It’s been about 16 years since Dr. Samuel L. “Buddy” Brayfield started practicing medicine at the lake. Back then, what caught the attention of most was his rock-n-roll roots as one of the original band members of the Ozark Mountain Daredevils.


It’s been about 16 years since Dr. Samuel L. “Buddy” Brayfield started practicing medicine at the lake. Back then, what caught the attention of most was his rock-n-roll roots as one of the original band members of the Ozark Mountain Daredevils.
Despite the demands of practicing medicine, music has always been one of Brayfield’s passions. The other is children. While he has continued to play now and then over the years, much of his time has been devoted to helping children who have been abused and/or neglected.
This weekend, Brayfield will bring his passions for helping children and  great music together at a fundraiser for Kids’ Harbor, an agency that he has worked for tirelessly over the years.
Brayfield and Keyed Up, a group of musicians that he describes as awesome and incredibly talented, will present a benefit performance Saturday night to raise funds for Kids’ Harbor.
With help from the Lake Area Blues Society that is sponsoring the event, they are hoping to raise some additional funds to help provide services.
Children come to Kids’ Harbor battered, confused, sometimes beaten. More often than not, the damage has been at the hands of those they know and love.
Putting kids’ lives back in order and restoring some sense of normalcy is what Kids’ Harbor is all about. Working with Kids’ Harbor and the children who come through the doors has  been a mission of sorts for Brayfield.
“Truly it is very interesting, challenging, not always a lot of enjoyment, but when someone is helped by what my team and I do, it is extremely satisfying,” he said. 
Now he’s enlisted the help of other lake area musicians to lend a hand. While Brayfield and Keyed Up will be the featured band, other well-known lake area musicians won’t be able to resist getting into the act for a good cause. There should be a couple of great jam sessions throughout the evening.
Keyed Up is a relatively new band, but none of the musicians are new to the lake’s entertainment venues. Keyed Up features Brayfield on keyboards and vocals:  Tim Bascom, bass: Steven “Chili” Chilson, guitar, vocals: Brenda Kaiser, vocals, keyboards; Don Van Meter, drums, vocals.
“When the opportunity presented itself to be able to play with Tim, Chili, Brenda and Don, it was really exciting,” Brayfield said. “I have jammed with them in the past and have always wanted very much to perform with them. They are great musicians and vocalists.
“We’ll be doing some classic rock, some blues, a few OMD tunes. Brenda does some killer rock and soul ballads that I love. Overall, we try to do crowd pleaser music, so we are quite versatile.”
Contact this reporter at joycem@lakesunleader.com