Proceeds from Marty's annual Late Night Jam ($150,000 so far) go to MusiCares, a Grammy-related organization offering assistance in a time of need to people who work in the music business. The show, held at the Ryman Auditorium during CMA Music Fest, brings together a combination of announced guests and surprise performers, showing up to play (usually well past midnight) for the routinely sold-out crowd.
"The common thread that runs through this concert is the good, the contribution that we try to make," says Marty. "MusiCares is something I believe in very much. I know firsthand in several instances where it's been a life-or-death situation for someone in music, and MusiCares showed up. A friend of mine had to have surgery, and after he got home from the hospital, his first round of prescriptions was $4,500. Someone called and MusiCares was on the case."
By Vernell Hackett