Last September, the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP) held a benefit in New York City for Kelly Buchanan, an independent singer/songwriter who suffered a traumatic brain injury and has been unable to work or perform since the incident. Headlined by Fountains of Wayne and featuring sets by members of Nada Surf, the Spin Doctors’ Chris Barron, and Measure, the New York event raised money for Buchanan’s medical and living expenses, and was well reviewed by local press and those in attendance.

On August 12, ASCAP will stage another very cool Buchanan benefit, this one at the Troubadour in West Hollywood, CA. Fellow singer-songwriters Glen Phillips (of Toad The Wet Sprocket), Sara Bareilles, Maria Taylor, Lex Land, the Rescues, and Paris Carney will perform at the show, and most sets will include a cover of a song from Buchanan’s fine self-titled fourth album, which she has been unable to promote, due to her injury.

Tickets to this all-ages show are $25 each, and are available via the Troubadour’s Web site. Doors will open at 8:00PM. The Troubadour is located at 9081 Santa Monica Blvd, in West Hollywood.

While youÁ¢€â„¢re at it, head over to KellyÁ¢€â„¢s Web site and listen to a stream of song samples from Kelly Buchanan. You can order a copy through her site, or download it through iTunes. The record really deserves attention; in addition to the terrible physical effects of KellyÁ¢€â„¢s injury and the length and uncertainty of her recovery, itÁ¢€â„¢s also a real shame the wonderful music she created has gone largely unheard.

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Rob Smith

Rob Smith is a writer, teacher, wage earner, and all-around evil genius who spends most of his time holed up in his cluttered compound in central PA. His favorite color is ultramarine blue. His imaginary band The Dukes of Rexmont tours every summer.

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