In the days since a wildfire raged through Tennessee, killing 14 and causing unprecedented damage, the state’s musicians stepped up to the plate. Now, Zac Brown Band are among the country artists set for a festival benefiting the victims called “Mountain Tough.”
The event will take place in Gatlinburg, the heart of the affected area, on Saturday, Dec. 17. Every last penny of proceeds goes to helping rebuild the area, which lost nearly 2,500 buildings to the fires. Gatlinburg has long been known as a tourism spot. However, the wildfire destroyed many buildings vital to residents’ daily lives.
Two beverage companies in the area teamed up to bring the festival about; Ole Smokey Distillery and Yee Haw Brewing host the festival, along with Music City Roots and the Gatlinburg Convention and Visitors Bureau. The town just reopened for business as firefighters continue to put out flames across the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
Other musicians at the festival include Rodney Crowell, Sam Bush, Jim Lauderdale and more. But if you can’t make it to the show, you can still watch it on Facebook and donate to the Sevier County Community Fund via this link.
Other country stars are reaching out to help, too. Dolly Parton, who hails from the area, also announced a major telethon to raise money for wildfire victims. Personalities for the telethon include Chris Stapleton and Chris Young, and performers include Reba McEntire and Kenny Rogers.