A Sunday birthday concert will focus on giving, more than on presents. 

The Randy Crouch Birthday Bash at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 2, at Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame will raise money for the Red Dirt Relief Fund, which helps musicians get through hard times. The concert will feature such acts as Red Dirt Rangers, Jacob Tovar, Harley Hamm and the Grease Monkees.

Red Dirt Relief Fund Executive Director Katie Dale said part of the proceeds will go to the fund. Another part will help Tahlequah musician Randy Crouch pay medical expenses resulting from recent neck surgery, Dale said.

"Randy Crouch is an Oklahoma treasure," Dale said. "He has long supported our cause and our mission to provide a safety net for critical assistance. So, when he required surgery earlier this year, we were honored to help."

Dale said the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame worked with Crouch to have the event around his birthday. Crouch offered to donate proceeds to the fund.

"We're doing this event because we love Randy, and he was generous enough to share the proceeds with his fellow musicians in need," Dale said.

Since 2012, the Red Dirt Relief Fund has granted more than $60,000 to help musicians, according to Dale.

According to the fund's website, the fund has helped musicians recover property lost to wildfires or tornadoes. Other efforts have helped musicians unable to work due to accidents or medical emergencies.

Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame Executive Director Jim Blair said Crouch continues to recover from his surgery and hopes to play at the concert.

With his scruffy Santa beard, Crouch gained a reputation as a pioneer in early Red Dirt music. He is known for the unorthodox way he plays fiddle.

According to his website, Crouch has been called the hillbilly Hendrix. He also has played with the Red Dirt Rangers. 

The Red Dirt Rangers, based in Lone Chimney, will be among the acts playing at the bash. Other acts include Jacob Tovar, Bill Morgan, Harley Hamm and the Grease Monkees.

Blair said Birthday Bash admission is free, but donations are encouraged. 

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