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New Coon Creek Girls found receives benefit

Wednesday, November 5, 2008 – The Larry Stephenson Band, J.D. Crowe and an all star bluegrass band are among the performers slated to play a benefit for founding member of the New Coon Creek Girls Vicki Simmons later this month.

Simmons is best known as one of the founding members of the New Coon Creek Girls in 1979 and performed with that group for 25 years. Simmons is accomplished on bass and claw-hammer banjo. She suffered brain aneurysm and subsequent stroke in July.

"A Benefit Among Friends In honor Of Vickie Simmons" will feature performances by many bluegrass and gospel artists including J.D. Crowe, Michael Cleveland, Don Rigsby and others at the Renfro Valley's Old Barn Theater on Sunday, Nov. 16 in Renfro Valley, Ky. The Larry Stephenson band is playing along with a bluegrass all-star band including Crowe, Stephenson and Dave Parmley. Steve Gulley and Wildfire also are performing.

All donations will be used to help offset Simmons' medical expenses. For those who are unable to attend, donations may be sent to:
Vicki Simmons Medical Fund Rc/o Renfro Valley Entertainment Center
P.O. Box 19
Renfro Valley, KY 40473

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