Nashville acts showcased at Saturday event

Friday, January 18, 2013
Brooke Burrows

Jackson native Brooke Burrows has made her way to Nashville, Tenn., to launch a career in country music. With plans for a single to come out soon from a complete album that she cowrote, Burrows still made time for a local benefit concert to assist a family in need.

Burrows grew up next door to Joe Hoffman and his family and was close friends with his three children Joey, Amanda and Amy. When she found out Hoffman had liver cancer, she was determined to help.

"I learned about the cancer several months ago, and I just immediately felt like I had to do something," Burrows said. "I didn't know what I was going to do, but I knew I had to do something, so that's when I called on my friends Aaron Barker, Chris Walling, Camille Walling and Ira Dean to go back to my hometown ... and do a benefit concert to help raise money for this family.

"I was thinking of something that I didn't think that Cape Girardeau has really ever seen, so that's when I thought of the singer/songwriter show," she said.

Notre Dame Regional High School in Cape Girardeau will host "Nashville for a Cause: Storytellers Behind the Songs," to raise money for the Hoffman family to help with mounting medical bills.

Hoffman worked at Nordenia USA for 20 years, and his wife Dollie cares for him after he was forced to quit his job. Hoffman's daughter Amanda Hoffman Crombie said her father has good days and bad days, but his family is grateful for this concert in his honor.

"It means a lot to us knowing that people are going out of their way to help my family," Crombie said.

Aaron Barker

The five artists have written songs for country stars such as George Strait, Kenny Chesney and Toby Keith. Burrows said Barker wrote the hit songs "Baby Blue," "I Can Still Make Cheyenne" and "Easy Come Easy Go." Camille Wallin wrote the theme song for the Ronald McDonald House and her husband Chris Wallin wrote Chesney's "Don't Blink" and Keith's "Love Me If you Can."

Dean, who has written for Montgomery Gentry and Gary Allan, has the song "Something About a Sunday" on the radio. He was part of the Grammy-nominated band Trick Pony, which won American Music Awards and Country Music Awards.

Burrows also has worked with big names in country music such as Dierks Bently, Lonestar and songwriters Jeffrey Steele, Kim Tribble and David Lee Murphy.

Chris and Camille Wallin

"I really think it's a once-in-a-lifetime show for Cape Girardeau," she said. "If you're not there, you're going to miss a good time."

The show is a 6 p.m. Saturday.

Tickets cost $10 and can be purchased at the door.

There will also be a silent auction and all proceeds go to the Hoffman Family. Donations can be given and tickets can be purchased at

Ira Dean
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