29 May 2013

Blake Shelton was one of the first artists to get into action after the Moore, Oklahoma tornado last week. 

Barely a week after the storm, NBC airs “Healing In The Heartland: Relief Benefit Concert.” In addition to Shelton and his wife, Miranda Lambert, the concerts, which takes place at Oklahoma City’s Chesapeake Energy Arena, features fellow Oklahomans (Shelton is from Tishomingo), Reba McEntire, Vince Gill and others. 

While folks like Shelton can write checks, the awareness that a benefit concert can bring, especially one televised by his buddies at NBC, can help raise multiples of what he could give and it makes people feel good to help. I'll admit there was part of me that wondered if he had to offer to do extra promos for "The Voice" or something like that in exchange for NBC saying yes 

The Tulsa World is reporting that Toby Keith, who is from Moore, will hold a second benefit show on July. Ronnie Dunn, formerly of Brooks & Dunn, has been the mouthpiece on this one, telling The Tulsa World that the concert will take place something over the July 4 weekend in Norman. He’s also saying that Garth Brooks, who grew up in Yukon and now lives outside of Tulsa, will also be on board  (However, Brooks is taping his next television special in Las Vegas July 4-6, so it remains to be seen how the scheduling would work on that one). 

Who knew so many country artists came from Oklahoma? Well, actually, I did, but that’s only because I cover a lot of country music. Lambert’s from Texas, but she’s an honorary Oklahoman after marrying Shelton. There are so many of them they don’t even need artists from other states to raise millions. Plus, add in Carrie Underwood, who’s also a Sooner, who already donated $1 million dollars to relief efforts. 

Funds raised will go to the United Way of Central Oklahoma May Tornadoes Relief Fund. Reports are that the storm caused more than $2 billion in damages, so there’s lots of work that needs to be done. 

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