The name alone is so good, it’s worth coughing up a few bucks.

Roots rocker Webb Wilder  ( is gathering a group of his “musical mates” — including Steve Forbert and Pam Tillis — for a Feb. 16 show at Nashville’s Mercy Lounge to benefit Haiti’s earthquake victims.

He’s calling it “Hillbillies for Haiti.”

A donation of $10 is requested at the door and proceeds go to CARE. Contributions can also be made online (

But what’s up with the name?

“I called it ‘Hillbillies For Haiti’ because everybody outside of Nashville thinks we’re all hillbillies anyway, even though this is one of THE musical centers of the universe,” Wilder says. “After all, didn’t Rock and Roll, Country, Jazz and the Blues all originate in the American South?”

The music community has really stepped forward in response to the disaster — from the national telethon to Wilco ( swapping downloads for donations.

But Wilder’s is the one with a name that sings.

“I though if we put the H4H ‘brand’ on it,” he says, “at least folks would know where it came from: Nashville, ‘Hillbilly Heaven.’ “


Alan Gordon

Alan Gordon is a veteran journalist.