The Country Music Community Rallies Around Nashville

When one thinks of where to find the heart and soul of country music, the mind goes right to Nashville, Tennessee. Sadly, over the past few days, the area has been ravaged by floods, leaving the music capital in disarray.

CNN reports that the natural disaster has left at least 27 dead in the state as over a foot of rain fell in the area over the weekend. But, that wasn't their only devastating news. According to Entertainment Weekly, the legendary Grand Old Opry had to temporarily close its doors and move shows elsewhere due to water damage, the Schermerhorn Symphony Center as it at the risk of losing many instruments because of their flooded basement, and the Country Music Hall of Fame found water in its mechanical room.

The tragedy brought together the country music community, many of whom live and work in Nashville. Superstar Dierks Bentley, tweeted a photo of himself in his flooded home and told followers, "Hate to cancel shows. Might be a first, but Nashville is a disaster. All of our houses are messed up."

Bentley wasn't the only one taking to Twitter to alert fans of what was happening to them in Nashville. Brad Paisley posted, "On the positive side everyone is safe. On the negative ... I think all my road guitar gear, amps, effects, are under 3 ft of river" while Reba McEntire mused, "I've never seen this much rain and water!!! Wow!" 

Meanwhile, Kenny Chesney urged followers to help by donating to the Nashville Red Cross, as he tweeted, "TN is a mess with floods. If you're fortunate enough to help out, hit up the mid-TN Red Cross. Stay safe, everyone."

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Have you been effected by the Tennessee floods? Chime in below!

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