Country music star lends a hand to Oklahoma tornado victims
Larry Gatlin on his benefit concert
- Duration 3:49
- Date Apr 28, 2012
Larry Gatlin on his benefit concert
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Well country music superstar Larry gatlin was so touched my comment from a victim of tornadoes in Woodward Oklahoma that he wrote a special song.
He posted that -- on FaceBook.
-- residents saw the video and invited him to come to -- town for a benefit concert.
Where he raised almost 200000 dollars Larry is joining us now with more -- on this very special event Larry.
-- -- -- you I do today.
I did very well -- First of all I didn't raise the money they raise -- money -- -- saying fuel songs but here's what the most moving and touching events of my life Janice my wife and -- Lying in bed one night and I heard this lady they were talking to her about her house and being you know being destroyed -- she -- traffic camera she should I build another house.
But I can't build another -- And she -- -- husband who was sifting through the rubble of what had been their home.
And when I heard I can build another house I got up walked in the living room my wife Janice and where you go on.
I sit you know we're on the go -- you should be I heard it -- sorrowful song that we don't face that just because that's what songwriters.
We write songs but what happens to people.
They heard it ask me come over there and you know to walk through that debris field and see those.
Homes and those people but also to see their courage and their faith in the way -- bounced back it it was like say they gave me a -- back and I gave them.
Isn't -- amazing I mean we keep hearing about these amazing stories of survival from.
House like Tuscaloosa -- we heard from Rick Wright news job of Missouri people like that in those communities they are unbelievable in -- -- the way they remain resilient and stay closely connected to one another.
What do you think that comes from.
Well you know I believe that we I would like -- we all have faith in something -- -- power some some don't I guess but.
You know they always.
If you for lack of a better word of the south being the Bible Belt and all -- well you know in times like those.
I'm sure those folks.
They did cling to their faith in Mr.
President it wasn't any guns but it was their god and their Bible so.
I think it's what helped them through and that the friendship with those bonds that that a community a small community usually ends.
The power of the words in that letter that moved you so much did you feel immediately that you had to do something to write a song like this.
I did that's you know songwriters we think weird anyway.
Everything -- is a solved.
But -- I I kid people I'd say it was either Plato or Socrates.
Or Johnny Cash.
One of those three who said take me not to those who write your -- -- they -- -- Take me to those who write your songs for they will not.
So just as surely as newspapers journalist novelist.
Or chronic colors if you will of what's happened in our world songwriters are caiso.
I honor that muse when it strikes from the inspiration comes -- I later found the young woman her name is Angie.
Five I L I think or feel if -- TV you know when -- being interviewed.
And that night at the show she literally held the lyrics because not only songs on -- in front of her you know community.
She held the worst of the -- -- -- -- -- it and she cried macro.
Like say the folks raised a lot of money so.
I wish -- -- ago that idea.
Well it's great that you're able to stay -- in a very special way to those people and I know that you give back in so many ways to this country and it's wonderful to see you again thank you so much for sharing that with -- and if you want to make a donation there's.
A number on our screen that you can turn two and then make a donation to that community I know it's going to be greatly appreciate it Larry.
Thank you as always for joining us today and I know that he's gonna be singing -- songs was right after the break stay with.