One of the most famous native Texans of all is stepping up to help his home state in a time of tragedy. Willie Nelson is holding a benefit to raise money for the town of West, which was devastated by a deadly explosion at a local fertilizer plant on Wednesday.
Nelson announced Friday that his April 28 show at the Backyard in Austin will now be a fundraiser for the West Volunteer Fire Department. "Anybody who can't buy a ticket can just pretend they did and send the money to the West Fire Department.," he told Texas Monthly.
Nelson's home town of Abbott is only a few miles away from West, and he notes that he considers the area to be his stomping grounds."It was my backyard growing up. This is my community. These friends and neighbors have always been and are still a part of my life. My heart is praying for the community that we call home.”
The show, which Nelson says will also feature family members including his musician son Lukas, was originally intended to be an early birthday celebration--the country legend turns 80 on April 30.
This isn't the first time Nelson has stepped up when his Lone Star State needed a hand. Most recently, in 2011, he headlined a benefit all-star concert in the wake of wildfires causing extensive damage through central Texas.