Originally posted on MyStateman.
By Cory Morrow – Special to the American-Statesman
This holiday season, shoppers will hear strumming guitars and booming voices along with the familiar ringing bell as the Salvation Army kicks off its annual Red Kettle campaign.
After all, this is Austin — the Live Music Capital of the World. This year, those of us in the music industry decided to truly Rock The Red Kettle, and I’m asking you to help.
We kicked off the 2015 Red Kettle Campaign Sunday evening with a “Rock The Red Kettle” Concert presented by KOKE-FM. Pat Green, Jack Ingram, Drew Womack and Walt and Tina Wilkins joined me to play to a chilly but warm-hearted crowd that dropped $227,000 in the red kettle to start the 2015 campaign.
If you’ve been to one of my concerts, you know that I play a pretty high-energy show, and I usually do so barefooted. After a few songs on the outdoor stage at LifeAustin Amphitheatre, I was so cold I had to slip my shoes back on. The audience felt it too and stayed bundled up under coats and red blankets. From the stage, the performers could see warm breath condensing in the cold air from the huddled fans.
It seemed appropriate, to be honest, given that so many are alone, homeless and outdoors.