[Updated 5/12: The concert will feature call to action messages from President Obama, Big Kenny, Carrie Underwood, Courteney Cox, Ellen Degeneres, University of Alabama Coach Nick Saban, Nicole Kidman, Shania Twain, Taylor Swift and more.
MusicRow has the exclusive list of stars who will be manning the phone bank tonight, including Alabama, Ashton Shepherd, Big Kenny, Clay Walker, Clint Black, Crystal Bowersox, Danny Gokey, Darryl Worley, David Nail, Hank Williams, Jr., Hillary Williams, Holly Williams, Kellie Pickler, Montgomery Gentry, Phil Vassar, Randy Houser and Ricky Skaggs.
Alan Jackson will perform on the show and live stream it at AlanJackson.com.]
Robin Meade, CNN HLN anchor is set to co-host “Music Builds: The CMT Disaster Relief Concert.” The show will air live from the Grand Ole Opry House stage and Studio A on Thur., May 12, 9 p.m. ET/8 p.m. CT.
HLN will re-broadcast the show in its entirety on Sun, May 15, 9 p.m. ET/8p.m. CT, to build additional awareness. Funds will benefit the American Red Cross Disaster Relief effort in the South and Red Cross and phone lines will also be open for HLN’s re-air on Sunday.
“When I anchor stories about the recent storms in the South, my mind isn’t on the statistics, or the footage, or the sound bites,” says Meade. “My thoughts are with that person who looks around and wonders, ‘what am I going to do now that everything is gone?’ I’m so touched by the resiliency of the storm victims, and the generosity of music fans and viewers to help these folks whose lives are now in disarray, and that’s what this telethon is going to be about, lifting up storm victims, letting them know, they’re not alone.”
Joining Meade as co-hosts will be ESPN’s Erin Andrews and comedian Ron White. Country artists scheduled to appear include Hank Williams Jr., Alabama, Alan Jackson, Keith Urban, Lady Antebellum, Little Big Town, Ronnie Dunn, Sara Evans, Tim McGraw and Trace Adkins. All money raised will benefit the American Red Cross Disaster Relief. Highlighted regions affected by recent storm, tornado and flooding damage will include Tuscaloosa and Birmingham, Ala.; Natchez and Vicksburg, Miss.; Vidalia, La.; Dyersburg and Tiptonville, Tenn.; and Raleigh, N.C.
Meade will also provide live reports from the Grand Ole Opry House and interviews with featured musicians on Thu and Fri for her popular HLN morning show, “Morning Express with Robin Meade” (6 a.m. – 12 noon, ET).
Information is as follows: Visit www.redcross.org, call 1-800-RED CROSS or text “REDCROSS” to 90999 to make a $10 donation to support the American Red Cross Disaster Relief efforts.