Special to the Bulletin
BRADY — The Heart of Texas Country Music Association is hosting a benefit show and dance for Kelly Spinks and Miles of Texas on Saturday at the Ed Davenport Civic Center in Brady. The event will be held from 4 until 10 p.m. Admission is a suggested $15 donation.
All proceeds will be given to Kelly Spinks and the Miles of Texas band to help with expenses while the group recovers from injuries sustained in a recent auto accident.
Heart of Texas recording artists Darrell and Mona McCall, Tony Booth, Justin Trevino, Fiddlin’ Frenchie Burke, Heather Myles, Curtis Potter, Landon Dodd, Sammy Geistweidt and Kimberley Murray have all been confirmed for the event, with others calls coming in daily.
“We have artists working on schedules, and we are in hopes that several other entertainers will take part in this event,”event organizer Tracy Pitcox said. “It is our hope to raise some money and help some fellow musicians.”
A silent auction will also be held. Anyone wanting to donate something to the silent auction is urged to contact Sharon Jackson at (817) 937-3760.
“We are in need of virtually anything that we can sell for a few dollars,” Jackson said. “We would also like a few raffle items as well.”
Food will also be available at the event, with all proceeds going towards the cause.
“When I had my heart surgery, Kelly was one of the first people wanting to help me,” Heart of Texas recording artist Curtis Potter said. “The least that we can do is get together and help him and his band.”
Spinks, of Brownwood, and members of the Miles of Texas were involved in a traffic accident near Mason late May 17. Spinks was driving and the five other band members were asleep when he hit a black cow in the middle of the road, the DPS reported. The GMC Yukon, which was pulling a trailer full of instruments and equipment, veered to the left and struck a tree. Spinks was reportedly pinned in the vehicle by the dashboard. His bandmates had to cut the seat belt to pull him over into the back seat to get him out because the front doors were jammed.
“The other guys got him out of the vehicle just minutes before it was engulfed in flames,” said Trooper Jay Rios of the Fredericksburg Highway Patrol office. Rios responded to the scene of the accident.
Injured in the collision were Spinks, 41, and bandmates Mikey Caperton, 34, of Brownwood, who was in the front seat; Joe Daniel, 55, of Comanche, and Justin Williams, 21, and Pat McShan, 75, of Brownwood, who were in the second row, and David “Rooster” Crow, 46, also of Brownwood, who was sitting in the third row of the SUV. Spinks was the only one wearing a seat belt, Rios said.
All of the band members have been released from the hospital, including McShan who was released from a rehab facility this week. He and Spinks are scheduled for more rehab in the upcoming weeks.
“We are planning on being at the benefit show,” Spinks said from his Brownwood home. “We just want to be there to thank everyone for their support and help.”
The association will also host an album release party for Darrell McCall at the Heart of Texas Country Music Museum earlier in the day at the museum, located at 1701 South Bridge St. The party from 2 to 3 p.m. will celebrate the rerelease of “Lily Dale.”