Hopkinsville, KY July 27, 2019 -- The fourteenth annual Brice Long and Friends Back to Back Foundation Benefit Concert was held Saturday in Hopkinsville, KY. Back To Back Foundation Chairman, Brent Gilkey, announced Sunday afternoon the primary fundraiser for the foundation, with a stellar show of the support from the community, has raised $101,000.
An estimated crowd of 1300 packed The Bruce Convention Center to hear music from Brice’s friends and Nashville hit songwriters Deric Ruttan (“What Was I Thinkin’”, “Mine Would Be You” & “Any Ol’ Barstool”) & Phil “Phil Billy” O’Donnell (“Give It All We Got Tonight”, “She Won’t Be Lonely Long” & “Back When I Knew It All”).
Following the songwriter portion of the show, Brice entertained the crowd with his band. The set included his hit singles “Nothing On But The Radio”, “Like A Cowboy”, “Heartache On The Dance Floor” as well as recent cuts by Chris Stapleton (“Scarecrow In The
Garden”) and George Strait (“Honky Tonk Time Machine” & “Some Nights”). Long surprised the crowd by bringing up another Kentucky native, Riser House recording artist, Dillon Carmichael. “Dillion is an up & coming country artist, he’s a Kentucky Boy”, Long introduced as the crowd erupted. Dillion sang his radio singles “Dancin’ Away With My Heart” & “Do For You”. Dillon ended his portion of his set with a song he recently cut for his upcoming album, “I Wanna Fell That Way Again”, written by Brice & Chris Stapleton.
If that wasn’t enough the show also included an unbelievable acoustic set from 4X Grammy winner and newly inducted member to the Musicians Hall of Fame, Steve Wariner. The evening concluded with Steve & Brice on stage singing a song they recently wrote together called “Corpus Christi Cowgirl”. “Steve is a fantastic artist, singer & picker, we are so honored to have such a renowned artist close our show” lamented Long.
“The amount of music and entertainment we were able to fit in three and a half hours is unmatched for $10 a ticket”, stated Brent Gilkey, Back to Back Foundation Chairman. Speaking to the concert goers Long said “Every year this fundraiser has grown and it’s all due to you and the overwhelming community support we have received. I could have never imagined it would have grown to this – Thank You!”
Money raised for the evening is generated from sponsors, silent auction, ticket sales and donations. All proceeds from Saturday’s concert will stay in Christian, Trigg and Todd Counties in Kentucky with most of the funds going to the Foundation’s Christmas Project. Since its inception Back to Back Inc. has raised over $651,000 and has directly helped over 320 families along with several local charities and local school programs. Back to Back Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.
Brice Long is a singer/songwriter in Nashville and a native of Hopkinsville, KY. He’s had cuts with Garth Brooks, Chris Stapleton, George Strait, Hank Williams Jr, Randy Houser, Jon Pardi, Gary Allan, Josh Turner, Reba McEntire, Chris Young, Darryl Worley, Randy Travis, Casey James and more. His songwriting hits include the #1 singles “Nothing On But The Radio” by Gary Allan and "Heartache On The Dance Floor” by Jon Pardi. As well as Randy Houser’s “Like a Cowboy” and “Anything Goes”, “Today” by Gary Allan, “Let’s Don’t Call It A Night” by Casey James and “What I Can’t Put Down,” by Jon Pardi. Brice received a CMA nomination for Song Of The Year for "Like A Cowboy." Long formed The Back to Back Foundation in 2005 with the intent to give back to the community that has supported him so much throughout his career.