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Bluegrass singer Bradley Walker of Athens will perform on the Jerry Lewis telethon on Labor Day weekend.
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Bluegrass singer Bradley Walker of Athens will perform on the Jerry Lewis telethon on Labor Day weekend.

Athens singer back for 5th time on Jerry Lewis telethon in Vegas

By Danielle Komis Palmer · 340-2447

Athens bluegrass singer Bradley Walker will perform for the fifth time at the 42nd Jerry Lewis MDA Telethon on Labor Day weekend, Sept. 2-3. Walker, who has muscular dystrophy, released “Highway of Dreams” last year for his debut album.

For the telethon, he will perform a song off the album called “A Little Change.”

The telethon, which takes place in Las Vegas this year, is always a lot of fun and a great way to support a worthy cause, he said. Plus, there’s another benefit.

“You can’t beat getting national TV exposure,” he said. “I’ll take as much of that as I can get.”

Walker’s first time at the telethon was in 1989 when he was 11 and performed with the Oak Ridge Boys.

The location in Las Vegas didn’t offer much for a young boy, but now at age 29, he’s looking forward to enjoying the city a little bit more, he said.

Walker’s album, a blend of traditional country and pure bluegrass, features guest support from stars like Vince Gill and Rhonda Vincent. Walker has performed numerous times at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville and frequently performs at outdoor music festivals.

The telethon will begin at 8 p.m. Sept. 2 and run for 211/2 hours. The telethon can be seen on WHNT, Channel 19.

Check Walker’s Web site at a couple of days before the telethon begins to find out what time you can catch him on the show.

The Muscular Dystrophy Association, a voluntary health agency that works to defeat more than 40 neuromuscular diseases, maintains a clinic for area adults and children affected by neuromuscular diseases at Huntsville Hospital. The association’s programs are funded almost entirely by individual private contributors.

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