Wednesday, May 5, 2010

More on the Nashville floods and how it's effecting the country music world

The damage is still being assessed from the floods in Nashville. Many families have lost all of their belongings. Kenny Chesney was on Anderson Cooper's CNN show tonight talking about the damage to his home.

To help, donate $10 just text REDCROSS to 90999.

Toby Keith is facing a near-total loss of all of his touring gear and stage equipment. Everything he has with him right now on his USO tour was spared. Right now seven production trucks filled with his stage set, production cases, backdrops and soft goods are partially underwaterp. "We're going to be OK," says manager TK Kimbrell. "The focus needs to be on those that lost a lot more than we did."

Someone else hit hard was Julie Roberts...you might remember her from "Break Down Here" and "Wake Up Older" She and her family had to be rescued from their Nashville home. Julie along with her mother, sister, and the family's four dogs were all trapped by rapidly rising flood waters. Rescuers had to evacuate Julie, her family and their pets from the second floor of their Nashville home. "It was crazy and horrifying," Julie tells FOX News of the events of Monday, May 3. "Rescue boats were coming by for hours."Julie says she last saw the family's three cars floating down the street."We need your prayers," Julie says of Nashville and the surrounding area. "It looks pretty disastrous for myself, my neighbors and everyone in that area of Nashville."

Clay Walker has lost one of his horses in the floods and his tweets are heartbreaking! As an animal lover, these made me tear up tonight:

-- spent last few days at the ranch trying to piece it back together...drove all morning to all surround neighbors and nobody has seen Penny
--thank u guys for the thoughts and prayers...i just feel sick for her...she is a nervous horse already and i just hope someone is loving her
--i keep thinking i saw her and pull over to look in the pasture but it's not her...maybe tomorrow
--if she doesn't turn up pls pray that whoever has her will give a great home...i don't want to believe she is dead...thank you guys

One part of Nashville not damaged, thank goodness, is the Country Music Hall of Fame. Although the basement is flooded, none of the collections housed there have been damaged.

One place not faring so well though, The Grand Ol Opry, which is under water and Opry Mills next door. Opry Mills is the shopping center that replaced Opryland and word is that at least one pair of flesh-eating piranha escaped from the Aquarium Restaurant at the Opry Mills mall and are swimming in the waist-deep corridors. Wow!

Some artists are pulling together to do a telethon for all of those effected. Vince Gill will headline a local Nashville station, WSMV-TV's, telethon Working 4 You: Flood Relief With Vince Gill & Friends tomorrow from 7-10pm. Keith Urban, Alison Krauss, Naomi Judd, Darius Rucker, Phil Vassar, Steve Wariner, Buddy Jewell, Lonestar, Lee Roy Parnell and Bo Bice are also scheduled to appear. All the proceeds will benefit the Salvation Army, Red Cross and the Second Harvest Food Bank. The telethon will broadcast online on wsmv.com if you want to check it out.

In other news, Keith Urban’s song “I’m In” from his latest CD “Defying Gravity” is one of my all time favorites…I fell in love with the songwriter Radney Foster’s version years ago. Keith says, “Radney recorded an album called See What You Want to See that I heard and loved when I was recording Golden Road,” said Urban. “It’s full of great songs. “I’m In” is on that album, as is “Raining On Sunday”, which I cut, “Godspeed (Sweet Dreams)” that the Dixie Chicks cut, and “The Lucky Ones” that Pat Green did. I said to Radney that my goal is to eventually cover every song on that album.”

So with all that said...the good news for you about the song’s release is starting on Sunday, May 10th, Urban will be asking people to submit their favorite “I’m In” story to www.keithurban.net. The stories will be randomly posted at keithurban.net weekly and those chosen will have the chance to win free Keith Urban music, concert tickets and/or a signed guitar.

Miranda Lambert will be on ABC’s Extreme Makeover: Home Edition this Sunday. Add to all that, Miranda and her mom, Bev, are featured in Country Weekly’s Mother’s Day issue — which hit stands today. Miranda and her mom talk about how they are able to work together as a team and the importance of keeping family close

Taylor Swift has launched Taylor TV via her website at www.taylortv.net. You'll be able to find exclusive Taylor video content, including a new video blog recapping recent events including her brother’s birthday and an Easter egg hunt.

Tonight's Tweets:

@kennychesney: Sending Anderson Cooper footage of my house under water for tonight. TN is a mess. You need to see it. 10p ET CNN. http://twitpic.com/1lcoze

@chuckwicksmusic: I'll be doing a telethon via ABC and NBC tomorrow evening. Help if u can! Toll free877-740-5077.or donate $10 just text REDCROSS to 90999.

@taylorswift13: Sitting in my hotel room in NYC. Just saw a commercial on tv for Letters to Juliet and was like THATS MY SONG IN THE BACKGROUND. To myself.

@JackIngram: "Phases and stages. Circles and cycles. And things that we've all seen b4... Let me tell u some more." maybe my favorite Willie Nelson song

@MattKennon: Thanks to all my myspace fans as I promised we've added new music 2 more songs off my debut album...in stores May 11th..hope U love em

@jakeofficial: Passing out hamburgers and hotdogs to Bellevue residents... I've never seen anything like this.. Please keep these folks in your thoughts

@taylorswift13: Please keep Nashville in your heart. Seeing a picture of the Grande Ole Opry halfway underwater was a kind of heartbreak I can't describe.

@davidnail: My entire basement flooded with sewage/water, hot water heater thrown against the wall like a fly, need all new everything! Thanks rain!

@davidnail: And there are so many worse off than us, my neighborhood/Franklin smells like burnt dung. An entire car-lot and sonic ruined! Just awful!

@sarahbuxton: "wanna dance w somebody" whitneyhouston is on! Bob Brown singlehandedly messed up pop music in my not so humble opinion.

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