CMT to air disaster relief concert tonight

Sara Evans and her husband, Jay Barker, survey tornado damage in Alabama

CMT and its pro-social initiative CMT One Country will air Music Builds: The CMT Disaster Relief Concert, a live, commercial-free 90-minute concert special to help raise awareness and funds for those affected by the recent devastating storms, flooding and tornadoes in the South.

Airing live from Nashville on CMT tonight, May 12, at 9pm ET (with a replay on HLN this Sunday, May 15, at 9pm ET), the event is expected to include performances by such artists as Alabama, Alan Jackson, Gretchen Wilson, Keith Urban, Lady Antebellum, Little Big Town, Ronnie Dunn, Sara Evans, The Blind Boys of Alabama, Tim McGraw, Trace Adkins and Hank Williams Jr., who began the efforts on this fundraising event and serves as its spokesman.

“I just couldn’t believe what I was seeing on TV,” says Williams of the devastated areas. “Alabama is home. I am really pumped about helping. I want to raise a lot of money, and thanks to my good friends, we are going to be able to make a difference.”

Tim McGraw performs

Co-hosted by Erin Andrews, Robin Meade and Ron White, the concert also features messages from President Obama, Big Kenny, Carrie Underwood, Courteney Cox, Ellen DeGeneres, Nick Saban, Nicole Kidman, Shania Twain, Taylor Swift and more.

Additionally, the concert will highlight a number of regions affected by recent storm, tornado and flooding damage, including Tuscaloosa and Birmingham, Ala.; Natchez and Vicksburg, Miss.; Vidalia, La.; Memphis, Dyersburg and Tiptonville, Tenn.; and Raleigh, N.C., among others.

To support those affected by these disasters, text REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation that will support the American Red Cross Disaster Relief efforts. You can also donate by visiting, or by calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).


Sara Evans photo — Credit: Talia Frenkel/American Red Cross

Tim McGraw photo — Credit: Rick Diamond/ Getty Images for CMT