Nechville joins in Gatlinburg relief efforts

Nechville Musical Products is the latest bluegrass-oriented company to lend a hand to the relief efforts following the east Tennessee wildfires last month.

The banjo builders were especially struck by the total destruction to the home and business of Pigeon Forge resident, Jack Hatfield, a long time business associate of Nechville. Hatfield Music had carried Nechville products for many years, and Tom Nechville was a regular participant at Jack’s many banjo workshops held in the area.

To throw their company resources behind the relief efforts, Nechville is donating one of their Flex-Tone banjos ($2690 value) for a raffle at Banjo Hangout. The proceeds from the raffle will be donated to the Jack Hatfield Relief Fund. In addition, they will make a donation of $100 for every new banjo purchased directly from Nechville through December 2016.

And lastly, they have announced that a new batch of their Jerusalem Bridge will be made, fashioned from olive wood from the Holy Land. They will make as many as they can from material on hand, and offer them for $49 each with all profits going to the Hatfield fund.

Many people in east Tennessee are suffering from the destruction these fires brought to the area. Even folks whose homes were spared have been touched by the effects with many of their job sites damaged or destroyed. This region has been a welcoming home to bluegrass music for many years, so lets be sure to show some appreciation to them in this time of need.

The My People Fund, part of the Dollywood Foundation, has been a leader in this effort and has raised several million dollars to date to assist people in Dolly Parton’s native home of east Tennessee. If you can help, please make a contribution.

Hats off to Tom Nechville and all his staff for their help.

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