Hurricane Forces CMT Relief Show Postponement

With Hurricane Rita gaining strength in the Gulf of Mexico and computer models predicting landfall in Texas by the weekend, organizers have postponed the planned CMT One Country benefit concert.

With Hurricane Rita gaining strength in the Gulf of Mexico and computer models predicting landfall in Texas by the weekend, organizers have postponed the planned CMT One Country benefit concert. The show was due to take place Oct. 1 at Houston's Reliant Stadium, with George Strait, Kenny Chesney, Alan Jackson, Willie Nelson, Martina McBride and ZZ Top lined up to perform.

"The potential danger posed by Hurricane Rita and her aftermath will not allow the window of time necessary to create a show of this magnitude," CMT and show organizer the Messina Group say in a statement. "The risks are too great to artists, vendors and volunteers to commit their efforts to this endeavor at this time.":

Organizers are hopeful the event will be rescheduled. Ticket holders are being advised to hold onto their tickets as they will be honored at a rescheduled show.

At deadline, Rita is reported as a Category-5 hurricane, with winds swirling at 165 mph and forecasts predicting it will collide with the central Texas coast between Galveston and Corpus Christi.