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DOBIE, MENTOR WILLIAMS AND DON WAS

Dobie, Mentor Williams & Don Was performed Williams's Hallmark Composition, "Drift Away" in the Grand Ballroom of the Beverly Hills Hotel, in LA, for the Annual ASCAP Awards Presentation. It was Williams's second ASCAP Award for the song - this time for the duet version by Gray & Uncle Kracker. Williams accepted a third ASCAP Award in 2005 for the song (again, for the Gray/Kracker version), setting a record number of awards for one composition.
 

Dobie with Ericka Dunlap
(Miss America 2004)

DOBIE HELPS THE ANIMALS

Dobie performed, along with Rodney Crowell, Vince Gill, Billy Ray Cyrus, Lane Brody, Thom Bresh and Ericka Dunlap, at the recent Third Annual Wildlife Benefit for Walden's Puddle. The event, arranged and hosted by Lane Brody and her husband, world-class drummer Eddie Bayers, was held at The Trap in Nashville, TN on November 11, 2004. Between ticket sales and a Silent Auction that was held at the event, over $28,000 was raised to help this worthy cause.

The Walden's Puddle Benefit Cast
(L to R: Rodney Crowell, Ericka Dunlap, Vince Gill, Lane Brody, Dobie and Billy Ray Cyrus)


 
DIXIE CHICKS GO GRAY

Country sensations The Dixie Chicks have long been fans of soulful country singer Dobie Gray ("Drift Away"). Chicks' lead vocalist Natalie Maines recently recalled that her father recorded two Dobie Gray songs years ago with his group The Maines Brothers Band. Gray's classic "Lovin' Arms" appears on the Chicks' multi platinum debut Monument CD "Wide Open Spaces".

In their recent concert appearance at Tim McGraw's second annual New Year's Eve Blast, the Chicks invited Gray on stage to perform "Lovin' Arms". They also performed a rousing rendition of the Ike & Tina Turner version of the Credence Clearwater Revival classic "Proud Mary" which brought the sold out crowd to their feet.

 
DOBIE HELPS OUT

Dobie Gray recently performed at David Lipscomb for the Kyia Jergenson benefit, along with other music legends Michael McDonald and Steve Cropper.

Pictured at left are, L to R: Gene Hughes, Michael McDonald, Dobie and Steve Cropper.

USA TODAY SALUTES BLACK MUSIC PIONEERS

Dobie was  featured, along with Ray Charles, Charley Pride, Cleve Francis, Big Al Downing and others in an article in USA Today discussing the many contributions of black artists to the rich history of country music. Read it in it's entirety HERE.

Pictured at left are, L to R: Dobie, Big Al Downing, Aaron Neville, Charley Pride and Cleve Francis.

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