Music City Ravaged by Historic Floods
Thursday, May 6, 2010
Fender would like to offer its support to everyone in “Music City” – Nashville, Tenn. – ravaged this week by storms and flash floods that have left an estimated $1 billion in damages in their wake. The death toll stood at 31 in Tennessee, Mississippi and Kentucky as of today, with a handful of people listed as missing.
The flooding, caused by more than 15 inches of rain in only two days, eventually flowed back into the Cumberland River, but not before rushing into some of Nashville’s most treasured musical landmarks. The Grand Ole Opry House and the Country Music Hall of Fame both took on water, and 160,000-square-foot music equipment storage facility Soundcheck was completely inundated. Soundcheck losses are estimated in the tens of millions.
|Click here to watch the CNN interview with Keith Urban.|
“I think all my road guitar gear, amps, and effects are under three feet of river,” said country star Brad Paisley in a Twitter post.
And with his H20 Tour set to start later this month, Paisley told the Associated Press that his guitar tech “is spending like a broker on the stock exchange floor.”
He’s not alone. The Fender artist relations team in Nashville has been fielding calls left and right from musicians scrambling to secure replacement gear for upcoming tours.
“I’ve probably lost all of my road equipment, and all my guitars, and amp and everything,” Keith Urban told CNN.
Vince Gill reportedly lost his entire vintage collection.
“When I hear about Keith Urban losing guitars or Vince Gill; things they’ve collected their whole lives, it’s heartbreaking,” Little Big Town’s Karen Fairchild told People magazine. “It will be a while before we know the scope of it – how devastating it will be for country music history; the heirlooms. Vince Gill’s guitars – if they are lost, those would have been in the Country Music Hall of Fame.”
But in typical Gill fashion, the country legend’s real concern is for the thousands of people who have lost their homes to the flooding. He helped organize Working 4 You: Flood Relief with Vince Gill & Friends, a three-hour fund-raiser that will be broadcast live at 7 p.m. tonight and will include appearances by Urban, Alison Krauss, Naomi Judd, Amy Grant, Lorrie Morgan, Darius Rucker, Phil Vassar, Troy Gentry (of Montgomery Gentry), Steve Wariner, Buddy Jewell, Lonestar, Bo Bice and Lee Roy Parnell.
All proceeds will benefit the Salvation Army, the Red Cross and the Second Harvest Food Bank.
Paisley is also pitching in to aid his community. He’ll appear with Lady Antebellum and Dierks Bentley on May 16 national telethon Music City Keep On Playin’ – A Benefit for Flood Relief, which will be filmed at Nashville’s famous Ryman Auditorium and will raise funds for central Tennessee flood relief.
The American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund is providing shelter, food, emotional support and more to the victims of this disaster. To find out how you can help, please visit redcross.org or text “REDCROSS” to 90999 to donate $10 to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund from your phone.