Alabama Says Benefit Concert for Tornado Victims in the Works

“I’ve never seen anything like it in all my life,” says Randy Owen.

Backstage at the Grand Ole Opry last night (May 3), superstar country group Alabama took a moment before taking to the stage to perform “Old Alabama” with Brad Paisley to express their sympathies for the victims and families affected by the recent tornadoes that touched down in the group’s home state and namesake.

“Until you’ve seen it, you can’t even comprehend what our people are going through,” said Alabama lead singer Randy Owen. “You’ve got people who don’t know where their relatives are, don’t know where their children are, where their next meal is coming from. And yet, everybody tries to help, but the devastation is so widespread.”

The group is planning to put together a benefit concert to help raise funds and awareness for the situation. “We’re going to do something, so we’re hoping the musical community from all across the country can maybe do some stuff with us,” Randy told reporters at the Opry, although he did not divulge any details about the plan. “It’s an amazing deck of cards we’ve been dealt in our home state, and people are pulling together and doing very well, it’s just . . . I’ve never seen anything like that in all my life. I hope I never do.”

Vocalist and bass player Teddy Gentry agreed. “This is not a short-term thing," he said. "It will take years to rebuild not just the physical but the mental hurt that is there. We ask that this not be a thing that as soon as it goes out on the news, we forget about these people. This is ongoing for a long time. We ask your prayers and support and help in any way you can.”

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