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Country Queers and Friends Play For Aussie Fire Relief

Jordie Lane and Ruby Boots, with the Americana Music Association, host fundraiser this Saturday at Nashville’s Mercy Lounge

By Dale Henry Geist

Aussies and the East Nashville community, including CQ faves Mary Gauthier, Becca Mancari, Erin Rae, and many more, come together this Saturday at Mercy Lounge to raise funds for those affected by the catastrophic fires currently destroying native bushland, wildlife and homes in Australia. Tickets are on sale here starting at $20 in advance.

Jordie Lane and Ruby Boots, both Aussie touring and recording artists now based in Nashville, are bringing together their Australian and Nashville friends for this very special night of music and unity to raise much-needed funds, spirits, and to show their love for the people, wildlife and land of Australia.

Featuring an all-star lineup of some of America and Australia’s finest artists, bound by mutual admiration and the same zip-code, the show dishes up the cream of Nashville’s Americana music – country, roots, soul and rock ‘n’ roll.

Jordie Lane tells us how the night came together: “I mentioned to Bex, a.k.a. Ruby Boots, that we had just put on a bunch of fundraisers in Australia, and we decided that we needed to do this in Nashville. That’s where we live, and there are so many Aussies here and so many amazing Americans willing to help out, so that’s what we’re doing. Sending a message of love to, and also a bucket load of cash to Australians back home to help in the relief efforts that are so desperately needed.”

From GRAMMY®-nominated singer-songwriter Mary Gauthier to 2019 Americana Emerging Act of the Year nominee Erin Rae to psychedelic crooner Nicole Atkins, this is a can’t-miss event.

Steve Poltz, Andrew Combs, Becca Mancari and Molly Parden will also take the stage that evening, showing solidarity to their Aussie comrades Ruby Boots, Jordie Lane & Clare Reynolds, Emma Swift, Josh Rennie-Hynes, Liz Stringer and The Winnie Blues, all now making their marks on Nashville and North America.

The performers will be backed by a star-studded house band led by Nashville producer/arranger Jordan Lehning, and the host of the show will be none other than the Aussie cheeky-mouthed Purple Puppet Comedian, Randy Feltface (as seen on NBC’s “Bring The Funny” in 2019).

100% of the donations will go toward Australia’s Red Cross and Wildlife Victoria, and various other fundraising activities like Raffle Prizes will be up for grabs on the night of the show.