Dolly Parton’s Celebrity Friends Line Up to Play Her "Smoky Mountains Rise" Telethon

ABC/Brett OronzioThe list of celebrities pitching in to help Dolly Parton with her Smoky Mountains Rise telethon next week is growing.  Chris Stapleton, Chris Young, Big & Rich, Michael W. Smith, Amy Grant, LOCASH, Chris Janson and Montgomery Gentry join the roster of talent that already includes Reba, Kenny Rogers and Alison Krauss.

The three-hour effort will raise money for Dolly’s My People Fund, which is giving $1,000 per month to anyone who lost a primary residence in the raging wildfires early last week.

“I’m truly honored that these artists are giving their time and energy to help us raise money for everyone affected,” Dolly says. “I’ve got so many great friends in the industry, and I’m so proud that they were so ready to step up and help me help my people in the Smoky Mountains through this telethon…”

It's also gaining more national TV exposure, with AXS TV, RFD and The Heartland Network now joining Great American Country in airing the fundraiser. USAToday.com also will livestream the event.

Smoky Mountains Rise: A Benefit for the My People Fund starts Tuesday at 8 p.m. ET, and also will be simulcast on many radio stations.

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