How much good stuff can country music do? Quite a bit, actually. Vince Gill, Brad Paisley and Willie Nelson are among the artists taking part in charitable efforts that were announced during the past week.
Here’s a quick overview:
• The Store, a free grocery conceived by Paisley and Kimberly Williams-Paisley for Nashvillians in crisis, partnered with New Era to offer The Store ballcaps for donations of $100 or more. The nonprofit facility is expected to open during the first quarter of 2020.
• Mitchell Tenpenny‘s 10Penny Fund partnered with the Sarah Cannon Fund to facilitate families working through the mental and social issues surrounding cancer.
• At least 11 composers will perform Aug. 1 during the Songwriting With Soldiers concert at Nashville’s War Memorial Auditorium that will be taped for a fall PBS special focused on music’s role in rehabilitating struggling veterans. Participants include Radney Foster (“A Real Fine Place to Start”), Beth Nielsen Chapman (“This Kiss”) and Gary Nicholson (“One More Last Chance”).
• Luke Combs, Emmylou Harris, Gill and Sheryl Crow were named to play the All for the Hall concert in Los Angeles on Sept. 17. The event benefits the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum’s music education programs.
• Nelson’s annual Farm Aid benefit is set for Sept. 21 in East Troy, Wis., with a lineup that includes Tanya Tucker, Brothers Osborne, Margo Smith and Jamey Johnson alongside regulars John Mellencamp, Neil Young and Dave Matthews.
• Rodney Crowell, Dierks Bentley, Rosanne Cash, Gary Allan, and Chris and Morgane Stapleton are among the artists who have already pledged a portion of their earnings to Heal the Music Day on Oct. 18. The third annual date supports Music Health Alliance, which has saved the music community $43 million in health costs in just six years.