Charlie Louvin benefit nets $20K

The October 30 benefit concert for Charlie Louvin we told you about last month turned out to be a great success. Charlie, the surviving half of the legendary Louvin Brothers duet, is suffering from pancreatic cancer and is overwhelmed by the costs associated with his treatment.

The show was held in Bell Buckle, TN, and featured performances from Valerie Smith & Becky Buller, the Wildwood Valley Boys, Michael Cleveland, Donna and Patsy Stoneman and many others who donated their time to raise money for Charlie’s medical bills. The big moment in the show came when Alison Krauss took the stage, supported by her AKUS bandmates Ron Block and Jerry Douglas, to perform numbers from the Louvin Brothers catalog, further assisted by her brother Viktor Krauss and Carmella Ramsey.

After tallying all the numbers, it was announced yesterday that the total raised was in excess of $20,000. Hats off to all involved – Valerie Smith who hosted the event, Rhonda Vincent who donated and auctioned a signed guitar, all the performers and sponsors – and everyone who made a donation!

Here are a few photos from the show.

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