Alan Jackson Honors Fallen WV Miners At Charleston Show
May 24, 2010 at 10:19 AM (PT)
ARISTA/NASHVILLE artist ALAN JACKSON honored the fallen miners and rescue workers from the UPPER BIG BRANCH mining disaster at his “Freight Train” tour stop in CHARLESTON, WV on SATURDAY (5/22).
The 31 families who lost loved ones and 230 rescue workers were offered free tickets to the show, and 27 of the families got to meet JACKSON before the show. The family of CORY DAVIS, who would have turned 21-years-old on SATURDAY, presented ALAN with a bracelet with CORY’s birthday on it, which he wore throughout the show.
JACKSON’s longtime pedal steel player, ROBBIE FLINT, who is originally from SYLVESTER, WV, played the haunting ballad, “Coalwood,” as the faces of the miners flashed on two large screens on either side of the stage. JACKSON followed the tribute with his post-9/11 song, “Where Were You When The World Stopped Turning.”
All proceeds from the show went to the MONTCOAL MINING DISASTER FUND. To make a donation, click here. WEST VIRGINIA Governor JOE MANCHINI also named ALAN an “Honorary WEST VIRGINIAN” for his efforts on behalf of the community.
For more on ALAN, see www.alanjackson.com.