Alan Jackson Plans Benefit Concert for Miners’ Families
Alan Jackson will donate the proceeds from an upcoming concert to the families of the miners killed and injured during the April 5 mining disaster at the Upper Big Branch Mine in Montcoal, W.V. A total of 29 miners were killed in the accident.
In addition to the donation, Alan will dedicate his May 22 concert at the Civic Center in Charleston, W. Va., to the miners and has priced some seats at that show at just $20. Numerous vendors and suppliers have also reduced their fees for the benefit, which will take place about 30 miles north of the mine where the tragedy took place.
A native of small town Newnan, Ga., Alan often sings about tough times endured by working class families, with songs such as 'Small Town Southern Man,' 'Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning)' and 'Hard Hat and a Hammer' from his latest album 'Freight Train.'
Tickets for the Alan Jackson concert are available at Ticketmaster. The funds will be distributed to the miners' families by way of a Montcoal Mining Disaster Fund, administrated by the West Virginia Council of Churches.