On Monday, it was a night filled with country music and good intentions when the Dixie Chicks, Willie Nelson, George Strait and other singers combined their talents to raise money for victims of the Texas wildfires.
The country stars were joined by other performers including Christopher Cross, The Avett Brothers and Asleep at the Wheel where they helped raise more than $500,000 at the University of Texas at the Austin campus.
Lead singer of the Dixie Chicks, Natalie Maines, couldn’t contain her excitement and told the crowd, “When they called us to do this show, there was zero hesitation. You can take the girl out of Texas, but you can’t take Texas out of the girl.” Maines is a Texas native.
For Nelson, the wildfires hit close to home as he has lost homes to fires. “You never really get over it. There’s nothing I can tell them to make it better except some of us have been there and done that and we survived it, and they will too. Be strong,” he told the Associated Press.
The Texas wildfires began on Sept. 4 in Central Texas’ Bastrop County destroying at least 1,500 homes and claiming two lives. In the last year, about 6,000 square miles have been scorched in the Lone Star state.