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Brice Long returns to Hoptown for benefit concert

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Posted: Tuesday, July 24, 2012 12:00 am

Country music artist Brice Long will offer his annual benefit concert Saturday at the James E. Bruce Convention Center. The concert will benefit the Back to Back Foundation, an organization Long started to support low-income families from Christian and Trigg counties during the Christmas season.

Long has written songs for John Michael Montgomery, Josh Turner, Gary Allan and Daryl Worley. He had a No. 1 hit with the song “Nothing on but the Radio” by Gary Allan. Long, who is from Hopkinsville, started Back to Back in 2005.

“It was the hope of being successful enough in the music business that I could give back to the community,” Long said.

Long has offered the concert each year since starting the foundation. He estimates the foundation has helped more than 80 families by providing food, clothing, household items and presents during the holiday season.

The foundation has also made contributions to local organizations such as the Challenge House, the Boys and Girls Club of Hopkinsville, St. Luke Free Clinic and Christian County Public Schools resource centers.

Long recruits a new crop of songwriters each year to perform at the concert. This year’s performers include Keith Stegall, Terry McBride, John Wiggins and Clare Dunn. Long will perform at the end of the concert.

“I try to change it up every year so it will be a new batch of songs that they will play that (the audience) hasn’t already heard the writers do,” Long said.

Tickets for the concert are $10. In Hopkinsville, tickets can be purchased at the convention center, the Woodshed, Calhoun’s Pool, Hearth & Patio, the Christian County Chamber of Commerce and David’s Barber Shop. In Cadiz, they can be purchased at Hancock’s Neighborhood Market and WKDZ.

The concert starts at 7 p.m. For more information, call the convention center at 270-707-7000.

Reach Dennis O’Neil at 270-887-3237 or doneil@kentuckynewera.com.

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