Luke Bryan invites first responders to Houston show

Country star Luke Bryan is showing his gratitude to Hurricane Harvey's first responders by inviting them to attend his upcoming concert in Houston, Texas for free.

The That's My Kind of Night hitmaker has reached out to city officials and offered up tickets to the emergency service workers who risked their lives to help others as the historic storm struck in late August (17), devastating areas of southern Texas.

The singer has also pledged proceeds from the Cynthia Woods Pavilion show on 22 September (17) to the Houston Community Fund to aid in the local recovery efforts.

The news of Bryan's generous gesture emerges after he took part in the all-star Hand in Hand: A Benefit for Hurricane Relief telethon on Tuesday night (12Sep17). He was among the celebrities who helped man the phones in Nashville, Tennessee to accept donations from members of the public, while acts like Usher and Blake Shelton, and Brad Paisley, Demi Lovato, Darius Rucker, and Cece Winans teamed up for performances from the Grand Ole Opry.

George Strait was also joined by artists including Miranda Lambert and Chris Stapleton to deliver a set for the telethon from his benefit gig in San Antonio, Texas.

Phone banks were also set up in studios in Los Angeles and New York, where the likes of George Clooney, Tom Hanks, Oprah Winfrey, Justin Timberlake, Bruce Willis, Al Pacino, and Robert De Niro took calls from donors.