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May 10

Tim McGraw, Faith Hill Organize Flood-Relief Concert

Tim McGraw and wife Faith Hill. Photo courtesy of Curb Nashville and Warner Bros. Nashville.

Tim McGraw and wife Faith Hill. Photo courtesy of Curb Nashville and Warner Bros. Nashville.

In response to last week’s devastating Tennessee floods, Tim McGraw and Faith Hill have assembled a jaw-dropping lineup of talent for a June 22 benefit concert at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena, one of the downtown venues that took in water when the Cumberland River overflowed its bank.

“Nashville Rising: A Benefit Concert For Flood Recovery” will also feature Brooks & Dunn, Carrie Underwood, Taylor Swift, Miley Cyrus, Jason Aldean, Miranda Lambert, Luke Bryan, Amy Grant, Michael W. Smith, LeAnn Rimes, Lynyrd Skynyrd and Martina McBride. Even more acts are expected to be announced at a future date.

“The damage that we’ve seen to people’s homes and the effect that the flooding has had on their lives is unimaginable,” Tim and Faith said in a joint statement. “But we’ve seen the spirit of our community first hand, as volunteers, church groups and our local business leaders rally to help. We all need to continue to support those in need in any way that we can, and for that reason we could not be more appreciative to all of the artists, the companies and the people behind the scenes who collectively will make June 22 a truly special night.”

Tickets, priced from $25-$75, go on sale at 10 a.m. CT Friday via Ticketmaster. Auctions for premium seats and VIP packages will also be available.

“Nashville Rising” is just the latest example of Music City philanthropy within just a week after the floods damaged homes and property. Among the locations that were affected: the Grand Ole Opry House, the Country Music Hall of Fame and a storage facility that housed instruments and equipment that belonged to many country stars, including Brad Paisley, Keith Urban, Chuck Wicks and Toby Keith.

Other fundraising activities include:

• Nashville’s five Clear Channel stations raised $240,000 last Tuesday in a quickly organized radiothon. Among those who took part: Charlie Daniels, Martina McBride, Ricky Skaggs and Gov. Phil Bredesen.

• A WSMV telethon, “Working 4 You: Flood Relief With Vince Gill & Friends,” pulled in $1.7 million on Thursday. Vince and Amy Grant kicked off the evening with a $100,000 donation, and Taylor Swift called in with a $500,000 pledge. “I can’t save anybody, but I can play the guitar a little bit,” Vince said. He proceeded to play “What You Give Away,” to back Keith Urban on “Everybody” and “I’m In,” and to support Steve Wariner on “Life’s Highway.” A partial list of others who appeared during three-plus hours: Alison Krauss, Jeff Hanna, Lee Roy Parnell, Lorrie Morgan, Dan Tyminski, Darius Rucker, Chuck Wicks, Lonestar, Billy Dean, Phil Vassar, Buddy Jewell, Julie Roberts, Larry Gatlin, Naomi Judd and Diamond Rio’s Marty Roe and Jimmy Olander.

Reba McEntire donated $100,000 to the American Red Cross.

• Diamond Rio’s Dana Williams took donations at his Hendersonville retail store, the Trendy Trunk.

• The Country Music Association announced that one-half of the proceeds from the CMA Music Festival in June will go to flood-recovery efforts.

Michelle Branch and Holly Williams raised $20,000 with a show at a local venue, according to People magazine.

• GAC organized Music City Keep On Playin’ — A Benefit For Flood Relief at the Ryman Auditorium Sunday at 8 p.m. ET. The national broadcast will feature Brad Paisley, Lady Antebellum, Kellie Pickler, Dierks Bentley, Rodney Atkins, Americana performer Will Hoge, gospel vocalist CeCe Winans and contemporary Christian singer Jaci Velasquez. Tickets are on sale today via www.ryman.com and www.opry.com.

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