The past month has left Alabama and surrounding states in critical condition due to tornado and storm damage. And, as aptly demonstrated last spring when floods devastated Tennessee--the country music community is fast and generous when it comes to arranging aid.
Country legend Hank Williams Jr. has announced he is spearheading an all-star concert May 12 to help those affected by the recent natural disasters. The lineup will feature Keith Urban, Alan Jackson, Tim McGraw, Lady Antebellum, Ronnie Dunn, Sara Evans, Alabama and more; with all money raised benefiting American Red Cross disaster relief efforts. Additionally, ESPN's star sportscaster Erin Andrews has just been confirmed as a co-host of the event.
Andrews has personal interest in the Southern disasters, having grown up in Florida and built her career in Tampa and Atlanta. "I have been fortunate to spend a great amount of time in this area and have always appreciated the warmth, hospitality and spirit of this wonderful community," she told us. "I didn't hesitate for a moment when asked to pitch in, and I hope everyone will follow and support however they can."
The show will be held in Nashville on May 12 at 8 p.m. CT, and will be broadcast live by CMT, to which Williams reached out personally for help in addressing the disaster. The network expressed concern that global news events of the past week have overshadowed media coverage of our massive homeland devastation.
Williams agrees fully with this. "The media, in general, have decided to cover and exploit the Royal Wedding instead of showing the devastation the people of Alabama are going through," he wrote on his official site earlier this week. "What a dumb choice!"
Other country artists are making heroic efforts to help, as well. Taylor Swift announced Friday that she will be selling tickets to the last dress rehearsal for her Speak Now tour on May 21, with proceeds going to relief efforts. And Reba McEntire and Blake Shelton, who announced their plans for an Oklahoma tornado relief concert last week, have added a second date as the first show sold out in a mere two hours.
If you are unable to attend any of these charitable shows and would like to help right now, please text "REDCROSS" to 90999 to make a $10 donation to support the American Red Cross Disaster Relief efforts.
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