Darius rucker Darius Rucker unofficially kicked-off the 2010 CMA Music Festival on Monday, June 7 with his inaugural “Darius and Friends” St. Jude benefit concert.  The event, which featured performances by Radney Foster, Randy Houser, Jamey Johnson, and Jake Owen, successfully sold-out the Wildhorse Saloon in downtown Nashville, raising $48,720 for St. Jude cancer research.

randy-houser200a9 Upon hearing the news, Rucker raved, “I got to perform three songs with Radney Foster–the man who inspired me to get into music! I could not have envisioned a better night. I’m so thankful to the staff at St. Jude, my management team at McGhee Entertainment, the artists, my band, and everyone that made this event such a success.”

fair Jake Owen 161 Darius performed classics, like Dobie Gray’s “Drift Away” with Randy Houser, in addition to hits from his solo country record, Learn to Live.  Following Jake Owen’s performance, Darius rejoined his band to perform his new single, “Come Back Song,” for the first time.  The single will impact radio on June 28th and will appear on his sophomore album on Capitol Records Nashville, slated to hit shelves this October.

The evening’s finale, a performance of "Family Tradition," featured all the artists on stage as well as a surprise guest appearance by Kid Rock on guitar. 

For additional information, please visit Darius web site. 

Radney Foster About St. Jude
St. Jude is internationally recognized for its pioneering work in finding cures and saving children with cancer and other catastrophic diseases. St. Jude is the first and only pediatric cancer center to be designated as a Comprehensive Cancer Center by the National Cancer Institute. Founded by late entertainer Danny Thomas and based in Memphis, Tenn., St. Jude freely shares its discoveries with scientific and medical communities around the world. St. Jude is the only pediatric cancer research center where families never pay for treatment not covered by insurance. No child is ever denied treatment because of the family’s inability to pay. St. Jude is financially supported by ALSAC, its fundraising organization. For more information, please visit their web site.

That’ll do it for now. You guys enjoy your Thursday! More from me later! By the way, that email you are waiting for from me … that should happen later this evening. And thanks so much for writing!

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Darius Rucker unofficially kicked-off the 2010 CMA Music Festival on Monday, June 7 with his inaugural “Darius and Friends” St. Jude benefit concert.  The event, which featured performances by Radney Foster, Randy Houser, Jamey Johnson, and Jake Owen, successfully sold-out the Wildhorse Saloon in downtown Nashville, raising $48,720...