Music 4 Vets Charity
Announces Inaugural Fundraising Concert Tour
Featuring Nashville-Based “Truth & Salvage Co.”
Sponsored by Firefly Vodka
Schedule includes 14 cities, starting November 2nd, 2012, to raise awareness and donate instruments to veterans’ music therapy programs
BALTIMORE - (September 13, 2012) – Music 4 Vets is proud to announce a fall fundraising tour featuring Truth & Salvage Co., with special guest Tim Brantley, sponsored by Firefly Sweet Tea Vodka. Music 4 Vets, a unique charity project that supports music therapy and programs for veterans across the country, is the latest initiative of Music 4 More, a Baltimore, MD based 501(c)3 charity founded by Deidra Stevens. The organization is dedicated to bringing joy and healing from playing music to people in hospitals, physical rehab centers, schools and other community facilities by providing new and used instruments to sustain these programs.
Nashville’s Truth & Salvage Co will bring its original, southern-influenced, acoustic, twang, harmonic jam sound to 14 cities this fall to support veterans. In just a few years, the band has developed a devoted, loyal following. Rolling Stone gave their debut album 3. 5 stars and the band has toured with mentor Chris Robinson and the Black Crowes and also appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live. Truth & Salvage Co. has also played for U.S. troops in Iraq and Kuwait.
Founder and president Deidra Stevens said, “We are thrilled to announce this ‘concerted’ program and we couldn’t be more excited about our headliner, Truth & Salvage Co. Music has been found to have a profound effect on helping individuals suffering from pain, stress, illness and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. It can boost confidence, create a sense of control, and release endorphins. This fall, we’ll share the power of music with our veterans. ” Since Music 4 More’s 2009 launch, the nonprofit group has purchased/recycled over 250 instruments for local organizations between Florida and Connecticut.
Music 4 Vets is also partnering with the Veterans Artist Program www.veteranartistprogram.org which fosters, encourages and promotes artists who are also veterans through networking, collaborations, mentorship and original productions. VAP will film the entire tour to create a documentary about the program and to illustrate the healing benefits of music.
A portion of the tour proceeds will go directly to Music 4 Vets and patrons can bring new or used instruments to each venue to be refurbished and distributed to programs in need. The tour received a grant from The Rex Foundation, to fund the purchase of some the instruments to be donated throughout the tour. The Rex Foundation was created by The Grateful Dead and their fans to support charitable giving.
The tour’s lead sponsor is Firefly Sweet Tea Vodka, distilled on Wadmalaw Island, SC. The company will provide the “Firefly RV” for the band throughout the tour and host parties & promotions at the music clubs where the concerts will be held. Firefly was founded by Charleston-native Scott Newitt who said “Firefly is proud to underwrite the Music 4 Vets fundraising tour. I worked my way through college as a drummer and I play in a band now. As a musician, I experience first-hand the happiness and excitement of performing and enjoying live music.” In addition to the distillery in South Carolina, Scott founded Firefly Records, a state-of-the-art music studio in McClellenville. It is a creative sanctuary that is available for Firefly’s music partners and artists. Scott adds, “I love the Music 4 Vets mission and the talent of Truth & Salvage Co. With Firefly, I feel we have a winning combination of passion, groove and resources to showcase exceptional live music and raise big money for veterans.”
The tour will kick-off on Friday, November 2nd in New Orleans, LA at Tipitina’s, followed quickly by stops in cities along the east coast and in a few Mid-Atlantic States, culminating at 12th & Porter in Music City, Nashville, on November 20th. The series will also include media opportunities along with visits to VA hospitals and other veterans’ programs. The schedule includes:
Nov 2: New Orleans, LA – Tipitina’s
Nov 3: San Antonio, TX - Sam’t Burger Joint Music Hall
Nov 4: Austin, TX - Stubbs BBQ
Nov 6: Birmingham, AL – Workplay Theatre
Nov 8: Atlanta, GA – Smith’s Olde Bar
Nov 9: Chapel Hill, NC – Local 506
Nov 10: Wilmington, NC – Orton’s
Nov 11: Charleston, SC – The Pour House
Nov 14: Richmond, VA – Capital Ale House
Nov 15: Vienna, VA – Jammin’ Java
Nov 16: Annapolis, MD – The Whiskey
Nov 17: New York, NY – The Mercury Lounge
Nov 18: Philadelphia, PA – World Café Live (Upstairs)
Nov 20: Nashville, TN – 12th & Porter
Tickets will be available starting September 13th at each venue. For more information, please visit music4more.org and www.truthandsalvageco.com and www.fireflyvodka.com
Music 4 More will be accepting cash and instrument donations to contribute to the veterans programs on the tour. For more information on how you can contribute go to www.music4vets.org
ABOUT MUSIC 4 MORE
Music 4 More is a nonprofit organization providing resources to sustain and foster under-funded music programs in schools and communities across the United States. Music 4 More strives to make music education available to all children with the belief that through the opportunities of music education, students become well-rounded, emotionally and intellectually mature adults. By maintaining a support system for these programs, Music 4 More helps contribute to a brighter future for our society. Visit music4more.org.
ABOUT TRUTH & SALVAGE CO
Truth & Salvage Co. is: Scott Kinnebrew, Tim Jones, Bill “Smitty” Smith, Walker Young, Adam Grace. “How is it having four singers in the band?” is the question most asked of Truth & Salvage Co., Though answers often vary depending on who you ask, the fact is that there would not be a Truth & Salvage Company without four singers; the band would have never come to be. It is through the collaboration of their songwriting and the unique combination of their voices to which they owe their inception. The music of Truth & Salvage Co. sits comfortably between two musical genres, Country and Rock & Roll, and is appreciated by staunch lovers of both. Their performance at the 2010 Bonnaroo Festival was anticipated and widely received and they are among a short list of groups that has been asked to perform Country music’s Stagecoach Festival two years in a row. Their live show is highly energetic and stacked with four part harmonies, hot and tight. The singers effortlessly trade the role of “lead” throughout the set, keeping the show fresh and the listener attentive.
Firefly Distillery is located on Wadmalaw Island, South Carolina, thirty miles south of Charleston, and is the largest distillery in the state. The distillery currently offers Firefly Sweet Tea Flavored Vodka, Firefly Skinny Tea, four Firefly Sweet Tea Vodka Flavors: Lemon, Raspberry, Mint and Peach, Firefly Sweet Tea Flavored Bourbon, Firefly Handcrafted Vodka and ready-to-drink cocktails including Firefly Sweet Tea Lemonade, Southern Lemonade and Pink Lemonade. Remember - This ain’t your grandma’s sweet tea! For more information or images contact Laura Coomes, firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.fireflyvodka.com
ABOUT TIM BRANTLEY:
A Georgia boy who grew up in Loganville, near Decatur, Tim played piano as a child, but didn’t get serious about music until he began composing songs and performing at local coffee shops and bars in his early 20s. Friends were so impressed with what they heard that they chipped in to help Tim buy a microphone and mixing console so he could begin recording in earnest.
The warmth and timelessness of Tim’s own songs resonated with listeners, and pretty soon he was playing bigger shows for bigger audiences in and around Atlanta. In 2009, indie label Blackledge Records released his self-produced debut album, Goldtop Heights, a commanding and infectious mix of 70’s pop rock, Atlanta grit, and Brantley-style wistfulness. From the very opening notes of the album’s first single “Damage,” one can immediately hear that combination of melodic irresistibly and lyrical incisiveness that are becoming the musician’s hallmarks. http://www.timbrantley.mobi