Published Apr 15, 2020Actor/bluegrass musician Ed Helms has announced plans for a weekly country music and comedy livestream event called "Whiskey Sour Happy Hour."
The events will take place on Wednesday nights starting next week and will run until May 13. The series will raise funds for Sweet Relief's COVID-19 Fund and will feature musical performances from a variety of guests and, as Helm promises, appearances from his "comedy buddies" for "the occasional goofy chitchat."
Helms will host the show, while Lee Ann Womack, Aubrie Sellers, Billy Strings and Madison Cunningham will appear in the premiere episode on April 22. Performances from Yola, Rodney Crowell, Robert Ellis, Chris Thile, Sarah Jarosz, Rhiannon Giddens and Francesco Turrisi, Aoife O'Donovan and Watkins Family Hour will follow in coming instalments.
"As soon as we realized the severity of the current crisis, Ed and I both knew we had to do something to support both our musical and medical community — and not just a one-time thing, but something that could promote more sustained giving through multiple shows," Bluegrass Situation co-founder Amy Reitnouer Jacobs said in a statement. "In a short amount of time, our BGS family of artists has come together in such a big way to make this happen. It makes us feel like even though we're all separated right now, we're closer than ever before."
Presented in part by Helms's Bluegrass Situation, episodes of "Whiskey Sour Happy Hour" will stream from their website, as well as on YouTube and Facebook and 8 p.m. ET on Wednesdays.
Watch Helms's announcement below.