Tanya Tucker, will kick off the 2020 Concert for Love and Acceptance, set to take place Tuesday, June 30 as an online event amid the ongoing COVID-19 crisis. The 2020 Concert for Love and Acceptance is presented by The Academy of Country Music’s charitable arm ACM Lifting Lives, CMT, GLAAD and country music star and philanthropist Ty Herndon. Produced by Herndon’s newly formed charitable foundation, The Foundation for Love & Acceptance, the event will be co-hosted by Emmy and Tony Award winning actress and singer Kristin Chenoweth and CMT’s Cody Alan, who has hosted the event alongside Herndon since 2017. GLAAD and ACM Lifting Lives are the beneficiaries of event proceeds. The event will be live streamed on YouTube, Facebook and at www.F4LA.org/concert, with additional appearances and performances to be announced.
“Nobody’s mentioned COVID in the last couple of days. Now there’s another storm among us,” Garth noted as he stepped Inside Studio G on Monday. Responding to Facebook followers who’re again looking to songs like “We Shall Be Free,” a song that celebrates a time “when we all walk hand in hand/when the last thing we notice is the color of the skin, and the first thing we look for is the beauty within’when this world’s big enough for all different views,” Garth indicated his hope is undimmed. “We’ll get there,” he affirms. “It might not be in our lifetime. It might not be in my children or my grandchildren’s lifetime, but we’ll get there,” he said, adding, “I think this world’s a lot better than it used to be. I really do.” He also offered encouragement to all of us in a moment shared this weekend with wife Trisha Yearwood. “She was saying out loud that she feels like the whole world is burning. And so I took her outside. We’re lucky enough to live in a place that’s kind of elevated and you can see around,” he explained. “I said, ‘The world isn’t burning. And the reason why the world isn’t burning is because there’s a lot more people that believe in loving one another than they believe in burning the world. So just believe that the person next to you is a good person. We’ll get through this.” Garth’s looking to music, too, citing the words of “Courage of Love,” a song recorded for his forthcoming album. “There’s a line in it that says, ‘Truth must be the answer. And love be the light.’ And that’s it. We’re going to search for the truth,” he offers “along with his recurring and timeless message…”Love one another.”
A Utah judge blocked a free concert at The Amphitheater at Studio Ranch in Grantsville, Utah, that was slated to be headlined by Collin Raye on May 30. The event would have openly defied the state’s ban on gatherings of more than 50 people due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Initially, the show was scheduled to take place at Barnes Park in Kaysville, Utah, on May 30, but backlash forced organizer Utah Business Revival to relocate to Grantsville. The outdoor event was organized to allow nonessential businesses to sell their goods and services. According to usatoday.com, Judge Dianna Gibson ruled there was a real risk of spreading COVID-19 within the audience. “Not allowing this event to move forward under these circumstances is not a deprivation of anyone’s individual constitutional right,” said Judge Gibson. “It is also not government overreach.”