Thursday, July 23, 2009
Benefit Concert for Billy Lee Riley
Arkansas rockabilly legend and Sun recording star Billy Lee Riley is currently receiving treatment for cancer and is not in good shape. Several of Billy Lee's friends from Arkansas and beyond are organizing a benefit concert to raise money for him. This concert is scheduled to take place in Newport, Arkansas at the historic Silver Moon dance hall and will commence at 1:00 p.m. The final list of musicians scheduled to perform has not been set, but sources have informed me that Sonny Burgess and the Pacers will headline. Other musicians who plan to participate are Arkansas' own Larry Donn, saxophone legend Ace Cannon and W. S. Holland of Johnny Cash's band. I will be providing more information on the lineup when I receive it.