Little Big Town hosted their fourth annual 'Ride for a Cure' motorcycle ride and concert to benefit the T.J. Martell Foundation on Sunday. The event kicked off at Nashville's Tin Roof with performances by newcomers Randy Montana and Brett Eldredge before more than 300 riders took to the open road and headed south to Columbia, Tenn., where another set of performances by Little Big Town, Luke Bryan, Randy Houser, Josh Thompson and The Band Perry, took place.

For many, riding a Harley Davidson gives them a sense of freedom from responsibility, as is the case with Little Big Town's Phillip Sweet. "It helps you clear your mind," he tells The Boot. "And especially when you have the wind and the surroundings and the smells of outside, you're not focused on anything but just riding. It's therapeutic and relaxing. I really enjoy it."

LBT's Jimi Westbrook agrees. "There's a lot of personal thinking time. You get alone, and it's all your thoughts and the scenery around you. It's a cool thing."

"I love, love riding motorcycles," Randy Montana tells The Boot. "We did a ride across country last year and to do it on a motorcycle was something totally different. There's something about not having any windows around you."

In addition to the ride and the concert there was an auction, which featured guitars signed by all of the artists on the Country Throwdown tour, including Montgomery Gentry, Jack Ingram and Jamey Johnson, as well as a 1997 Harley Davidson.

Proceeds from the ride will go to cancer research at the Frances Williams Preston laboratory at Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center in Nashville. The T.J. Martell Foundation supports leukemia, cancer and AIDS research at eight leading hospitals around the nation, and more than $240 million has been raised for the organization over the past 35 years.

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