This morning with Kris and Scott, Jimmy Carter reported that Darius Rucker's annual Darius & Friends benefit concert was the CMA Music Festival's unofficial kickoff in Nashville.


Benefiting St. Jude Children's Hospital, yesterday's sold-out event added surprise guest Charles Kelley to the star-studded night of performers, including Clint Black, Eli Young Band, David Nail, Cassadee Pope, Kenny Rogers, Corey Smith and Thompson Square.

Today's Darius and Friends Celebrity Golf Tournament wraps the two-part benefit. Since its inception, the fundraiser has raised more than $225,000 for St. Jude.