Jimmy Jam to be broadcast live online

Jim VanCleve

We’ve written several times this year about Jim VanCleve, Mountain Heart fiddler and noted Nashville producer and session player, and his harrowing brush with dengue hemorrhagic fever in March. Fortunately for all concerned, Jim pulled through after his condition was properly diagnosed, but he spent several days in the hospital and many weeks on his back at home before he could return to work.

Last week we noted that his music pals in Nashville had organized a benefit show, scheduled for 7:30 (CDT) this evening (8/6) at 3rd And Lindsley. The list of performers is more than a little impressive for Jimmy Jam, as the show is billed, with appearances scheduled by Del McCoury Band, Dailey & Vincent, The Grascals, Rhonda Vincent & the Rage and many more.

Now comes word that the show will be streamed live by Music City Roots, so friends and fans worldwide can watch it all go down.

Jimmy Jam will be hosted by Kyle Cantrell of Sirius XM and Marcia Campbell from WSM. Set to perform are:

  • Dailey & Vincent
  • Del McCoury Band
  • Sam Bush Band
  • The Grascals
  • Rhonda Vincent & the Rage
  • The SteelDrivers
  • The Likely Culprits
  • Mountain Heart (with Scott Vestal and Sam Bush)
  • Guthrie Trapp & Friends
  • Jon Weisberger w/Sierra Hull, Justin Moses, Ned Luberecki and Stephen Mougin
  • Melonie Cannon & Friends
  • Buddy Cannon
  • Ronnie & Garnett Bowman
  • Bryan Sutton
  • Larry Cordle and Andrea Zonn
  • Donna Ulisse & the Poor Mountain Boys
  • Matt King
  • Fred Knobloch
  • Josh Daniels (of the New Familiars)
  • Jeff King
  • Playing on the Planet featuring Lisa Jacobi

A block of 50 additional VIP tickets were added for sale on Monday evening, and are expected to be snapped up quickly. If you’ll be in town and want to attend, hop to it ASAP.

Folks outside the Nashville area who would like to make a contribution to help Jim and his family with medical bills and lost income can send donations via PayPal. Just use this link, and indicate the recipient as vanclevemedicalfund@gmail.com. Checks can be sent to:

VanCleve Medical Fund
105 Imperial Blvd.
PO Box 613
Hendersonville, TN 37077

Tonight’s broadcast can be viewed on the Music City Roots web site starting at 7:15 central time. With a show this big, no end time is being suggested.

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John Lawless

John had served as primary author and editor for The Bluegrass Blog from its launch in 2006 until being folded into Bluegrass Today in September of 2011. He continues in that capacity here, managing a strong team of columnists and correspondents.