Artist Updates: George Strait, Ronnie Dunn, T.G. Sheppard

George Strait Helps Raise $1.1 Million To Aid Wounded Troops

Pictured (L-R): Jamey Johnson, George Strait, Jordan Spieth, Tom Cusick and auctioneer Kerry Fisher

Pictured (L-R): Jamey Johnson, George Strait, Jordan Spieth, Tom Cusick and auctioneer Kerry Fisher

George Strait and long-time friend Tom Cusick hosted their annual golf invitational at The Resort at Tapatio Springs Hill Country Resort earlier this month. This year’s tournament and auction raised $1.1 million pushing them past the $3 million mark for total funds raised for wounded military service men and women, marking their most successful year to date.

The money raised from the tournament benefits Feherty’s Troops First Foundation founded by Rick Kell and on-course reporter for the PGA Tour and former professional golfer, David Feherty, in 2008 after Kell spent time with patients recovering from serious combat injuries. A known supporter and former member of the U.S. Army himself, Strait teamed up with the foundation as a way to give back in a grand way.

PGA Tour champion Jordan Spieth made a surprise appearance at the four-day invitational and participated in the finale golf “shootout.”

To conclude the tournament, Strait was joined on stage by Jamey Johnson who also appears as a co-writer alongside Strait on the Nov. 18 release of Strait Out of the Box: Part 2. The show followed a largely successful live auction emceed by Strait and Cusick.


Ronnie Dunn To Take A RoadTrip With SiriusXM


SiriusXM announced today that Ronnie Dunn will host a new exclusive show on SiriusXM’s Y2Kountry channel (Channel 61). The first episode will air Nov. 11 at 6 p.m. ET. The show will air on Fridays at 6 p.m. ET from Nov. 11-Dec. 16.

“I’ve said for years I’d choose my friends by who could get in a fast car or jacked up truck and take a cross country road trip with me,” said Dunn. “For six weeks I get to be a mixing-the-fast-ones-with-the-slow-ones, country classics-with-the-rockers, pedal-to-the-metal, high-octane asphalt cowboy. I feel like a kid in the candy store and I cannot believe SiriusXM has turned me loose.”

Ronnie Dunn’s Road Trip will feature Dunn playing his favorite music by artists like Aerosmith, Al Green, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Dwight Yoakam and Johnny Rodriguez. SiriusXM listeners will also hear Dunn’s music, including songs from his new album Tattooed Heart, which is available now.


T.G. Sheppard Preps For Party Time Tour


T.G. Sheppard will launch his Party Time Tour, which starts Nov. 12 in Minden, Nevada. The trek will include stops in Iowa, Louisiana, Tennessee, Texas and more throughout 2017.

“I’m so amazed now more than ever being on the road looking out into the audiences night after night, and seeing fans sing along to my music,” said Sheppard. “It’s always great to be able to look out and see familiar faces that have followed our music, while also seeing a whole new generation of traditional country music fans.”

Sheppard’s latest album was 2015’s Legendary Friends & Country Duets, which features collaborations with George Jones, Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, Lorrie Morgan and more.


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