Charlie Daniels And Others Plan Holiday Music, Benefits

charlie danielsCharlie Daniels has released a holiday CD/DVD package and is planning his annual Christmas 4 Kids fundraiser. Joy to the World: A Bluegrass Christmas features a mix of Christmas standards, and a number of originals written by Daniels and his band. The two-disc CD set boasts guests Kathy Mattea, Dan Tyminski, Jewel, Suzanne and Evelyn Cox of the Cox Family, Aaron Tippin and The Grascals. The Twin Pines Christmas DVD contains live performances, commentary and interview footage with Daniels and the rest of the artists.

Meanwhile, Chris Young, Gretchen Wilson and Phil Vassar are set for The 2009 Charlie Daniels Band and Friends Concert to benefit Christmas 4 Kids. Other annual fundraising events include the Annual Tour Bus Show on Mon., Dec. 14 at the Hendersonville, TN Wal-Mart. Tickets and details at www.Christmas4kids.org.

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Tracy Lawrence’s 4th annual Mission Possible Turkey Fry will take place Tues., Nov. 24 from 8 AM-5 PM at the Nashville Mission parking lot (639 Lafayette St.) Since the food drive’s inception, Lawrence and celebrity pals have raised almost $200,000 worth of meals and cash donations.

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Lee Greenwood’s new Christmas offering, Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas, features holiday classics and will be released on Country Crossing Records.

Jeff Cook has released his first solo holiday album, Christmas Joy. The ten track album will have new and classic  material. On Tues., Nov. 3, it will be available for digital download via iTunes, Amazon.com, and Cook’s website, www.jeffcook-agb.com.

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