And now for something completely different...

Shifting radically from last week's in-depth coverage of 100 Greatest Teen Stars (epilogue TK), let me bring down the mood a little, and also grovel.

Kirk Rundstrom, guitarist and singer for speed-bluegrass band Split Lip Rayfield (the first band ever mentioned on Tinsel and Rot), was recently diagnosed with esophageal cancer. And while it always sucks to get cancer, it sucks even more when you are a working musician with no health insurance.

So, while I'm reasonably confident that the readers of Tinsel and Rot don't have a lot of disposable income (and even fewer have ever heard a Split Lip Rayfield song), if you can spare anything, please consider sending a donation, a kind word, or, ideally, both to Kirk. I don't know him off the stage and have never spoken a word to him, but I like his band, and no one--good band or otherwise--should have to go through a cancer diagnosis without a lot of support.

Send a check, money order, words of encouragement to:

Kirk Rundstrom
314 N. Volutsia Ave.
Wichita, KS. 67214

You can also send donations via PayPal.

More information is available at http://www.splitliprayfield.com

And if you need extra incentive, I'll send you a Split Lip Rayfield CD free of charge. Just let me know.


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