The concert of a lifetime will be going down on October 11th at Lexington, Kentucky’s Rupp Arena when three hometown heroes come together to help raise funds in a massive concert for flood relief. Don’t rub your eyes, what you’re seeing is correct: Tyler Childers, Dwight Yoakam, and Chris Stapleton will all be playing together. Tickets will go on sale Friday, September 16th, and will sell out immediately.
Net proceeds will benefit the Kentucky Rising Fund to support flood relief work and recovery efforts in Eastern Kentucky, including support for the many victims, their families and first responders. LiveNation and the Blue Grass Community Foundation are helping to sponsor the event.
On July 28th, historic rains were dumped on portions of eastern Kentucky in what was described as a “thousand-year flooding event” with 39 people confirmed dead, and millions of dollars in property destroyed. Knott, Letcher, Perry, and Pike counties got the worst of it, affecting the communities of Hazard, Paintsville, Jackson, Prestonburg, Martin, Pikeville, Hindman, Whitesburg, Jenkins, and Neon.
For those that know their country music geography, this is right in the heartland of country music, and specifically along the “Country Music Highway”—the name affectionately given to US Highway 23 that runs through the region. The Country Music Highway Museum is located in Paintsville. This region birthed Tyler Childers, Chris Stapleton, Loretta Lynn, Keith Whitley, Dwight Yoakam, Sturgill Simpson, The Judds, Ricky Skaggs, Tom T. Hall, Patty Loveless, Gary Stewart, Billy Ray Cyrus, and so many others.
Right after the flooding, both Chris Stapleton and Tyler Childers were spotted in the area helping flood victims in various ways. Childers was spotted by a local television station in swamp boots, and Stapleton was spotted in a local Wal-Mart purchasing supplies for locals, and he also volunteered with the Knott County Sheriff’s Department.
Though Dwight Yoakam is mostly known for his revival of The Bakersfield Sound in California, he was born in Pikeville, Kentucky himself, and will be making the trek from Hollywood for the concert. Chris Stapleton grew up in Staffordsville, Kentucky, which is just outside of Paintsville, while Tyler Childers grew up right in Paintsville, and graduated from Paintsville High School.
For more information and to purchase tickets, visit kentuckyrising.com .