Loretta Lynn, amongst hundreds of thousands of other people, has felt the powerful impact of the recent extreme weather that has hit the country.
Hurricane Ida struck Louisiana with a vengeance, leaving flooding, destroyed homes, and thousands without power. Meanwhile, other states also had heavy rainfall, storms, and even tornadoes that led to even more disasters.
Lynn Relief Concert for Hometown
According to AP News, there were 22 people killed after a record-breaking rain of 17 inches hit Middle Tennessee. The floodwaters surged through homes, destroyed cellphone towers, and left communities in a state of ruin. One of the deaths was Loretta Lynn’s foreman at her ranch.
Wayne spears was a foreman at the country star’s ranch in Humphreys County. He was swept away by the floodwaters that completely destroyed Lynn’s ranch. Now, Lynn is speaking out and looking to make a positive impact after a week of dismay and sadness.
She wrote on Twitter, “The flood that devastated our area has been awful, but love is stronger. I’m so grateful for my friends who are answering my call for us to all pitch in and help every way we can. #hometownrising#[email protected]@[email protected]@CircleAllAccess.”
The singer announced that several popular country music artists are going to come together for a “night of music at the Grand Ole Opry house.”
The date for Loretta Lynn’s “Hometown Rising” concert is Monday, September 13. Some of the performers include Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood, Luke Bryan, and Luke Combs, with even more to be announced soon.
The concert will directly support the United Way of Humphreys County to give back to the community affected.
“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. You know, we’ve all needed help from time to time, and that’s why when we can give back, we do,” Lynn said in an official press release. You can get tickets on Opry.com starting today for $65. There’s also an option to broadcast live on Circle Network or live stream on Circle All Access.
Loretta Lynn’s Response to Flooding
Loretta Lynn is amongst several other artists that are hoping to make a difference amongst the recent natural disasters. Billy Ray Cyrus is leading a concert for disaster relief for Waverly County, Tennessee. It’s the “Waverly Strong: A Concert for Disaster Relief” on September 7 at the Nashville City Winery. He will be joined by James Otto, Eric Paslay, and several others.
Lynn has been very vocal regarding the disaster in her hometown and the death of her beloved foreman. “There is so much happening in the world, and we as a people have a duty to take care of each other. My part of the world happens to be Humphreys County. And our town has come together and helped with what we can, but it’s going to take more than us,” she said, according to Taste of Country.
While flooding and deep water aren’t uncommon in Tennesse, the events of August 21 were unlike anything else. Lynn said that she ventured into town the next day and found houses floating across the street. Similar to others, Lynn and her family are now trying to clean up and rebuild the ranch. She is also helping others near them.