Nashville Mayor Karl Dean has estimated the total damages from this week’s flood could top $1 billion, though Music City is still digging out.
Many of country’s stars — including Vince Gill, Darius Rucker and Kenny Chesney — have stepped forward to raise money or put a public face on the tragedy for the nation. Others, including Brad Paisley and LeAnn Rimes, are still waiting to see how much equipment they might have lost when the Cumberland River swelled over its bank.
Among the ongoing flood-related stories:
• Nashville’s WSMV-TV will air a three-hour fundraising telethon, “Working 4 You: Flood Relief With Vince Gill & Friends,” Thursday at 7 p.m. CT. The lineup includes Darius Rucker, Keith Urban, Phil Vassar, Alison Krauss, Steve Wariner, Montgomery Gentry’s Troy Gentry, Buddy Jewell, Lonestar, Bo Bice and Lee Roy Parnell. The telethon can be seen both on the local broadcast and on WSMV.com.
• After closing Monday, the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum plans to re-open this weekend, once power has been restored. That should be no later than Saturday. At one point, more than five feet of water stood in the structure’s mechanical room. The Hall of Fame continues to use generators to keep its historic instruments and other fragile artifacts at a safe temperature.
• A bevy of instruments were likely lost elsewhere. Soundcheck, a rehearsal space and musical storage facility, was over-run by water. It’s the location where Keith Urban had been storing his guitars and amps, which he believes were probably ruined. Others affected, according to the Associated Press, include Brad Paisley, Vince Gill and LeAnn Rimes. Pictures of the Soundcheck tragedy were posted by The Nashville Scene.
• Proceeds from a Grammy Block Party being thrown Tuesday by the Recording Academy will go to Nashville flood relief efforts. Darius Rucker, Steel Magnolia and Dailey & Vincent are among the country-related acts slated to appear in a multi-genre lineup.
• 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.