Post written by Kesley Butler from Calhoun County Insight
Twenty-five years ago, Randy Owen sang these words, “I believe there are Angels Among Us, sent down to us from somewhere up above. They come to you and me in our darkest hours. To show us how to live. To teach us how to give. To guide us with a light of love.”
The chorus to “Angels Among Us” by Alabama says that in our darkest hours, angels “show us how to live” and “teach us how to give”. Many would say that Owen is now one of those angels stepping up to help his alma mater, Jacksonville State University, as the campus and community of Jacksonville recovers from the EF-3 tornado that tore through Jacksonville on March 19.
Owen, Alabama frontman and JSU trustee, organized the upcoming Alabama and Friends Benefit Concert as an effort to raise funds to aid the university in rebuilding. The concert, September 26, at Burgess-Snow Field will feature some of the greatest names in country music to hail from our great state.
The Charlie Daniels Band, Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, Jamey Johnson, Shenandoah, John Berry, Gordon Mote, Darren Knight (“Southern Momma”), and Sirius XM’s Storme Warren make up the lineup.
“We are so thankful and blessed that friends of ours, and some from our great state of Alabama, have offered to help raise funds to repair the damage from the horrific tornado a few months back,” said Owen in a statement pulled from JSU’s website. “The university has been wonderful to work with on helping us set up the concert. From the looks of ticket sales and strong support from sponsors, this will be a very special night for the attendees.”
Alabama and Friends Benefit Concert is a rain or shine event. Tickets range from $25 to $100. A limited number of tickets are available at: https://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/1692467
Nationwide Insurance, Randy Jones & Associates, Inc., is serving as the presenting sponsor. Platinum sponsors include Dr. Pepper, Alabama Power, Alfa Insurance, Marc and Mary Angel, Ken and Jerry Howell, and Trycon Tufters. According to JSU’s website, these sponsors will cover the concert expenses allowing 100-percent of the concert’s proceeds to benefit Jacksonville State.