The recent fires in Gatlinburg, Tennessee caused a startling amount of property damage and significant loss of life.

In response to the tragedy, a few big name artists like Zac Brown, Sam Bush and Jim Lauderdale have announced a free benefit concert for this Saturday, December 17.

Ole Smoky Moonshine, Yee Haw Brewing Company, the Gatlinburg Convention and Visitors Bureau and Music City Roots are partnering to present the “Mountain Tough” outdoor music festival at 705 Parkway in Gatlinburg, a 2-acre open lot downtown, from 12 pm to 10 pm.

“Our home town has experienced immeasurable pain and suffering over the last week,” said Joseph A. Baker, founder of Ole Smoky Moonshine. “We’re working hard to open up the city, get people back to work and start making memories again for the millions of families that love to visit Gatlinburg.  We’re incredibly grateful to the Zac Brown Band, Music City Roots, and many others for their help in making this Mountain Tough Benefit possible. While this event is free and all are invited, we hope that people will share what they can knowing that 100% of all proceeds from this effort will go to those affected by the recent fires.”

The spur of the moment festival will serve to raise funds for those directly affected by the wildfires. In person donations will be accepted, and those willing to donate online can purchase a “virtual ticket”.

Other artists include Rodney Crowell, Derek St. Holmes, Jason D. Williams, Rob Ickes and Trey Hensley, Randy Kohrs, Sarah Potenza, Moe Pitney, Chelle Rose and others yet to be announced.

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