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Lee Brice may not have been there, but it was a "Parking Lot Party" nonetheless when Joe Diffie, Chris Janson, American Young, Jonathan Singleton and newcomers The Mann Sisters and Downday took the stage at this year's Buds ’n’ Suds concert.
We spoke with several of the acts prior to their performances, and while they were all excited to sing for the packed parking lot, they were also mindful of the reason they were there. American Young's Kristy O told us, "A person I work with on a daily basis has [inflammatory bowel disease] and it can be challenging. It can be awkward and it's really sad to watch someone have to go through that. It's very personal, so it's exciting that we're here doing this."
For Joe and Chris, it was just a matter of helping out where they can. "These are my friends that are putting it on and it's not a trade-off or a favor or anything," said Chris. "I do believe in the organization and I believe in what they're doing it for and I'm proud to be a part of it."
"Anything to help out with whatever cause," added Joe.
In its 16th year, Buds ’n’ Suds annually raises money for the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America. Previous performers at the event include Lee Brice, along with Randy Houser, Jerrod Niemann, Montgomery Gentry, Jamey Johnson, Love and Theft, Darryl Worley, Colt Ford and Keith Anderson.