2010 Rewind: No. 1 — Nashville Floods, And Digs Out

It rained. And rained. And rained some more. Nashville took in over 13 inches of water in a 48-hour period in May, and some areas of the region were swamped with as much as 20 inches. It was more than the rivers and streams could handle, and by May 3, the drainage system was overflowing. The stage and much of the floor seating at the Grand Ole Opry House was covered, water seeped into one room at the Country Music Hall of Fame, LP Field — the site of the CMA Music Festival — became a swamp, and an instrument storage unit was drowned, destroying guitars and equipment owned by Brad Paisley, Keith Urban, Toby Keith and Vince Gill, among others. It took a while for people to notice outside of Middle Tennessee. The focus of the major news organizations at the time was on the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. So Music City rolled up its sleeves and started digging out on its own. The Nashville flood is No. 1 on the list as GAC concludes its countdown of the top country news stories of 2010. Read More

Garth Brooks To Do Nashville Flood Concert(s)

As predicted, Garth Brooks will perform a major concert in Nashville to benefit victims of the May flood in Middle Tennessee. In fact, it might turn into a bundle of shows, depending on demand. Garth will play the Bridgestone Arena Dec. 17 with Trisha Yearwood with every dime of every $25 ticket earmarked for flood relief. Not only is he performing for free, he booked the venue at no charge, and every person taking part in the production is working for no pay. And it’s not a stripped-down version of Garth’s show. It’s a return to the same full-blown production he last presented at the arena in 1998. Read More

Lady Antebellum Teams Up With OfficeMax for Flood Relief

Lady Antebellum already announced that proceeds from their sold out fan club party on June 10 during the CMA Music Festival will be donated to Nashville flood relief efforts. Now, office supply chain OfficeMax has announced it is committing $50,000 to a fundraiser challenge as part of the fan club event. “Our Nashville-based associates have participated [...] Read More

Dolly Parton Makes Nashville Flood-Relief Donation

Dolly Parton managed to mix community stewardship and a healthy dose of humor as she contributed $250,000 to Nashville’s flood-relief efforts on Wednesday. Dolly collected the money from admissions at Dollywood and her Dixie Stampede along with funds that were donated by fans through her website, The Tennessean reported. Wednesday’s check was given to the United Way’s Restore The Dream Fund to help residents of Middle Tennessee dig out from the horrific flood that deluged Music City a month ago. Read More

Lady Antebellum Fans Help With Flood Relief

Lady Antebellum is doing their part to help Nashville recover from record flooding. The award-winning trio recently performed and answered telephones at GAC’s Music City Keep on Playin’ benefit at the Ryman Auditorium and now they are giving their fans a way to help in the effort. All proceeds from Lady Antebellum’s sold out fan club [...] Read More