Rutledge 099 On Tuesday night, Feb. 9, 2010, I went to Nashville to attend the first-ever Country Music is Love benefit show for the City of Hope. The folks over at CMIL did a great job organizing this show. The event included great performances by 10 artists, an auction to win a date with the Carter Twins, and a raffle to win a guitar signed by all the performers from the night, and even Jake Owen – who was not there signed the guitar.

Rutledge 066 Performers who took the stage at the event included Gwen Sebastian, Johnny Buford, Mallary Hope, Adam Gregory,Caitlin Lynn, Whitney Duncan, The Carter Twins, Jason Jones, Jessica Lee, and Matt Stillwell.

Each performer did a great set, and the event which was scheduled to last form 7 p.m.-10 p.m., actually went on until nearly midnight. I was glad I stayed for the entire show.

Rutledge 120 The Rutledge is a great place for a show like this. It is casual, comfortable, and the sound in that place is really awesome. The entire atmosphere was very relaxed, and all of the artists made sure they took a little time to walk around, talk to everyone and just be themselves.

Rutledge 038 That’s all I’m going to say about this event right now. But I intend to get at least a short post up about each of the 10 performers over the next few days (or few weeks, depending on just how much time I have each day). I thoroughly enjoyed this event, and really want to send a ‘thank you’ out to the folks at CMIL I hope this “first ever” becomes an annual event. I’ll definitely put it on my calendar as soon as I hear about it next year.

Rutledge 212 To Matt Stillwell and Mallary Hope, it was great seeing you again. Matt, I’ll see you in a few weeks. To Whitney Duncan, The Carter Twins, and everyone else, it was a real pleasure meeting each of you. I’ll be getting an article up about each of you as soon as I can.

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On Tuesday night, Feb. 9, 2010, I went to Nashville to attend the first-ever Country Music is Love benefit show for the City of Hope. The folks over at CMIL did a great job organizing this show. The event included great performances by 10 artists, an auction to...