Country music filled the night Oct. 9 for a sold-out concert at Third & Lindsley in Nashville for the third-annual Dottie West Birthday Bash, sponsored by Springer Mountain Farms and hosted by Jeannie Seely, country music royalty and 52-year member of the Grand Ole Opry.
The star-studded event raised more than $28,300 in funds for the Nashville Musicians Association with 100 percent of all money going to the Musician's Emergency Relief Fund.
The evening included a special welcome and introduction by Charlie Monk with a stellar lineup of performances by Bill Anderson and his Po Folks Band, Tim Atwood, John Berry, Buddy Cannon, Melonie Cannon, Michele Capps, Peter Cooper, Danny Davis, Steve Dorff, Erin Enderlin, Tess Frizzell, Jamey Johnson, Jon Randall, John Schneider, Seely, Bobby Tomberlin, Dallas Wayne and Kenna West, along with special guests and surprises.
“This was one more example of why I’m so proud of our Country Music community,” said Seely. “All of the sponsors, artists, musicians, organizers, volunteers and, most of all, the fans and supporters were on top of their games for this event. Our thanks and appreciation to Ron Brice and his staff at Third and Lindsley as they go that extra mile for us. And didn’t we have fun?”
“Country sunshine was in abundance among both the performers and the audience, and I’m sure Dottie was beaming down with pride knowing that her annual birthday celebration continues to help those in need and to honor others,” said committee member Ron Harman. “Her legacy lives on.”
In addition to celebrating West’s birthday and honoring her, the event also honored a musician or artist who, like her, made an indelible impact on country music. This year, the event honored Grand Ole Opry, Country Music Hall of Fame, Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame member Bill Anderson.
The first year the Dottie West Birthday Bash honored Musicians Hall of Fame member and North Carolina Hall of Fame member Jimmy Capps. Last year, the event honored the three Country Music Hall of Fame inductees – West, Ricky Skaggs and Johnny Gimble.