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article imageGrammy winner Alan Jackson performs benefit for WV Coal Miners Special

By Kim I. Hartman     May 23, 2010 in Entertainment
Grammy Award Winner Alan Jackson hit the stage in Charleston West Virginia Saturday night in a benefit concert for the families of the 29 coal miners killed in April at the Montcoal Mine explosion.
Fans packed the house for Alan Jackson's benefit concert for the families of the Montcoal Mine Disaster. Jackson, who came rolling in on a Freight Train, cut the ticket prices as the day of the concert approached to a record low of twenty dollars in an effort to raise even more money for the victims of the deadly explosion.
Jackson said from the stage "I am here to support the miners and their families" He said he "couldn't pass through West Virginia without holding a benefit for the families of the men who died."
In a salute to the working man, Jackson dropped the prices to make it affordable for the everyday folks who he wanted to be in the audience at the packed Charleston Civic Center last night. And the working men and their families went wild when they heard that fiddle music begin from the song "Hard Hat and A Hammer" off Jackson new album "Freight Train".
Jackson performed both old and new favorites including Freight Train, Chattahoochee, After 17 another hit off his new album and Thats Where I Belong.
He delighted the crowd with his country music and his dedication to the benefit that he originally announced in April after the mining disaster that claimed the lives of twenty-nine of West Virginia's finest coal miners.
“This is a very wonderful donation from Alan and, on behalf of our state, I’m honored for our miners, their families and the rescue workers,” said West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin. “Alan is a world-famous entertainer who has never forgotten his small-town roots and the importance of family. And I’m sure our miner families will really appreciate this opportunity to enjoy a great show.”
“We are thrilled that Alan Jackson, an entertainer who sings about the working family, has committed his upcoming show in Charleston to the families of the fallen miners at the Upper Big Branch mine,” said The Rev. Dennis Sparks, Ex. Dir. WV Council of Churches. “On Behalf of the Montcoal Mining Disaster Fund, thank you Alan and we look forward to a great concert in West Virginia.
Reverend Sparks will be in charge of the dividing the money amongst the surviving family members, it was announced last night during the show.
Jackson showed how caring a man he is when he met with the waiting miners families before the concert. He said during the show that over 200 family members came to meet him and were in attendance. He touched the hearts of these West Virginian's who were in the crowd with his gesture.
Alan Jackson said he was a Small Town Southern Man who came to help other small town southern miners families but the fans in attendance weren't calling him a small town southern man. They were calling him a class act.
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