Brad Paisley Uses ‘Old Alabama’ to Aid Tornado Victims
Brad Paisley's latest single, 'Old Alabama,' includes guest vocals from supergroup Alabama. Little did the reigning CMA Entertainer of the Year know how just how providential the collaborative tune would become. Alabama's lead singer, Randy Owen, watched recently as tornadoes ravaged his home state.
"Our state is devastated," Randy tells Nashville's Tennessean newspaper. "There's no way to describe the destruction that's gone on. Our hearts are very heavy. It's just a battery of emotion. In church Sunday, there were like 40 names mentioned of people who were dead, severely injured or missing. What's amazing is that a lot of places these people were killed [in] were in brick homes with basements. When you get to that category of tornado, I guess nothing can save you, unless you're just lucky."
Brad, who watched most of his guitar collection and concert gear get swept away in the Nashville floods a year ago, was eager to step in and help. The singer is donating all his artist royalties from downloads of 'Old Alabama' to the American Red Cross to help the tornado recovery efforts.
The multi-platinum-selling singer used his recent appearance at the Grand Ole Opry, where he performed as part of the Opry's 'Play On' celebration marking the one-year anniversary of the Music City flood, to announce his donation. It's a gift that Randy says is desperately needed.
"We were so lucky, the tornadoes passed over top of us," Randy told Brad following the Opry performance (quote via People), although he also said he and his family were forced to spend 12 hours in their basement while the storms wreaked havoc on their town. "All around us, it's worse than a war zone ... It's unrecognizable, everything is gone, entire towns are wiped out. I've lived there my whole life, and I don't recognize it."
'Old Alabama' is the second single from Brad's upcoming CD, 'This Is Country Music,' which will hit shelves on May 23. Brad's H20 II World tour, which includes Blake Shelton, Jerrod Niemann and Darius Rucker splitting opening duties. See his tour schedule here.