Nashville Rising Concert Raises Between $2 And $3 Million For Flood Relief
June 23, 2010 at 7:38 AM (PT)
The NASHVILLE RISING CONCERT for flood relief was held at the BRIDGSTONE ARENA in NASHVILLE last night (06/22). With a sold-out crowd on hand, more than 20-artists such as CARRIE UNDERWOOD, TAYLOR SWIFT, LUKE BRYAN, TOBY KEITH, LeANN RIMES, MIRANDA LAMBERT, MONTGOMERY GENTRY, AMY GRANT, MICHAEL W SMITH, and many more performed and told their own personal stories about the floods.
Other notables onstage included TITANS head coach JEFF FISHER, TENNESSEE Governor PHIL BREDESEN. “The floodwaters have gone back now, but there are still a lot of people hurting,” said BREDESEN.
The TENNESSEAN is reporting that the expected total raised from the concert at between $2 million and $3 million. All money raised will go to the COMMUNITY FOUNDATION of MIDDLE TENNESSEE, a nonprofit that works to distribute funds to hundreds of organizations more than 40 counties.
TIM McGRAW and FAITH HILL spearheaded the concert, making several appearances onstage throughout the evening. One of the surprises came when SANDRA BULLOCK, who worked with McGRAW in the movie “The BLIND SIDE,” made a brief appearance, picking up a guitar and playing the opening notes to “Smoke On The Water.” "Ok who am I kidding," she said as she put down her instrument. "I can't play for crap." She then introduced FAITH HILL, referring to FAITH as “disgustingly beautiful."
“The truth is, it just halts your life,” said HILL of the flooding. “When your life is altered in such a way, you have to think about, ‘OK, I’m going to get up in the morning and go to the kitchen and make my cup of coffee.’ Well, there’s no kitchen, and no coffee, and no mug.”