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Chely Wright launches benefit auction

Wednesday, May 30, 2007 – Chely Wright, founder of Reading, Writing & Rhythm, will host for the seventh consecutive year the Reading, Writing & Rhythm Benefit Concert & Auction June 5 in Nashville.

Wright established Reading, Writing & Rhythm in 1999 with the objective of improving the quality of music education in America's public schools and raising public awareness surrounding the importance of music education for our nation's youth. The charity has raised more than $1 million and donated gifts of music, musical instruments and services to schools and students nationwide. Last year's musical event alone raised more than $100,000 for the charity.

American Airlines, a primary sponsor for the last five years, donated five fly-aways this year. Concertgoers can bid on three separate "Seeing Stars" packages to see Tim McGraw and Faith Hill, Reba McEntire and/or Keith Urban in concert. The packages include two show tickets, two meet and greet passes and two round-trip air tickets from any domestic destination in the U.S.

Also on the live auction block are two one-of-a-kind get-aways: A Grand Ole Opry Vacation (including a backstage tour of the Grand Ole Opry, backstage seats during the evening's Grand Ole Opry Show, round-trip airfare and a stay at the Opryland Hotel) and a "Sea-Ya" Fly-Away Vacation to a Caribbean destination of the winning bidder's choice.

Silent auction items will include an assortment of guitars [from electric to acoustic to bass guitars] and country music memorabilia.

Wright fans can bid on two VIP-All Access passes to attend this year's concert. The winning bidder will receive two front-row, center-stage seats to watch the concert and two All-Access backstage passes. The package is available for bid on eBay.com now thru June 3. All proceeds collected from the eBay auction will be donated to Reading, Writing & Rhythm®.

The concert includes performances by Keith Anderson, Emerson Drive, Danielle Peck, Kellie Pickler, Mindy Smith, Taylor Swift, Trent Tomlinson, Clay Walker, Chris Young and Wright with surprise special guest appearances all night long.

This year's event is being sponsored by American Airlines, BB&T Financial, BMI, Best Buy, Catena Watches, Flavour, Harley Davidson of Cool Springs, Shure Mics, Wildhorse Saloon and XM Satellite Radio.

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Lifted Off the Ground CD review - Lifted Off the Ground
It would be almost impossible to give a review of the newest release from Chely Wright without also mentioning the other reason she's been in the news lately. Wright's recent admission that she is a lesbian has mostly overshadowed her new album, but the record should not be ignored. Many of the songs were born out of the depression that had taken over Wright's life under the weight of the secret she was keeping. Writing them helped to pull her out. As you might expect, this is a »»»
The Metropolitan Hotel CD review - The Metropolitan Hotel
After giving up on the major labels and maybe vice versa and an ill-fated stint with a new indie that produced one measly single, Chely Wright went her own way to very good effect. The Kansan always has had a strong voice that does justice to the material. That has not changed one iota here, although she can sound tender (the opener "It's the Song" about the difficult life on the road), but is no easy mark. What may be different this time around is Wright is tackling far weightier matters. »»»
Editorial: Walking the talk – When names like Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Waylon and the Hag are invoked, you're talking hard core country. These are the touchstones of country , the guys who made country music what it was and still is (or maybe can be). When these folks would sing about being down-and-out and the rough-and-tumble, they knew of what they were singing about. Fast forward a few years to the country singers of today. »»»
Concert Review: Lowe stands the test of time – The enduringly cool and dapper Nick Lowe spelled it out for the fans three songs in. One of music's finest popsters (among a number of other more roots-oriented other genres), Lowe said he and his backing band, Los Straitjackets, would dish out "golden oldies you might want to hear, some deep cut grooves, some covers and a few new ones.... »»»
Concert Review: Rich, Anderson, Denning pull it – Three diverse artists performing under the country rubric, who are trying to gain a foothold in the field, joined forces for a good old-fashioned guitar pull. And that may have been the best way for Tyler Rich, Abby Anderson and Travis Denning to showcase their wares. Rich has enjoyed the most commercial success of the three with his single "The... »»»
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