Multiple Myeloma Fundraiser with Damien Horne

20150131_225321This is my Grandma, Bonnie Wilfong. She was diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma, a blood and bone cancer, on her and my grandpa’s 50th anniversary, Aug 5th 2011. When they found out she had it her cancer counts were up in the 8,000’s. Last year they were below 1000 which was amazing but didn’t last long. The new Chemo she was put on, after the old one stopped working, was called Krypolis and 3% of people have a strong allergic reaction to it. She was of that 3%. It put her in the hospital with heart and lung failure. She is now on a new chemo called Bendamustine injection. It is working so far but it’s a stronger Chemo than she is used to so it makes her sick to her stomach and drops her white blood cell count quickly. That put her in the hospital again on Monday afternoon. She was released the next day after getting her WBC counts back up. The good news is, her cancer counts are dropping significantly! Thank God! multiple_myeloma_ribbon_tee
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I put a fundraiser together for her benefit. It was very last minute, only had a few weeks to plan the entire event and get all the permissions we needed but we did it. I was surprisingly able to book a well known musician as well. It was partly his idea.54bc271d92cc0 (1)

This artist is not only talented but he is very special to me and now my entire family. When I thought of putting this event together, he was who I imagined playing for it. Damien Horne made our event even more exciting and meaningful. He was all in from the very beginning. We had talk about it before but could never pick a date that worked for everyone so when we finally were able to agree on a date it was just a few weeks out. The event didn’t raise the money we hoped it would but it did make a good dent in it. There will be more events to come for this cause and for my grandma.FOT4781 (1)

The entire day of the event was spent with my family. When it came time for the show to start everyone was there. My Uncle Johnnie, and future cousin-in-law Matt lent me their sound equipment for Damien to use. Uncle Johnnie set everything up for me because I had no idea how to use all of it and no idea what it took to have an acoustic show. I can’t even imagine if I would have tried to get the entire band involved for my first experience with organizing events on my own. He was originally going to run the sound equipment also then a god send came in to pull it all together. Dave Kirth did an amazing job with the sound that night. We had crossed paths before because of Damien Horne’s band “The Farm” but I had no idea he would be there also. I hope we can have him for the next, even bigger event. 20150131_205115

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Needless to say, there are a few things I need to work out before the next one, but it turned out great! Damien sang his heart out for over two hours, talking and joking with everyone. He was able to get even the youngest kids interested in watching him perform. Not only did he give a wonderful performance, he made an effort to get to know my family and really talk to my grandma. He made a gigantic impact on each one of them, giving everyone a night to remember. I think it’s safe to say, they all love him as much as I do now! I can’t wait until next time and hope it’s sooner rather than later.

20150201_002736IMAG1584IMAG1585Make sure you all check out this special, talented, and caring musician on His WebsiteFacebook, TwitterSoundCloudYoutube and Instagram! Also, check out the band he’s in The Farm as well! You will love them! The Farm on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Website and Youtube!

 

 

I want to get covered in “MUD” with The Farm

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I don’t know about all of you but this new song #MUD from The Farm is stuck in my head! I can’t stop listening to it. Once you see the video, I’m sure you’ll feel the same way. All of their music is very incredible but has yet to get them the acknowledgement from the public they deserve. “MUD” on the other hand has a quality that I think will push them forward and get them the recognition they really deserve.

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Their first single “Home Sweet Home” was a top 20 hit on the U.S. Country Charts. It gained them momentum in country music but didn’t get them as noticed as it should have. It seems people are gravitating to more mainstream country music lately and not the “down home” country music that was The Farm’s first album. It is a great album and happens to be my favorite album of this decade. If the new single represents how their new album will sound, it will top most if not all Country Music Charts. I think they have found a way to mix the real, down home feel of their first album with the mainstream music that the general public seem to be most interested in right now to make the perfect balance of fun and true country music.

I have already heard many more people mention “Mud” and The Farm in the last week or so than I have ever heard in the past. My aunt text me last week saying she was surprised to hear them on the radio already. I hear it at least once a day while I’m driving around so it’s already more airplay than before. This song is going to take them places and I can’t wait to see where they are headed. I am very excited to hear the new album as soon as it comes out!

If you want to hear “Mud” here it is! It is available on itunes and in the google play store!

I’ll definitely take shotgun, If you take the drivers seat! #marykaylips #holdmehips #peekabootat

Check out @TheFarmMusic’s Tweet: https://twitter.com/TheFarmMusic/status/510532625032019968

New music maybe? On tour? Coming back to west coast?

I’m excited!!! They are one of the best bands out there and some of the sweetest people! Seriously, I can’t wait!

Introduction with The Farm

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Golf and Guitars 2012, a charity event hosted by 105.1 KNCI at Haggin Oaks Golf Course, I learned of a hot new band who called themselves The Farm. I showed up to the Golf part before the show and got to meet so many great artists including Jana Kramer, who I showed up for in the first place, but Krista Marie caught my attention.

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I didn’t know who she was but she was so friendly and hung out with me for quite some time in between actually golfing. She asked if we wanted a picture with her so I figured she was someone special but still was clueless as to who. Later I heard someone mention the song “Home Sweet Home”. I knew of the song so I looked it up on youtube, only to find out The Farm sang it. Since my intro to The Farm I have fallen in love with their music and personalities. They have taught me so much and really support me making my dream a reality. I can never thank them enough for the inspiration they are to me and I am so Grateful for them!

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