George Strait leads all-star country line-up for tonight’s disaster relief concert
SAN ANTONIO – Tonight News 4 and Fox San Antonio will air a nationwide concert telethon to raise money for people impacted by Hurricane Harvey, all organized by San Antonio’s own George Strait.
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"It's hard to picture in my mind,” country legend Strait said hours before the show. “I've just seen pictures and I know pictures really don't tell the whole story."
Like so many Texans, he watched in disbelief as the hurricane devastated Texas, including his beloved Rockport.
"If you've been there, you kind of know it's a very laid-back community. A lot of fishing, a lot of fun, a lot of partying and what-not,” Strait says, pausing to laugh. “A lot of what-not."
From our local Majestic stage, he’ll make a nationwide plea for a helping hand to rebuild Texas.
The governor calls the telethon’s name, Hand In Hand, quite fitting.
"You've seen the images of strangers in boats reaching out a hand to help people in flooded waters and rescue them and literally save their lives by pulling them up into a boat,” Governor Greg Abbott says.
The biggest names in country music will join Strait on stage, including fellow Texan Miranda Lambert.
"I went down to Houston about four days after Harvey hit and was doing some rescue with animals. My foundation basically clearing shelters out to make space for displaced hurricane dogs,” Lambert says.
Chris Stapleton is from Tennessee but can empathize with storm victims.
"I got flooded in 2010 in the Nashville flood,” he says.
Native Texan Lyle Lovett has close friends in the Houston area who lost everything.
“We were on tour when the storm was blowing in,” Lovett says while gesturing to Strait. “We were meant to play here at the Majestic Theatre that Friday night."
Native Texan Robert Earl Keen rounds out the all-star lineup.
"I grew up going to all the different places along the coast,” he says.
Their voices will be united in song, hoping Americans will open their hearts and wallets to Texans who are hurting.
"You're not forgotten about,” Lambert promises. “And you won't be. For years to come."