Bobby Bones, Charles Esten To Be Honored At Musicians On Call Celebration

Bobby Bones and Charles Esten will be honored during A Night To Celebrate the Healing Power of Music, hosted by Musicians On Call on Oct. 10 at the CMA Theater at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville. The event will honor On-Air personality and Musicians on Call Board Member Bones with the Leadership in Music Golden Ukulele Award, and will present CMT’s Nashville star and Musicians On Call volunteer and supporter Esten with the Music Heals Golden Ukulele Award during the special evening.

The event will also feature special performances by Thomas Rhett and Chris Janson following the exclusive VIP reception in the Grand Foyer. Tickets to the concert are available to the general public now and can be purchased at or

As a Musicians On Call volunteer musician, Bones has played at the bedsides of patients at the Nashville VA and Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt, and has supported Musicians On Call’s Project Playback, where he wrote and recorded music with patients at TriStar Centennial Hospital.

“Since he first became involved with Musicians On Call, Bobby has been an incredibly passionate and vocal supporter of our mission,” said Musicians On Call President Pete Griffin, “He has a positive energy that is impossible to ignore and has used it over and over again to bring joy to patients, families and caregivers in hospitals. Through his generous support of MOC, Bobby has personally enabled us to spread the healing power of music to thousands of patients around the country.”

Over the past four years Esten has been an active volunteer musician and regularly plays for the patients and staff at the Nashville VA. In October 2017 Esten joined Musician On Call on the #MOCheals trip to Las Vegas to play for victims, families, caregivers and first responders immediately following the tragedy at the Route 91 Harvest Festival.

“We are very fortunate to have Charles continuously give his time to bring smiles to everyone at the Nashville VA,” said Griffin, “We witnessed his kindness and compassion first hand last fall when he spent time with survivors in Las Vegas, helping them heal through his music and infectious positivity. Charles has had a significant impact on our organization and it’s our honor to recognize his contributions.”

Golden Ukuleles will also be presented to Outstanding Volunteer Guide Mary Lee Bennett and Outstanding Volunteer Musicians Chris Swift and Laura Vance for their commitment to Musicians On Call’s Bedside Performance Programs at Nashville-area hospitals.


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