Nelson to Play Benefit for Blast Victims—His Neighbors
He grew up few miles away in Abbott, Texas
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Apr 18, 2013 5:38 PM CDT
A file photo of Willie Nelson, who grew up just a few miles away from West, Texas.   (Tim Sharp)

(Newser) – Willie Nelson will turn an upcoming Texas concert into a benefit for victims of the explosion at a fertilizer plant not far from where he grew up. Nelson still has a home in Abbott, Texas, about five miles north of West, which was rocked by last night's explosion that left an unknown number of people dead and more than 160 hurt. He remembers riding his bike the short distance between the towns and still has many friends and family there.

"Our hearts and prayers go out to the people of West," Nelson said in an interview before taping a CMT Crossroads special in Nashville. "There are a lot of our friends and loved ones and neighbors down there. We talked to some of them and some of the made it out OK, and some of them didn't. But they're strong and they'll be back. It's one of those things you don't get over. But you will get through it." The concert is scheduled for April 28 in Austin.