Dolly Parton to perform rare Nashville charity concert at Ryman Auditorium

The Dustin Wells Foundation’s Gift of Music concert to benefit the W.O. Smith School of Music announces “Dolly Parton: Pure and Simple” will take the stage of the historic Ryman Auditorium on July 31st. Since its inception in 2008, the benefit concert has had the support of some of music’s greatest artists, including Ronnie Dunn, Kellie Pickler, Dierks Bentley, Lady Antebellum, Peter Cetera, Lee Greenwood, Peter Frampton, Gunnar Nelson, and many other generous and talented musicians who have donated their time and talent to support the efforts and causes of Dustin’s foundation.

Tickets for “Dolly Parton: Pure and Simple” are $85 and $55 plus applicable services charges and are available starting at 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 20th online only at A limited number of VIP packages will be available at

“The ‘Gift of Music’ is something that runs deep within my kin folks,” says Dolly Parton. “I love and cherish The Ryman and I am really excited to perform there to help raise money for the Dustin Wells Foundation. This goes to help many young kids that are part of the W.O. Smith School of Music. Through all of us working together we can make a difference in helping a child feel the magic in making music.”

After Dustin Jack Wells lost his life in a car accident in 2005, his family and friends found a way to keep his memory alive and help others in the process. A fund was set up with all monetary donations used to reach out to others in memory of Dustin. Donating to the W.O. Smith School of Music is just one way the foundations enriches young lives.

The Iconic singer, songwriter, musician, actress, and philanthropist Dolly Parton is scheduled to perform four sold out shows at Dollywood on August 8th and 9th to benefit the Imagination Library. The addition of this concert marks the first full Nashville show Dolly has headlined in 12 years.

Parton most recently wrapped up her “2014 Blue Smoke World Tour,” where the 100 million album selling singer performed in the United States, Australia, New Zealand, Sweden, Denmark, England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Germany, Norway, and Switzerland.


Author: Buddy Iahn

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