Lee Roy Parnell and Friends Aid Cancer Research
Lee Roy Parnell gathered some of his closest pals in country music this week for his 'Lee Roy and Friends,' concert which helped raise funds for local breast cancer awareness. David Lee Murphy, Paul Overstreet, Keith Anderson and Atlanta rockers Blackberry Smoke took to the stage at Nashville's newly-remodeled Hard Rock Cafe, treating fans to three hours of exhilarating musical performances.
Lee Roy started the night off by singing a few of his biggest hits, including 'On the Road,' 'Love Without Mercy' and 'I'm Holding My Own.' Paul Overstreet followed, sing 'Daddy's Come Around' and 'When You Say Nothing at All,' his tune which was a huge hit for both Alison Krauss and the late Keith Whitley.
Keith Anderson kept the good times rolling with 'I Still Miss You' and the song that started his career, 'Pickin' Wildflowers.' David Lee then treated fans to a handful of songs he's written for other artists, including Kenny Chesney's 'Living in Fast Forward,' Josh Thompson's 'Way out Here' and Jason Aldean's 'Big Green Tractor.' He then performed his own hit 'Party Crowd,' which was the most-played song of 1995. Blackberry Smoke were the night's surprise guest, and they kept the party rolling along, followed by an encore jam performed by all the artists on the lineup.
"It's always fun to come out here and play, especially here in Nashville," David Lee told The Boot following the show. "Lee Roy and I have been friends for so long, and we've had so much fun out on the road together. When he put this thing together tonight and asked me to come do it, there was no way I could have said no ... you've got Paul Overstreet who's written great records for everyone, and Keith Anderson who has had a ton of great hits, and Blackberry Smoke ... those guys are just rockin'. They are a great band. Tonight was just a lot of fun."
Proceeds from the 'Lee Roy and Friends' benefit concert benefited Women Rock for the Cure, a breast cancer awareness charity in Nashville.