One of our own bluegrassers, Kip Martin is a life-long lover of music! He has been a practicing musician for 40+ years, mostly devoted to bluegrass. Kip is very sick with liver disease. His kidneys are now failing, though he is comfortable and in palliative care. His wonderful friends are putting on the KIP Martin Benefit concert to help with his medical expenses, shots for Birdie the basset hound, outstanding living expenses and aftercare expenses. Kip has given so much to bluegrass beyond just the music. He's authored history, editorial commentary and opinions on his life with the music and has certainly helped others get started or given a helping hand whenever he could.
Bluegrass fans and artists are contributing to the Kip Martin Benefit Concert to be held at 4:00 PM Sunday January 26 at the First Baptist Church of Crofton, 1690 Crofton Parkway in Crofton, MD 21114. If you can't make it to the benefit on Sunday, January 26th, The Starrett Family has set up a A GoFundMe account for folks who cannot attend and want to help. (Donations are not tax deductible). The foundation for the benefit project was due to the thoughtfulness of Navy Senior Chief Keith Arneson of the U.S. Navy Bluegrass Band, Country Current.
People from hundreds of miles away are assisting in this event. Bluegrass Books Online is donating a copy of Bluegrass Guitar Jam Tunes and Bluegrass Mandolin Jam Tunes to be auctioned off at the event. Others are also donating items to be raffled or auctioned off.
Kip plays bass and was a founding member of the D.C. Bluegrass Union. He is currently hospitalized in Nashville, TN in hopes of receiving a liver transplant. The benefit to help will feature Food, Music, Raffle items, Fun, Friendship, Family, 20 dollar suggested donation, Music, and a lot of great music. Follow the KIP Martin Benefit page on Facebook for regular updates.a target=