George Strait Working on Hurricane Harvey Relief Effort
George Strait has revealed that he was personally affected by Hurricane Harvey and that he's working on a relief effort "with the whole country music community."
Two tweets signed by the singer himself shared these details but little more. Strait first sent thoughts and prayers to his fellow Texas. "My family & friends were personally affected in surrounding areas. God bless us all," he writes. The legend has a house in Rockport, Texas, but lives full time north of the Texas border with Mexico. Coincidentally, his name full name is George Harvey Strait.
Country musicians have long been the first to respond to tragedy with their time and music. Toby Keith planned a massive tornado relief concert that netted several million dollars after tornadoes touched down in Moore, Okla., in 2013. Blake Shelton also raised money to help victims of that tragedy with a benefit concert that aired on NBC in May 2013.
Similar all-star concerts helped citizens of Alabama and Nashville recover after tornadoes and floods devastated the area. Within 48 hours of Hurricane Harvey making landfall, stars like Chris Young were pledging support. The disaster is still playing out in real time however, and details about the deaths, injuries and amount of destruction are difficult to tally.
Strait has not said how he plans to help or that he'll be part of arranging any sort of concert for victims of Hurricane Harvey. Other Texas-raised artists who've been playing close attention to the storm and the aftermath include Miranda Lambert, Kelly Clarkson, Josh Abbott Band, RaeLynn and Granger Smith. Taste of Country has created a portal with links to fundraisers started by country musicians, as well as links to the American Red Cross and Salvation Army.
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