Stars Go Blue for Colon Cancer
Songwriters came together Tuesday night at the Loveless Barn in Nashville to celebrate a night of healing, but they didn't let the serious subject of colon cancer prevent them from sharing a few laughs along the way.
Grand Ole Opry star Mike Snider set the tone for Wednesday's Stars Go Blue for Colon Cancer concert in Nashville, with his down-home music and good-natured humor. GAC's Nan Kelley, herself a cancer survivor after being diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma in May of 2008, emceed the show and silent auction. Her husband, Charlie Kelley, is a colon cancer survivor who was diagnosed in November of that same year. He contributed a bit of humor himself, closing the show with a song he and singer/songwriter Peter Cooper wrote, 'Less of An Ass Than I Used to Be.'
In between, the audience was treated to music by Wade Hayes, Mike Reid, Gretchen Peters (pictured above), Barry Walsh, Peter Cooper, Rodney Crowell and Bill Miller.
Wade, Mike, Gretchen, Barry and Peter chose to present their music through an in-the-round, a songwriter tradition established in Nashville in which each songwriter talks about the song they are going to sing before they perform it. Wade started off the set with a question. "Do you want to hear old or new songs?" "Old," came the response, and he complied with his hit 'Old Enough to Know Better.'
While some writers choose to follow the theme of the previous song, Gretchen explained she was going to do a song from her divorce album, singing 'Breakfast at Our House.' Peter lightened the room with a story about arriving at the venue to find good food and great conversation before the show started. "I guess I'm just trying to tell you how hard this job is," he said as he strummed his guitar. He then performed a song