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Fowler's Mustache guitarist steadily improving

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This year's City Paper Music Awards show on Thurs. Nov. 8 has a philanthropic slant: Donations will be taken at the door for Fowler's Mustache guitarist Nick Collins.

Collins was severely injured in an August hit-and-run car accident and is currently in the hospital recovering from his injuries, which included a leg amputation. Fortunately, he's making steady progress. "He awoke from the coma on Sept. 17 — my birthday of all days — and has been making great strides every day since," Fowler's Mustache drummer John Tankersley says. "He's off the respirator, talking, eating whatever foods he wants, and his body is fully stable. On the flip side, he is still in a lot of pain, but hopefully after a few more surgeries the pain in his hip will subside."

In addition to other friends and family, Tankersley says most of the band visit Collins daily. He adds that Collins is in great spirits and appreciative of all the community support. Recently, Tankersley says the guys from Sol Driven Train brought Collins a mini-guitar made from a cigar box.

Tankersley is not sure how much money has been raised so far, but he estimates the number is easily over $100,000. And that number is sure to grow after the CPMA show, plus other upcoming events for Collins, including a Nov. 29 show at Theatre 99 featuring Fowler's Mustache and the Savage Tongues and a Dec. 1 show with those bands and Stop Light Observations. There will also be a golf tournament on Dec. 3 at Snee Farm Country Club (1200 Club Drive).

Doors for the free CPMA show at the Pour House open at 7 p.m. At 7:15 p.m., the guys from Fowler's Mustache will play out on the deck until the awards ceremony begins. Don't forget to bring some extra cash for NAC Wins, the organization set up to raise funds for Collins.

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