WATCH: Billy Ray Cyrus Gives Emotional Performance Honoring First Responders at Tennessee Flood Benefit Concert

by Madison Miller
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It’s no secret that Billy Ray Cyrus has an undying love for Tennessee. The country music artist made it known when he released the song “Back to Tennessee” in 2009 declaring that “I’m going home now / To Southern, is so sweet / And find my way back to Tennessee.”

Now, the artist is looking to give back to Tennessee. The state suffered drastically from extreme flooding. There were at least 22 people killed during the flash flooding that swept through Middle Tennessee.

Billy Ray Cyrus Benefit Concert Performance

Billy Ray Cyrus put on a fundraiser to raise money for relief efforts called Waverly Strong. He started out the song by saying, “Give it up to all our first responders and our military men and women.”

He performed an emotional rendition of his song “Some Gave All,” which was originally released in 1992. Cyrus wrote it in honor of a Vietnam War veteran.

The “Waverly Strong: A Concert for Disaster Relief” was on Tuesday night at City Winery. It was full of stellar performances from Billy Ray Cyrus, Dennis Quaid, James Otto, Drew Baldridge, Eric Paslay, and several others. The United Way of Humphreys County is distributing all the funds to survivors and families of the flood victims.

One of the performers was Meghan Linsey, who spoke out about how much the event means to her.

“I am from New Orleans originally so, I have been through a lot of storms been through a lot of flooding and I have a family down in Louisiana right now dealing with Ida so, I really truly do understand what these people are going through. I just wanted to be a part of it and help and do what I can to bring people out tonight to raise money for a great cause,” Linsey said to NewsChannel5 Nashville.

There was also a way for those not present at the concert to give back too. You could donate to the United Way of Humphreys County by texting FLOODRELIEF to 269-89. Tickets for the show were $50 and there was a live stream on Mandolin.com.

Others Helping with Disaster Relief

Billy Ray Cyrus was amongst others hoping to help with disaster relief efforts in the area. Country legend Loretta Lynn’s family ranch is in the area and was damaged from the over 17 inches of rain that hit the county. Her longtime foreman also died after being swept away in the floodwater.

In addition to working on rebuilding the ranch, Loretta Lynn is hoping to help others impacted in the area. She’s putting on the “Hometown Rising” benefit concert on September 13, which is already sold out. It will include massive stars like Little Big Town, Garth Brooks, Luke Combs, Luke Bryan, Trisha Yearwood, Keith Urban, Reba McEntire, BRELAND, and several others.

It is taking place at the Opry House and there is a live stream option as well. All the proceeds are going toward the United Way of Humphreys County.

Meanwhile, there is also a “Rock and Relief” concert going on in West Monroe on September 9 to benefit Hurricane Ida relief. It will feature six different bands, including Jordan Sheppard.

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