Alan Honors Fallen Miners
Alan Jackson paid tribute to the fallen miners and workers from the April 5 Upper Big Branch Mining Disaster in West Virginia with a benefit concert at the Charleston (W. Va.) Civic Center, May 22.
The families and workers affected by the disaster, the nation’s biggest in four decades, were offered free tickets to Alan’s show. Families who lost loved ones and the two families whose members survived got the chance to meet Alan before the show. As he kicked off the concert, Alan told the crowd, “We’re here to honor the ones that we lost or were injured and we’re gonna celebrate their lives with some music.” During the show, Alan’s steel player Robbie Flint, a West Virginia native, played the ballad “Coalwood” as the faces of the miners flashed on two screens on either side of the stage. Alan followed with his award-winning anthem, “Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning).” The evening’s profits went to the miners’ families through the Montcoal Mining Disaster Fund.