I love reporting on great events, especially those that are in the offing for Runnels County!

I love reporting on great events, especially those that are in the offing for Runnels County!

So it is official! The Music for Meals Concert featuring Grammy Award winning singer, songwriter and guitar player extraordinaire Brad Davis and his equally talented partner Tom Glosup is set for May 13 at the St. Joseph’s Parish Hall in Rowena.

This is going to be a great little event with all of the proceeds going to Meals on Wheels Plus of Abilene. Executive Director Betty Bradley is helping organize the event as are a number of volunteers, and I am honored to be among them.

I told the story of meeting Brad and Tom in a recent column, but I think I’ll revisit that a little. As I said before, Brad was accompanying Tom to Ballinger and the two were helping assess damage to the county’s roofs. One day, when they were visiting with their now “running buddy,” Judge Barry Hilliard, they mentioned that “they play a little.”

Well after “googling” Brad, Judge Hilliard realized real quick that “playing a little” was a bit of an understatement. And when they offered to play a benefit for Runnels County, Hilliard, who was instrumental in getting Meals on Wheels to provide meals the county was no longer funding, took them up on it.

Brad has played with a who’s who of musical royalty, in the country, bluegrass and rock genres, starting off with Marty Stuart’s band and playing with legends like Earl Scruggs, Tim McGraw and has been in a band with Billy Bob Thornton, yes the actor, since 2002. The two have not only toured together, but he has scored two of Thornton’s movies.

But that’s only scratching the surface. Davis is also very well known for his guitar picking skills, and when he’s not writing, recording, producing or performing, he’s teaching his distinct “double-down up flatpicking guitar style” to other guitar players. He’s recorded instructional videos and books too.

Getting back to who he’s played with, well, folks like Willie Nelson, Emmylou Harris, Pam Tillis, Sheryl Crow, Tommy Shaw of Styx, David Lee Roth and Sweethearts of the Rodeo. Quite a list there. Plus, he’s performed on the Grand Ole Opry.

And, when he’s not touring, teaching or promoting things like guitars or gourmet coffee, he’s hanging out with his other running buddy, Glosup, who heads up a band called Crossfire. And they will be here on May 13!

So our small little committee is meeting often and planning the event, which will include an auction and may feature some guitars and other goodies from folks in Runnels County, a delicious meal and of course, plenty of music.

Betty has been working since Oct. 1, when MOW took over, to make sure the folks that need meals in Runnels County get them. Right now, that totals 112, and only 46 of those are covered by federal funds. Money must be raised to fund the other 66 and that number could grow and grow.

Betty is working hard to make sure that the folks in Runnels County are provided for – she considers it a ministry and it is.

The committee for the event will be reaching out to the public for sponsorships and donations in coming weeks, so stay tuned and remember, in Runnels County, we always take care of our own.

If you want to know more about the committee, to volunteer or to make a donation or set up a sponsorship, contact me at the office at 325-365-3501 or via my cell at 432-349-2736.

And as always, if you have a story to tell, an event to tell us about or if you just want to visit, you can find me, just around the corner.

Celinda Hawkins is the managing editor of the Runnels County Register. She can be reached at 325-365-3501 or at chawkins@ballingerledger.com.