For their only scheduled home state concert in 2018, Alabama will once again give back to a college town impacted by a natural disaster. Just as the Hall of Fame band pitched in after a 2011 tornado caused damage in both Tuscaloosa and Birmingham, they're giving back to singer Randy Owen's alma mater, Jacksonville State University (JSU), with a stacked benefit concert.
Billed with the hashtag #jsustrong, the Wed., Sept. 26 event at the university's football stadium, Burgess-Snow Field, will help fund repairs needed after a March 19 tornado. The stacked bill includes former JSU student and Alabama native Jamey Johnson, returning to the stadium where he performed with university marching band the Marching Southerners.
Riley Green, Shenandoah, comedian Darren Knight (a.k.a. "Southern Mama") and recent Alabama tour mates the Charlie Daniels Band round out the initial list of performers.
Tickets start as low as $25, with proceeds benefiting the campus.
"Just as we did with the Alabama Fundraiser Concerts when the 2011 tornadoes hit, we continue to want to help," Owen says in a press release. "And one way we can help is to do what we do best, play music with our friends and raise money for the university repairs. When I asked my bandmates and cousins Teddy Gentry and Jeff Cook, whose wife Lisa is also a JSU alum, they were both thrilled to pitch in and help out."