Musicians perform to benefit Texas plant victims

West explosion

Credit: Josh Stephen / WFAA

Only five of the 180 homes in the hardest-hit area of West, Texas were left liveable by the April 17, 2013 explosion that devastated the small Central Texas town north of Waco.

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Associated Press

Posted on April 29, 2013 at 3:37 PM

WEST –– Musicians are working to help a Texas town decimated in a deadly fertilizer plant explosion.

Officials with the Texas Thunder Festival on Monday announced next month's performances will benefit emergency responders and schools in West, where 15 people were killed in a blast on April 17.

Performers include the Randy Rogers Band, Wade Bowen, the Casey Donahew Band, the Josh Abbott Band and Stoney LaRue. The festival will be held May 17-19 in Gardendale, near Odessa.

Ten first responders were among those killed in the explosion that left about 200 people hurt. Two others killed fighting the fire were posthumously memorialized as first responders.

Country great Willie Nelson performed Sunday in the Austin area to benefit the West Volunteer Fire Department. Nelson grew up in nearby Abbott.

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