Music Builds: The CMT Disaster Relief Concert Premieres Live on Thursday, May 12 at 9 p.m. ET/8 p.m. CT

Talent line-up includes Hank Williams, Jr., Alabama, Alan Jackson, Gretchen Wilson, Keith Urban, Lady Antebellum, Little Big Town, Ronnie Dunn, Sara Evans, The Blind Boys of Alabama, Tim McGraw and Trace Adkins

Co-hosted by Erin Andrews, Robin Meade and Ron White

Concert Features 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

NASHVILLE, Tenn., May 11, 2011 -- CMT and its pro-social initiative CMT One Country will air MUSIC BUILDS:  THE CMT DISASTER RELIEF CONCERT, a live, commercial-free, 90-minute concert special featuring a special call to action from President Obama, as well as performances by Hank Williams, Jr.AlabamaAlan JacksonGretchen Wilson, Keith UrbanLady AntebellumLittle Big TownRonnie DunnSara EvansThe Blind Boys of AlabamaTim McGrawTrace Adkins and more to raise awareness and funds for those affected by the recent devastating storms, flooding and tornadoes.  Co-hosted by ESPN's Erin Andrews, HLN's Robin Meade and comedian Ron White, the fundraising special will air live from Nashvilleon Thursday, May 12 at 9 p.m. ET/8 p.m. CT on CMT and will be simulcast on  All money raised will benefit the American Red Cross Disaster Relief efforts.

MUSIC BUILDS:  THE CMT DISASTER RELIEF CONCERT will highlight a number of regions affected by recent storm, tornado and flooding damage including Tuscaloosa and Birmingham, Ala.; Natchez and Vicksburg, Miss.; Vidalia, La.; Memphis,Dyersburg and Tiptonville, Tenn.; and Raleigh, N.C. to name a few.  In addition to performances, the special will include additional calls to action from Big KennyCarrie Underwood, Courteney CoxEllen Degeneres, University of Alabama Coach Nick SabanNicole KidmanShania TwainTaylor Swift, and others.  HLN will re-air the telecast Sunday, May 15 at 9:00 p.m., ET.  

MUSIC BUILDS:  THE CMT DISASTER RELIEF CONCERT is executive produced by John Hamlin for CMT and Tom Forrest for Taillight Television.  It is directed by Ivan Dudynsky.

**CMT One Country encourages you to support our neighbors affected by the recent devastating tornadoes and floods.  Visit, call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10donation.

CMT ONE COUNTRY, CMT's pro-social initiative, was launched in the fall of 2005 to promote civic participation and inspire CMT viewers to take action and bring about important change in their communities. For more information visit

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About the American Red Cross:  The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies nearly half of the nation's blood; teaches lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization — not a government agency — and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please or join our blog at

Disaster facts from the American Red Cross:

  • Hundreds of Red Cross workers are helping people along the Mississippi River in Tennessee, Arkansas and Mississippi, providing food and shelter to those whose neighborhoods have flooded.  The Red Cross is preparing to extend flooding relief efforts even further south into Mississippi and Louisiana as the high waters flow downriver.
  • The Red Cross continues to help the thousands of people across the South whose neighborhoods were ravaged by the recent tornadoes.  Mississippi River flooding forced more than 400 people to seek refuge in shelters in northwestTennessee Monday night.  Another 660 people spent the night in Red Cross shelters across the South.
  • The Red Cross estimates that it will spend as much as $31 million responding to the disasters which have occurred over the past several weeks, while initiating another large-scale relief operation to help people along the Mississippi River.
  • Since March 31, the Red Cross has launched more than 20 separate relief operations over more than half of the United States, responding to wildfires, floods and tornadoes from North Dakota to the East Coast and all throughout the South.  They've opened over 170 shelters and provided more than 14,000 overnight stays to those in need.
  • The Red Cross depends on financial donations to help in times of disaster.  Please consider making a donation today to help the thousands of people who have been affected by these disasters.  Visit, call 1-800-RED CROSS or text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.
  • Any donation, large or small, will help.  For example, $3 can provide a comfort kit for someone in a disaster, $6 can cover the cost of a blanket and $10 the cost of a hot meal.  For $150, someone's donation can cover the cost of providing food and shelter to a family of four for a day they spend in a shelter. 



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