Richmond, KY (PRWEB) April 26, 2013
Ash Wednesday will be hosting a special event on May 4th to raise money to build a memorial dedicated to Jim Varney. This event will be held at The Paddy Wagon Irish Pub in Richmond, KY, a short distance from where the famous actor was born and raised. Lead singer Zach Barnett explains why: "A few years ago, we were watching movies on the way to the South by Southwest Festival in Austin, TX, and we started talking about Jim. The Ernest movies were a guilty pleasure, and Daylan and I began trading stories." Drummer Daylan Kinser continues: "As a child, I rented a video of bloopers from Ernest P. Worrell commercials and I was instantly hooked on his physical brand of comedy and elastic facial expressions. It wasn't until years later that I found out he grew up thirty miles from me. My high school English teacher went to college with Jim and told us stories of attending class with him. Out of the blue, he would show up to class in drag or appear at the classroom window. He would frantically beat on the window as if he were being chased, then slide through and sit down as if nothing had happened."
Jim, who passed away after a battle with cancer, was a musician as well as a famous actor appearing in such films as Ernest Goes to Camp, the Toy Story franchise, and The Beverly Hillbillies. The fact that he was a musician was something the band only recently discovered. "I was watching youtube clips one day, and when I searched for Jim Varney, I found several videos of Jim performing songs he had written," said Zach. "I was surprised at how good of a musician he was." After informing the rest of the band, they began to research Jim's life. After his death, he was brought home to Lexington, KY to be buried. Having no children, there was no one to erect a memorial. That is something Ash Wednesday hopes to change. "When we found out, we immediately began organizing a benefit," says Daylan. "Jim deserves a tribute to his contribution to the arts." The Mayor of Lexington will be issuing a proclamation to coincide with the event.
The benefit will take place May 4th at The Paddy Wagon Irish Pub in Richmond, KY. This is an all-day event, and there will be performances, a viewing party, as well as prizes and giveaways. All proceeds will benefit the Jim Varney Memorial Fund. Ash Wednesday will be hosting the event. Please visit Ash Wednesday's website at http://www.ashwednesdaymusic.com for more information, images, and music.
For additional information or to schedule an interview, please contact:
Daylan Kinser at (859) 771-8531 or publicity(at)ashwednesdaymusic(dot)com to set up a time that is convenient.