Roots, Toots n' Hoots Blog
Nashville steps up
Jeffrey Remz | May 10, 2010
The outpouring of support for Nashville and environs in the wake of the horrible floods by the country community comes as no surprise whatsoever.
Stars like Brad Paisley and Keith Urban lost a chunk of equipment. Paisley lost a lot of the items that were going to be used in his H2O tour. But hundreds of other musicians - many no doubt not as well known or wealthy as Paisley and Urban - also lost a lot of equipment. The Grand Ole Opry won't be at its usual home for months due to the flooding there, but the Opry will forge on.
That pales in comparison to the lives lost and the common folk who had a lot to deal with.
But the country musicians quickly came together. Vince Gill spearheaded a charity effort last Thursday. Taylor Swift gave $500,000 towards the drive.
GAC is going to host a fundraiser as well. Other efforts already have been announced or doubtlessly will be.
Every little bit of course helps whether contributing to the Red Cross or in some other way.
The strength of the Nashville community perhaps was evidenced in no uncertain terms by the Grand Ole Opry going on as schedule this past weekend.
Alan Jackson and Paisley played at shows held at the Opry's most famous former home, the historic Ryman Auditorium in downtown Nashville. Paisley played on Friday evening and Jackson on Saturday - each along with a full cast of other Opry members and special guests.
And Paisley summed up the idea of joining together. "It's time to rally, and that's exactly how it feels," Paisley said. "I see why tonight, our performance at the Opry is maybe more important than the first time I ever played it."