A concert organized by Country artist Eric Lee Beddingfield took place on Friday October 16th on an outdoor stage behind the Midtown Corner Pub in Nashville. The event will benefit the victims of the floods last month in Georgia, Alabama and Tennessee and will raise funds to be donated to the American Red Cross. Online social network Digital Rodeo was one of the event sponsors along with Buffalo Trace Whiskey. The concert was set to coincide with the University of Georgia/Vanderbilt football game in Nashville.
A native Martinez,Ga., Beddingfield headlined the show which kicked off at 7 p.m. Additional artists and performers taking the stage included TOMMY TUTONE, TELLURIDE, WAYNE MILLS BAND(and his 3 1/2 yr old son),TOMMY TOWNSEND, RACHEL WILLIAMS and DAN SHAFER.
"The devastation hit so close to home for my family and fans that I had to do something," Beddingfield says. "Nashville and Georgia share so many musical ties that it's only fitting that we use the talent we have here to help out those affected by the flooding not only back home in Georgia, but right here in Tennessee, too."
All proceeds raised from the event will go to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund to assist those families that were affected in more than 20 counties. Atlanta, Ga. Mayor Shirley Franklin estimates the final damage cost will exceed $1 billion. The American Red Cross has already provided nearly 3,000 overnight stays in their shelters as a result of the floods.
Eric Lee Beddingfield first caught the attention of the Country Music charts with his self-titled debut album in 2007. By 2008, Beddingfield was named by New Music Weekly as one of the top ten artists to watch and three singles from the album landed in the Top 40 of MusicRow's CountryBreakoutTM Chart. Beddingfield's single "Nowhere USA" earned itself a #1 independent release ranking on Power Source Magazine's top country chart. Eric Lee Beddingfield is currently touring throughout the Southeast and finishing up his sophomore album due out in early 2010.
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The Red Cross is a charitable organization -- not a government agency -- and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit www.redcross.org