Oklahoma country music star couple Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood announced today that they will play a concert in December to benefit ongoing flood relief efforts in middle Tennessee.
The Owasso residents made the announcement during a news conference this morning in Nashville that was attended by Gov. Phil Bredesen, Nashville Mayor Karl Dean and a host of other politicians, according to the Associated Press.
“I think we decided to do it the day we saw the flood,” Brooks said, calling the decision to do the benefit an easy one.
May’s flooding caused more than $2 billion in damage in Nashville alone and widespread damage throughout central Tennessee. Proceeds from the Dec. 17 concert will go to the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee.
Brooks formally retired about a decade ago to spend more time with Yearwood and his three daughters from a previous marriage. He began performing again at the Wynn Resort in Las Vegas last December, and he expects to do 15 weeks of shows a year at least until his youngest daughter graduates from high school.
He is the best-selling solo artist in U.S. music history with more than 128 million albums sold ,and his time away from recording has boosted fan interest. Tickets to his first run of Vegas shows sold out in hours and there will likely be high demand for benefit tickets.
The benefit will take place at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena and tickets will go for $25. Information on how to buy tickets will be released Nov. 3.
Brooks said he likely will invite other performers to participate.
“Our job is to make it the best show we’ve ever done,” he said.
Since May there have been dozens of benefits held in Nashville for flood relief, raising millions of dollars for assistance. Tim McGraw and Faith Hill’s “Nashville Rising” concert, which featured Okies Carrie Underwood, Toby Keith, Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert in its all-star lineup, led to $2 million in donations alone.
Oklahoma native and Country Music Hall of Famer Vince Gill hosted one of the first benefits, a telethon called “Working 4 You: Flood Relief with Vince Gill & Friends,” back in May. The event, aired in Nashville on WSMV-TV Channel 4 in Nashville and streamed live on the station’s website, raised more than $1.7 million.