business team also took place at her ranch and other locations in Hurricane Mills, Tenn., the community she formed as a re-creation of her Appalachia birthplace, Butcher Hollow, Ky., where she was raised in poverty. Other interviews include Sissy Spacek, who starred as Lynn in the Oscar-winning biographical film of her life, Coal Miner’s Daughter (based on Lynn’s 1976 autobiography), and its director Michael Apted.

Legacy Recordings will release FULL CIRCLE, the first new studio album in over ten years from American music icon Loretta Lynn, on March 4, 2016. (PRNewsFoto/Legacy Recordings)

Legacy Recordings will release FULL CIRCLE, the first new studio album in over ten years from American music icon Loretta Lynn, on March 4, 2016. (PRNewsFoto/Legacy Recordings)

She’s written anti-war anthems, songs about birth control, pregnancy and divorce, all with a sincerity and honesty that transcends music genres, politics and gender,” said executive producer Elizabeth Trojian of Yap Films Inc.

American Masters – Loretta Lynn: Still a Mountain Girl explores Lynn’s hard-fought road to stardom, her struggles to balance her marriage to Oliver “Doolittle” Lynn and six children with her music career, her friendships and collaborations with Spacek, Patsy Cline, Conway Twitty, Johnny Cash, June Carter Cash and music producer Owen Bradley, along with her life on the road, her Nashville and Hurricane Mills communities, her songwriting inspirations and her music’s lasting impact on her peers and fans.

“You don’t have to know country music to love Loretta Lynn,” said Michael Kantor, executive producer of American Masters. “Somehow the Lynn family makes you feel like there is a little country in all of us. Continue reading

Luke Bryan to Kick Off 125th Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign with LIVE Halftime Performance During Dallas Cowboys 2015 Thanksgiving Day Game

Over $2 Billion Raised Since Dallas Cowboys And The Salvation Army Joined Forces 19 Years Ago

Luke Bryan to Kick Off 125th Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign with LIVE Halftime Performance During Cowboys Thanksgiving Day Game

Luke Bryan to Kick Off 125th Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign with LIVE Halftime Performance During Cowboys Thanksgiving Day Game

Country music star Luke Bryan will perform LIVE at AT&T Stadium during halftime of the Dallas Cowboys game against the Carolina Panthers on Thanksgiving Day, November 26, kicking off The Salvation Army’s annual Red Kettle Campaign. The nationally televised halftime performance marks the 19th year the Dallas Cowboys have partnered with The Salvation Army to launch the iconic annual campaign, which raises millions of dollars throughout the holiday season. Donations help provide meals and shelter for families and Christmas toys for millions of children, in addition to numerous other social services programs year-round, such as substance abuse programs, shelter and counseling for victims of domestic violence, and military veteran assistance.

From its humble beginnings as a Salvation Army captain’s start-up program in 1891 in San Francisco, the Red Kettle Campaign has grown into one of the most recognizable and important charitable campaigns in the United States. It provides toys for kids, coats for the homeless, food for the hungry and countless social service programs year-round. As part of the campaign, more than 25,000 Salvation Army volunteers throughout the country ring bells and solicit donations to the Red Kettles.

Luke Bryan was joined by Charlotte Jones Anderson, Lt. Col. Ron Busroe and the Dallas Cowboys cheerleaders before his concert in Dallas to announce that he will kickoff The Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign with a halftime performance during the Dallas Cowboys Thanksgiving Day game.

Luke Bryan was joined by Charlotte Jones Anderson, Lt. Col. Ron Busroe and the Dallas Cowboys cheerleaders before his concert in Dallas to announce that he will kickoff The Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign with a halftime performance during the Dallas Cowboys Thanksgiving Day game.

The Red Kettle Campaign runs from Thanksgiving Day through Christmas Eve and is the largest and longest-running fundraiser of its kind. It raised $144.7 million last year alone, with more than $2 billion raised since the Dallas Cowboys Thanksgiving Day partnership began in 1997. For the second year, this campaign will include an invitation for donors to share their reasons for giving on social media, and Luke Bryan will add his own #RedKettleReason.

Luke Bryan shares his #RedKettleReason, “Because I want my kids to know Christmas is a time to give"

Luke Bryan shares his #RedKettleReason, “Because I want my kids to know Christmas is a time to give”

The Red Kettle Kickoff Halftime Show has been nationally televised for all of its 19 years, reaching millions of viewers with the campaign’s message. Bryan is the newest addition to a list of Red Kettle Kickoff celebrity halftime performers, including Selena Gomez, Kenny Chesney, Enrique Iglesias, Keith Urban, Daughtry, Jonas Brothers, Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, Sheryl Crow, Destiny’s Child, Toby Keith, LeAnn Rimes, Creed, Jessica Simpson, Billy Gilman, Clint Black, Randy Travis and Reba McEntire.

In addition to giving online or to the traditional bell ringers that will be stationed at retail locations across the country, supporters can donate through the Army’s text-to-give program. By texting the word “KETTLE” to 80888, donors can send $10 to the Red Kettle Campaign. Continue reading

SPECIAL OLYMPICS JOINS CLEAR CHANNEL MEDIA & ENTERTAINMENT & IHEARTRADIO TO LAUNCH ITS 2012 HOLIDAY CAMPAIGN

IHEARTRADIO INTRODUCES NEW DIGITAL CHRISTMAS STATION, “A VERY SPECIAL CHRISTMAS RADIO,” CELEBRATING 25 YEARS OF THE ICONIC ALBUM SERIES

The SPECIAL OLYMPICS, an international organization that changes lives through the power of sport for people with intellectual disabilities, and CLEAR CHANNEL COMMUNITIES™, the community engagement brand of CLEAR CHANNEL MEDIA AND ENTERTAINMENT and iHeartRadio, announced the launch of a multi-platform campaign commemorating 25 years of the “A VERY SPECIAL CHRISTMAS” ALBUM SERIES, the single most successful benefit recording series in musical history, which has generated more than $109 million in royalties to support Special Olympics.

Clear Channel's iHeartRadio digital radio platform has launched an exclusive digital radio station that features the entire collection of "A Very Special Christmas" supporting Special Olympics.  (PRNewsFoto/Special Olympics)

Clear Channel’s iHeartRadio digital radio platform has launched an exclusive digital radio station that features the entire collection of “A Very Special Christmas” supporting Special Olympics. (PRNewsFoto/Special Olympics)

It was also announced today that Clear Channel’s iHeartRadio digital radio platform is launching an exclusive digital radio station that features the entire collection of “A Very Special Christmas,” with songs by U2, MADONNA, STING, BON JOVI, REBA MCENTIRE, ALAN JACKSON, WYCLEF JEAN, SHERYL CROW, MARY J. BLIGE, NO DOUBT, ERIC CLAPTON, TOM PETTY AND THE HEARTBREAKERS, VANESSA WILLIAMS, BRYAN ADAMS and more, all of whom have contributed to previous albums. The station will also include all-new songs from this year’s two-album releases, A VERY SPECIAL CHRISTMAS “25TH ANNIVERSARY “JOY TO THE WORLD” on Big Machine Records & A VERY SPECIAL CHRISTMAS “BRINGING PEACE ON EARTH” on Word Records. Continue reading

KENNY CHESNEY TO KICK-OFF 122ND SALVATION ARMY RED KETTLE CAMPAIGN WITH LIVE PERFORMANCE AT DALLAS COWBOYS THANKSGIVING DAY GAME

THE SALVATION ARMY and THE DALLAS COWBOYS announced that music superstar and football enthusiast KENNY CHESNEY will rock COWBOYS STADIUM on THANKSGIVING DAY to kick-off THE SALVATION ARMY’S 122ND ANNUAL RED KETTLE CAMPAIGN. Kenny’s performance will be televised LIVE nationally on FOX during halftime of the DALLAS COWBOYS THANKSGIVING DAY GAME against the WASHINGTON REDSKINS on November 22, 2012 at 3:15PM (CT). The concert marks the 16th year of the Thanksgiving Day partnership between THE DALLAS COWBOYS and THE SALVATION ARMY, in which time the RED KETTLE CAMPAIGN has raised more than $1.5 billion.

 

Music superstar Kenny Chesney announces his halftime performance during the Dallas Cowboys Thanksgiving Day game to kickoff The Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign.

There are great traditions in America — especially Thanksgiving, family and football. For 16 years the Dallas Cowboys and The Salvation Army have been an American tradition and I’m happy to be a part of it,” said KENNY CHESNEY. “I’m calling on all of my fans to not only give back this year but also send in their best football highlights videos for a chance to see me live in Dallas on Thanksgiving Day.” Continue reading