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GUY GILCHRIST HONORS STEVE WARINER

GUY
GILCHRIST, FAMED ILLUSTRATOR AND WRITER OF “NANCY” COMIC STRIP, HONORS
GRAMMY, CMA, AND ACM AWARD WINNER STEVE WARINER AND GRAND OLE OPRY’S
88TH BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION
NASHVILLE – (August 22, 2013) – GRAMMY, CMA, and ACM Award-winning Opry member Steve Wariner and the Grand Ole Opry will receive a one-of-a-kind recognition for their contributions to Country Music in the Sunday, August 25 edition of the daily comic strip NANCY.
NANCY
is syndicated internationally in 80 countries (approximately 400
newspapers), and viewed by 57 million readers around the world. Guy Gilchrist,
famed illustrator and writer of NANCY, will sometimes slip his favorite
music icons within the frames of his work (most often with their names
emblazoned on characters’ tee-shirts or in storefront signage). On rare
occasions, Gilchrist will pay tribute to these artists, and make them a
centerpiece of the strip. 
Gilchrist
will personally present the strip to Wariner and the Grand Ole Opry on
Saturday, Oct. 6 during a 3:00 pm Wariner concert at the Opry House, as
part of the Opry’s Birthday Bash Weekend.
“Over
the years, Steve Wariner and I have become good friends. I’ve always
admired his work and he mine, so when I heard he had a new album coming
out, I wanted to do something for him,” explains Gilchrist. “That’s when
I found out he was the featured act during the Opry’s 88th Birthday
Bash  afternoon concert on Oct. 6 and I knew that I
just had to do a full feature strip that focused on him and paid tribute
to one of the cornerstones of country music, the Grand Ole Opry.”  
“I
think being in the NANCY comic strip is one of the coolest things that
has happened in my career,” said Wariner. “I was thrilled to learn that
the super talented Guy Gilchrist included me in the strip that honors
the 88th birthday of the Grand Ole Opry, which happens to be one of my favorite places to perform.”
Gilchrist,
who resides in the Nashville area, has embedded his love for music
within the strip, honoring artists such as Elvis, The Beatles, Charlie
Daniels, Taylor Swift, Patti Page, George Jones, Don McLean,   and many
more. A collection of these music-related strips were donated to the
Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. They are currently on display as
part of the larger, ongoing exhibit, “Nancy Loves Nashville,” at the
Nashville International Airport  which will run through 2015. For more information on NANCY, please visit
www.nancyandsluggo.com.   
 
Country music legend Steve Wariner will release It Ain’t All Bad,
his first non-instrumental album in more than eight years, on Sept. 10.
The acclaimed singer/songwriter/guitar virtuoso has received four
GRAMMY Awards, four CMA Awards, and one ACM Award, among other honors,
and has been a member of the Grand Ole Opry since 1996. Wariner has
achieved 14 No. 1 hits , including “Holes in the Floor
of Heaven,” “The Weekend,” “I Got Dreams,” “Lynda,” “Tips of My
Fingers,” “Life’s Highway,” “Some Fools Never Learn,” “The Domino
Theory,” and more. He is also well known for songs such as “I’m Already
Taken,” “Two Teardrops,” “Leave Him Out of This,” “Kansas City Lights,”
and more. In addition to writing many of his own songs, Wariner has
written hits for other artists including “Longneck Bottle” (Garth
Brooks), “Where the Blacktop Ends” (Keith Urban), and “Nothin’ But the
Taillights” (Clint Black). For more information, visit www.SteveWariner.com
About Guy Gilchrist:
Best
known for his work as the writer and illustrator of one of the
longest-running internationally syndicated daily comic strips, NANCY (a
character created by Ernie Bushmiller in 1933), Guy Gilchrist took over
the strip in 1995. After high school, Guy was already working in NYC for
Disney and others, as well as full time for Weekly Reader Books. At the
age of 24, he was hand-selected to create Jim Henson’s Muppets Comic
Strip (which was wildly successful and printed worldwide in over 660
newspapers daily from 1981–1986). Throughout the years, Guy has set his
hand to such notable cartoons as Looney Tunes, Tom & Jerry, Fraggle
Rock and The Pink Panther (to name a few), and was the instrumental in
the creation of The Muppet Babies. Guy is the two-time winner of the
National Cartoonists Society Reuben Category Award for Best Illustrator
and a three-time recipient of the International Reading Committee of
United Nations Children’s Choice Awards for Best Book of the Year
Gilchrist’s
work is currently on exhibit at the Nashville International Airport,
museums around the world, the Walt Disney Museum in Marceline, Mo., as
well as permanently enshrined in the Smithsonian Institution.  For more
information on NANCY or Guy Gilchrist, please visit www.nancyandsluggo.com

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