'Let Us In' Benefit Concert on Nov. 7 Kicks Off CMA Week, Will Feature McCartney Songs
Sir Paul McCartney. Nashville. Those two terms might be not necessarily linked at the hip. However, on Monday, those two musical giants will come together for a great cause.
On Nov. 7, at Music City's historic Ryman Auditorium, actor Jeff Daniels will host "Let Us In," a benefit that will kick off CMA Week. The show will benefit The Women and Cancer Fund is a not-for-profit charity led by Dr. Alicia Alvarez and established in the memory of Linda McCartney. Sir Paul McCartney has given his "whole-hearted blessing" to "Let Us In" Nashville, a campaign led by Reviver Music to raise awareness and proceeds for this charity which promotes prevention, lifestyle awareness, enhances available health services and advocates advanced breast cancer and children's cancer research.
The concert will serve as the launch for the album "Let Us In Nashville - A Tribute To Linda McCartney," which will feature all of the acts that will be appearing at the show in addition to Ricky Skaggs and Eagles bassist-singer Timothy B. Schmit.
According to David Ross of Reviver, the mission of the show is to help raise awareness for the Let Us In foundation.
"The Women & Cancer Fund's founder and CEO, Dr. Alicia Alvarez, has been involved in caring for the ill most of her life," he tells Billboard.com. "Alicia was born in Argentina and spent much of her childhood going house to house with her mother (the town nurse) providing care for the under served people of the community. In her teen years she moved to the United States to further her education and eventually began working for her sister's cancer charity, the "League of Women Against Cancer" (LOWAC). When LOWAC closed its' doors; Alicia moved forward by starting The Women & Cancer Fund to concentrate on natural and integrative medicine with special focus on advanced and advancing technologies. The charity's scientists believe that this type of grossly under funded research will complete the puzzle and pave the path to a cure.
Ross went on to say that "The "LET US IN. . . the fight against breast cancer" campaign was designed as more than a slogan. It is a battle cry of empowerment and for dollars spent; we should expect results."
The campaign will be spread across several different genres, with multiple albums and shows planned. When asked why Nashville was selected first, Ross said, "Nashville is the home of all types of great music. Having a stellar roster of artists that wanted to be involved made Nashville an easy choice for our inaugural event. We love the way Nashville supports organizations and our fight can not be fought alone. Everyone, unfortunately, has suffered a loss due to cancer. We plan on doing many more events in Nashville to raise the profile for The Women and Cancer Fund and help raise funds to bring awareness and help find a cure."
When it comes to the line-up, Ross thinks listeners and concert-goers will be blown away. "We are honored to have the quality of well know chart topping artists as well as emergent artists involved in our campaign. The talent involved, all 16 artists and groups put their heart and soul into giving Reviver Music, the campaign and the audience their own take on classic McCartney tunes."
Rising newcomer Sarah Darling says she is very excited to be a part of the show and album. "When I got asked to be a part of the Let Us In project I felt truly honored. It's great to see artists getting together for such a great cause. It was such a surreal feeling recording "Blackbird" in the studio. What an amazing song! I hope everyone enjoys this record and pray that this is just one of many steps in fighting cancer in women and children."
The following artists (alphabetical order) and songs will comprise the tribute album:
Blue Sky Riders (Kenny Loggins, Georgia Middleman and Gary Burr) - "Junk"
Juliana Cole - "Bluebird"
Jeff Daniels - "Heart Of The Country"
Sarah Darling - "Blackbird"
Tommy Emmanuel - "She's A Woman"
Nikki Shannon Fernandez - "I Saw Her Standing There"
Cheyenne Kimball - "Mull Of Kintyre"
Samantha Landrum - "Pipes Of Peace"
Timothy B. Schmit, Mark Hudson, Laurence Juber, Denny Seiwell - "Every Night"
Ricky Skaggs - "Listen To What The Man Said"
SHeDAISY - "With A Little Luck"
Jordyn Shellhart - "I Will"
Nancy Siranni - "Calico Skies"
Steel Magnolia - "Maybe I'm Amazed"
Phil Vassar - "Lady Madonna"
Chuck Wicks - "No More Lonely Nights"