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KIX BROOKS & LUKE DICK ADDED TO MUSIC HEALTH ALLIANCE’S 5TH ANNUAL “THE FIRST AND THE WORST” LINEUP


Limited number of tickets remain for one-of-a-kind musical event on March 26 at Nashville’s citywinery.com



MHA launches live online auction with items from Billy Joel, Johnny Cash, Dolly Parton, Peter Frampton, Rob Thomas, Alabama and more! Bidding starts today at  www.32auctions.com/FirstandWorst2019


Nashville, TN – March 12, 2019 — Music Health Alliance (MHA) is excited to announce the addition of country music icon and radio personality KIX BROOKS and edgy storytelling hitmaker LUKE DICK to the 5thAnnual “The First And The Worst” musical event at Nashville City Winery on March 26, 2019.  The pair join previously announced Grammy-winning and Emmy-nominated songwriter Desmond Child, The Last Songwriter and Real Country featured artist Jamie Floyd and four-week #1 smash “Speechless” co-writer Laura Veltz to perform the very first and the very worst songs they ever wrote, in addition to their biggest hits, all in support of Music Health Alliance. “The First And The Worst,” now in its fifth year, is a one-of-a-kind event only Nashville can deliver as our greatest talents come together to showcase their silliest and most shameful songs, all while competing for the audience-voted “Crappy” trophy.   Tickets to the event are available at https://citywinery.com/nashville/firstandtheworst032619.html.

Adding to the excitement, a music lover’s dream auction is launching now via 32auctions benefitting MHA as part of the 5thAnnual “The First And The Worst.” The auction is open now and will remain open through 9:45PM CT on March 26 with live online and in-person bidding from the event. Extraordinary items include:

- Billy Joel concert tickets and meet-and-greet at Madison Square Garden plus 2 Southwest Airlines roundtrip tickets - Johnny Cash framed black & white photo from Cash Family Private Collection - Dolly Parton “I Will Always Love You” signed artistic framed lyrics - Peter Frampton handwritten signed lyrics “Do You Feel Like I Do” - Jason Aldean “Ride All Night Tour” V.I.P. concert, preshow private acoustic concert and backstage tour - Rob Thomas’ personal, signed Gibson 2019 SJ- 200 Studio Jumbo Guitar - Alabama 50th Anniversary Tour concert tickets w/ backstage behind-the-scenes passes, 2 Southwest Airlines roundtrip tickets and so much more!

Bidding starts today at: www.32auctions.com/FirstandWorst2019.

Award-winning multi-faceted entertainer, Kix Brooks, of Brooks & Dunn, the highest selling duo in the history of country music who sold more than 30 million records, won more than 75 major industry awards, and had 20 #1 hits during their 20-year run together (“Brand New Man,” “That Ain’t No Way To Go,” “Red Dirt Road”) and chart-topping tunesmith Luke Dick (“Kill A Word,” “Round Here Buzz,” and “Pink Sunglasses”), who has penned songs on the latest albums from Dierks Bentley, Eric Church, Miranda Lambert and Kacey Musgraves, are the latest additions to the stellar bill. They will join Desmond Child, whose credits appear on more than eighty Billboard Top 40 singles spanning five decades (“Livin’ On A Prayer,” “Dude Looks Like A Lady,” “Livin’ La Vida Loca”), Grammy-nominated songwriter Jamie Floyd (“The Blade,” “Yet To Come,”), Laura Veltz(“Speechless,” “Rich,” “Lonely Eyes”), whose #1 songwriting credits include Dan + Shay, Maren Morris, Eli Young Band and Chris Young, to headline 2019’s “The First And The Worst.” Conceived by Grammy-nominated songwriter Sandy Knox (“Does He Love You,” “Why Haven’t I Heard From You”) and hosted by Grammy-nominated producer/songwriter/music critic, Peter Cooper, this unique event allows the audience to peek inside the brilliant minds of hit songwriters long before they had ever written a #1 or had songs recorded by superstar artists, all for a worthy cause.

Proceeds from “The First And The Worst” benefit Music Health Alliance, the music industry’s non-profit healthcare advocate which provides free support to songwriters, artists, musicians and music industry professionals at every stage of their career to find affordable healthcare solutions and financial resources. Individual tickets are on sale now, priced at $75 for balcony seats at https://citywinery.com/nashville/firstandtheworst032619.html. Sponsor tables start at $250 and can be purchased by contacting Music Health Alliance’s Shelia Shipley Biddy at shelia@musichealthalliance.com. Funds raised will help Music Health Alliance Protect, Direct & Connect music industry professionals with medical and financial solutions.


About Music Health Alliance: As advocates, Music Health Alliance fights so those in our industry never have to feel alone in a health crisis. The eight-person team at Music Health Alliance remove obstacles so patients can receive lifesaving care. Thanks to the direct efforts of Music Health Alliance, more than 9,700 members of the music community across 38 states and all genres of music have gained access to lifesaving heart, lung, kidney and liver transplants, medications to treat Parkinson’s, end of life care and many other crucial services. Since 2013, Music Health Alliance has saved over $40 Million dollars in healthcare costs including insurance premium savings, medical bill reductions and discounted medications. Its services are free to any person who has worked in the music industry for two or more years, or who has credited contributions to 4 commercially released recordings or videos. Spouses, partners, and children of qualifying individuals may also receive access to the non-profit’s services from birth to end of life. Learn more at MusicHealthAlliance.com. The non-profit’s FREE services, advocacy, education and preventative care initiatives are provided thanks to generous individual and corporate donors. Donations can be made at musichealthalliance.com. Members of the music community can contact Music Health Alliance at 615-200-6896 or info@musichealthalliance.com to learn more about their free services.

About Kix Brooks: Kix Brooks is one-half of country music’s most successful duo of all time, Brooks & Dunn. The duo recently announced their upcoming collaboration album REBOOT, available on April 5. The project will see the duo team up with Kane Brown, Thomas Rhett, Brett Young, LANCO, Ashley McBryde, Brothers Osborne, Luke Combs, Midland, Cody Johnson, Jon Pardi, Tyler Booth and Kacey Musgraves on re-ignited versions of their biggest hits. With 20 No. One hits stretching back to 1991, two Grammy awards, and dozens of ACM and CMA honors – Brooks & Dunn’s influence on today’s country has never been in question. Hits like “Boot Scootin’ Boogie,” “My Maria,” “Only in America,” and “Believe” have propelled the duo to more than 30 million albums sold. In 2014, the duo announced their reunion along with long-time friend, Reba McEntire, for a residency called “Together in Vegas” at The Colosseum at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas, which received rave reviews and continues to be extended including more shows throughout this year. It was also just announced that a Country Music Hall of Fame exhibit on Brooks & Dunn will open Aug. 9 and will recall their early careers as solo artists and songwriters, the circumstances that united them as performers, and their innovative approach to stage production and touring. In addition to his success with Brooks & Dunn, Kix Brooks continues to explore new paths. The CMA Humanitarian award-winner’s extensive resume includes lead acting and film producer credits, three CMA “National Broadcast Personality of The Year” awards for American Country Countdown, and co-owner of Nashville’s award-winning winery Arrington Vineyards. For more information visit:  www.brooks-dunn.com.

About Luke Dick: Born of a burlesque dancer and a traveling salesman, Luke Dick finds plenty to sing about. The combination of broken homes, a country-class upbringing, and an education-to-boot forges a unique perspective in this artist, professor, writer, and filmmaker. Equal parts Lanois and Mark Twain, it's clear that Dick has taken it all to the woodshed to materialize a vision - of music and vitality.

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