Nashville’s rising stars raise awareness for breast cancer

Girls and Guitars concert features country music’s Lauren Alaina and Abby Anderson Oct. 8 at the Fox Theater


VISALIA – About one in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime. The good news is that the survival rate is about 95% if the cancer is detected early. In order to help women catch cancer early, regardless of their ability to pay for a mammogram, Ed Dena’s Auto Center and KJUG Country will present the 5th Annual Girls and Guitars Tuesday, Oct. 8 at the Visalia Fox Theatre.

Admission is free with a suggested donation at the door in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Lost Girls Mammogram Fund, which provides vouchers for those who cannot afford mammograms to get the annual test at the Kaweah Delta Breast Imaging Center, 4949 W. Cypress Ave. in Visalia.

This year’s fundraising concert features two of Nashville’s rising female stars Lauren Alaina and Abby Anderson. Georgia native Alaina captured America’s hearts when she competed on Season 10 of American Idol. In 2017, Lauren followed up her No. 1 debuting first album, Wildflower, with the release of the critically-acclaimed Road Less Traveled. The album landed on multiple end-of-year “Best Of” lists including Billboard, Rolling Stone and Amazon, and it became the top-streamed female country album release of the year. Praised as “full of life lessons and uplift” (People), the collection of 12 songs all written by the young star includes Lauren’s first No. 1 hit, title track “Road Less Traveled.”

Alaina has shared the stage with superstars including Alan Jackson, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan and Martina McBride.

Last year, Lauren earned American Country Music’s New Female Vocalist of the Year and was also nominated for Vocal Event of the Year for “What Ifs,” the double-platinum-selling No. 1 collaboration with her childhood friend, Kane Brown. Lauren was also recently named one of Country Music Television’s Next Women of Country and she received her first CMT Music Award for Breakthrough Video of the Year with her No. 1 smash “Road Less Traveled,” This year she received her second CMT Music Award for Collaborative Video of the Year, with Kane Brown.  In addition to performing on the 51st Annual CMA Awards, 2017 saw Lauren earning nominations for CMA New Artist of the Year, several Teen Choice Awards and Radio Disney Music Awards.

Since the release of her debut EP “I’m Good”, Abby Anderson has earned over 25 million streams and  caught the attention of fans and critics alike. Nashville radio personality Bobby Bones named her among his “Class of 2019,” Music Row called her one of its “Next Big Thing for 2019” and Sounds Like Nashville listed her among the “19 New Country Artists to Watch in 2019.”

Teaming up with fellow country newcomer Jimmie Allen, Anderson covered the Grammy and Oscar Award winning song, “Shallow” from the Oscar-nominated film A Star is Born. Anderson made her Grand Ole Opry debut last year when she received a rare standing ovation following the performance of her first song, “Make Him Wait.” Since her debut, Anderson has had the privilege to open for some of Country’s brightest stars including Kelsea Ballerini, Bobby Bones, Billy Currington, Devin Dawson, Russell Dickerson, Brett Eldredge, Walker Hayes, Chase Rice, and more.

Rounding out this year’s event is male vocalist Teddy Robb. A former college football player and snowboarding junkie, Robb traded his Ohio home for Nashville after hearing George Strait’s self-reflecting ballad “Troubadour”.

Doors for Girls and Guitars opens at 6 p.m. with show time at 7 p.m. For tickets, go to or stop by the Box Office at 300 Main Street in Visalia.

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