Hurricane Dorian, a Category 5 storm, ripped through the Bahamas last week, and a handful of artists are now hoping to give back.
Patrick Davis, a songwriter who oversees the annual Songwriters in Paradise concert in Hope Town on the Aboco Islands – an area that was damaged greatly by the storm – is the organizer of a benefit concert. The show, dubbed “SIP Hope 4 Hopetown,” will be held on September 16 at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium, featuring country stars Dierks Bentley and Darius Rucker. Artists Randy Houser, Jamey Johnson, Devin Dawson, LoCash, James Otto, and Hootie and the Blowfish will take the stage, as well as songwriters Wyatt Durrette and Channing Wilson.
“SIP Hope Town @ The Ryman Auditorium is the SIP Family’s way of trying to give back to the people & island that we love so much by doing what we know how to do best…sing & play for #Hope4HopeTown,” organizers said in a statement on the event’s website. “SIP Founder Patrick Davis & Stoney Creek recording artist Randy Houser have been able to pull together an incredible line up of both SIP Hope Town alumni & some of Nashville’s biggest stars.”
While Davis will host the gig, iHeart Country, The Bobby Bones Show, and Nashville country radio station The Big 98 will present the show. Davis hopes to raise money for a GoFundMe campaign he set up that will benefit relief efforts in Hope Town. Already, the campaign has garnered more than $398,000.
When Dorian crashed through the Bahamas, at least 50 people died. Villages were destroyed and 76,000 people were left homeless in the Abaco Islands and on the Grand Bahama Island, the U.N. reports. It has been named the strongest hurricane on record to strike the Bahamas since records first began in 1851 and is the strongest hurricane since Wilma in 2005.