Alan Jackson, popular country music star, has volunteered to dedicate a special May 22nd fund-raiser concert to benefit the families of the lost and injured workers from the Upper Big Branch Mining disaster in Montcoal, West Virginia.
Twenty-nine West Virginia miners were killed, and two were injured, during the nation’s worst mining disaster in four decades – the mine explosion in Montcoal, West Virginia, in early April of 2010.
Alan Jackson’s May 22nd concert, to be held at the Civic Center, in Charleston, West Virginia, will benefit the Montcoal Mining Disaster Fund, organized by the West Virginia Council of Churches. (Charleston, West Virginia, is about 30 miles from the site of the tragic mining disaster in Montcoal.)
West Virginia leaders salute Alan Jackson for his generous gesture.
“This is a very wonderful donation from Alan and, on behalf of our state, I’m honored for our miners, their families and the rescue workers,” said West Virginia Governor Joe Manchin. “Alan is a world-famous entertainer who has never forgotten his small-town roots and the importance of family. And I’m sure our miner families will really appreciate this opportunity to enjoy a great show.”
“We are thrilled that Alan Jackson, an entertainer who sings about the working family, has committed his upcoming show in Charleston to the families of the fallen miners at the Upper Big Branch mine,” said Reverend Dennis Sparks, executive director of the West Virginia Council of Churches.
Who is Alan Jackson?
Alan Jackson, a native of Newnan, Georgia, is a well-known country music singer, guitarist and songwriter.
Popular songs by Alan Jackson include “Chattahoochee,” “Don’t Rock the Jukebox,” “Hard Hat and a Hammer,” “It’s Five o’Clock Somewhere,” “Midnight in Montgomery,” “Small Town Southern Man,” “Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning).” Alan Jackson’s latest album (his 16th album release) is titled, Freight Train.
A member of the Grand Old Opry and the Georgia Music Hall of Fame, Alan Jackson has won 15 Country Music Association awards (including three Entertainer of the Year awards), and he is scheduled to receive a star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame in 2010.
Reduced ticket prices may be available for Alan Jackson’s May 22nd benefit concert.
Tickets for Alan Jackson’s May 22nd concert in Charleston, West Virginia, benefitting the miners’ families, are offered at a reduced rate of $20 (in some seating sections) and are available from Ticketmaster. Many on-site vendors have also reduced prices and fees for the special fund-raiser.