(this piece was published by Planet JH Weekly)
The Jackson Firefighters Association went all out in booking Southern country-rock legends Marshall Tucker Band for one of the longest running fundraisers in the valley—the 74th Annual Fireman’s Ball. Though the band has one original member in vocalist Doug Gray, there’s no denying the band’s historical footprint, marked by epic instrumental passages by the late lead guitarist Toy Caldwell (reference “This Ol’ Cowboy” for the goods). Their peak came with the million-selling 1977 album Carolina Dreams and its Top 15 single, “Heard it in a Love Song.”
A ticket to the event enters guests the chance to win this year’s grand prize—a grass fed buffalo, fully butchered from Jackson Hole Buffalo Meat, complete with brand new freezer. Get there early for silent and live auctions, a gun raffle, and music from two talented local acoustic groups, Wood Smoke Rising and Shark Week. 74th Annual Fireman’s Ball featuring Marshall Tucker Band with guests Shark Week and Wood Smoke Rising, 6 p.m. Saturday at Heritage Arena. $40. JHFireAssociation.com.