Helping Songwriters with Cancer

April 25, 2017


Country Music is all about the story, and last night songwriting royalty graced the stage at 3rd and Lindsley for a very good cause.

Country Music Hall of Fame member, Hank Cochran, who penned some of Country Music’s greatest hits (“I Fall To Pieces,” “Make The World Go Away,” “Ocean Front Property”), died of pancreatic cancer in 2010. In his honor, his family began the Hank Cochran Pen Fund to take some of the pressures off patients and their families and lessen the financial burdens during difficult times.

Heavy-hitter, Buddy Cannon (“Set ‘Em Up Joe,” “Give It Away”), flanked by Dean Miller, (son of Roger Miller) and Waylon Payne (son of Sammi Smith) shared songs and stories of how they came to life.

Headlining the evening was Dean Dillon, who has penned countless hits (“The Chair,” “Tennessee Whiskey”), many with Cochran. His slow, deliberate storytelling and sweet, smooth song delivery had the audience hanging on every word and note.

Dillon paid homage to fellow songwriters, engineers, and producers in the crowd, but especially to the man whom he holds in highest regard.

“Hank Cochran was my friend, my father, my mentor and my teacher,” said Dillon. “He is why I am here.”

You can watch a few clips from the show on the Hank Cochran Pen Fund Facebook page where they posted a few Facebook lives from the performance.

Click here to donate (note the donation section at is currently under construction).

Helping Songwriters with Cancer