The extensive U.S. tour that country star Tim McGraw recently kicked off will benefit local chapters of the American Red Cross in more than 50 cities in which he will perform. The artist has pledged f

The extensive U.S. tour that country star Tim McGraw recently kicked off will benefit local chapters of the American Red Cross in more than 50 cities in which he will perform. The artist has pledged funds generated from ticket sales and a specially created T-shirt, as well as from a handful of surprise shows.

As previously reported, McGraw's One Band Show tour with his band, the Dancehall Doctors, kicked off Friday in Birmingham, Ala. The trek, which next stops tomorrow (March 11) in Nashville, is scheduled to conclude May 31 in Greenville, S.C.

Local Red Cross chapters will receive 50 cents from each concert ticket sold through his official Web site, and 100% of the proceeds from the Tim McGraw/American Red Cross T-shirt that is being sold at all stops on the tour.

In addition, McGraw plans on staging surprise "Bread & Water" performances in some cities. He's pledged to donate 50% of the proceeds from these shows to the local Red Cross chapter in each city, with the other half tabbed to benefit his own Swampstock-related charity efforts. Another 50 cents from the concert tickets sold through his Web site will also go to those efforts.

"We are living in a time where people need to stick together and help one another," McGraw said in a statement of his Red Cross initiative. "We need to be prepared for any crisis that might present itself and we need to do our part in banding together."

The artist's latest album, "Tim McGraw and the Dancehall Doctors," debuted No. 2 on The Billboard 200 and the Top Country Albums chart. The Curb set has sold 1.96 million copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan.