BlacktopGYPSY Announce ‘Make Andie Kay OK’ Benefit for Lead Singer, Kay Joyner
Family, friends and fans are gathering this Sunday, November 6, beginning at 3 p.m., in Ben Wheeler to help Kay Joyner, lead singer for the popular Texas country outfit, blacktopGYPSY in her hour of need.
The event, dubbed “Make Andie Kay OK,” is open to the public, with proceeds going to benefit Wills Point’s Andie. The event is to offset Joyner’s astronomical medical expenses since the singer has not been able to ply her craft in many months.
Joyner suffers from a rare blood disorder called hemochromatosis, which led to a recent discovery of irreversible damage to her heart. Hemochromatosis is a genetic iron overload disease that causes the body to store too much iron. Over time, this excess iron caused damage to Joyner’s vital organs.
On September 6, she underwent an 18-hour procedure at UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas that included a heart and liver transplant. She has been hospitalized since early spring, first at Parkland before transferring to UT Southwestern. Her road to recovery is long, but she is progressing well.
Dozens of artists, including Max Stalling, Heather Stalling, Susan Gibson, Crystal Yates, Matt Hillyer, Nate Kipp, Kadie Lynn, Heather Little, Wesley Pruitt, Austin Layne, and many others perform at Moore’s Store and The Forge.
Live and silent auctions feature musical instruments and memorabilia, art, customer smoker, fire pit, limo rides, house concerts, retreats, and much more. Some of the artists that donated signed items include Kacey Musgraves, Ted Nugent and Wade Bowen.
Other fundraisers such as 50/50 cash drawing and merchandise for sale also take place throughout the day and a Pre-Party featuring multiple fundraisers and music by the Stratoblasters, Finding Shade, Porters Bluff, and more takes place Saturday, November 6.
Those unable to attend the Ben Wheeler concerts and auction are encouraged to visit the GoFundMe set up to help her recovery.