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09 Sep 10 Saturday Texas Music Throwdown Benefits Veterans

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(Editor’s Note: The following story comes to the Texas Music Journal courtesy of Brad Meyer and The Courier of Montgomery County. Many thanks, Brad!) There are times when wounded military veterans need to get out of the hospital, away from doctors and connect directly with nature. Saturday’s Texas Music Throwdown, featuring several of the region’s most popular bands, will benefit Heroes on the Water – a Texas-based charity that helps wounded warriors relax, rehabilitate and reintegrate into society through kayaking, fishing and experiencing the outdoors. “It’s a great program that was founded in 2007 by Jim Dolan, a buddy of mine in Dallas,” said Ryan Evans, concert organizer. “I was impressed with what he was

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doing and wanted to help support the effort.” In the three years since HOW was founded, the nonprofit group has become a nationally recognized charity – providing therapeutic programs based on kayak fishing that help service members recovering from physical and emotional challenges. The program, originally developed for patients at Brooke Army Medical Center at Fort Sam Houston, helps servicemen and women decompress from stresses associated with combat and the physical rigors of rehabilitation according to its website, www.heroesonthewater.org. The concept is being expanded around the country. Doors at the concert at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds open at 1 p.m. with musical performances beginning at 1:45 p.m., Evans said. In addition to headliner Cory Morrow, the lineup of entertainers includes Max Stalling, the Cody Johnson Band, the Scooter Brown Band, the Chad Hammock Band and the Clay Melton Band. “Every penny we make will go to benefit the troops,” said Evans. “Nobody is making a dime on this.” When Evans told Scott Brown of the Scooter Brown Band he was planning a musical event, he said the entertainer, a former Marine immediately volunteered to be part of the concert lineup. “The response from bands and sponsors has been great,” said Evans. “Putting on an event like this is a challenge, but the enthusiasm for the concept has been encouraging.” Headliner Cory Morrow, a native of Houston, is a singer/songwriter who has gained popularity throughout the Southwest and has sold more than 200,000 albums. Max Stalling, also a Texan, graduated from Texas A&M University before turning to music. He has released five albums to date and performs throughout the region from his home base in Dallas. Fusing country and rock music isn’t a new concept, but few do it better than Cody Johnson – an enterprising and energetic musician who is earning a reputation and following throughout Texas. “It’s a good lineup of talented musicians,” Evans said, “and it’s for a really good cause.” For tickets or additional information about the Texas Music Throwdown or Heroes on the Water, visit www.texasmusicthrowdown.com. Brad Meyer can be reached at bmeyer@hcnonline.com.

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