Famed Shoals musician and songwriter Scott Boyer is accustomed to attention he gets from his stage performances.
He is not, however, accustomed to the attention he has gotten because of recent health problems.
Boyer has been hospitalized at Eliza Coffee Memorial Hospital in Florence after bypass surgery to correct reoccurring circulation problems.
A benefit concert to help cover Boyer’s hospital bills will begin at 8 tonight at the Marriott Shoals Conference Center as part of Muscle Shoals To Music Row Live!
As of press time, scheduled performers include The Decoys, The Fiddleworms, Donnie Fritts, Travis Wammack, James and Dylan Leblanc, Angela Hacker, Spooner Oldham, Scott Boyer III, Donna Jean Godchaux Mckay, Gary Nichols, Tonya Holly and Will McFarlane, along with other surprise guests.
On Monday, Boyer’s son, Scott Boyer Jr., said his dad was still in recovery after surgery and recuperation probably will take “another week or so.”
“Things just kept declining with Scott’s health, so we talked to Muscle Shoals Music Association and some other people and decided to put this on for him,” said Halley Phillips at Big River Broadcasting, sponsors of “Muscle Shoals to Music Row Live!”
“We put this show on once a month, and we thought it would be good to do this in its place to raise money for his medical expenses.”
Phillips said a link on the website, ms2mr.com, has been established to accept donations for Boyer. The show also will be livestreamed on the website.
Typically, the concerts involve bringing in outside acts for broadcast on its website and KIX 96 FM.
“Instead of doing that, we decided to pull together with local musicians to help out this cause with him,” Phillips said. “We care a lot about Scott and so does the whole area.”
The music community taking care of each other and being a tight knit group has always been a defining aspect of the Shoals, Boyer Jr. said.
“It’s really great to know that the community is able to pull together like this to help support my father,” Boyer said. “It means a lot to our family.”
Phillips echoed that sentiment, praising the willingness of people to work toward helping one of their own.
“We like to be as integrated as possible with the community,” Phillips said. “But he’s also our friend, and he’s a friend to so many especially in the music community out here.
“I know he’s racking up a big expense for his family, and it doesn’t look like he’s going to be coming out anytime soon. So we just want to encourage people to come out to the show.”
Bobby Bozeman can be reached at 256-740-5722 or bobby.bozeman@ TimesDaily.com.