The floods in Middle Tennessee didn’t discriminate as evidenced by this amazing shot of Kenny Chesney standing on what was part of the stairway leading into his Nashville-area home. Kenny was out of town over the past weekend and could not access the area leading to his house until Wednesday. For the moment it’s clear that Kenny has lost a lot of personal property and effects, and as the waters recede it may become clear that he’s lost his home.
Kenny’s publicist, Holly Gleason, reports that it’s likely his house will be condemned given that waters consumed the first floor. Chesney’s gym is ruined. He also lost all of his sports memorabilia, including items from when he was in high school as well as professional sports items and pictures with friends who are athletes.
Kenny spent over 5 minutes on the phone with CNN’s Anderson Cooper during his AC360° show Wednesday night. During the interview, Kenny was quick to point out that he’s “lost a lot, but not near as much as a lot of people.” He went on to say that “the things I lost, I can replace. But there are people here that have lost their lives and their livelihood.”
Kenny shared some incredible video footage he shot of the scene he came home to during the CNN segment. “This is a tight community, it’s sad to see this happen here.” Kenny also made a plea that “people need help here, give whatever you can, people have lost everything…they just need the bare essentials.”
Also during the interview, Anderson Cooper recognized the lack of national media coverage and committed to fixing that by coming to Nashville to broadcast live on Thursday’s edition of AC360°, airing at 10p ET. The show dubbed “Nashville Under Water” will feature wide ranging coverage of the devastation and an interview with Tim McGraw and Faith Hill.
For ideas on ways you can help check out our earlier blog entry “The Nashville Flood: How You Can Help” »
Editor’s note — story update on 5-13-10:
GAC will air a benefit concert this Sunday, May 16 called GAC’s Music City Keep On Playin’ — A Benefit For Flood Relief. Airing from Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium at 8 p.m. ET, the fundraiser features Brad Paisley, Lady Antebellum, Dierks Bentley, Rodney Atkins, Kellie Pickler, Americana artist Will Hoge, gospel singer CeCe Winans and contemporary Christian performer Jaci Velasquez.