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Posted May 28th, 2014 @ 2:07pm

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On Tues. Apr. 15, 2014, Oak Ridge Boys’ award-winning singer, songwriter and producer, Duane Allen, paid a visit to his hometown in the Cunningham Community near Paris, TX, where a bridge and road have been dedicated in his name. The singer’s family also made the trip to the Red River Valley Veterans Memorial in Paris, TX to support the memorial and honor military family members.
Duane and his family began their day with a tour of Red River Valley Veterans Memorial.  During their visit, The Allen family donated a granite bench with markers in the Memorial to honor their family members who have served in the armed forces. “It was a very special event, and I encourage all of you to visit this wonderful place that pays tribute to Veterans of all wars that have served our country,” stated Oak Ridge Boys’ singer.
Following the Veterans Memorial, the Allen family traveled to Lamar County, where the bridge and road dedication ceremony was presented by Lamar County Judge Chuck Superville, and elected County Commissioner for Pct. 1, Lawrence Malone.  The ‘Duane Allen Memorial Bridge’ crosses Big Sandy Creek and is located just a few hundred yards away from where Allen was born.  Two blue signs reading ‘Duane Allen Road’ were placed on each end of the County Road.  At Duane’s request, the new signs were placed in conjunction with the previous road signs, so local residents will not have to change their address.

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“This is a very special honor to me; It means more to me than if it were to be the Golden Gate Bridge,” said Duane Allen, when describing how special the honor is to him and his family. The bridge crosses the creek that ran through the middle of the Allen family farm where he grew up picking cotton as a young boy.  Duane said he has vivid memories of learning to fish and swim in Big Sandy Creek, and bike-riding over the bridge each day on his way to school. “I did not know until our bus turned down the small road that the bridge was on ‘our’ road; it was a complete surprise. I thought it would be south of our place, but when we turned down ‘our’ road, now named the “Duane Allen Road,” my stomach just about came out of my body. I was so thrilled that I did not have the proper words to express myself. I was still emotionally charged when I tried to speak.”
Following the ceremony, the Cunningham Community Center held a private celebratory pot-luck for Duane, his family, and hometown friends.  This gave Duane time to visit, sing, and answer questions with his family, and reminisce in the town that his gift of music began.
“I’m wishing April 15, 2014 to be a wonderful and happy celebration for you and your family. As you walk over the bridge, let all your worries be water under the bridge.  Have a safe journey my friend.” stated proud fellow Oak Ridge Boy, William Lee Golden, after learning of the honor to Allen
Duane Allen joined the Oak Ridge Boys 48 years ago in 1966. Since then, the group has scored 12 gold, three platinum, and one double platinum album—plus one double platinum single—and had more than a dozen national number one singles and over 30 top ten hits. The Oaks' legendary career has gone on for 6 decades, encompasses more than 41 million albums sold, and includes numerous iconic hit singles such as “Elvira,” “American Made,” and “Y'all Come Back Saloon.” Currently, The Oak Ridge Boys are touring the United States, and released their first ever LIVE country hits album on Tuesday, Apr. 15, the day of the bridge & road naming ceremony.

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The Charlie Daniels Band, best known for his No. 1 country hit "The Devil Went Down to Georgia," which became a platinum single, topped both country and pop charts, won a Grammy Award, earned three CMA trophies, became a cornerstone of the 'Urban Cowboy' movie soundtrack and propelled Daniels' Million Mile Reflections album to triple-platinum sales levels, is set to perform May 30th in New York City as part of the FOX & Friends All American Concert Series.  Fans can attend the outdoor concert located at 1211 Ave of the Americas in New York City starting at 8 am eastern.
In addition, Charlie talks about each song from his latest album, Off The Grid during the exclusive video track by track available at  You can also catch Charlie as he appears on The Big Interview with Dan Rather on May 29th, June 1st, and June 8th.  A special 'At Home' feature on Charlie Daniels will appear in the May 28th edition of Closer Weekly magazine, while Cowboys & Indians magazine will showcase Charlie in the July issue on stands June 10th.  
Charlie Daniels will be at Heritage Park in Cullman for Rock The South on Friday, June 20.

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Dolly Parton, the most celebrated female country artist of all-time, continues to be a trendsetter, innovator, and is undeniable to her legion of fans.  Parton’s latest critically acclaimed release, BLUE SMOKE, on Dolly Records/Sony Music Masterworks debuted on the Billboard Top 200 chart at #6, and #2 on the Billboard Country chart, marking her highest charting solo album ever.  As the smoke continues to rise, Parton’s latest music video for her forthcoming single, "Home" will premiere exclusively on VEVO this Wednesday, May 28th.  View the video online here:
Parton is currently performing to Sold Out shows in the United States ending the North American leg of the Blue Smoke World Tour this coming Saturday, May 31st in Thackerville, Oklahoma.  A few travel days later, Parton will hit the stage in Liverpool, England on June 8th where she will continue crisscrossing Europe with concert performances in Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Germany, Denmark, Norway, and Sweden before bringing the tour to a close in Locarno, Switzerland, on July 14th.

Dolly Parton has put her West Hollywood home up on the market.
The two-bedroom house, which is said to be the childhood home of the late Natalie Wood, measures a tad over 1000 square feet and has an asking price of more than $1.3 million.
Don't worry about Dolly being homeless -- she has 15 other properties in which to hang her wigs.
See photos of the house at

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