Thunderous applause marked the ending of the inaugural Validity Concert Series along with a standing ovation as the Redhead Express closed the show. The event raised just over $8,000 cash with in-kind donations bringing the total to $14,000 in support of Davis House Child Advocacy Center.
“We are thrilled to have so many friends come out in support of Validity Concert Series benefit for Davis House,” Publisher Becky Jane Newbold remarked. “To share our first concert series from our hometown of Hohenwald was a blessing. The acoustics of the beautiful Strand Theatre perfectly accentuated the musicians. We saw smiles in the audience and had such a great time!” she added.
Davis House will use the donations to support the Hohenwald location of the center, which serves Perry, Hickman and Lewis County children. Last year 152 new clients were victims of sexual and/or severe physical abuse. Marcus Stamps, executive director of Davis House, spoke at the event. He pointed to a jar of buttons sitting on the stage. He told how each child who has to visit the Davis House gets to select a button and put it in the jar, showing them they are not alone in their struggle.
Kenny Durham was first to perform, singing some of his original music as well as music by others performing with him. An original song by Terry Peevyhouse, who played bass with Durham, was performed. Guests Debbie Landers, Cindy Ayers and Jeff Zarle, who sang a rendition of “I Lift My Hands” by Chris Tomlin, surprised the crowd. As they left the stage, Durham sang “Go Rest High on That Mountain,” which was followed by Durham’s original tribute to John Denver, “Goodbye John.”
Lee Thomas Miller entertained the audience with famous songs he wrote and/or co-wrote, including “Southern Girl” by Tim McGraw and “I’m Still a Guy” by Brad Paisley. Miller also kept the crowd laughing with personal stories about McGraw and Paisley. Near the end of his performance, he brought his daughter on stage to help him sing “You’re Gonna Miss This” by Trace Adkins.
Redhead Express took the stage after intermission, playing some original songs and some covers. The four sisters switched singing the lead and sang four-part harmonies throughout their show. Guest Luke Newbold came in to play a song he wrote with the Redheads accompanying. They ended the show by honoring the military with “I’m Proud to be an American” by Lee Greenwood.