Loretta Lynn, country music’s favorite cowgirl, shared a Labor Day message to fans on Instagram, writing, “Y’all, have a great Labor Day! Stay safe today, enjoying time with family and friends.”
The country music legend has recently been preparing for a benefit concert in Tennessee; the concert aims to raise funds to help the state recover from deadly flooding in Humphreys County last month. Additionally, tickets went on sale Friday for the one-night concert on September 13 at the Grand Ole Opry House, titled “Loretta Lynn’s Friends: Hometown Rising.” Loretta Lynn called upon stars such as Trisha Yearwood, Garth Brooks, Luke Bryan, and Luke Combs.
Loretta Lynn Raises Funds for Tennessee
Loretta Lynn is using her long career as a country music star to good use; her concert benefits the United Way of Humphreys County; the organization started the Humphreys County Flood Relief Fund to help individuals impacted by the flooding with immediate and long term assistance.
For Lynn, this is a personal matter; her ranch in Hurricane Mills, Tennessee, was severely hit by the floods on August 17; the ranch had as much as 17 inches of rain, and ranch foreman Wayne Spears died in the flood.
In a statement about the benefit concert, Loretta Lynn said, “I am so honored that so many of our friends are coming together to show so much love for our neighbors and community after such a devastating loss.”
According to Tennesseean, those who want to see “Hometown Rising” but are unable to attend can livestream via Circle All Access on Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube, or on Peacock.
Deadly Floods Wrecked Tennessee in August
In late August, record rainfall flooded Humphreys County with 17 inches of rain in less than 24 hours. According to the National Weather Service, this “shattered” the previous record by 3 inches.
Tennessee Governor Bill Lee called Humphreys County in the aftermath a “devastating picture of loss and heartache”; 22 dead were reported, as well as many more missing in the devastation. Of Wayne Spears, Loretta Lynn’s ranch hand, the Humphreys County sheriff reported, “He’s out at his barn and next thing you know, he goes from checking animals in the barn to hanging on in the barn to people seeing him floating down the creek. And that’s how fast it had come up.”
In addition, Krissy Hurley, a Nashville meteorologist, told AP News, “We had an incredible amount of water in the atmosphere. Thunderstorms developed and moved across the same area over and over and over.”
Above all, the extreme rain and hurricanes that have been hitting recently could be a direct effect of man-made climate change, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and reported by AP News. After studying flooding in Louisiana in 2016, NOAA concluded that “climate change turned a once-every-50-year situation somewhere on the Gulf to a once-every-30-year-or-less situation.”