It took over a year of planning, but Phillip Phillips, Luke Bryan, Cole Swindell, the Peach Pickers and DJ Rock put on a massive show of solidarity for Albany, Georgia, after the town and surrounding areas were devastated by twin storms in January 2017.
The benefit show was held at the Exchange Club Fairgrounds in Albany, which had the capacity to host thousands of concert goers with early estimates putting the Wednesday, October 3rd, audience between 8,000 and 15,000. All proceeds of the concert went to the Heart of South Georgia Fund, set up “to support the ongoing disaster relief efforts in Albany, Georgia, and other needs of the community.”
If the logistics were huge, so was the energy that all performers brought to the show, Phillip included. Accompanied by his Magnetic Tour band, Jeff Randall on drums, Jared Jackson on bass, Evan Penza on guitar, and the addition of Mee Eun Kim on keys, Phillip left it all on stage for his hometown crowd.
And no matter how many times Phillip has surprised us with new song debuts or out of the blue covers, he still managed to do it again last Wednesday when he launched into Ray Charles’ “Georgia on my Mind,” a heartfelt tribute to his home state.
Really loved hearing @Phillips sing #Georgia live ❤️❤️❤️ #HeartOfSouthGA pic.twitter.com/mvTm5K4i2F
— Kelsey ✌️️❤️🎵 (@poisnivyred) October 4, 2018
It was, we are sure, a night to remember for all who were fortunate to be there. Though the show is over, you can still donate to the Heart of South Georgia Fund; click here for more information.
All photos used with permission from Carlton Fletcher/Albany Herald.
Video of “Georgia on my Mind” captured by Kelsey.