Nashville, TN -- Nashville’s Artist to the Stars, Corey Frizzell, recently created a fine art portrait of the late Bluegrass legend, Bill Monroe, to be donated to the August 24th Friends of Mark Newton Benefit. The benefit will include a star studded golf outing, auction and live concert in Fredricksburg, Virginia. Frizzell will be on hand at the benefit for a meet and greet to sign event posters and the original Monroe portrait to the highest bidder.
The event culminates with an evening concert featuring the music of Mark Newton and Steve Thomas and their The StillHouse Band (Newton’s current touring band). A full entertainment line-up for the evening music concert features a special reunion of the Virginia Squires with Ronnie and Rickie Simpkins, Sammy Shelor, and Mark Newton. This will be the first reunion of the Virginia Squires in over 12 years and is a performance not to be missed. Grammy Award Winning artist Carl Jackson will also perform.
Award winning Bluegrass Artist, Mark Newton, was hospitalized unexpectedly earlier this year at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville while preparing for the 20th Anniversary Graves Mountain Festival of Music, an event that Newton helped create with the Graves Family, in Syria, Virginia. Proceeds from the Friends of Mark Newton Benefit will go to assist the Newton Family with medical expenses.
The Frizzell family, most famous for its prominence on the Country Music Charts, is witnessing the artistic successes of the second generation. Although he has siblings following in the Frizzell music footsteps, who have accepted the challenge of emerging from the giant shadow first cast by the family music patriarch, Lefty Frizzell, Corey chose a different path, a path to create his own shadow.
Corey falls somewhere in the middle of the six children spanning four decades of Allen Frizzell, former Nashville recording artist and younger brother of the Legendary Lefty Frizzell and Country Star, David Frizzell.
Frizzell has been a Golden Gloves Boxing Champion, acted in music videos and cast for two roles in the original Stephen King movie, “Children of The Corn.” If that's not interesting enough, he's now a writer, producer, manager, boxing coach and visual artist in high demand, creating custom portraits of the stars for the stars.
In 2006, with royal country music blood running through his veins, Frizzell came full circle being named Nashville’s Artist to the Stars for his artistic collaboration with some of Country, Bluegrass, Gospel, Americana and Roots music's biggest names, including George Jones, Randy Travis, Brad Paisley, Alan Jackson, Mark Newton, Carl Jackson, Mark Chesnutt, Gene Watson and Jerrod Niemann to name a few.