2012-03-29 / Lifestyles

Frizzell & Friends project to benefit MADD

Pictured (from left) are Jimmy Fortune, Jett Williams, Joe Blanchard, Moe Bandy and David Frizzell. All will play a role in the event on Thursday, March 29. 
(Submitted photo) Pictured (from left) are Jimmy Fortune, Jett Williams, Joe Blanchard, Moe Bandy and David Frizzell. All will play a role in the event on Thursday, March 29. (Submitted photo) Joe and Tom Blanchard are no strangers to the area. They had purchased the former Lincoln School building in 2007 and donated the building one year later to Habitat for Humanity Hiawathaland. At the official closing, they said the donation was in keeping with the family’s long involvement in Upper Peninsula communities. With its roots in Gould City, the family history in the area stretches back for five generations.

This time around, Joe and Tom are involved in a different project. They have teamed up with longtime friend David Frizzell on a project to bring awareness to Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD). Joe had met Frizzell while working and traveling through Nashville.

A very special installment of the Frizzell & Friends program will air on RFD-TV Thursday, March 29 (today), at 9 p.m. Hosted by singer/ songwriter/author David Frizzell, the show will feature performances by Jimmy Fortune, Jett Williams, Moe Bandy and others.

David Frizzell, younger brother to the legendary Lefty Frizzell, is a singer, songwriter, producer and author. He toured with his brother throughout the 1950s and 1960s and served in the U.S. Air Force during the Vietnam War.

Signed to Columbia Records in 1970, he achieved solo success with the single “I Just Can’t Help Believing.”

Frizzell appeared regularly on Buck Owens’ All American TV Show during the 1970s. In 1981, he recorded his first number-one country hit, “You’re the Reason God Made Oklahoma,” a duet with Shelly West which won the Country Music Association’s Song of the Year and Vocal Duet of the Year awards. It was featured in Clint Eastwood’s film Any Which Way You Can.

Frizzell and West also won the Academy of Country Music award for Vocal Duo of the Year in 1981 and 1982.

Frizzell will be celebrating the release of his new album “Frizzell & Friends, It’ll be Alright” and the launch of a very special single, “Say Hello to Heaven.”

Written by Nashville musician and producer, Buddy Hyatt, “Say Hello To Heaven” pulls at the heartstrings with the story of a wife and mother lost to her loved ones in a car accident. Sadly, it is a story that rings true for the Frizzell family, who lost David’s niece in 1998 when a drunk driver was responsible for her death on her 32nd birthday.

“MADD was there even before I or others in the family could get there,” Frizzell says. “They provided so much care and support; services that I had no idea they offered.”

Frizzell has called 2012 his “year of giving back.” With the special on RFD-TV, he will launch a promotion using the song to shine the light on the dangers of driving while impaired, and on the good work done by MADD. The song will be used to raise awareness and money for Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD).

The “Frizzell & Friends” show will be taped at The Texas Troubadour Theater, home of the famed Midnight Jamboree radio show, and feature appearances by Hyatt, Jett Williams, Jimmy Fortune and Moe Bandy.

A phone bank will be in place to take calls from fans wanting to purchase music or donate directly to MADD. A portion of all music sales will also be donated to the organization. Representatives of the organization will also be part of the show which airs on March 29 and will be rebroadcast on March 30.

The promotion is sponsored in part by the generous support of Liberty Tax Service.

For more information, visit www.davidfrizzell.com.

Joe is listed under special projects and can be reached at blanchardjoe1@yahoo.com.

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