4th Annual Tom Webb Benefit – April 9th

The fourth annual Tom B. Webb, IV Celebration of Life and Music will be held at the Watermelon Thump Pavilion in downtown Luling, TX on April 9, 2006. A stellar lineup of Texas Musicians will gather as well as fans from around the state and beyond for this unique event.

Cory Morrow and friends, including Wade Bowen, Seth James, Ryan Turner, Bleu Edmondson, Jessica Murray, Ryan Bales, Brandon Rhyder, Mike Eli, Bonnie Bishop, Matt Powell, Ashley Rose, Smokey Wilson and many others will be playing an acoustic concert with proceeds benefiting the Tom Webb Memorial Scholarship Fund.

Webb, an aspiring Texas musician, lost his life in an automobile accident in December of 2001 at the age of 16. Tom touched the life of many with his kind spirit and musical talents. He was a friend to all he met.

A scholarship fund was set up in Tom’s memory to raise money for classmates to pursue a higher course of education. Musicians, fans, friends and family have come together with members of the Luling community to raise over $70,000 through ticket sales, concessions, barbeque plate lunches, raffles and auction items over the past three years at the event. This has enabled the scholarship committee to present twenty-seven $2,000 scholarships to Luling High School graduates to date. The committee has also committed to a minimum of ten scholarships to graduating seniors this year. As long as Texas musicians continue to jam for Texas students, the youth of Luling will have assistance in pursuing their educational goals.

Admission: $10 with children under 12 free of charge.
All tickets will be sold at the door the day of the event.
Barbecue plates for $6, beer for $3 and sodas for $1.
Rain or shine, the concert will be held under the 14,000 square foot Watermelon Thump Pavilion.

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The following was written by Tom’s sister, Tori, printed in Mavrik Magazine and reprinted with Tori’s permission and encouragement. It is her recount of how one of Texas Music’s premier artist, touched her and her family’s life.

Cory Morrow. The man some choose to love and some just don’t understand. I, for one, have had the privilege to know Cory in a way that leaves no question in regards to my feelings toward him. He morphs in to whatever I need at any given time… sometimes it’s a comedian, sometimes a therapist, sometimes a brother, and even sometimes a designated driver… and I’m not kidding!

I have shared my stories of Cory with many friends and family and they seem to walk away from our conversations with a different feeling about him. For some it’s not a surprise and for others it has changed the way they look at him forever. And so as I share the personal details of how this amazing man came to be such an important part of my life and the lives of those closest to me, I hope you are able to see a glimpse of who Cory is… off stage, out of the spotlight, and at home in my heart.

On December 13, 2001 my life was changed dramatically with the death of my 16 year old brother, Tom. He was an avid music lover, accomplished athlete, guitar player, and friend to all he came in contact with. Along with the traditional Christian funeral, we planned a memorial service that catered to Tom’s style. The memorial service was held at the Luling High School gym during school hours so that the students that may not be able to attend the funeral could come pay their respects and mourn the loss of their peer. As students filled the high school gymnasium they were greeted with the music of Pat Green blaring through the speakers. On one end of the gym were tables set up with pictures of Tom with family and friends, flowers, his acoustic guitar, and his Reef “slappies” (yes, I ruined him by teaching him to call his flip flops “slappies”). Opposite of this set up was a podium where the preacher led us in several prayers and where friends and family came to speak about their loved one. In the midst of these events two songs that I chose were played. Those were Tears in Heaven by Eric Clapton and the song that has been adopted as Tom’s anthem, Always and Forever by Cory Morrow.

Several weeks passed after Tom’s death… slowly and painfully, but surely. The Cory Morrow Band was playing at a venue close to our hometown and my aunt, who has never been a fan of country music, decided to check out the show and see what it was about this Cory Morrow fellow that was so great and why he had earned so much of Tom’s respect. Aunt Wendy wasn’t at all prepared for what was to come. The show was amazing. But, the real life changing moment came when she walked on to Cory’s bus, per his request, and began to visit with him about Tom and the tragic events that led her to his show that evening. They visited for a while, I guess, and before Wendy left, Cory mentioned that he would really like to meet the rest of our family. And three days later he did.

On a cold Sunday evening just outside of the Luling city limits Cory walked in my father’s back door as if he had done it a million times. Both sets of parents and grandparents were there to greet him as well as my aunt, uncle, cousins, step sisters, brother, and myself. To be honest, I don’t really recall what we all talked about. It wasn’t really the conversations that struck me as abnormal… it was the look of compassion and kindness in the eyes of this so-called stranger. That evening we all fell in love with him and he undoubtedly fell in love with us… all of us … our whole functional, unconventional family. To hear Cory tell it, “They took me in as one of their own at a time when both of us needed family for support during difficult times in our lives.”

That night Cory mentioned that he wanted to be involved in something that would honor Tom. The idea of having a concert celebrating Tom’s life and using the proceeds to give away scholarships in Tom’s name was spun from that… and thus the Tom Brown Webb IV Celebration of Life and Music was born.

I am proud to say that our hard work and labor of love has been so successful. To date we have held three events and have raised over $70,000 and awarded 27 scholarships.

As promised, Cory has agreed to join his friends and fellow musicians for the 4th Annual Celebration of Life and Music in Luling on April 9th.

The death of my brother is what led me to the first introduction to Cory, but it is something very different that has enabled us to sustain our friendship thus far. Life has certainly been different since that day. As our friendship has grown we’ve been there for each other through the good times like Steamboat, birthday celebrations, late nights on the bus, and family functions… and some not so good times… like the deaths of our loved ones, dropping out of school, illnesses, and bad publicity. The low times suck, but the high times are oh so good! I mean, this guy can make the Whataburger drive thru line seem like a day at Disney World!

I don’t mean to immortalize Cory in this article… he’s not perfect, but none of us are. I just hope you finish reading this with a new-found respect for him. Cory plays the part of the high energy party boy quite well on stage, but it’s the sincere, warm hearted, eternal optimist card that he plays best, in my opinion.

– Tori Webb

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I'm a husband, father, traveler, a Light in the dark, lover of photography/film and I believe that good music can change your life.

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