Faith Hill, Tim McGraw Among Stars Playing Benefits

Country stars rally for conservation efforts, community projects.

Country's leading couple, Faith Hill and Tim McGraw, will play an acoustic benefit show for the Jackson (Miss.) Zoo on July 1.

Proceeds will go toward a new education complex and other Friends of Jackson Zoo projects. Hill's current hit "The Way You Love Me" is on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart.

Hill, Jo Dee Messina, Charlie Daniels and Lonestar will participate in the sixth annual Hands For Fans celebrity auction June 14, during Fan Fair in Nashville. Artist autographs and hand prints will be auctioned for the Hands On Nashville organization, which coordinates volunteers for community projects.

In other country benefit news, RCA Nashville will release an album on May 16 to accompany Tracy Byrd's TNN special "Wonders of Wildlife Honors: A Concert for Conservation." Album proceeds will be donated to conservation efforts. Byrd recorded "Pass It On" specifically for the compilation, which also includes cuts by Alabama, Brad Paisley, Waylon Jennings, Mark Chesnutt, Kenny Chesney, and Montomgery Gentry. The special airs on TNN on May 30.

Veteran country artist Steve Wariner will perform Saturday (April 29) in Moorhead, Miss., with Johnny Russell and Norma Jean & Mike Snider. The show will benefit the Johnny Russell Scholarship at Mississippi Delta Community College.