We’ve seen all kinds of heroes emerge from the disastrous aftermath of Hurricane Harvey’s rampage on southeast Texas, and some of country’s hottest stars are among them. One, in his typically quiet and understated manner, is speaking out about his efforts to help, and his motivation for doing so.
George Strait has lived in Texas for almost his entire life. (He was stationed in Hawaii during his military service.) Even after landing a major label record deal in Nashville and launching a successful career (whoa, is THAT an understatement), he remained a proud resident of the Lone Star State, extending that legacy for his generation and now the two that have followed.
So when his homeland was devastated by the Category 4 hurricane, George assessed the situation, like any good cowboy would, before mobilizing. But it wasn’t just because he’s from Texas. The King of Country Music was affected much more personally than that.
In a video on his Facebook page, George told the local NBC affiliate, “Seeing all of this happen and being personally affected by it myself, along with many friends in Houston and Rockport, Aransas Pass, Port A and all these different communities down there where I have friends and some family, you kind of feel helpless. So, this was a way I thought maybe I could do some good and raise some money to help those people and see if we can’t get everybody back on their feet again.”
In addition to family and friends in the affected areas, George also has a home in hard-hit Rockport.
But George doesn’t talk about that. Instead, he focuses on the inspiring efforts made by Houston Texans’ J.J. Watt. He says, “When you see people pitching in like J.J. Watt, for example, raising, I don’t know, I think his number is up to $19 million, it’s so impressive to see somebody doing things like that. We want to join in in that kind of a program. Hopefully we can raise that kind of money, but I have to commend him on his efforts and say what a great thing that he’s done. I heard this morning that they might rename a highway after him in Houston. I think that’s a great idea!”
We do, too! J.J. has actually now raised nearly $30 million for relief efforts.
As we previously reported, George is at the helm of a benefit concert in San Antonio which will also include Miranda Lambert, Chris Stapleton, Robert Earl Keen and Lyle Lovett. And if you can’t be there for the show, you’ll see portions if it during the “Hand in Hand: a Benefit for Harvey Relief” telethon airing September 12 at 8 p.m. ET.