L-R:Jones County Deputy Sheriffs Hunter Blount and Jonathan Joyner, Jones County Sheriff R. N. “Butch” Reece, Eatonton Police Officer Lynn Stanford, Putnam County Sheriff’s Sgt. Jim Barbee, Putnam County Sheriff Howard Sills, John Conlee, Georgia Sheriffs’ Association Executive Director Terry Norris

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (May 19, 2017) - The Georgia Sheriffs’ Association presented Grand Ole Opry star John Conlee with a plaque for supporting law enforcement at the country hitmaker’s live show in Putnam County, Ga. The award was presented to commemorate Conlee’s dedication to the "men and women in the state of Georgia who walk behind the star."

Conlee first caught the attention of Putnam County Georgia Sheriff Howard Sills while listening to the legendary Grand Ole Opry on 650 AM WSM. When the country legend took the stage, he performed his song, “Walkin’ Behind the Star,” from his latest album Classics 2. The track pays tribute to law enforcement with standout lines like, “So God bless all of the women and men sworn to uphold the law, and thank them for the fallen ones, the ones that gave it all.”

Sheriff Sills presented the plaque to Conlee in-person as the “Common Man” singer returned to Georgia for two shows. Upon first hearing the song, Sills stated, "I cannont adequately express my thanks to you, the Opry, WSM, and all those who were responsible for the recognition during the program and of course the song itself."

The award was presented to the chart topper just one day before Peace Officers Memorial Day and National Police Week. Over the years, the chart-topper has raised money for various charities including the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund, Fisher House, Show of Support and Special Operations Warrior Foundation.

"It is up to we the people to support those who walk the thin line between peace and anarchy and let them know we have their backs," said John Conlee.

The plaque reads:
Presented to John Conlee: In recognition of your extraordinary talent and with sincere gratitude of your support to the men and women of the state of Georgia who walk behind the star

As Conlee approaches the 40th anniversary of his debut hit “Rose Colored Glasses,” the ACM award winner shows no signs of slowing down any time soon. Fans will have the chance to catch the hit maker on tour this summer, where he will perform all of his hits, along with new songs like “Walkin’ Behind the Star.”

John Conlee On Tour:
May 19 Stafford, Texas – The Redneck Country Club
May 20 Belton, Texas – Boots & Bandana’s 2017
June 01 Hartselle, Ala. – Hartselle High School
June 02 New Albany, Miss. – Magnolia Civic Center
June 03 Buffalo, Texas – Leon County Expo Center
June 04 Demopolis, Ala. – Demopolis High School
June 07 Branson, Mo. – Dick Clark’s American Bandstand Theater
June 08 Kansas City, Mo. – Knuckleheads
June 09 Des Moines, Iowa – Wooly’s
June 10 Gering, Neb. – Five Rocks Amphitheater
July 07-08 Shipshewana, Ind. – Blue Gate Theater
July 09 Sauk Rapids, Minn. – Rollie’s
July 14 Mount Vernon, Ky. – Renfro Valley Entertainment Center
July 15 Mize, Miss. – MS Watermelon Festival
July 21 Boerne, Texas – The Roundup
July 22 Weatherford, Texas – Texas Opry Theatre
July 23 The Woodlands, Texas – Dosey Doe
Aug. 03 Harrisonburg, Va. – Backcountry Restaurant & Lounge
Aug. 04 Arendtsville, Pa. – South Mountain Fair
Aug. 05 Milton, W.Va. – Milton Performing Arts Center
Aug. 06 Beckley, W.Va. – Tamarack Conference Center
Aug. 10 Hamburg, N.Y. – Erie County Fair
Aug. 11 Moneta, Va. – Bottoms Up
Aug. 12 Benton, Ky. – Bottoms Up
Aug. 13 Clinton, Mo. – Truman lake Opry
Sept. 08 Columbus, Texas - Colorado County Fair
Sept. 09 Georgetown, Texas – Hardtails Bar & Grill
Sept. 14 Searcy, Ark. – White County Fair
Sept. 15 Bossier City, La. – The Stage at Silver Star Steakhouse
Sept. 16 Hawkins, Texas – Red Rooster Icehouse

Learn more at johnconlee.com

About John Conlee:
Kentucky native and Grand Ole Opry member, John Conlee, has one of country music’s most recognizable voices. Self-penned and signature hit “Rose Colored Glasses,” was the first of over 30 hit singles, most of which charted in the Top 10 or better. Some of the songs from the John Conlee hit list include “Back Side of Thirty,” “Lady Lay Down,” “Friday Night Blues,” “Common Man,” “I’m Only In It For The Love” and “Domestic Life.” All of Conlee’s hits have that unmistakable common thread – that unique voice. In 2015, Conlee hasn’t slowed down and continues to cut songs with substance with the release of Classics 2 that includes a tribute to law enforcement titled “Walkin’ Behind the Star.”