Byrd, Chesnutt, Walker Raising Money for Governor’s Mansion

Tracy Byrd, Mark Chesnutt and Clay Walker have offered to perform at a concert to raise money for the restoration of the Texas governor’s mansion in Austin, Gov. Rick Perry told reporters Wednesday (June 18). Investigators say arson caused the June 8 fire that nearly destroyed the 152-year-old building. At the time of the blaze, the mansion was undergoing a $10 million renovation. “I was so saddened by the news of the torched governor’s mansion, and I felt compelled to do whatever I could to see that the beautiful structure is restored,” Byrd said. “This is the obvious way for me to help make a difference.” Byrd, Chesnutt and Walker all started their careers by playing in clubs in Beaumont, Texas. The date and location of the fundraising concert have not been finalized.