April 22nd, 2010
04:02 AM ET

Authors turned rockers raise money for Haiti

By day, they write. By night, they rock.

The Rock Bottom Remainders, a group of best-selling authors who began making music together in the early 1990s, are in the middle of their 2010 Wordstock Tour.

The all-author rock group features Dave Barry on lead guitar, Mitch Albom on keyboards, Scott Turow on vocals, Greg Iles on lead guitar, Kathi Kamen Goldmark on vocals, James McBride on saxophone, Ridley Pearson on bass, and Roy Blount Jr. as a self-proclaimed crowd-pleaser.

Between them, they've sold more than 150 million books. Now they're hoping their music will be equally successful. The four-city gig - Washington, Philadelphia, New York City and Boston - is intended to raise money for earthquake relief in Haiti and local non-profit groups.

"This concert is a rare chance to see a band that has been hailed by critics as 'not as bad as you would expect,'" Barry said in a news release.

"Rock Bottom Remainders are excited by the response to this tour from our fans. There are only three of them, but they've been very responsive," said Barry, a Pulitzer Prize-winning author and humor columnist. "But seriously, we're thrilled to be able to raise money for some great organizations."

The band of scribes has raised $2 million for charities since its inception 18 years ago.

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