WANT TO GO?
Tracy Lawrence Boys & Girls Club benefit
WHERE: Clay Center
WHEN: 7 p.m. Friday
TICKETS: $23, $28 and $53
INFO: 304-561-3570 or www.theclaycenter.orgCHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Country star Tracy Lawrence has trouble keeping track of his charitable work. Over the years, he's done quite a bit. Around Thanksgiving, he does an annual turkey fry for the Nashville Rescue Mission, and just a few days ago, he joined the relief effort for the people affected by the devastating tornado in Oklahoma.
On Friday, the singer, who is known for hits including "Sticks and Stones," "Time Marches On" and "Find Out Who Your Friends Are," performs a benefit for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Charleston and Parkersburg at the Clay Center.
It's a favor for a friend.
"I have a friend, Larry Steel. He's one of my golfing buddies I've been hanging out with for several years, and he's helped put this whole thing together," Lawrence said. "I try to be supportive of my friends and the things they're passionate about because they do the same for me.
"The Boys & Girls Club is something Larry is passionate about, therefore I'm passionate about it, too."
It's a good cause, and Lawrence is always willing to lend a hand. When the tornado blew through Oklahoma, he was glad to get involved with the relief.
"I grew up in 'Tornado Alley,'" he said. "I'm from Southwest Arkansas, and tornadoes were a constant thing in our lives growing up. I also have friends from Oklahoma City and have played up there a lot."
As part of his contribution to relief efforts, Lawrence released an acoustic version of his song "Butterfly," on his website (www.tracylawrence.com). It's a cut off his upcoming record, "Headlights, Taillights and Radio," due out in August, and he hopes it will bring awareness to the Oklahoma Disaster Relief Fund.
"I wrote that song a couple of years ago, after the Joplin tornadoes," he said. "I was inspired to do something uplifting.