The Fourth Annual Guitars of the Stars Benefit Auction is giving country fans the opportunity to purchase one-of-a-kind guitars inspired and autographed by everyone from the Opry’s newest member to the Coal Miner’s Daughter. The event is scheduled for Thurs., June 7, 5 p.m. at The CMA Music Fest Buckle Stage at 4th Ave. and Broadway in downtown Nashville. The event is open to the public, and all proceeds from the auction will benefit the Opry Trust Fund which assists members of the country music community in need.
Among the stars confirmed to contribute guitars they’ve autographed as inspired by their current singles or signature songs, hobbies, and individual styles are Dierks Bentley, Charlie Daniels, Hunter Hayes, Merle Haggard, Casey James, Loretta Lynn, The Band Perry, Kellie Pickler, and Keith Urban. In honor of the group’s latest smash, Opry member group Rascal Flatts has contributed a banjo to the event. Guitar art was provided by Nashville visual artists Lucie Rice, Amanda Sears, and Cindy Wunsch.
In addition to providing one of the guitars for auction, country newcomer, 19 Recordings/BNA Records artist, and American Idol Season 9 alumni Casey James is set to co-host the auction and perform for the auction crowd. 650 AM-WSM radio and GAC television personality Bill Cody will join James as host.
The Opry Trust Fund has for more than 40 years assisted members of the country music community in need of help with medical bills, living expenses, utilities, rent, and food.