Musicians Fighting Cancer

Celebration of Life: Musicians against Childhood Cancer (Skaggs Family Records)
Various Artists

By Bob Mitchell

There are only three things you need to know about this spirited two-CD project: 1.) It was recorded live at the annual Musicians Against Childhood Cancer Bluegrass Festival in Columbus, Ohio; 2.) One-hundred-thirty-six bluegrass musicians, including many of today's top artists, donated their talents to provide thirty-seven energetic songs; and 3.) One hundred percent of the net proceeds will be donated to the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. This CD belongs in every fan's collection not only because it is a first rate recording but also because the purchase price supports a commendable foundation.

A very short list of musical highlights includes "Raleigh and Spencer" (Lonesome River Band), "Jolene" (Rhonda Vincent & The Rage), "He Goes to Church" (Cherryholmes), "The Leaves That Are Green" (J.D. Crowe & The New South), "Milk Cow Blues" (IIIrd Tyme Out), "Church on the Cumberland Road" (Marty Raybon & Full Circle), "I'm In Love All Over" (Larry Stephenson Band), "There Will Always Be A Rocking Chair" (David Parmley & Continental Divide), "I Know Where Love Lives" (Kenny and Amanda Smith), "John the Revelator" (Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver), "Ready For The Times To Get Better" (Alecia Nugent), "Empty Old Mail Box" (Don Rigsby & Midnight Call), "Sugar Coated Love" (Bradley Walker) and "Freeborn Man" (Dan Tyminski).

In his introduction to the closing track, "Shenandoah," Tony Rice says, "We (musicians) are exactly were we are supposed to be" doing regarding this benefit for St. Jude. He's right! Every musician will receive the satisfaction of knowing that his/her talent benefits cancer research. And each fan who purchases this project will receive the satisfaction of knowing that ill and vulnerable children will benefit from research and treatment.

For more information and to hear this recording go to www.skaggsfamily records.com