"Countrified Rock" Continues To Roll For Parkinson's Research

by Trina Stokes

It took more than 50 TEAM CANTORE volunteers on October 21, 2006 to host over 500 guests at the third annual "Countrified Rock for Research" to benefit Parkinson's Research. The headliner for the event was, once again, one of the hottest songwriter/entertainers in country music today-Jeffrey Steele (Three Ring Circus Music - Nashville, TN.) The event could not have been more successful!

Jeffrey Steele (recently named 2006 NSAI Songwriter of the Year - for the 3rd time in the past 4 years) rocked The Epps Aviation Hangar at Peachtree Dekalb Airport in Atlanta, GA for over 3 hours. This wonderful venue, not only an interesting place to visit, served as a Naval Air Station in World War II.

You may not think you know Jeffrey Steele's songs, but you are probably already a fan. His songs have been recorded by the biggest stars in country music today; such as Rascal Flatts, "These Days," "What Hurts the Most," "Me and My Gang," "My Wish" Montgomery Gentry, "My Town," "Gone," "Something to be Proud Of," Keith Anderson "Every Time I Hear Your Name" Van Zants "Help Somebody," "The things I Miss the Most" and Steve Holy "Brand New Girlfriend" just to name a few.

Along with the concert and silent auctions, the crowd savored the famous Southern Barbecue, Ribs, Macaroni and Cheese, Cole Slaw, Biscuits and Banana Pudding from the Swallow at the Hollow Restaurant and Performance Venue in Roswell, GA. One of the highlights of the evening was when the original handwritten lyrics from Jeffrey's number 1 hit by Rascal Flatts "What Hurts the Most" were donated by Jeffrey Steele and auctioned off for $2,600!

After having met Jeffrey Steele through Julie Shirley (a neighborhood friend) following a performance at the Swallow at the Hollow (owned by Paul Doster), it was actually Jeffrey Steele's idea to put on a concert to benefit Parkinson's research. "He is a very genuine and caring individual; living up to the words of a song he wrote for the Van Zants called, "Help Somebody if You Can," said Tamra." Tamra, Julie Shirley and Paul Doster work closely each year to put this event together. The money raised will be credited to her Team-Team Cantore for the 2007 Unity Walk.

Pictures were taken by Photographers Rick Harris, Niki Faith and Kelly Henderson.