Alan Jackson Remembers Miners, Rescue Workers at West Virginia Concert

Alan Jackson played a tribute concert in Charleston, W.Va., on Saturday (May 22) to honor the miners who were killed in a nearby mining disaster last month, as well as their rescue workers. Prior to his concert at the Charleston Civic Center, Jackson met with 27 families affected by the Upper Big Branch incident. He also wore a bracelet during the concert to commemorate what would have been the 21st birthday of Cory Davis, one of the miners who died in the disaster. Photos of the miners were shown on two screens during a performance of “Coalwood” by Jackson’s longtime pedal steel player, Robbie Flint, a native of Sylvester, W.Va. The concert will benefit the Montcoal Mining Disaster Fund, administrated by the West Virginia Council of Churches. In addition, Jackson was named an honorary West Virginian by Gov. Joe Manchin.