Smart Bets: Jimmy Landry’s 5th annual Big Birthday Bash at White Horse

In 2008, local singer-songwriter Jimmy Landry was diagnosed with congestive heart failure and given six months to live. That’s the bad news. The good news is that he’s beating the odds and commemorating each milestone — a tradition that began after that first frightening pronouncement. “When my birthday came along in October, I thought about what I might like to do to celebrate,” Landry recalls. “After all, it could be my last. That year, I celebrated with friends (and medical support) by having an oyster roast.” In ’09, he upped the ante, organizing a show with his musician friends. And now the birthday bash has become an annual staple. Of his longevity, Landry writes, “I have no explanation other than good medicine, good medical care and the Grace of God.” This year, he’ll celebrate that good fortune with local multi-instrumentalist Chris Rosser and Chattanooga artist Jennifer Daniels at the White Horse on Friday, Oct. 4. 8 p.m., $12. whitehorseblackmountain.com.

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