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Little Big Town cancer ride raises $52K

Friday, June 26, 2009 – Little Big Town's third "Ride For A Cure" at the end of this year's CMA Music Fest in Nashville raised $52,000 to benefit the T.J. Martell Foundation.

The foundation supports leukemia, cancer and AIDS research at six top hospitals in the U.S. "We have seen this event double in size every year and we are so grateful for all the artists and fans support. We want to see a cure and we believe TJ Martell has the means and the resources to make that happen in our lifetime. I had the chance to talk to a guy who was riding his brother's bike on Sunday. His brother had passed from cancer two years prior, and he was there to ride in his honor. That's the kind of story that fuels this event," said Karen Fairchild of Little Big Town.

The June 14 event featured a motorcycle ride, a barbecue lunch provided by Applebee's and a post ride performance by Little Big Town and friends.

"Thanks to artists such as Little Big Town who generously give their time and talent, the Martell Foundation continues to give hope to many cancer patients and their families," said Tony Conway, President of the T.J. Martell Foundation - Nashville Division Board of Directors. "The Foundation has a long history of being part of the music industry, and we appreciate the wonderful commitment Little Big Town has given to this cause."

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For some, listening to Little Big Town will be an act of searching for something at least half as catchy as "Pontoon," yet without success. Whenever a group creates such a fantastically memorable single, the prospect of following it up successfully can be a bit of a handicap. With that said, though, "Pain Killer" is a pretty good pop-country album, as pop-country albums go. Although Little Big Town has never been known to be rockers, the rollicking "Save Your Sin" »»»
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Editorial: Walking the talk – When names like Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Waylon and the Hag are invoked, you're talking hard core country. These are the touchstones of country , the guys who made country music what it was and still is (or maybe can be). When these folks would sing about being down-and-out and the rough-and-tumble, they knew of what they were singing about. Fast forward a few years to the country singers of today. »»»
Concert Review: Combs, Gill, Harris, Crow comprise one final musical platter – Vince Gill played host to an entertaining guitar pull, a show which also featured his longtime friend, Emmylou Harris, slightly newer friend Sheryl Crow and brand-new friend Luke Combs. Gill joked from the outset that this All for the Hall fundraising show needed Combs to sell tickets, and by the audience's response, it was clear many came only to see Combs.... »»»
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