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LITTLE BIG TOWN RIDES FOR A CURE FOR THE T.J. MARTELL FOUNDATION

Nashville, TN (June 28, 2010) – Capitol Nashville Recording artist Little Big Town is set to Ride For A Cure on Sunday, July 11, 2010 benefiting the T.J. Martell Foundation.

This year marks the fourth year of Little Big Town’s involvement in the Ride For A Cure event. The motorcycle ride will begin at the Tin Roof in Nashville (1516 Demonbreun) and continue to the Harley-Davidson Superstore in Columbia (I-65 and Bear Creek Pike).

Registration for motorcycle riders and non-riders begins at the Tin Roof at 8am with live performances by Brett Eldridge and others scheduled at 8:30am. The ride will begin at 10:30am followed by a post ride performance in Columbia at 12:30pm byLittle Big Town, Luke Bryan, Josh Thompson and The Band Perry. 

“Every year we look forward to this day when we can get together with our fans and enjoy a beautiful ride, some great music and raise money for a cause that's so dear to our hearts,” said Kimberly Schlapman of Little Big Town.

The T. J. Martell Foundation is offering a special VIP ticket for $300 that includes breakfast, access to the VIP areas during the ride, lunch, a gift bag, t-shirt and performance. Rider plus jam tickets are $35 and include the ride, lunch, t-shirt and performance. Jam tickets are $20. Tickets may be purchased online at www.nashvillerideforacure.com.

Proceeds from Ride for a Cure locally supports cancer research at the Frances Williams Preston Laboratories at the Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center. The T.J. Martell Foundation supports leukemia, cancer and AIDS research at eight top hospitals in theUnited States. The Frances Williams Preston Laboratories were named after Frances Preston, past President and CEO of BMI and past President of the national T.J. Martell Foundation.

“This is an amazing event with a demographic that is fun to reach,” said Derek Crownover, President of the T.J. Martell Foundation - Southern Region Board of Directors. “There are some true-blue Martell faithful involved. I have known Kimberly Schlapman of Little Big Town since before she moved to Nashville.  So we go way back.  It’s great to see Kimberly, Phillip, Karen and Jimi using their tremendous success to help raise money to find cures for cancer.” 

About the T.J. Martell Foundation
The T.J. Martell Foundation is a national nonprofit organization that supports innovative research for leukemia, cancer and AIDS at eight top research hospitals in the United States. In Nashville, the Foundation supports cancer research at the Frances Williams Preston Laboratories at the Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center. The Frances Williams Preston Laboratories were established in 1993 in honor of Frances Preston, longtime president and CEO of BMI, and past president of the T.J. Martell Foundation board of directors and founder of Country in the Rockies. To learn more about the T.J. Martell Foundation, visitwww.tjmartellfoundation.org.

About Little Big Town
Little Big Town will release their new Capitol Nashville album The Reason Why on August 24th. The lead single “Little White Church” is currently Top 15 and climbing. Their sophomore CD, critically-acclaimed A Place to Land included the Grammy nominated song “Life in a Northern Town.”  The band released the Platinum-selling record, The Road to Here, in 2005 and in 2007 they were awarded Academy of Country Music’s Top New Vocal Group honor. The band will hit the road next month on Sugarland’s “The Incredible Machine Tour.” To learn more, visit http://www.littlebigtown.com.

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