Benefits: Mow The Row In Memory of Joshua Ragsdale

Craig Morgan was saluted recently by the Tennessee City Volunteer Fire Department for rescuing two children from a burning house last month. Pictured backstage at the Grand Ole Opry House. (L-R): Danny Tucker, Jr., Chief Mike Grant, Joe Murraca, Craig Morgan, and Lieutenant Brian Bretoi.

>>>Songwriter Harley Allen is battling stage four lung cancer. Among his hits are Blake Shelton’s “The Baby,” Joe Nichols’ “I’ll Wait For You,” and Darryl Worley’s “Awful, Beautiful Life.” Allen has also had numerous cuts by Alan Jackson, Dierks Bentley, Gary Allan, Garth Brooks, Josh Turner and more. He is married to Debbie Nims. Friends are welcome to send cards to Harley Allen c/o Harlan Howard Songs, 1902 Wedgewood Ave., Nashville, TN 37212.

>>>Darius Rucker’s second annual “Darius and Friends” benefit concert will be Monday, June 6 at the Wildhorse Saloon. Performers have not been announced. Last year he raised over $48,000 for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Ticket info at DariusRucker.com.

>>>The 5th Annual Country Weekly Fashion Show & Concert will take place Tuesday, June 7 at Nashville’s Rocketown. The event will benefit Musicians On Call, a non-profit organization which brings live and recorded music to patients in healthcare facilities.

>>>Planning is underway for the inaugural Mow The Row benefit in memory of songwriter Joshua Ragsdale. The celebrity lawnmower race and concert is set for Tuesday, June 7 on Demonbreun. Ragsdale, who died of cancer last year at age 32, came up with the idea to benefit the Hospital Hospitality House. A committee of his friends and loved ones from the music business are organizing the event. Artists are still needed to participate. Hospital Hospitality House is a home away from home for patients and families seeking medical treatment in Nashville hospitals. To get involved, visit www.mowtherow.com.

>>>Also benefiting Hospital Hospitality House is an upcoming dinner and concert featuring Steve Cropper and Lee Roy Parnell. On Tuesday, April 19, Balfour Beatty Construction will host an evening at the Nashville Dinner Theatre in Printer’s Alley. Tickets at www.hospitalhospitalityhouse.org.

>>>Randy Owen has joined forces with BLEVE Entertainment to release a new album on May 19. Friends was produced by Michael Knox and will kick off BLEVE’s Help the Good Guys campaign. Profits will benefit the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) and the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF).

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