The first time Brantley Gilbert visited St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, he was a new artist and a little rough around the edges. In 2019 he's a new father, and it's a little terrifying.

"It's almost like I'm scared of that thought," the "What Happens In a Small Town" singer tells Taste of Country. "Definitely, it's a different feeling."

Gilbert and his wife Amber welcomed Barrett in November 2017. For the most part he's blocked out thoughts of his son ever needing to stay at a place like this, but he's happy to have a world-renowned childhood cancer and life threatening disease hospital so close should he need it. It goes well beyond the medicine — it's the culture.

"It's not the down-and-out place you have in your mind. It's extremely hopeful," he says. "It just puts a lot of things in perspective, especially now, being a dad."

Gilbert was part of a large group of artists who visited St. Jude in January for Country Cares weekend. In 2019 the initiative celebrates 30 years, with more than $800 million raised and significant advances made in medicine, treatment and cure rates. More than 200 radio stations nationwide take part in radiothons and other events to support the hospital and kids who need it.

From Feb. 7-8, Taste of Country will assist more than a dozen country radio stations in raising money for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital with a webathon/radiothon. Nearly $7 million has been raised during the previous five joint efforts, with much more raised from other TSM stations later in the year. If you'd like to donate, check here for various options.

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