After seeing many of their own livelihoods crippled by the COVID-19 pandemic, many musicians in central and eastern Kentucky are coming together to support victims of the record flooding that decimated much state last week.
Several worked in a Lexington concert hall to collect donations and bring needed supplies to the hardest hit areas. Virtual benefit concerts are planned this week and popular musicians like Sturgill Simpson and Tyler Childers, who have roots in areas affected by the floods, have pledged financial support.
In Lexington, a duo of yesteryear Local Honeys have partnered with non-profit associations Appalachians for the Appalachians and the Kentucky Appalachian Foundation to collect donations and supplies to distribute to flood victims at the music club magnifying glass. Efforts began late March 3 when Linda Jean Stokley of the Honeys contacted local drummer and Burl employee Zachary Martin about using the location as a centralized drop-off point for supplies. Burl executives jumped at the chance to lend a hand to an area of ââthe state that is like their family.
âWe understand that we are all in the same boat,â said Martin. “It wasn’t about whether we were going to help, but when because Eastern Kentucky has always been incredibly supportive of The Burl as well as being home to many of our favorite artists who have performed on stage here.”
Donations needed at The Burl
Urgently needed cleaning supplies include sponges, bleach, and five gallon buckets. Pillows, blankets, adult and toddler diapers, toilet paper, paper towels, unitary toothbrushes, feminine hygiene products and pet foods are also in demand.
To donate, drop off the items at The Burl from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. on March 13th.
The team delivered their first supplies to Estill, Powell and Lee counties – the last of the region’s hardest-hit counties and home ground for the Beattyville-born Hobbs – on March 5 with another full trailer. of supplies loaded and ready. deliver again.
“Although tragic, these floods are another example of the resilience of Kentuckians, and in particular the Appalachians,” said Stokley. âPeople can say whatever they want about Eastern Kentucky, but the people here have been through so much. They are battle-tested and band together more than ever to help their neighbors. Seeing the community come together in this way makes me very proud to be a Kentuckian.
Impact of the Estill Co.
Supplies and donations in Estill County have been dropped off at River City Music and Arts, a concert hall in downtown Irvine, where owners LG and Jen Richardson provide the space as a shelter for those in the community who have nowhere to turn. They started a GoFundMe to provide direct assistance to those affected in the county as well.
The family of Byron Roberts, organizers of the Kickin It On The Creek music festival, participated in the cleanup efforts in Irvine in addition to launching a GoFundMe to raise funds for Estill, Lee and Owsley counties. This is not the first time the Roberts family has been involved in the aftermath of a tragedy. In 2017, after gusts of 90 to 100 miles per hour destroyed 20 homes in Estill County and damaged countless others organized a one-day benefit concert which raised more than $ 30,000 for the victims of the storm.
Luckily for Roberts, who owns land stretching from Estill to Lee County, his home was not damaged during the flooding. However, he and his family were stranded for three days after the gravel road leading back to it was submerged under several feet of water for over a mile.
âIt’s much worse than we thought. Hopefully the government will come in to help at some point, but the people in our area need help now, âsaid Roberts. âMany of my friends and immediate family have lost everything they had. It will take a long time to recover and rebuild the countless families who have been displaced.
Tyler Childers, Sturgill Simpson Flood Support
Another help came from Hickman Holler Appalachian Relief Fund founded by the natives of Estill County Tyler childers and seÃ±ora may in 2020. On March 4, he announced a donation of $ 20,000 to help flood victims through the Foundation for Appalachian Kentucky’s Southeast Kentucky Flood Relief Fund, with an additional pledge of ” match 100% of contributions made to its own fund until the end of March.
Grammy Award-winning artist Sturgill Simpson also attended, announcing on March 8 his intention to reopen the merchandise store for his irreverent âDick Daddy Survival Schoolâ, with 100% of all net profits Aspire Appalachians in his hometown of Jackson.
âMy hometown of Jackson has apparently suffered the worst, especially the immediate areas around Panbowl Lake and Lakeside where I lived as a child,â Simpson said in a press release. âOver 25% of County Breathitt has been affected and in Jackson, a town of just over 2,000 people, over 1,000 people have been displaced or lost everything. Some of those who lost everything initially had little to lose and now literally live in tent cities. It goes without saying that this is something that weighs extremely heavy on my heart.
Eastern Kentucky floods virtual concerts
In addition to helping with cleanup, fundraising and fundraising for flood victims, many of the same artists are also planning to band together later this week for a duo of live benefit shows featuring featured a multitude of artists from the Appalachians and around the world.
The first livestream will be “Love Thy Neighbor: An Appalachians For Appalachia Flood Relief Drive”, which will be broadcast Local Honeys‘, Appalachians for the Appalachians and the Kentucky Appalachian FoundationFacebook pages for 24 hours starting Wednesday, March 10 at 7 p.m. The full-day event will feature over 40 artists performing a handful of songs each. Performers include The Local Honeys, Senora May, SG Goodman, Silas House, Robert Gipe, The Wooks, and others. Donations received will be distributed through the Foundation’s Southeast Kentucky Flood Relief Fund.
Just as this livestream ends, the other will begin. The Roberts family and WhizzbangBAM the direction of the artists is joining forces for a benefit from 6.30 p.m. on Thursday March 11 on Kick on the streamthe Facebook page of. The first night of the multi-day KIOTC Kentucky River Flood Benefit Livestream will feature approximately three hours of music by artists like Arlo McKinley, City Mountain, Woods, Joslyn and the gentle squeeze, John R. Miller, Luna and the mountain jets, Casual campaign selector, Justin wells and other performers. The donations collected will go to the GoFundMe installed last week by the Roberts family. Details on a second and third night of the livestream are still being finalized.
âI am honored that the music community is standing up and standing up for the people of these mountains,â said Roberts. âThe overall situation has been devastating, but the bright side has been seeing everyone in the community coming together to help with the cleanup, collect donations and make sure all the displaced are warm and fed. ”
Love Your Neighbor: Appalachian Flood Relief Campaign
When: March 10 at 7 p.m. for 24 consecutive hours
Who: 40 artists including The Local Honeys, Senora May, SG Goodman, Silas House, Robert Gipe, The Wooks
Donations: Southeast Kentucky Flood Relief Fund
KIOTC Kentucky River Flood Benefit Livestream
When: 6:30 p.m. on March 11 (details of the second and third days are still being finalized)
Who: Arlo McKinley, Town Mountain, Joslyn & The Sweet Compression and more