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Saving Bass, It's a Stand Up Act

On Friday, December 20, there is a benefit for Austin-based musician Slim Richey, who was injured by a hit-and-run driver in February 2012. Shortly thereafter his wife and fellow musician, Francie, fell and severely broke her left wrist. The couple will be performing in the Big Bend at the end of the year.

Some credit Francie’s bass with saving Slim's life, or a at least buffering the impact during the hit-and-run. Slim was loading her bass into their vehicle outside the venue on 6th Street in Austin where they had just performed.

Artist John Carlisle Moore later created a piece of art from the crushed bass, and on Friday night is auctioning it off as a fundraiser. The event is at the Arts Fifth Avenue in Fort Worth, during which The Slim Richey Band will perform. Money raised during the auction will help the musicians pay medical bills. More information at John Carlisle Moore.

Slim and Francie own property in Terlingua and are part-time residents there. It's a longstanding tradition for them to perform with their band, The Jitterbug Vipers,  in the Bend during the year-end holidays playing venues such as The Starlight Theatre in Terlingua Ghost Town and the Pavillion at the Lajitas Resort. KRTS will interview withe couple on Monday, December 30 at 10:35 a.m.

Sharron Reed is a KRTS Citizen Reporter.

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