Maine country musicians to hold benefit concert for singers who were hit by SUV

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WITH THEM TODAY, AND WE TALK ABOUT THE EVOLUTION OF SUPPORT THEM HAVE BEEN GIVEN BY OTHER MAINE MUSICIANS. (EAST AND DOWN) COUNTRY MUSIC HAS BEEN IN THE BLOOD OF MIKE PRESTON AND KIM CURRY ALL THEIR LIFE, AND HAS BECOME THEIR LIVELIHOOD. 13;58;25;08 SINGERS VIDEO 2825 I STARTED PROFESSIONALLY AT 13 AND CONTINUED. AND ALWAYS DO IT PROFESSIONALLY. BUT ON JULY 27, WHILE ON A SIDEWALK IN AUGUSTA, THE DECADES-LONG MUSICAL CAREERS OF LEWISTON AND AUBURN RESIDENTS RESPECTIVELY HIT A SOUR NOTE. 14;01;28;07 SINGERS VIDEO 2825 WE WERE ON THE SIDEWALK AND SOMEBODY FINISHED SOMEBODY AT THE LIGHT. AND THEN THE NEXT THING YOU KNOW WE ARE AFFECTED. AN SUV HIT MIKE AND KIM ALONG WESTERN AVENUE IN AUGUSTA, SENDING THE TWO FLYING WHAT THEY SAY WAS 50 FEET. MIKE SUFFERED A FRACTURED SKULL AND A FRACTURED VERTEBRA IN THE NECK, WHILE KIM SUFFERED A FRACTURED PELVIS, HIP AND VERTEBRA IN THE BACK. 14;06;25;21 SINGERS VIDEO 2825 (COVER) I CAN’T SLEEP AT NIGHT. IMPOSSIBLE TO WALK IN SOME CASES. BUT THIS ALSO MEANS THEY CANNOT PLAY LIVE AND THEREFORE CANNOT BRING IN THE VERY NEEDED REVENUES. 14;08;55;15 (COVER) AT THIS TIME, I HAVE CANCELED 65 DATES. 14;09;23;15 (COVERAGE) OVER 15.15 TO 20,000. 14;12;02;28 I HAVE NO RESOURCES TO COVER MEDICAL COSTS AND DAILY LIVING EXPENSES SUCH AS RENT. 14;24;45;06 BUCKY VIDEO 2827 IMMEDIATELY, I CALLED SOME MUSICIANS, WORD SPREAD. BUCKY MITCHELL DELIVERS AND PROMOTES SHOWS AT LENNY’S PUB IN WESTBROOK AND HAS KNOWN MIKE AND KIM FOR YEARS. WHEN HE LEARNED WHAT HAPPENED, HE SPOKEN INTO ACTION TO HOST A BENEFIT CONCERT FOR THE COUPLE. 14;25;15;22 IF YOU NEED HELP, MIKE AND KIM WILL BE THERE FOR YOU. AND NOW IT’S OUR TURN TO BE THERE FOR THEM. BUCKY DOESN’T YET KNOW WHAT THE AUGUST 26 SHOW MIGHT DO, BUT FOR NOW MIKE AND KIM WILL KEEP A POSITIVE ATTITUDE. 14;17;04;02 VIDEO OF SINGERS 2825 I CAN’T LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING FUTURE BOOKING CONCERTS, JANUARY FEBRUARY, MARC

Maine country musicians to hold benefit concert for singers who were hit by SUV

Mike Preston and Kim Curry have played Maine’s country music scene for decades.

Mike Preston and Kim Curry are professional country music singers from Lewiston and Auburn respectively, and have each been performing for decades. But on July 27, while attending a show in Augusta, their situation completely changed. “We went next to the Irving station for coffee,” Curry said. “And we had our coffees and turned around to go back, and right at the intersection where the light was, we were on the sidewalk and someone had run over someone at the light. And then the next thing you know, we got hit.” An SUV hit Preston and Curry along Western Ave. in Augusta, sending the two flying what they say is 50 feet away. Preston suffered a fractured skull and fractured vertebrae in his neck, while Kim suffered a fractured pelvis, hip and vertebrae in her back. Their injuries mean the couple cannot perform live at the moment, leading the pair to cancel 65 dates at a cost of what they say is $15,000 to $20,000. Local musicians have stepped up, however, and are holding a benefit concert for the couple on August 26 at Lenny’s Pub in Westbrook. “Right away I called a few musicians, the word got out, and we already have more access than we can even get in the timeslot,” said Bucky Mitchell, who books live music. at Lenny’s. “They’re always the first to come up to bat. If you need any help, Mike and Kim will be there for you. And now it’s our turn to be there for them.” Preston and Curry say they greatly appreciate the outpouring of support from Maine’s music community, and any money raised could go a long way. “It’s just an overwhelming amount of love and support from everyone and all the musicians and friends and everyone in the community,” Curry said. “It’s incredible.”

Mike Preston and Kim Curry are professional country music singers from Lewiston and Auburn respectively, and have each been performing for decades. But on July 27, while attending a show in Augusta, their situation completely changed.

“We went next to the Irving station for coffee,” Curry said. “And we had our coffees and turned around to go back, and right at the intersection where the light was, we were on the sidewalk and someone had run over someone at the light. And then the next thing you know, we got hit.”

An SUV hit Preston and Curry along Western Ave. at Augusta, sending them both flying 50 feet. Preston suffered a fractured skull and fractured vertebrae in his neck, while Kim suffered a fractured pelvis, hip and vertebrae in her back.

Their injuries mean the pair cannot perform live at the moment, leading the pair to cancel 65 dates at a cost of what they say is $15,000 to $20,000.

Local musicians have stepped up, however, and are hosting a benefit concert for the duo on August 26 at Lenny’s Pub in Westbrook.

“Right away I called a few musicians, word got around, and we already have more access than we can even get in the time slot,” said Bucky Mitchell, who books live music at Lenny’s. “They’re always the first to come up to bat. If you need any help, Mike and Kim will be there for you. And now it’s our turn to be there for them.”

Preston and Curry say they greatly appreciate the outpouring of support from Maine’s music community and any money raised could go a long way.

“It’s just an overwhelming amount of love and support from everyone and all the musicians and friends and everyone in the community,” Curry said. “It’s incredible.”

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