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CIMA BENEFIT Concert Thursday Dec 13th 2018 at 7:30pm

A Benefit Concert 
Compañeros Inmigrantes
 de las Montañas en Acción

An All-Star Lineup of 
Many of America's
Finest Americana Artists

(w/Jaimee Harris)


$22 in advance
$25 at the door

Funds from the concert will benefit CIMA, an organization that has been connecting, strengthening, and organizing communities to take action for immigrant rights in Western North Carolina.​ The proceeds will help CIMA continue its programming to further protect immigrant communities from hostile attacks by ICE and other anti-immigrant policies and systemic and interpersonal oppression. 

“This work has been going on for 16 years,” says Bruno Y. Hinojosa Ruiz, CIMA’s Co-Director. “CIMA has brought people together to empower and learn more on how to resist against systems that oppress community members, but this work is more pressing than ever before because of the current political climate. By coming out and supporting this concert, it’s one step to further our mission.” 

The idea of the benefit came from Western North Carolina native and talented songwriter, ​Malcolm Holcombe​​, who was inspired to do something for CIMA after he re-read the quote from the plaque at the Statue of Liberty,
 ​“Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free….”​ 

He then rallied some friends and fellow songwriters to get involved help create a wonderful night of music to benefit immigrants who are in need. Organizations like CIMA also hit close to home for headliner ​Mary Gauthier​​ who says, “I just feel strongly that we need to join hands right now and not be divided. Underneath so much of the problems in the world is trauma; it’s the central issue humanity is dealing with.”

About CIMA

The Compañeros Inmigrantes de las Montañas en Acción (CIMA) 
connects, strengthens and organizes communities
 to take action for immigrants’ rights 
in Western North Carolina.

CIMA strives for inclusive communities 
with justice, freedom, and equality for all.

To Learn More about the important work of CIMA

CIMA Values
  • CIMA believes grassroots communities have the wisdom and experience to direct their future
  • CIMA believes that the coalition is best guided by full participation of its members
  • CIMA believes that all people should be treated with respect and dignity
  • CIMA believes in equal opportunities, equal rights and in fair and just laws
  • CIMA believes in the strength of diversity and multi-lingual spaces
CIMA Objectives
  • Stop anti-immigrant laws and policies, including state-wide hate bills and police-ICE collaboration.
  • Obtain equal access to drivers’ licenses in North Carolina.
  • Stop workplace abuse and mobilize for workplace justice.

About The Performers


The Associated Press named Mary Gauthier as one of the best songwriters of her generation. 

Her songs have been recorded by dozens of artists, including Jimmy Buffett, Blake Shelton, Tim McGraw, Bettye Lavette Mike Farris, Amy Helm and Candi Staton, and have appeared extensively in Film and Television, most recently on Yellowstone, ABC’s Nashville, HBO’s Banshee, and Masterpiece Theater’s Case Histories. 

Her second album, Filth and Fire was named Best Independent CD of the year by the New York Times. She was signed to Universal Lost Highway, and her following 3 records were listed in both the LA Times and NY Times top three releases of the year. Her record Mercy Now was named in the top 5 records of the decade by No Depression magazine. She was awarded New Artist of the year by The Americana Music Association in 2005. Mary has released 9 studio albums.


Greg Brown is an accomplished songwriter, co-founder of the influential indie roots label Red House and former musical director for Garrison Keillor’s A Prairie Home Companion radio program.

The founder of exemplary indie folk label Red House Records (with more than 200 titles to date), he's also been a tireless champion for numerous humanitarian causes. 

At the personal request of Jeff Bridges, Brown also contributed two songs (including "Brand New Angel") which were recorded by Bridges for his Oscar-winning role as rugged, faded country star 'Bad Blake' in the Oscar-nominated "Crazy Heart."


"I can't believe I'd never heard of Malcolm Holcombe before now. But it seems somewhat fitting: The gravel-voiced, backwoods denizen is by all accounts unassuming and humble, keeping to himself in the hills of Appalachia, producing his own music, and quietly going about the business of writing and singing some of the most striking, insightful songs about America's least-seen people.

Aside from a brief and tumultuous stint in Nashville, Holcombe, who plays in Missoula at this year's River City Roots Festival, has spent his whole life in North Carolina. The writer Alan Kaufman compares Holcombe to William Faulkner, calling him a "singular sort of solitary genius that ... is yet the voice of an entire region—the South." But while I agree that he's a genius, I think that to cast the net so broad as to encompass all of the South is to miss the true nuance of Holcombe's music.

These are songs about working-class America and the distinct sorrows and triumphs therein. Holcombe gives voice to this population through the ages, from the era before labor reform ("fifty cents a bloody day/ no child labor laws/ most them lil babies died/ disease and alcohol," from "Good Ol' Days," an ironically chipper tune) to today, when, despite all of our advances, the problems we face are just as sinister ("big money fills my pockets with words/ puppets poison my mind" from "Crippled Point O' View")."
--Melissa Mylchreest
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RB Morris is a poet and songwriter, solo performer and band leader, and a sometimes playwright and actor from Knoxville, Tennessee. He has published books of poetry including Early Fires (Iris Press),Keeping The Bees Employed, and The Mockingbird Poems (Rich Mountain Bound), and music albums including Spies Lies and Burning Eyes, and his most recent solo project Rich Mountain Bound.

 He wrote and acted in The Man Who Lives Here Is Looney, a one-man play taken from the life and work of James Agee, and was instrumental in founding a park dedicated to Agee in Knoxville. Morris served as the Jack E. Reese Writer-in-Residence at The University of Tennessee from 2004-2008, and was inducted into the East Tennessee Writers Hall of Fame in 2009. He currently lives in Knoxville with his wife and daughter.

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