Musicians at the Kettle 2015

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Cory Morrow, James Soto Band and Dave Fenley at Barton Creek Mall

Cory Morrow helped The Salvation Army kick off the Rock the Red Kettle campaign this 2015 Christmas season. Not only did he headline our Rock the Red Kettle ATX concert, but Cory visited We Are Austin, wrote an article in The Austin American-Statesman, and recorded video clips for YouTube asking local musicians to rock the red kettles. We had an incredible response from the musical community here in Austin.

We Are Austin studios - Cory Morrow, Drew Womack, Jamille Ruebsahm and

We Are Austin studios – Cory Morrow, Drew Womack, Jamille Ruebsahm and Taylor Ellison

We know you’ve seen our red kettles but there was a twist this holiday season. Local musicians volunteered their time to share their musical talents at our red kettles located at The Domain, Barton Creek Mall and Lakeline mall. The music brought a festive atmosphere to mall shoppers.

Singer/songwriters Walt and Tina Wilkins who played with Cory Morrow at our Rock the Red Kettle ATX concert on November 22nd, rocked the red kettle at Lakeline mall twice.

The Domain kettle had some great performances also. McCallum High School orchestra played Christmas carols and Curtis Grimes played some original country tunes. Tony our friendly bell ringer joined Ed Kilman, a world traveling musician, for a song. The Hyde Park 6th grade girls sang joyfully as their teacher played the guitar.

Rick Hornyak

Rick Hornyak

Barton Creek Mall had some amazing performances as well. These Fine Moments showed their support by wearing a Salvation Army bell ringer apron during their performance. Country artist Adam Hood was in town from Alabama and took the opportunity to rock our kettle. Folks from Independent Insurance Agents of Texas stopped by to drop off Angel Tree donations and were happily surprised to see Adam Hood and took a photo with their favorite musician.

The Lost Vaqueros played Christmas songs to set the mood while Rick Hornyak and Carter Beckworth sang some original songs giving a Texas flair.

Adam Hood and fans

Adam Hood and fans

Snapdragon Santas, David Stewart, Jarrod Johnson, Drew Fish John Baumann, Matt Parish with Market Junction, Dave Fenley, James Soto Band, Fletch Wiley, General B. Smith, Baily Middle School Woodwind Quartet, Jomo & The Possum Posse, Ring 4 Him, Horseshoes and Hand Grenades and so many more signed up as well. Kristina Krause and Rick Hornyak played multiple times. Kristina Krause gave free CDs to those who made a donation to our kettle in any amount.

Our hearts are filled with joy to have so many local musicians come out and show their support of The Salvation Army Austin this past Christmas season. We’d like to thank all the musicians for volunteering their musical talents to help those in need in our community!

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