Grascals, Walker to appear on Muscular Dystrophy event
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Grascals, Walker to appear on Muscular Dystrophy event

Monday, August 31, 2009 – Singer Bradley Walker and bluegrass group The Grascals will perform on the Muscular Dystrophy Association's 2009 Jerry Lewis Labor Day Telethon on Monday, Sept. 7. Together, The Grascals and Walker will perform the bluegrass standard, Will You Be Loving Another Man after which Walker will sing the gospel song Why Me by Kris Kristofferson. Their performances are scheduled to air between 6-7 a.m. Pacific. The Grascals will also be performing a second song, The Monkees' Last Train to Clarksville, at 3 a.m. Pacific the same day.

Walker was born with muscular dystrophy and has used a wheelchair his entire life. The 31-year-old Alabama native made his first Telethon appearance with the Oak Ridge Boys in 1989, followed by appearances in 2001 and 2002. In 2006, Rounder released Walker's debut album, "Highway of Dreams." Produced by Grammy-award winning musician and songwriter Carl Jackson, "Highway of Dreams" is a collection of hard country and bluegrass, featuring guest support by Vince Gill, Rhonda Vincent, Alecia Nugent, Ron Block and Rob Ickes.

The Grascals released their third studio album for Rounder, "Keep On Walkin', "in July 2008.

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