Country superstar George Strait just joined a star-studded lineup for the Hurricane Harvey Relief Telethon. The one-hour televised event takes place on Sept. 12. All proceeds go towards aiding hurricane victims.
Strait is one of Texas’ most famous musicians. He also owns a home in Rockport, a coastal town that suffered major damage in the storm.
Last week, Strait referenced working on Harvey relief efforts via Twitter. He tweeted that he’s working on something that includes the “whole country music community.”
We are working on putting together relief efforts with the whole country music community. – GS
— George Strait (@GeorgeStrait) August 29, 2017
According to Variety, the relief telethon spans much more than just the country community. Dubbed Hand In Hand: A Benefit For Hurricane Harvey Relief, the telethon will air on the four major networks, as well as CMT. Stars will join in from Los Angeles, Nashville and New York.
For his part, Strait will appear in concert. He set up a live performance at San Antonio’s famous Majestic Theater. Which is notable in and of itself, since Strait retired from touring.
Other famous musicians appearing during the special include Houston native Beyoncé, Blake Shelton and Barbra Streisand. But that’s not all. George Clooney, Oprah Winfrey, Julia Roberts, Jamie Foxx and Matthew McConaughey (both Texas natives) plan to appear, among many others.
Hurricane Harvey devastated the Texas coast a little over a week ago. Tens of thousands of people in Southeast Texas lost their homes, and at least 63 people lost their lives. Much of Houston flooded to historic proportions.
Harvey is estimated to be the costliest natural disaster in Texas’ history. Recovery efforts will take years and cost tens of billions of dollars.
Strait isn’t the only major country musician stepping up. In fact, the country music community and much of America as a whole rallied around Houston. Professional athletes from the Houston Texans and Tennessee Titans raised millions of dollars for relief. Chris Young and Lady Antebellum raised hundreds of thousands of dollars almost immediately.