There is something to be said about Nashville and it’s music community, and Nashville as a community as a whole. Since I have been here a large majority of Nashville has been under water, the only way you would know it though is by the sheer amount of fund raisers and telethons that go on in this city day after day. These folks here in Nashville have learned how to use there musical prowess to get things accomplished. It is an unbelievable thing to witness. Lucky for me being in the position that I am in, I not only get to witness it but I get to add my part to the recovery of Nashville. And boy am I proud of what I have done, what we have done and what we yet have accomplished.
For instance check this one out: Brad Paisley, Lady Antebellum Lead GAC’s Flood Relief Effort. We did this event last week and it was great fun. It also raised another 2.5 million dollars.
I landed in Nashville on Friday April 30th, one day before the biggest storm in 500 years hit the Nashville area.
By the end of my first full day in Nashville, rain had gathered up to six to ten inches in the surrounding rivers and streams and was beginning to push flood levels to there maximum limit. By the end of my second day, Sunday May 2nd another 6 to 8 inches of rain had fallen, maxing out the two day total rain fall to 18-24 inches. The rivers and streams were way past there normal flood stage and the Army Corp of Engineers had to release some pressure on damns upstream to avoid a total catastrophe, much worse then the one we had. This decision caused major flooding to the area not unlike the flooding of New Orleans.
Mine and Keb’ Mo’s homes were spared from any damage, however the equipment that we use for touring was not so lucky. On Thursday April 29th a truck that journeyed from Los Angeles to Nashville delivered all of our touring gear to a storage facility named Soundcheck. Soundcheck houses all of the touring equipment and personal instrument collections of the industries heavy hitters. Soundchecks central location in the United States makes it a viable option for touring storage. Soundchecks location to the Cumberland river also made it a prime location for massive flooding.
Two days after our arrival to Nashville, on May 2nd, I received an e-mail from Soundcheck stating the the facility was 12 feet underwater and that instructions will follow. Nine days latter the waters had finally receded from the Soundcheck facility and I would have the chance to retrieve our gear. When I arrived at Sondcheck on Tuesday the 11th of May, what I saw was total devastation. We had lost everything, as well did so many other musicians. It had to be one of the most difficult days of my long career in the music business, one not soon to be forgotten.
Here is a link to check out some of the pictures of Soundcheck while it was underwater. Scroll down to see the pictures. Also you can follow the whole story at this link: Soundchecknashville.com
Big news form the Twelve Tone Music camp! As of March 25th Twelve Tone Music will be shutting its doors in Los Angeles and will be moving its operations to Music City. Thats right Twelve Tone Music is moving to Nashville.
We are looking forward to making new friends and new music in the New Year. Thanks to all those in Los Angeles who have supported us throughout the years and it won’t be long before our paths cross again.