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Firefighters benefit show sells out

Friday, July 12, 2013 – The Country Cares Concert to benefit The Granite Mountain Hot Shots, organized by Dierks Bently, sold out with more than 6,000 tickets sold for the July 22 event in Prescott Valley, Ariz. at Tim's Toyota Center.

The New KMLE Country @ 107.9 and 92.9 KAFF Country organized the concert with Bentley and after the sell out this morning, special guests The Band Perry, Randy Houser and David Nail joined on to help raise money for the families of the 19 firefighters who lost their lives in last week's wildfires.

"Country fans are the best, and when their friends need help, they show up," said Bentley. "This is my hometown, and I feel a huge pull to go back and be there with them and do what I can to help. I've had some friends speak up and say they wanted to come help, so we're going to put together a special night of music, raise some money and hopefully leave these families and this community with some positive memories."

"We feel very blessed this concert sold out so quickly," said KMLE Country @ 107.9 Program Director Tim Richards. "Thanks to these artists for putting together such an amazing event in such a short amount of time. We hope families of the firefighters know how much the Arizona community cares about them."

All proceeds from the concert will go to the United Phoenix Firefighters Charities who will distribute directly to the families of the 19 fallen firefighters.

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