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Brett Eldredge, Frankie Ballard, Big Kenny Recall 9/11

Brett Eldredge photo courtesy of WMG Nashville.

When Brett Eldredge woke up the morning of September 11, 2001, he was on edge. He hadn’t studied for a math exam scheduled for that day and was concerned with showing his mother what he was certain would be a failing grade. Halfway through the test, the first plane hit the World Trace Center.

“I was very nervous the morning of September 11, 2001, simply because I had hardly studied for a high school algebra test, and knew I was about to fail it,” Brett said. “ I remember feeling like it was the end of the world and all I could see was my mother’s disappointed face when I showed her a big, circled, “F” on the paper. Then our teacher turned on the TV and that’s when I saw the first tower in flames. Suddenly a little ole math test didn’t even matter, in fact, I don’t even know if we finished the test.”

The feeling in his high school class room as they watched the tragedy unfold on television is one Brett will never forget. “I remember every single student in the room had their eyes glued to the TV, all watching together, almost like a family, worried for their brothers and sisters who were going through something unimaginable,” he said. “I remember the hurt, the anger, and most of all, the unity that every one of us shared as we went through this together.”

Frankie Ballard was headed to class himself when he saw the towers on TV. “I was a freshman in college and was headed off to class when I saw on TV that the first plane had hit the tower,” Frankie recalls. “I just dropped my books and sat there for the next couple hours and watched. I remember not being able to comprehend how many people had just died…”

Kenny Alphin of Big & Rich woke up to the morning news covering the attacks. As tragic as the event was, however, he refused to allow it to inspire fear. “I was laying on my mattress on the floor of my apartment in Nashville… woke up to the morning news and just couldn’t believe my eyes,” he said. “I felt great sorrow. A few days later, John Rich and I got on a plane. We would not let fear invade our lives.  Airports of course were in a state of emergency at that time. I am always reminded each day is a blessing for sure.”

Brett will be performing in Elverta, California on 9/11. Frankie has a show scheduled at the Clay County Fair in West Spencer, Iowa and Big & Rich will be playing at the Los Angeles County Fair in L.A.


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