NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) – Some of country music’s biggest stars came together for a benefit concert at the Grand Ole Opry to support flood relief efforts in Humphreys County. The show was called Loretta Lynn’s Friends: Hometown Rising.
One of the many artists to answer the call from Loretta Lynn was Luke Combs. He kicked off the benefit concert on Monday. It was a personal cause for Loretta. Her ranch foreman, Wayne Spears, died in the catastrophic flooding. He was one of 20 in Humphreys County who did not survive.
HUMPHREYS COUNTY, TN (WSMV) - One of country music's biggest icons is mourning the loss of someone she considered family.
"To all of us, he was our good friend. He was always our cowboy,” Loretta Lynn said in a video.
"People want to help. These artists want to help. Garth and Reba and Keith, you know, they've been great friends of Memaw's forever. So, they were all in immediately," Tayla Lynn, Loretta’s granddaughter said.
Tayla Lynn said her grandmother wanted to do something big to help. The show sold out within hours of being announced.
"That was the whole point of Memaw putting it together was to raise money for her people, for Humphreys County, and we're doing it,” Lynn said.
Another artist, Brittney Spencer, sang one of Loretta’s songs as a tribute to her after the county she calls home was devastated. Spencer said she was grateful to join others for the important event.
"I think that it's something that needed to happen especially with the recent natural disaster,” Brittney Spencer, one of the artists who took the stage said.
To honor the families who lost loved ones in the flooding, they were given seats at the show and a poster signed by all of the artists.
This week, students in Humphreys County returned to school for the first time following the Waverly floods that claimed the lives of several people.
The concert also celebrated the heroes and survivors from that day.
The final performance of the night came from one of Loretta's best friends, Garth Brooks. All proceeds from the show are going to the United Way of Humphreys County. If you would like to donate, text TNFLOODRELIEF to 44321.