COUNTRY STARS IN NEW YORK DURING TERRORIST ATTACK

Some of country music's brightest stars were in New York City during Tuesday's terrorist attack on the World Trade Center, there for business as usual. Following is an update on some of the stars, as well as some reaction to the unfolding events.

Garth Brooks was in New York to record public service announcements for Read Across America. He was then due to be in Washington D.C. to attend the ASCP Honors Gala, but both events were canceled. Brooks and his publicist, Karen Byrd were caught in the huge traffic jam of people trying to escape the city, but Byrd has reported that everyone is ok.

Mary Chapin Carpenter flew from Washington D.C. to LaGuardia airport in New York Tuesday morning. According to reports, she could see the World Trade Center burning as she made her way into Manhattan from the airport. A spokesperson for Carpenter says that she is in shock and unable to comment at this time.

Billy Gilman was in the city Tuesday morning, after Monday evening's taping of the Michael Jackson special. It has been reported that Gilman's father had plans to drive the family back to Rhode Island later in the day, but there is no official word from Gilman or his father at this time.

The members of Lonestar are urging Americans to help by giving blood. "On this incredibly sad day, we ask ourselves, 'What can we do?' We can make a donation to the American Red Cross by calling 1-800-HELP-NOW, donate blood and continue to pray for our nation."

To find out how you can help, you can call your local chapter of the Red Cross, call 1-800-HELP NOW, or log on to their website at www.redcross.org.

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