By GINA KINSLOW
Glasgow Daily Times
A benefit for a Glasgow woman who was injured in a vehicle crash in late September will be conducted Tuesday night at the Plaza Theatre.
Cindy Bushway Tracy suffered a traumatic brain injury in the crash at the intersection of Happy Valley Road and Veterans Outer Loop, which claimed the life of Glenn Alan Kingrey of Glasgow.
“She spent 70-plus days in Louisville,” said Jeff Boggs, her brother-in-law.
Tracy returned home Dec. 17.
“She’s come a long way,” Boggs said. “She’s made great strides and is really impressing everyone with how she has improved.”
The brain injury affects Tracy’s memory. She is unable to recall things that have happened between October and December.
“She can remember her childhood and that sort of thing,” Boggs said.
Tracy worked as a teacher’s aide at E.B. Terry Elementary School when Erik Martin, the son of Kentucky HeadHunters guitarist Greg Martin, was a student there.
Greg Martin performs a regular blues concert at the Plaza and has agreed to donate proceeds from his Tuesday night show at the Plaza to Tracy, even though he doesn’t do benefit concerts all that often.
“I was approached by Cindy’s brother-in-law, Jeff Boggs, about a potential fundraiser for Cindy a few weeks ago. Thanks to Jennifer Moonsong and the Plaza we were able to take one of my blues nights and turn it into a benefit,” Martin said. “Cindy was my son Erik’s helper in the third grade at E.B. Terry, so there is a special connection. Erik loves Cindy, as we all do. It just felt right.”
All proceeds will go to Tracy to help cover medical expenses.
In addition, there will be a silent auction and concessions will be available. Any and all donations will also be accepted.
Tickets are $10. Concert begins at 7 p.m.
Martin credits Boggs and Dean Smith, a friend of Boggs who performs with Taildragger and Rufus Huff, for talking to him about the benefit, and Moonsong for working with them to make the event happen.
“Normally, it’s hard doing benefits, between my HeadHunters’ schedule and the number of benefit requests, we’re not able to do many. In this case, with Erik’s connection, I knew it was the right thing to do,” Martin said.
“With the HeadHunters starting back touring in March, plus working on another CD, this was the perfect time for me to do the benefit.”
Tuesday night’s concert will feature the Greg Martin Group with Thane Shearon of Nashville as lead vocalist. Shearon has performed with Dixie Tabernacle and Cold Truth, as well as with Ed King and Artimus Pyle of Lynyrd Skynyrd. Smith will play bass and Steve Holmes from Lamont Gillispie and 100 Proof Blues, the Stray Cat Blues Band and the Buster Brown Band, will join on the drums.
Boggs will play with the band Axiom, a gospel blues group from Tracy’s church, Crossland Community Church.
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