By about 5:30 in the evening, the guest of honor at this fundraiser had let on that he wasn’t feeling well and wasn’t sure he could make it until the end of the night to perform his set. No one could blame him. A month ago, blues guitarist Rhett Tyler spent five days in the ICU suffering from complications related to Lyme disease. Although he was eventually released and sent home to recover, that recovery has been slow and several gigs had to be cancelled. And the lost income has only compounded the problem that paying his hospital bills presents.
The hospital bills were “astronomical,” according to his website manager, and like most musicians, Rhett doesn’t have insurance to cover all the expenses. There are some options for musicians to get insurance, but none of them could be classified as affordable. Like anyone else in a time of crisis, Rhett turned to his friends for help, including Roxy Perry. Roxy did what Roxy always does: she rose to the occasion and rallied the blues community around a cause.