The Nashville Sings for Larry Wayne Clark benefit has met its initial goal of raising $5,000 to help the popular and influential songwriter as he undergoes cancer treatment. The June 14 event at the Red Rooster Bar & Music Hall featured live performances by some of Music City’s most talented singers and songwriters, as well as live and silent auctions.
“We’ve been amazed by the generosity and well wishes of more friends than we even knew we had,” Larry Wayne Clark said afterward. “We left there a few thousand dollars richer and with heads and hearts filled with memories that will be indelible. That’s the stuff that matters … you can’t buy it, sell it, steal it, and you can take it with you.”
Clark thanked everyone who helped to make the event a success, including the Red Rooster, the musical performers, event photographer Barry McCloud, donators and buyers of auction items, event organizers and everyone who attended, as well as those who sent donations and best wishes from afar. Performers included Buddy Jewell, Robin English, Andrea Pearson, Lauren Lucas, Lisa Brokop, Emma Jacob, Wendy Newcomer, Chelsee Oaks, Adam Gregory, Jared Blake, Ryan Laird, Erinn Bates, Cassidy Lynn, Shawn Dodd and Kaitlyn Baker. Many of them were backed by the stellar “house” band assembled for the occasion – guitarist Scott Neubert, bassist Bobby King and drummer Steve Holland, who like many others donated their services. Donations can still be made via PayPal at www.paypal.com; the address to send money to is [email protected] in the U.S. and [email protected] in Canada. Or you can contribute to the cause and get some great music in the process by purchasing a copy of LWC Favorites: Songs of Larry Wayne Clark, a limited-edition CD, at www.larrywayneclark.com.
Clark’s extensive song catalog includes Chris Young’s first single, “Drinking Me Lonely.” His songs have also been recorded by the Statler Brothers, Lee Greenwood, Anne Murray, Lisa Brokop and many others in the United States, Canada and worldwide.