Faith Hill, Tim McGraw enlist Carrie Underwood, Miley Cyrus, many more for ‘Nashville Rising’ concert


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Faith Hill and Tim McGraw are bringing some major names to the table for “Nashville Rising: A Benefit Concert For Flood Recovery,’ designed to help Tennessee flood victims -- many of whom are outside Nashville.

The event, to be held June 22 at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena, so far will feature performances from Miley Cyrus, Carrie Underwood, Lynyrd Skynrd, Brooks & Dunn, LeAnn Rimes, Miranda Lambert, Martina McBride, Jason Aldean, Amy Grant, Michael W. Smith and Luke Bryan.

‘The damage that we’ve seen to people’s homes and the effect that the flooding has had on their lives is unimaginable,’ the two said in a statement on the ‘Nashville Rising’ website. ‘But we’ve seen the spirit of our community first hand, as volunteers, church groups and our local business leaders rally to help. We all need to continue to support those in need in any way that we can.’ Money from the show will go to the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee.


Great American Country TV’s blog has a great roundup of celebrity fund-raising efforts, including ...

... an event organized by the network for national broadcast. ‘Music City Keep On Playin’ -- A Benefit for Flood Relief’ will be held at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium on Sunday, and will feature Brad Paisley, Lady Antebellum, ‘Idol’ alum Kellie Pickler, Dierks Bentley, Rodney Atkins, Americana performer Will Hoge, gospel vocalist CeCe Winans and contemporary Christian singer Jaci Velasquez.
The Tennessean reported that Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) told his Senate colleagues Monday about the devastation in the wake of this ‘thousand-year flood’ -- a story that got lost amid news of the Times Square car-bombing attempt, the Greek financial crisis and the BP oil spill.

‘Tennesseans have been busy cleaning up and helping each other, instead of complaining and looting,’ Alexander told the Senate. ‘But people are hurt. Thousands of people are hurt, but they’re going about their business helping themselves and helping others in remarkable and inspiring ways.’

-- Christie D’Zurilla

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