Sammy Kershaw will headline a free benefit concert this Sunday, July 18 in Houma, Louisiana to assist those hit hardest by the Gulf oil spill. Mark Chesnutt will also be participating in ProtectOurCoastline.org's Concert For The Coast, to be held in Houma's Court House Square. All monies raised will go directly to the fishermen, shrimpers and natural wildlife of the Louisiana coast.

"This tragedy affects all of us, but it really hits close to home for me and Sammy," says Mark. "I was humbled when Sammy asked me to participate in the event. He's an old friend and I am proud to support him and his involvement within this organization.

"Folks' livelihood and way of life has changed dramatically because of this mishap," he continues. "The Concert For The Coast will be a day full of fun and we hope to bring a little bit of life back to the people of Houma, Louisiana!"

Working hand-in-hand with the Louisiana Seafood Board and Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Foundation, ProtectOurCoastline.org ensures that all dollars raised will provide direct relief for those facing financial devastation because of the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

"Having grown up in the coastal parish of Vermilion, I understand the importance of both the seafood industry and the wetlands to Louisiana," says Sammy, who lives in Lafayette, Louisiana and is running for Lt. Governor of the state. "The people of my state are resilient and ProtectOurCoastline.org is determined to help those affected by this disaster come back stronger than ever. I hope that this event continues to raise awareness and lets our fisherman and shrimpers know that they are not forgotten"

Concert For The Coast is open to the public, with doors opening at 2:00 PM CST and show beginning at 3:00 PM. Zydeco musician, Wayne Toups is also scheduled to appear.

Louisiana provides 33% of the country's seafood. For more information, visit www.protectourcoastline.org.

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