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Fox411 Country: Dolly Parton makes history, Tim McGraw honors the troops

Dolly Parton makes music history once again as her song “Coat of Many Colors” is added to The Library of Congress National Recording Registry.  Each year 25 songs are selected.  We spotlight this iconic tune as our “featured song of the week” in this week's Fox411 Country roundup. 

And this Memorial Day weekend, several stars from the country music world saluted our men and women in uniform.

Tim McGraw announced he will be giving 25 mortgage-free homes to wounded warriors and service members in need, one at each stop on his “Brothers of the Sun” concert tour with Kenny Chesney this summer. 

The nationwide program called “HomeFront” is a partnership with Chase and Operation Homefront.  McGraw kicks off the program with a special Memorial Day concert in New York City during Fleet Week.  The show will be streamed live via YouTube and to military bases around the world on The Pentagon Channel.  The “Brothers of the Sun” tour starts June 2nd in Tampa, Florida.

Trace Adkins has done 7 USO tours during his career so far, and the country singer made a busy Fleet Week schedule for himself this year!

He paid a visit on board the U.S.S. Wasp to welcome the ship’s crew and performed the national anthem to kick off the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum’s 21st annual “Salute to Freedom” dinner.  Adkins rounds out his weekend with a performance at the National Memorial Day Concert May 27th.

Ronnie Dunn sends out a “Special Edition” of his solo CD through Cracker Barrel Old Country Store with a portion of the proceeds donated to Wounded Warrior Project. "Ronnie Dunn-Special Edition" includes two previously unreleased bonus tracks.

Plus earlier in the week May 22nd, the Grand Ole Opry held a red carpet and special performance for the U.S. Military.  Artists that took the stage there included Rascal Flatts, Montgomery Gentry, and Kellie Pickler. 

Speaking of American Idol Alums, as we found out our new American Idol winner Phillip Phillips this week, Fox 411 Country checks in on season 10’s champ Scotty Mccreery and his runner-up Lauren Alaina… who have been nominated for two Teen Choice Awards each!

Find that and more (like Hank Williams Jr setting his upcoming album release date) in this week’s Fox 411 Country Round-up!

Fox News Entertainment Producer Ashley Dvorkin covers celebrity news, red carpets, TV, music, and movies. Dvorkin, winner of the 2011 CMA Media Achievement Award, is also host of "Fox 411 Country," "Star Traveler," “Fox 411 Big Screen," and "Fox on Reddit."

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