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Nic Cowan headlines benefit concert

Published 9:14pm Monday, November 15, 2010

Southern Ground recording artist Nic Cowan will headline a Cancer Benefit Concert at Walk About Ranch in New Site this Saturday night.

Ranch owner Clara McCrary said the concert will be from 6:30 to 11:30 p.m. and Chad and Kyle Wilson of John Brown will be the opening act.

“This is for my mother – Clarita Aristizabal,” McCrary said of the concert. “She lives in Marianna, Fla. and has lymph node cancer. She was diagnosed five years ago here at Russell Medical Center, and lived with me here for a while … we want her to be able to be here. She turned 80 years old today, so we want to bring her out on stage between the acts and have cake.”

McCrary said proceeds from the show will go to help pay her mother’s medical expenses and they are excited to have Cowan headline the show.

“Nic opened 14 months with Zac Brown Band – he co-wrote some of their songs with him … he’ll be opening for them in Atlanta New Years Eve at Phillips Arena,” McCrary said. “Nic Cowan is about right where Zac Brown Band was when they came and played here at the amphitheater.”

McCrary said Cowan will probably take the stage around 8:30 or 9 p.m.

Steve “Cubby” Culberson of Kowaliga Country will emcee the concert.

“We’re giving away tickets and stuff like that,” Culberson said of the concert. “It’s going to be a good benefit and a good event.”

McCrary said this will be the third cancer benefit show the ranch has hosted.

“We’ve had two others,” she said. “One for Gerald Mason, unfortunately he passed, and the other was for Thomas Yarborough, he’s still with us.”

Walk About Ranch is located at 469 Walkabout Ranch Road in New Site, which McCrary said is right before Horseshoe Bend School on the left. Attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs to the event.

Tickets to the show cost $10 and may be purchased by phone or at the gate. To purchase a ticket in advance, call either Walk About Ranch, the Alexander City Health Club or Bridget Hand at The RMC Cancer Center.

McCrary encouraged the community to come out to the concert, not only to help her mother and hear great music, but to support the cause as well.

“I know how many people are affected by this, and if I can just have one more birthday with my mom, then I want it,” McCrary said.