Benefit Planned for Kip Martin

Kip Martin BenefitIn the face of adversity, the bluegrass community is once again coming together to help one of its own.

While bassist Kip Martin lies gravely ill in a Nashville hospital, bluegrass friends hundreds of miles away are planning a benefit to help cover his expenses.

The benefit, with live music and a raffle, will be held Sunday at the First Baptist Church of Crofton in Crofton, Md., starting at 4:00 p.m. Martin, who played with Jimmy Martin, Mike Auldridge and in many other bands, moved to Nashville a few years back while undergoing treatment for liver disease. Before the move, he was a mainstay of the Washington, D.C., bluegrass scene and was a founder of the DC Bluegrass Union.

Martin was also an active bluegrasser in Boston during his career.

Those attending the benefit (suggested donation is $20) can win raffle prizes that include CDs, festival tickets and a mandolin donated by Eastman Strings. (Eastman rep Tim Finch is a longtime friend who sold Martin his first upright bass when he owned a music shop.)

To learn more about the benefit, go here

Those who can’t attend the benefit but still want to help can contribute to a fund set up by Martin’s family. Details can be found here:

During his hospitalization, his family has used his personal Facebook page to share details of his illness, launched a search for someone to adopt his dog and invited friends to post their thoughts memories and photographs, which are read to Martin when he’s up for it.  

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David Morris

David Morris is a Washington, D.C.-based journalist, songwriter and upright bass player. He has spent much of his career as a wire service political reporter, including nearly 14 years with The Associated Press and a stint as chief White House correspondent for Bloomberg News, and has recently retired as senior editor for Kiplinger Washington Editors.