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Country stars are pitching in to help millions of people left homeless and hungry half a world away. Kenny Chesney, Willie Nelson and others are doing their part to aid the survivors of the deadly, devastating tsunami that swept across southern Asia in late December, killing over 150,000 people.
Willie headlined the Tsunami Relief Austin to South Asia benefit concert on Jan. 9 at the 3,000-seat Austin Music Hall, on a bill that also included Ray Price, Patty Griffin and Joe Ely. The sold-out show, organized by musician Michael Hall, raised over $75,000 for the American Red Cross, UNICEF and CARE.
Kenny, along with country crossover favorite Sheryl Crow, was among the stars taking part in an hour-long Jan. 15 TV fund-raiser assembled by NBC Universal. "When the people putting this show together called to ask, I didn't even have to think about it," says Kenny. "I was like, 'Where do you need me to be?' "
Alt-country star Kasey Chambers was among the acts taking part in an Australian telethon, Reach Out to Asia, on Jan. 8. Meanwhile, Wynonna sang "I Want to Know What Love Is" on ABC-TV's Good Morning America Jan. 5, accompanying a video on relief efforts.
"I had been praying for a week, trying to think of something I could do to help those abandoned children and families devastated by the tsunami,'' she said. "It's my small way of acting now to lend a hand while encouraging others to do the same. The world needs it now.'' To find out how you can help, call the American Red Cross at (800) HELP-NOW.