Musician kicks off benefit concert to save for kidney transplant

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Updated: 6/24/2012 9:47 pm
Troy Wells sang to save his life, and his West Texas family came and showed plenty of support.

A nationally-known musician but West Texas-born, Wells is now in need of a kidney transplant. Renowned performer Kenny Maines of the Maines Brothers Band took part in his benefit concert.

“I have really admired his gift that he has with music, and just a great guy,” Maines said. “So this is a great event. We are hoping to raise a lot of money, not only for Troy, but I know he is wanting to help a lot of people too with the money he raises, and I think that is a good thing.”

Lifelong friend Eddie Ashburn said music has always been a part of Troy’s life.

Troy played the banjo, and he played the mandolin, and he could get after it,” Ashburn said. “One day I said, ‘Troy, why don't you put that on electric guitar? You can pick so fast,’ and he did. And he has played with the Dixie Chicks, he has played with everybody. And now we have come to the point where he needs some help. I am a good friend of his, and everybody else that has shown up has had some kind of attachment with him and has gotten here tonight to help him out, so we are really glad that everybody showed up to help him.”

Musician Gary Nix, who has worked with Wells for many years, thought back on his favorite memory.

“We were playing on the square in Levelland, and just out of the blue, unbeknownst to me, all of a sudden, when it came time for a lead break, there was a very familiar lead break behind me,” Nix said. “Troy just snuck up on stage and picked up a guitar and started playing. I did not even know he was in the crowd. I thought he was still in LA.”

Troy’s transplant will hopefully take place in the near future, but until then, he is keeping up spirits with his wonderful West Texas sound.

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