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, an award-winning songwriter and journalist, has written for Bluegrass Today since its inception. He joined its predecessor, The Bluegrass Blog, in 2010. His 40-year career in journalism included more than 13 years with The Associated Press, a stint as chief White House correspondent for Bloomberg News, and several top editing jobs in Washington, D.C. He is a life member of IBMA and the DC Bluegrass Union. He and co-writers won the bluegrass category in the Chris Austin Songwriting Contest at MerleFest in 2015.