Turnpike Troubadours added to Byron Berline benefit concert featuring Vince Gill and Larry Gatlin
GUTHRIE - Organizers announced today that popular Oklahoma red dirt band the Turnpike Troubadours will join country music icons Vince Gill and Larry Gatlin and local favorites the Byron Berline Band at "The Music Never Dies" benefit concert May 7 at Guthrie's historic Scottish Rite Masonic Temple, 900 E Oklahoma Ave.
As previously reported, proceeds from the concert will go to help Berline, whose Double Stop Fiddle Shop & Music Hall, home to Oklahoma's largest collection of violins and bows, was destroyed in a Feb. 23 fire in downtown Guthrie.
A limited number of upper balcony seats are still available via Eventbrite, according to a news release.
As previously reported, the event will be hosted by the Oklahoma International Bluegrass Festival, which Berline founded and organizes each year in Guthrie. Gatlin headlined the Oklahoma International Bluegrass Festival in 2010 and returned in 2011 to perform as the Gatlin Brothers with his siblings Steve and Rudy Gatlin.
Gill, who was born in Norman and grew up in Oklahoma City, headlined the Guthrie fest in 2012, when he talked to me in an interview about Berline's critical role in getting his hall of fame career started.
“I owe Byron a lot. You know, he gave me a great opportunity when I was a kid. Nineteen years old, he got me out to the West Coast and Southern California and it was a life-changing experience for me,” Gill said in our 2012 interview.
“It’s unbelievable. It just makes me tear up every time they say, ‘Well, I want to do this for you.’ It’s incredible. It really is. People are so nice the way they respond. It’s amazing,” he said, with his voice thick with emotion. “You don’t realize what friends you have ‘til something like this happens. And then you find out and it really humbles me.”
For updates on the efforts to help Berline and his family, go to www.facebook.com/doublestopsupport.