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Otto backs AIDS walk

Monday, October 4, 2010 – James Otto traveled to the West coast to show his support for the California's AIDS Walk. The singer performed at the fundraising festival held on Sunday, Sept. 26 at Los Angeles' Greek Theatre.

He played in a songwriter style round along with Deana Carter and Billy Dean. James chose to sing In Color,which he co-wrote with Jamey Johnson and Lee Thomas Miller. Before starting the final verse, he dedicated it to "anyone who has ever lost anyone that they loved."

Comedian Wanda Sykes hosted the event, which also included performances from Sheila E, Hanson, Shontelle and the Alan Parsons Project. The day long festivities benefited eight respected local Southern California AIDS related non-profit organizations: AIDS Healthcare Foundation, AIDS Service Center, Bienestar, Charles Drew Mobile Testing, Children Affected by AIDS Foundation, In The Meantime, Magic Johnson Foundation and Whittier Rio Hondo AIDS Project. All proceeds raised will go towards the expansion of HIV/AIDS testing, education and prevention initiatives in Southern California and throughout the state.

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Editorial: Walking the talk – When names like Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Waylon and the Hag are invoked, you're talking hard core country. These are the touchstones of country , the guys who made country music what it was and still is (or maybe can be). When these folks would sing about being down-and-out and the rough-and-tumble, they knew of what they were singing about. Fast forward a few years to the country singers of today. »»»
Concert Review: MerleFest showcases diversity on day two – Although primarily thought of as a "roots music" festival, the artists at MerleFest can and do come from a variety of genres and locales. On the first full day of this year's festival, that point was underscored with performances from not just bluegrass and string bands, but also rock 'n' roll, soul and international acts... »»»
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