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

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

And it is time for the second annual Runnels County Music for Meals Benefit featuring Grammy Award winning singer, songwriter and guitar player extraordinaire Brad Davis and his equally talented partner Tom Glosup and the band Crossfire who will perform Saturday, April 21 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 and Meals For The Elderly in San Angelo.

I told the story of meeting Brad and Tom last year and I actually won an award for that so 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. And the rest as they say is history.

Last year's inaugural event raised $28,000 for the organizations and the hope is to raise that this year, since they now serve more clients.

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.

And, when he’s not touring, teaching or promoting things like guitars or gourmet coffee, he’s hanging out with his other running buddy, Tom.

Betty has been working since Oct. 1, 2016 when MOW took over, to make sure the folks that need meals in Runnels County get them. Right now, that totals 160.

Join everyone for dinner, a live auction, a silent auction, and a great evening of music and dancing with Brad, Tom and Crossfire!

Tickets can be purchased for $25 and they will also be selling to go plates at the drive through window for $15.

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