Let it be known: Nobody can accuse the country music community of being disloyal. Or, for that matter, pessimistic. Facing a daunting billion-dollar-plus cleanup of Music City as a result of deadly flooding in the Nashville area, the country folks are wasting no time crying. Instead, they're simply rolling up their sleeves and getting down to business.
They're donating money (most notably, Taylor Swift's pledge of $500,000 at a telethon organized by Vince Gill last week), spreading the word, giving their time. And, most recently, putting together extraordinary benefits at record speed. Country power couple Faith Hill and Tim McGraw announced today they will host a star-studded show next month which will aid flood victims.
The concert, Nashville Rising: A Benefit Concert for Flood Recovery, will take place June 22 at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena. The list of confirmed performers is A-list all the way: Swift, Carrie Underwood, LeAnn Rimes, Miley Cyrus, Martina McBride, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Amy Grant, Miranda Lambert, Luke Bryan, and Jason Aldean. As a finishing touch, the hotter-than-ever, about-to-retire Brooks & Dunn will also appear on the bill.
"The damage that we've seen to people's homes and the effect that the flooding has had on their lives is unimaginable," noted Hill and McGraw in a 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 anyway 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 22nd a truly special night."
Proceeds from the show will go to the Community Foundation, which provides services to the Middle Tennessee area. Tickets go on sale May 14 at 10 a.m. at Ticketmaster and will range from $25-75.
Country musicians aren't the only ones who are hard at work rebuilding Nashville. Pop star Ke$ha, who grew up in town, is planning a benefit concert at area venue Limelight on June 16. Local Jack White of the White Stripes is donating profits from his Nashville record store to flood relief, as well as volunteering with Hands On Nashville to help with cleanup efforts.
It's so nice to hear that everyone's out to lend a hand, right? I'm proud of the country community and its good brand of folk.
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