By Abbey Cone
Hi y’all! I wanted to let y’all know about a wonderful event that is held every year in Fort Worth, Texas that is actually very close to my heart being that my sister was a premature baby herself.
The Annual Pickin’ For Preemies acoustic jam, benefiting Cook Children’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) is a fun filled night of good music, great people and barbeque.
Founded in 2005 by the Frazell family, Pickin’ For Preemies is held yearly on Labor Day at the world famous Billy Bob’s Texas with thousands of people in attendance each year.
I didn’t really realize how many premature babies were until I looked into it and found that there are 15 million born every year.
Unfortunately, about 25% of these extremely premature babies develop serious lasting disabilities, and up to half may have milder problems, such as learning and behavioral problems.
This is why Justin and Casey Frazell founded Pickin’ for Preemies 9 years ago after their first child was born premature, so that there would be a foundation that raises money specifically for the NICU unit at Cook Children’s; a foundation that helps to provide the latest and greatest equipment and supplies that are needed to give these fragile babies the strongest fighting chance that they can have to grow and go on to live a long and healthy life.
Basing this foundation around music was a natural thing for Justin since he has strong ties to the Texas Red Dirt music scene, because of his position as program director and morning DJ of KFWR 95.9 The Ranch.
Pickin’ for Preemies has showcased some of the top Texas artists in the industry such as Pat Green, Wade Bowen, Josh Abbott, Randy Rogers, Josh Weathers and many more and I am so honored, and excited that I was asked by Justin to open the event with a 45 minute set with my full band.
This is going to such a fun time for such a great cause, and I hope any of y’all that live in the North Texas area will come out and see what all the hype is about.
See ya there!
Peace & Blessings y’all!