Alabama lead singer in Chattanooga to promote benefit concert

Randy Owen said proceeds from the concert will go toward tornado relief at Jacksonville State University. (Image: WTVC)

A country music legend wants to help rebuild a university devastated by a tornado.

Randy Owen is the lead singer of the iconic band Alabama. He is also a Jacksonville State University alum.

On Tuesday, we caught up with Owen at the Sunny 92.3 studio. He was on the air with Classic Country 97.3/99.3.

So when an EF-3 tornado hit the campus back in March, he and the band pledged to do whatever they could to help.

But first he had to see the damage with his own eyes.

"Our gymnasium was basically destroyed, and several of the dorms, and buildings, the library," Owen said.

The National Weather Service said the tornado brought 140 mile per hour winds and caused serious damage to more than 20 campus buildings.

Now, Owen and the Grammy Award-winning Alabama, are putting on a benefit concert to help rebuild what was lost.

Charlie Daniels, Jamey Johnson, Riley Green, Shenandoah, and Darren Knight will also be performing.

Owen said he's continuing to get support from other musical acts, and said there may even be some surprise additions.

"We truly admire the spirit of everybody who wants to help," Owen said.

Owen said the concert is just the start of what will be a long road back for the university.

"This is going to affect education in the state of Alabama, really in the nation, because we have students from all over," Owen said. "It's about awareness. It's going to be years before we ever get back to normal."