FLORENCE – Shoals natives and critically-acclaimed songwriters/performers Jason Isbell, Patterson Hood and Mike Cooley are pooling their exceptional talents for a one-night-only concert to benefit their lifelong friend Terry Pace. The trio will headline a fundraiser on Sunday, June 15, at 7 p.m. at the Shoals Theatre. This will be the first time they have played on stage together in several years.
Pace suffered two debilitating strokes in March which required several weeks of hospitalization in Birmingham. He was recently released from the hospital and is recovering at his home in Sheffield. Rehabilitation will be a long, expensive process and the medical costs continue to mount.
Prior to his illness, Pace was the director of UNA’s Office of Communications and Marketing. For the past eight years, he taught freshman composition and sophomore literature in the UNA Department of English. He also led classes on film appreciation and the history of Muscle Shoals music.
The June benefit is the brainchild of Jayne Jackson, event coordinator at UNA. “I knew the community would want to do something to help Terry. There is so much love for him here. The simple fact that these three prominent artists are coming off the road during heavy touring to do this show on a night off sends a significant message of love and respect. Terry has helped a lot of people through the years and now people want to give back to him.”
For the past 30 years Pace has been a central figure in local music and theatrical circles. He is an actor, director, producer, lecturer and music historian who has been active in supporting and writing about the Muscle Shoals music scene.
Tickets for the event go on sale Thursday and will be $75 (VIP) and $30 (general admission). The VIP tickets include a meet and greet with Isbell, Hood and Cooley after the show. Tickets are available at Pegasus Records in Florence or at
For information call 256-765-1700.