April 22, 2009 — Big Kenny's charity concert to raise money for war-torn Sudan takes place Wednesday night in Nashville with a lineup that spans country, gospel and indigenous world music as he prepares his second trip to Africa, where he previously helped establish a girls school.
It's a complicated challenge. An agency worker, for example, was able to land a huge donation of shoes for this trip from a major manufacturer, but getting the actual goods for the kids is just one of the hurdles.
"He's got the shoes, but you gotta get 'em in the country," Big Kenny explains. "That's what's so expensive and so hard to do, and you've gotta have somebody take 'em in there that knows they're gonna end up on the child's feet. And the way they prefer to do it is you wash their feet before you give 'em the shoes. It's some pretty heavy-duty stuff that starts poppin' up all around."
Big Kenny added Christian music's Third Day to the lineup for Wednesday's concert, which already included Faith Hill, Keith Urban, Dierks Bentley, the SteelDrivers, 3 Doors Down's Brad Arnold and Ashley Cleveland, among others. Also on tap is the African Children's Choir, a group that tours to bring attention to the millions of orphans struggling in Africa.
To find out more about Big Kenny's Sudanese mission, visit www.nashville4africa.com.