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    Last night’s Livingston Town Proper: A Concert to Benefit the Fighters of the Pine Creek Fire, raised more than $100,000 to help firefighters who battled this past summer’s devastating Pine Creek Fire. The fire destroyed more than 8500 acres of forest and farmland in and around the town of Livingston, outside of Bozeman, Montana.

    The benefit was also John’s first time singing in concert since April 1, 2011. (In March 2012, the return of a throat granuloma forced him to cancel his first tour in two years and take an indefinite hiatus).

    Joining JM onstage was Zac Brown and Clay Cook of  Zac Brown Band. Special guests rounding out the evening included David Ryan Harris, Sean Hurley, Aaron Sterling, Ben Bullington and Lil Jane & The Pistol Whips. John performed three songs–”Speak for Me,” “Whiskey, Whiskey, Whiskey” and “If I Ever Get Around To Living”–from his latest album, Born and Raised, and “Who Says” from 2009′s Battle Studies.

    It took hundreds of local firefighters weeks to contain and extinguish the fast-moving Pine Creek blaze, which began on Aug. 29. The tight-knit local community banded together to help the local fire and rescue companies keep the fire from spreading to houses and schools. Only five homes were lost.

    In John’s words, “Without the tireless effort and dedication of the firefighters of the Pine Creek Fire, many more homes and memories would have been destroyed, mine among them, I wasn’t in town when the fire broke out and I’ve always wished I could do my part to help, the way so many in the community did. Putting on a concert to raise some money for the departments is the least I can do for a town and a community that has welcomed me with open arms.”