I hosted a Q&A on family relations yesterday for my son. He'll be four this month. We diagrammed and discussed mamas and daddies, brothers and sisters, cousins, aunts and uncles, nieces and nephews and grands. When he'd had enough, he was quiet for a while and then concluded, "Everybody is family." I'm learning a lot. Last weekend we raised $1120.80 in donations for Urban Ministries in Charlotte and The Ark in Athens from a percentage of my ticket sales and a surprising harvest of unsolicited audience donations. We also collected food and laundry detergent for Manna Food Pantries in Pensacola, Athens Food Bank, and Rainbow Children's Home in Dahlonega.

This weekend, we'll be in Fountain, NC.

Saturday, Jan 11, 7:30pm Fountain General Store 6754 East Wilson Street, Fountain, NC www.rafountain.com

I've already committed 10% of our ticket sales to Urban Ministries in Charlotte. If we sell the house out, which is 120 tickets, I'll write an additional check for $100 to Hope Station in nearby Wilson. We will also collect food and sundries for them. I just talked to them on the phone and we'll deliver the goods to the night supervisor after the show on our way home. You can read Hope Station's wish list here:

http://hopestation-wilson.org/?page_id=56

If you know ANYONE in the Wilson/Greenville NC area, let them know about this show. My band is amazing, I'm a haplessly entertaining loser with a couple of good songs, and we're making a difference for people who are literally freezing to death.

We'll give 10% and collect goods for the rest of the month:

Friday, January 24, 7:30pm Grind Cafe Coffeehouse 136 West Union Street Morganton, NC 828-430-4343 facebook.com/grindcafe

Saturday, January 25, 12 noon Knoxville Visitors Center 301 South Gay Street Knoxville, TN www.wdvx.com

Saturday, January 25, 8pm Down Home 300 West Main Street Johnson City, TN 423-929-9822 www.downhome.com

Thanks family. Your fan,

JByrd

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