For country music singer Randy Houser, his upcoming concert at Unicoi County High School is more than another stop on a tour around the nation, it’s a chance to give back. Houser and Matt Stillwell will both perform Tuesday, May 5, during Unicoi County’s first-ever “Concert for a Cure,” a benefit for the the Erwin-based Relay For Life.
“I lost my grandmother to cancer when I was young,” Houser said, “and I have watched the disease take lives too long. I feel that it’s important to chip in my time to help raise money to combat the disease.”
The country singer, whose hits include “Anything Goes” and “Boots On,” said the Erwin event drew him in because of the American Cancer Society’s nationally known event. “Relay For Life is an organization that I’ve been familiar with for many, many years,” Houser said.
Randy’s debut single, “Anything Goes,” was a top 20 hit for the entertainer. His current single, “Boots On,” is currently in the top 40.
Stillwell, who will open for Houser in the special acoustic concert, also said the Relay For Life and the chance to help people suffering from cancer was important to him in his decision to come to Erwin. He said many of his friends and family members have been affected by cancer.
“My friend, Darrel Mathis, just recently passed away,” he said. “He and his father passed away from the same form of cancer. I just played a benefit out in Bakersfield, Calif., this past weekend for my friend’s foundation, ‘Small Miracles.’ ” “Small Miracles” is a foundation created by Kevin and Tuesday Small after their daughter died from cancer, Stillwell said. “They created ‘Small Miracles’ to help families who have children with cancer,” he said. “They cover bills and expenses during long hospital stays.
Tickets for the Unicoi County Relay For Life Concert for a Cure are still available at The Erwin Record office, located at 218 Gay St. in historic downtown Erwin. Tickets can also be ordered by calling 423-743-4112, and can be picked up at the door the night of the concert.
Tickets are $25 for reserved seating and $12.50 for general admission. Proceeds from the concert will benefit the Relay For Life of Unicoi County and the American Cancer Society. Doors will open at 5 p.m., and Stillwell will be the opening act at 6:30 p.m. A brief intermission will follow until Houser’s performance begins at 8 p.m. For more information call 423-743-4112 or e-mail email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
I hope all of you in the area are planning to attend. This is going to be a great show, held is a small enough auditorium that everyone is going to have an up-close and personal evening with two great entertainers! Because all of the proceeds going to the American Cancer Society, the event is very important to me. I’ve been doing volunteer work for that organization for many years, and I believe that one day – with research and help from friends like you, we will find a cure for this disease.
Here’s Randy Houser’s “Anything Goes” video, and Matt Stillwell doing “Shine.”
I hope you all enjoy your Sunday. I’ll talk to you soon!