Photo by: Dan Harr, Music News Nashville
Left-Right: Camella Ramsey, Ron Block, Alison Krauss, Charlie Louvin, Jerry Douglas, Viktor Krauss
Country Music Hall of Fame and Grand Ole Opry member Charlie Louvin along with the Bell Buckle Banquet Hall in Bell Buckle, Tenn., would like to thank everyone who came out for the benefit concert and auction on Saturday night, Oct. 30. Over $20,000 was raised to help Louvin, who is battling pancreatic cancer, with his medical bills.
“I’m not surprised, not really,” said performer Valerie Smith, who helped host the event. “Everybody loves Charlie and everybody wants to be able to give back to someone who has given so much to country music.”
“It was such a pleasure to be able to help a dear friend in need,” said J. Gregory Heinike of the Bell Buckle Cafe and Banquet Hall. “And it was so sweet of Alison Krauss to help a dear friend in need and I’m appreciative to everyone who supported this benefit so tremendously.”
“I’m thrilled with all the people that were here and I appreciate the folks who gave something to the auction,” said Louvin.
The star-studded evening included Patsy and Donna Stoneman of the legendary Stoneman Family; Valerie Smith & Becky Buller; Wildwood Valley Boys; Jon Weisberger; Mike Scott; Ray Wix, Michael Cleveland, Mike Allen; Bobby Powell; Jeff Berry; Jeff Haley, Wilford Ray; Billy Kitchen; Kristi Morris Band; Shane Blackwell; Kraig Smith and more.
Of course, the highlight of the evening was a set of five Louvin Brothers songs performed by Americana megastar Alison Krauss along with Union Station members Ron Block and Jerry Douglas, her brother Viktor Krauss and friend Carmella Ramsey.
“Being on the same stage as Alison Krauss was enough to keep the thrill going from here on out,” said Louvin. “She blew my hat in the creek when she offered to perform, but when she said they’d do all Louvin Brothers songs, well, that just cinched it for me.”
Krauss had wonderful things to say about Mr. Louvin, the Louvin Brothers and their music as well. Her comments can be seen in a very nice article by the Shelbyville Times-Gazette of Shelbyville, Tenn. The full story can be viewed here.
David Boley of the Foggy Hollow Bluegrass Gatherin’ in Webster’s Chapel, Ala., presented Louvin with a plaque commemorating the entertainer’s induction into the Alabama Bluegrass Hall of Fame. Louvin, who now lives in Wartrace, Tenn., is a native of Henagar, Ala.
Thanks to Jerry Shelton, Johnny Foster and Tom Waynick from Shelton Auction & Realty of Shelbyville, Tenn., for conducting the live auction.
Special thanks to Rhonda Vincent, who could not join us for the event Saturday night. Instead, Vincent put together a package including a signed Martin 000 guitar, which was auctioned on her website. The winning bid of $1900 came from Linda Little of Virgie, Ky. Thanks, Linda!
Please support those businesses who have shown their support of Mr. Louvin:
In Manchester, Tenn.: Jiffy Burger, The Manchester Police Department, Kilby’s Discount Furniture & Appliances , Russell Stover , Charles Glass Company, Foothills Crafts, Hoover’s Jewelers, Smoots Flowers & Gifts, Home Depot , Northside Clocks , KKs , Crystal’s Past & Present , Dixie Outfitters Southern Heritage Store, The Frame Shop, Toliver’s Pawn Shop, Starbuck’s Coffee , Family Music Center
In Murfreesboro, Tenn.: Captain D’s
In Nashville, Tenn.:Grand Ole Opry, 650 AM WSM , Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum, International Bluegrass Music Association, ASCAP , BMI , Manuel , Charlie Daniels’ Museum, Big Joe’s Guitar Works, Tommy’s Tours, Bigtime Boots
In Lynchburg, Tenn.: , Lynchburg Gifts & More, Nina’s Taste of Tennessee, Sully’s Gift & Cowboy Jacks,
The Knotty Eye, The Dry Country Sill General Store, Lynchburg Harley-Davidson, Iron Kettle Restaurant,
Lost and Found Relics, Lynchburg Drug, Bar-B-Que Caboose Cafe
In Shelbyville, Tenn.: Victory Nissan South, Nature’s Health, New Covenant Christian Bookstore,
Badcock & More Home Furniture, Kincaid Service Company , Celebration Travel , Christopher Equipment , Shelbyville Record Shop , Barrs , Hoover Paint , Heritage Jewelers, First Community Bank, J. Jordan ,
Ole Grapevine Antiques, Antique Art & Collectibles, Haynes Brothers Lumber Co., Yoes Brothers, Pomegranate, Abundant Church, Tyson Foods, M & L Greenhouse, Dotson Produce, Shelbyville Pawn & Gun,
Lewisburg, Tenn.:Action Tents
In Bell Buckle, Tenn.: Vera’s Pearls, Phillips General Store, Cat’s Meow, Bell Buckle Cafe , TC Bags, 82 Market, Designz By You , Countryside Home Decor
Wartrace, Tenn.: Gallagher Guitars
Thanks also to these individuals and bands for donating to the silent auction: Jimmy C. Newman, Monroe Crossing , Tennessee Backroads Heritage, John & Judy Osborne, Phillip & Teresa Odle, Mike & Linda Allen, Cypress Cowboy, Cedar Hill , Sabal Palm Old-Country & Bluegrass Festival , Dumplin Valley Bluegrass Festival , Maggie Britton Vaughn, Gretchen Wilson, Little Joe, Guy Gilchrist, Jason Galaz, LaFinn Management, W. Michael Bush , Alan Messer Photography
Services: T. J. Hall Photography, Music New Nashville, Dan Harr, Hope River Entertainment Publicity
Due to the large number of donations that came in during the benefit itself, we realize we may have inadvertently left someone off this list. If so, we do apologize. Thank you again to all who made this event possible and such a great success.
High res pic of Charlie Louvin here
Bell Buckle Banquet Hall
PO Box 142
Bell Buckle, TN 37020
(931) 639-1590 cell / (931) 389-0223 office / (931) 389-0224 fax
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