Retune Nashville Collects Flood Damaged Instruments To Make Art
July 22, 2010 at 10:57 AM (PT)
NASHVILLE photographer SHERI O’NEAL and various members of the music and arts community in NASHVILLE have formed RETUNE NASHVILLE, a non-profit organization offering relief to uninsured musicians in the industry through the sale of artwork created from flood damaged musical instruments.
Among the artists and musicians who have so far donated their flood-damaged, unplayable instruments to the group are TOBY KEITH’s guitarist RICH ECKHARDT, TOBY's bassist CHUCK GOFF and Country artist BRADY SEALS, who donated some pedals and a keyboard. JOE GLASER'S INSTRUMENT REPAIR COMPANY, who is working on flood damaged gear belonging to artists such as VINCE GILL, JOHN FOGERTY and KEB MO has also donated guitars not worth fixing.
A piece of the COUNTRY MUSIC HALL OF FAME AND MUSEUM's FORD THEATER has been donated, with plans to make it the base of a sculpture. Famed clothier MANUEL is already working with artist RAUL MALO’s guitar as well.
The finished art pieces will be exhibited in the art community, and auctioned off to the highest bidder to benefit MUSICARES NASHVILLE flood relief and the NASHVILLE MUSICIANS ASSOCIATION flood relief fund. RETUNE NASHVILLE is also seeking sponsorships and volunteers.
For more information on the organization, visit www.retunenashville.org.