Jamey Johnson, Shooter Jennings, and Jessi Colter recently hosted a tribute to Waylon Jennings and Hank Cochran to a sold-out crowd at Marathon Music Works on Wednesday, raising over $70,000 for The Nikki Mitchell Foundation in support of pancreatic cancer research. The Nikki Mitchell Foundation is named in honor of Waylon Jennings' late manager of 22 years, who was herself a victim of the disease.
The night included performances from Waylon Jennings' band with his former backup singer Carter Robinson and her three daughters, Carter's Chord. Chris Stapleton performed "Amanda" and "Don't You Think This Outlaw Bit's Done Got Out Of Hand" with Shooter Jennings. Other performances included Jessi Colter dueting with Jamey Johnson on "Storms Never Last, Carter's Chord joining forces with Jerrod Niemann on "Closing In On The Fire," and Josh Abbott performing "T For Texas."
Legendary songwriter and Country Music Fall Of Fame Member Hank Cochran, who succumbed to pancreatic cancer in 2010, was honored in the latter half of the show, which featured Jamey Johnson's band as the house band. Jerrod Niemann performed the beloved Cochran-penned classics "Miami, My Amy," and "Ocean Front Property."
The Nikki Mitchell Foundation once again joins forces with Hank Cochran through his wife Suzi Cochran and the Pen Fund to host The Full Moon Full Life Songwriting Contest, which was announced at the benefit. Entries are now being accepted, with proceeds going to The Nikki Mitchell Foundation and to songwriters battling pancreatic cancer. For details and to enter visit