The devastating Nashville flood left behind an estimated billion dollars of damage, but the people of Music City banded together to begin the process of rebuilding as soon as the waters receded. A telethon held less than a week after the flood raised $1.7 million, with country’s young radio darling Taylor Swift donating $500,000.
Nashville faces a long road to recovery, though, and country music’s power couple Tim McGraw and Faith Hill have rounded up their friends for a star-studded benefit concert planned for June 22. “The damage that we’ve seen to people’s homes and the effect that the flooding has had on their lives is unimaginable,” said the pair in a statement. The event, Nashville Rising: A Benefit Concert For Flood Recovery, will be held June 22 at Nashville’s Bridgestone arena and will feature performances by Carrie Underwood, Taylor Swift, Miley Cyrus, Brooks & Dunn, Miranda Lambert, Martina McBride, LeAnn Rimes, McGraw and Hill and others.
Proceeds from the event will go to the Community Foundation, an organization that distributes money among Middle Tennessee charities.
Half of the proceeds from this year’s CMA Music Festival, an annual event that showcases dozens of country acts, will also go to the Community Foundation. Ke$ha, a Nashville native, has also planned a benefit concert that will take place June 16 in Nashville.