The recent flooding in Middle Tennessee left a trail of damage and death behind. The area is trying to recover from the storms. As part of that recovery, Billy Ray Cyrus is leading an effort to raise funds that will support victims of the tragic floods.
According to Taste of Country, Cyrus is headlining a concert that is meant to aid those in Waverly County, Tennessee, who were negatively impacted by the flooding.
During August 2021, 17 inches of rain fell on the small Tennessee town of Humphreys, Tennessee. This town is located in Waverly County, which is west of the country music hub of Nashville. In addition to property damage, the flooding tragically led to the deaths of 20 individuals.
With that damage left behind, Billy Ray Cyrus and other artists have decided to join forces for a special fundraising concert.
Billy Ray Cyrus Leading Benefit Concert on Sept. 7
This special benefit concert has been set for Tuesday, Sept. 7. Also, it will be held at Nashville’s City Winery. It is being called “Waverly Strong: A Concert for Disaster Relief.”
In addition to Billy Ray Cyrus, movie star and musician Dennis Quaid will also perform. Quaid is also listed as a co-headliner for the concert. Others slated to perform next week also include Jacob Bryant, Blessing Offor, Tigirlily, Eric Paslay, James Otto, Meghan Linsey, and Drew Baldridge.
Funds raised from the Sept. 7 event will go to the United Way of Humphreys County. Tickets for this special event are $50. If you want to take part in person, you must have proof that you have been vaccinated against COVID-19. Or, you must present a negative COVID-19 test. Also, proceeds will go to the flood victims of Waverly, Tennessee.
Also, if you can’t make it to Nashville for the benefit concert, you can watch it online at Mandolin.com. You can also donate to the cause by texting FLOODRLIEF to 269-89.
Tennessee Flooding Led to the Death of Someone Close to a Country Music Legend
One country music star who experienced a very personal loss due to the flooding in Middle Tennessee was icon Loretta Lynn. Sadly, Wayne Spears, the foreman of her ranch, perished during the devastating storms.
The famous Coal Miner’s Daughter publically commented on his death after it happened during August.
“With the heaviest of hearts, we are saddened to report that our beloved foreman Wayne Spears did not survive being swept up in the flood waters. …There are no words at the ranch today…only tears. Our ranch family is our family,” Lynn posted on social media. … We lost my amazing ranch foreman, Wayne in this devastating flood. He took such good care of things here on the ranch for us. He’s one of us and the whole Lynn family Is heartbroken. Please pray for his precious family and friends.”
Since the flooding, Lynn’s granddaughter, Tayla Lynn, has commented on the need for assistance in the Middle Tennessee community.
“It’s almost like you’re always in fight mode. You just keep doing stuff and trying to help. But everyone just looks like zombies, you know?” Tayla Lynn shared.