Heavy rains in middle Tennessee leave Dierks Bentley, Wynonna Judd and others scrambling

By Tim Nudd
May 04, 2010 10:00 AM
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“You can cry cry cry like the rain,” Dierks Bentley sings on “Little Heartwrecker.” There’s no shortage of rainfall or tears in Nashville this week, as Bentley and his fellow country-music artists deal with devastating flooding in the region.

At least 12 people have died in the Tennessee floods, as some 13 inches of rain fell over a 48-hour period in Nashville this weekend. Country artists have been forced to cancel shows, and have been telling their stories on Twitter and elsewhere.

Bentley posted a photo to Twitter of himself in his flooded basement, and had to cancel shows in Knoxville on Sunday and Charlottesville, Va., on Monday. “Hate to cancel shows,” he wrote. “Might be a first, but Nashville is a disaster. All of our houses are messed up.”

Naomi Judd called Nashville’s ABC affiliate, WKRN-TV, to say that a fence had fallen at her daughter Wynonna’s property in Williamson County and that six of Wynonna’s buffalo had escaped.

Other singers posted notes to Twitter describing the scene and asking for help:

Reba McEntire: “Lots of prayers r going up for everyone affected by the weather. I’ve never seen this much rain and water!!! Wow!”

Brad Paisley: “On the positive side everyone is safe. On the negative … I think all my road guitar gear, amps, effects, are under 3 ft of river.”

Kenny Chesney: “TN is a mess with floods. If you’re fortunate enough to help out, hit up the mid-TN Red Cross. Stay safe, everyone.”

The Nashville Area Red Cross is accepting donations to support its relief efforts. Donations can be made at NashvilleRedCross.org.