Dolly Parton’s Smoky Mountains Rise Adds Eight Acts

Chris Stapleton, Chris Young, Big & Rich, Michael W. Smith, Amy Grant, LOCASH, Chris Janson and Montgomery Gentry Join Telethon

Dolly Parton’s telethon Smoky Mountains Rise: A Benefit for the My People Fund has added performances by Chris Stapleton, Chris Young, Big & Rich, Michael W. Smith, Amy Grant, LOCASH, Chris Janson and Montgomery Gentry.

They join previously announced performers Reba McEntire, Kenny Rogers, Alison Krauss and Parton herself.

The three-hour event takes place live in Nashville on Tuesday (Dec. 13) at 8 p.m. ET/PT and now there are more ways to watch. Additional networks carrying broadcast along with GAC are AXS TV, RFD and the Heartland Network. Additionally, USA Today National Networks will host a live stream of the event on its affiliate newspaper websites.

iHeart Media’s digital and select on-air platforms, Cumulus Media’s NASH Nights LIVE, TuneIn’s Country Roads channel will also simulcast the show.

Proceeds will support Parton’s My People Fund, which will provide monthly donations of $1,000 to families who lost their homes in the Smoky Mountain wildfires in Sevier County where she was raised.

Anyone who lost their primary residents in the devastation — renters and homeowners — are eligible beneficiaries. A pre-application process for those affected is available through the Dollywood Foundation’s website.

Fans can donate directly to the My People Fund now by visiting the Dollywood Foundation website. The number to call to contribute to the cause during the telethon is 1-866-CARE MORE. Fans are also encouraged to join the conversation on social media by using the hashtags #MyPeopleFund and #someplacespecial.

CMT’s pro-social initiative, CMT One Country, continues to support the American Red Cross in their efforts to provide disaster relief to those affected by the wildfires. Donate $10 directly to the Red Cross by texting 90999. Volunteer opportunities nationwide are also available through the CMT One Country website.

Lauren Tingle is a Tennessean and storyteller who eats music for breakfast, lunch and dinner. When she’s not writing or rocking out, she enjoys yoga and getting lost in the great outdoors.