It was a sold out concert, featuring some of the biggest names in country, including the band Alabama as artists joined together to benefit the southern and mid-western states devastated by tornadoes earlier this year.

A reported crowd in excess of 13,00 was treated to an opening that included a church choir and the Tuscaloosa Symphony Orchestra.

The band kicked it out with some of their classic hits.  And there was new music from the band; "Alabama Rising", written by band-member Teddy Gentry.  The song is available for sale on iTunes and all benefits go to help the survivors.

In addition to Alabama, some of the artists performing included Rodney Atkins, Sheryl Crow, Brad Paisley, Kellie Pickler, Martina McBride, The Blind Boys of Alabama, Sara Evans, Jake Owen, Montgomery Gentry, Little Big Town, Darius Rucker, Ashton Shepherd and The Commodores.

Country has really gotten behind these efforts to help.  And the need is great. 

If you would like to contribute contact The American Red Cross for details.