OFFSTAGE: During Disaster Relief Concert, President Obama Says, “Tonight and for as Long as It Takes”

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Praise the Lord, Hank Williams Jr. saw the light. And he came and opened Thursday night’s (May 12) Music Builds: The CMT Disaster Relief Concert with his father’s old gospel classic, “I Saw the Light.” A perfect start to the uplifting live show set to raise money for American Red Cross’ disaster relief efforts. After Williams, comedian Ron White came on and, for once, was not making jokes at all. This collection of natural disasters is so incredibly tragic. You could tell that from the footage of the tornadoes and floods that swept through Oklahoma, Arkansas, Mississippi, Tennessee, North Carolina, Louisiana, Alabama and more. Little Big Town did Coldplay’s “Fix You.” Sara Evans did “A Little Bit Stronger.” Then Tim McGraw came on with some good advice for victims trying to ride out the flooding that’s about to get worse in many areas near the Mississippi River: “Your home can be replaced. You can’t.” But it was President Obama’s words of support that really showed just how important it is to do what you can to help. Watch if you can, and give if you can. Call 1-800-RED CROSS or text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. And if you call to give a donation, you never know who will answer the phone. I can see about 20 country stars onstage at the Grand Ole Opry House.

Alison makes her living loving country music. She's based in Chicago, but she's always leaving her heart in Nashville.