Jason Isbell Joins 'Amanda Shires & Friends' Voter Registration Event

Cory Branan, Ruston Kelly, surprise guests on tap for Nashville fundraiser

Jason Isbell will join wife Amanda Shires for a Nashville benefit concert on May 23rd. Credit: Erika Goldring/Getty

Jason Isbell, Amanda Shires, Cory Branan, Ruston Kelly and special surprise guests will take the stage for "Raising Our Voices: An Evening to Benefit HeadCount," Tuesday, May 23rd at Nashville's 3rd & Lindsley. Billed as Amanda Shires and Friends, the concert event's proceeds will benefit HeadCount, a national non-partisan organization which uses the power of music to register voters and promote participation in democracy.

Billed as the first of an ongoing series of concerts designed to educate and empower, as well as engage, the evening is also being presented by Nashville United, a cadre of music-industry professionals whose mission is to promote "liberty, equality and justice through one of our state's most valuable resources: music."

Also appearing will be Freedom Rider Rip Patton and singer-songwriter Buddy Mondlock. Patton will recall his participation in such events as the historic Nashville sit-ins in the early Sixties at the height of the Civil Rights movement, while Mondlock, who has penned songs for Garth Brooks, Guy Clark and many others, will speak about his experiences having directly benefited from the Affordable Care Act.

"Voting is our most basic right. No matter where you live, every single vote counts," said Rep. Jim Cooper (D-TN) in a release. "Out of all the states and Washington, D.C., Tennessee ranked 50th in voter turnout in the 2014 election cycle. This is unacceptable, and I'm glad Nashville United is working to fix it."

Shires, who is currently on tour with John Prine, reunites with her husband Isbell on the road next month as he resumes current tour with his longtime band, the 400 Unit, on June 17th in Asheville, North Carolina. Isbell's new album The Nashville Sound is out June 16th.

Tickets for "Raising Our Voices" with Amanda Shires & Friends are on sale now.