Alan Jackson over the weekend kicked off his Freight Train Tour by performing a benefit concert for the fallen West Virginian miners and rescue workers of the Upper Big Branch mining disaster, which happened in April. The 27 families affected, and the two whose family members survived the tragedy, received free tickets to the show at the Charleston WV Civic Center, and also met Jackson beforehand. “
We’re here to honor the ones that we lost or were injured and we’re gonna celebrate their lives with some music,” Jackson said in a release.
Profits from the benefit go to the Montcoal Mining Disaster Fund, which is run by the West Virginia Council of Churches.