Waylon Jennings‘ widow, artist Jessi Colter, and Waylon’s band, Waymore’s Blues Band, along with Jamey Johnson, will play a benefit concert, ‘Full Moon Full Life,’ on September 29 in Normandy, Tennessee. The concert will benefit pancreatic cancer research at the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen) and Johns Hopkins Medicine.
The event, as well as Jamey Johnson’s upcoming album, Livin For a Song: A Tribute to Hank Cochran, out October 16, was inspired in part by legendary songwriter Hank Cochran. Hank lost his battle to pancreatic cancer in 2010.
“Shortly after he first met Jamey, Hank was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer,” Suzi Cochran, Hank’s widow, said. “So for the two years he lived after that, Jamey would get off the road and pull his bus right up to the hospital, run up and see Hank and raise Hank’s spirits.”
The concert, along with a live auction, will take place on Front Street in front of The River Café. The Café is ran by Waylon Jennings’ longtime assistant, Nikki Mitchell. She was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in December of 2010 and is also a close friend of both Jessi Colter and Jamey Johnson.
“To know Nikki Mitchell is to love her, as Waylon, Shooter and I could testify, having known her and worked with her for many years,” Jessi said. “I am exceedingly proud of her spirit to win. This is just another victory, and we are glad to include Johns Hopkins and TGen as our friends. Having given Waylon’s name to Diabetic Research with TGen, we are delighted to be with Nikki to celebrate her pancreatic cancer healing. As usual, she will seek to help others in her win.”
Seventy-five percent of the proceeds from ‘Full Moon Full Life’ will go to TGen, and 25 percent will go to Johns Hopkins. Both TGen and Johns Hopkins offer promising breakthroughs for early detection, which is key to saving lives from a cancer that often is not discovered until its late stages, when treatment options are limited.