Jonny Fritz raised money for a new hip; Middle Brother playing Newport Folk Fest
5 years ago I ran a marathon in California. I got hurt a couple weeks before the race but I'm an idiot and I ran it anyway. What I would later find out is that I was suffereing from a series of micrscopic fractures in my left femur. The bone would envtually die and eat away at the cartilage in my hip.
Fast forward 4 years and I'm limping and hobbling around looking for help. I can't sleep well, walk straight or drive much. I tried everything from acupunture to steroids but to no avail (well, the steroids were great but only for a few days). An X-Ray showed that I had about a %40 loss of cartilage in my hip but no surgeon would touch me. They all agreed that I needed a hip but the risk of performing such a surgery on a youngster like myself was too much a liability and they were willing to risk it. So they told me to come back when I was older.
...I have a record coming out this year and I want to tour it like crazy and I want to shake my ass across the country without having to choke down twenty Ibuprofen. I don't know what to say or how to deal with this.
Since launching it, Jonny passed his goal of $10,000 in two days. Congrats, Jonny!
He posted a thank you video, which you can watch below.
In related news, Deer Tick/Dawes/Delta Spirit spinoff Middle Brother were added to Newport Folk Fest to celebrate the fifth anniversary of their debut album. They play Sunday, though all three days are sold out. Middle Brother, as you may remember is the collaboration between the front-men of Deer Tick, Dawes and Delta Spirit with contributions by Jonny.