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May 22, 2013

Texas Country artists organize Moore benefit

Corsicana — It took less than 30 minutes for a devastating EF-5 tornado to make a shambles out of the community of Moore, Okla. on Monday afternoon.

It took less than two days for Texas country musicians Scott Brown and Josh Ward to find themselves stopping in Corsicana on their way to Moore with three trailers full of relief supplies for the victims of the storm.

Brown and Ward stopped by Corsicana radio station 106.9 The Ranch Wednesday to visit with the station’s morning team of Nash and Carey Dean.

The two singers, each with their own bands and both from Montgomery, decided Monday night they wanted to do something to help.

That set the wheels in motion, with a social media blitz and local radio stations broadcasting the appeal. The results were quick and fruitful.

“It was less than 24 hours from the time we talked about helping that we were in a radio station’s parking lot with three full trailers of supplies,” said Brown.

Even a competitor country station broadcast the appeal, directing its listeners to the other station’s parking lot to help.

With trailers loaded with water, cleaning supplies, wipes, diapers, personal hygiene items, lights, gloves, baby food, fans and more, the duo said the outpouring of help and support was tremendous.

Brown said with the rash of recent disasters displacing families and claiming lives, the need to help was obvious.

“This one really hit me with the kids (involved),” Brown said. “Josh and I both have kids ... we had to do something.”

In addition to supplies, the duo also received gift cards and cash from contributors to help with the relief efforts.

Ward said taking part in the effort was a way of “giving back” to the residents of the hard-hit area.

“There’s a lot of music artists up there, and there’s a lot of fans, too,” Ward said. “We go play those towns. They show their support to us every time we come play a show. The least we could do was to load up and try to help them.”

Contributors also gave money to help fund the gasoline costs of the trip, which with three vehicles pulling trailers will likely not be cheap.

“It’s indescribable what people will do to help,” Ward added. “A lady walked up and gave us $1,000.” He said another contributor gave them $400 in gasoline cards to help fuel the fleet making the trip.

The two planned to arrive in Moore Wednesday night, and make their way back to the Houston area Thursday. Both acts have shows to perform this weekend, they said.


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