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Lineup of performers set for Jarrard charity concert
Bryant, Long and McCarver join program for Sept. 23 event at Brenau
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Bruce Burch and Friends Concert Honoring John Jarrard

When: 6 p.m. Sept. 23

Location: Brenau University Front Lawn

Tickets: $30 each, $25 each in blocks of five or more

Where to buy them: Online here or at The Times, WDUN, the North Georgia Community Foundation, and BB&T's Brown's Bridge Road office

Contact: 770-710-9191


Three more performers have been selected for the Bruce Burch and Friends Concert Honoring John Jarrard.

Deanna Bryant, Brice Long and Cody McCarver have been added to the program for the ninth annual event, scheduled for 6 p.m. Sept. 23 on the Brenau University front lawn.

The three singer-songwriters will join Billy Dean, Richard Leigh and Monty Holmes, whose performances were announced earlier this month.

"Each year, we want to bring a talented group of singer-songwriters to perform and honor John Jarrard," said Jody Jackson, executive director of the John Jarrard Foundation. "This is a very talented group and we should have another great concert."

Jarrard was a Gainesville native and Nashville songwriter who wrote songs for performers such as Don Williams, Alabama, George Strait, Diamond Rio and Tracy Lawrence. He battled diabetes for many years before he died in 2001.

The yearly concert honors Jarrard and benefits several local charities: the Good News at Noon Clinics, Good News at Noon, the Boys and Girls Clubs of Hall County, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Georgia Chapter, and the Georgia Mountain Food Bank.

Bryant's first single, Reba McEntire's "Forever Love," rose to No. 1, followed by Clay Davidson's top-five, CMA-nominated, Song of the Year "Unconditional."

In 2007, Keith Urban's recording of Bryant's "Stupid Boy" was a top 10 hit on the Billboard charts and earned Urban a 2008 Grammy. Another hit, "Don't Make Me," recorded by Blake Shelton, was a Billboard Top 15 Country Hit. And in 2008, Heidi Newfield released "Johnny and June," taking it to the top of the charts and crossing over to pop charts, peaking at No. 58 on the Hot 100.

Other artists who have recorded her songs include Trisha Yearwood, Randy Travis, Terri Clark, Deana Carter, Bucky Covington and Sarah Buxton.

Long's second single, "Anywhere But Here," was recorded by Chris Cagle, whose version peaked at No. 52 on the U. S. Billboard Hot Country Songs charts. He also co-wrote Gary Allan's 2004 No. 1 single, "Nothing On but the Radio" and Allan's 2009 single "Today," as well as Randy Houser's debut single "Anything Goes" in 2008.

McCarver had a No. 1 video in 2008 with his Top 20 hit single "Red Flag" and another Top 20 single, "Through God's Eyes." Those songs earned him Music Row's Independent Artist and Music Row's Independent Breakout Artist of the year. He currently has a single moving up the charts titled, "I'm America," featuring Charlie Daniels in the video.

Tickets are $30 each and blocks of five tickets are $120. They can be purchased online or at The Times, WDUN, the North Georgia Community Foundation, and BB&T's Brown's Bridge Road office.