(CelebrityAccess MediaWire) —
The 5th annual Jean Therapy benefit is set for October 28 at The Factory in Franklin, TN with Jessi Colter and John Anderson making a rare appearance with Waylon Jennings' longtime backing band to raise funds for the American Diabetes Association.
Jennings died from complications of diabetes in 2002. This is the
first time Colter – Waylon's widow and bandmate – has appeared with
Waylon's 'Waymore Blues' band since his memorial service at Nashville's
Ryman Auditorium in March of 2002. Members of the Waymore Blues Band
confirmed to perform are: Robby Turner, Richie Albright, Rance Wasson,
Barney Robertson, Carter Robertson, Kevin “Swine” Grantt, Charlie Rose and
Steve Herrman and Jim Horn.
Guest musicians include slide-guitarist Jack
Pearson (Allman Brothers Band) and Jerry Bridges. Each performer will do
their own original songs, as well as pay musical tribute to Waylon, covering
some of his classics with Waylon's band serving as back-up.
Also on the bill are R&B/soul/rock vocalist Bonnie Bramlett and Bekka Bramlett. Opening the show are Jon Tiven (producer, Frank Black,
Delbert McClinton, BB King), Marty Brown and Carters Cord – three daughters
of Barney & Carter Robertson, longtime Waymore Blues Band members.
Jean Therapy honors the memory of songwriter John Jarrard
who, before his passing from complications of the disease, wrote hits for
artists like George Strait, Alabama and John Anderson and worked tirelessly
to raise funding and awareness for the ADA. Money raised from the Jean
Therapy event supports local middle Tennessee initiatives like Camp Sugar
Falls, minority outreach programs geared towards Tennessee and Kentucky, and
advocacy for the 28% of TennCare enrollees who suffer from the disease.
Tickets for Jean Therapy are $125 and $250 for patron tickets and can be
purchased from Devin Bradford at the Nashville ADA office, 615-298-3066, x3334.
This year's honorary event chairman is cowboy clothing designer Manuel, who has created the honkytonk image for numerious country artists including Gram Parsons and
Dwight Yoakam. –Jane Cohen and Bob Grossweiner