The benefit auction inspired by Bluegrass musician Arthur Hancock celebrates fly fishing, music, and environmental sustainability
Frankfort, Ky., August 18, 2022 – Can’d Aid, the people-powered national nonprofit that is creating a movement and rallying people to become catalysts for change in their communities, is teaming up with renowned artists and fishing outfitters across the US to provide music fans with a one-of-a-kind fishing experience. The “Fishing With a Musician” benefit auction is now open, giving bluegrass fans an opportunity to win a day on the water fishing with their favorite musician and to support Can’d Aid’s nationwide efforts to promote sustainability and music.
Musicians partnering with Can’d Aid for “Fishing With a Musician”, and the location of the one-on-one fly fishing experience up for auction, are:
Arthur Hancock - Wolfpen Branch (Kentucky)
Charles Humphrey - Songs From the Road Band (Asheville, NC)
Cole Chaney - singer/songwriter (Franklin, KY)
Eric Bolander - American Singer (Garrison, KY)
John R. Miller - singer/songwriter (Kentucky)
Jordan Brandenburg - Turkeyfoot (Crested Butte, CO)
Logan Halstead - singer/musician (Kentucky)
Micah Howard - musician (Tennessee)
Ryan Acker - The Last Revel (Ennis, MT)
Shawn Swain - Kitchen Dwellers (Ennis, MT)
Tony Kamel - GRAMMY Award-nominated musician (Corpus Christi, TX)
Woody Platt - GRAMMY Award-winning musician (Brevard, NC)
Adam Greuel - Horseshoes & Hand Grenades (Stevens Point, WI)
Robert "Mason" Dixon - Whiskey Bent Valley Boys (Taylorsville Lake, KY)
CJ Cain - Tyler Childers & the Foodstamps
Robert Greer - Town Mountain (Asheville, NC)
Kyle Tuttle - International Banjo Champion (Nashville, TN)
All winning bids will secure a day of guided fishing followed by a unique post-fishin' pick with the artist. The auction runs through Sept. 16, 2022, and the events will take place at various locations across the US before Sept. 16, 2023.
All proceeds from the “Fishing With a Musician” auction and “Trout Rodeo” merchandise, which both pair bluegrass music and fishing in a celebration of music, community, and the environment, will benefit Can’d Aid’s various programs, which include distributing clean drinking water to communities post-disaster; providing access and opportunities for underserved youth to experience music, arts and the outdoors; and rallying volunteers to protect and restore the environment.
Through its Music + Arts program, Can’d Aid facilitates instrument donations to support music programs in underserved school districts nationwide. On the day of the donations, Can'd Aid works with award-winning professional musicians to provide inspiring live performances for students. Artists stop in classrooms across the US while on tour – sharing their experiences as professional musicians, providing hands-on musical interaction, and often introducing students to new genres of music like bluegrass, funk, and americana.
Funds raised through “Fishing With a Musician” will help the nonprofit continue to protect waterways and provide instruments and music lessons for students in need.
“Fishing With a Musician” is inspired by Arthur Hancock IV, who is excited to release his original new single, "Trout Rodeo", in conjunction with the launch of the “Fishing With a Musician” auction. "Trout Rodeo" is a quintessential summer bluegrass anthem that tells a familiar "fish story” and showcases a peerless arrangement, lively fiddle, energetic vocals and just the right amount of twangy, jangly, Kentucky bluegrass.
Hancock is a singer-songwriter and Bluegrass musician from Frankfort, Ky. Hancock was lead guitar and vocalist for the renowned Kentucky-born bluegrass band Wolfpen Branch and the founding banjo player and lead singer for the award-winning bluegrass band The Wooks. He has released music through Wolfpen Branch, The Wooks, Arthur and Arthur, and Short Tiger. Arthur stays involved in the industry through his current seat on the board of the IBMA Foundation and as a proud TUNES Ambassador for the Can'd Aid Foundation.
“Arthur has been the most active and dedicated TUNES Ambassador since day one, always working to raise funds and awareness about Can’d Aid and our programs. He has hosted several creek and river cleanup projects in Kentucky and has participated in multiple instrument donations and assemblies across the country on behalf of Can’d Aid,” says Diana Ralston, Can'd Aid founder and executive director. “We are fired up to partner on his latest fundraising brainchild – Fishing with a Musician auction – and absolutely love his new release ‘Trout Rodeo’.”
"Trout Rodeo" is available now on popular online streaming and download distributors.
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About Can’d Aid
Can’d Aid is a nationally recognized nonprofit that rallies volunteers from all walks of life to build thriving communities. Through their unique integrated approach, they distribute water, increase access and opportunities for underserved youth to experience music, arts and the outdoors; and protect and restore the environment. Since inception in 2013, more than 2.7 million cans of water have been distributed, over 12,000 skateboards and bikes have been built for underprivileged youth, more than 2,500 instruments have been donated and the equivalent of 73 million aluminum cans have been recycled. To donate, volunteer or learn more, please visit candaid.org.