Several Country Music Artists took to social media outlets and talked about the equipment they lost due to the record rains that took place in Nashville and its surround area.
It has been reported that Paisley is one of hundreds of Nashville’s top stars, working musicians and tour support company owners who lost what will likely be millions of dollars in gear due the historic floods in Music City. Paisley was poised to start rehearsals for the water-themed tour when record rains inundated the area.
His staging and props are under water, most of his guitars, amps and equipment are destroyed – though his favorite guitar was spared – and he’s scrambling to find replacements and suitable rehearsal space with the first stop on the tour at Virginia Beach, Va., just two weeks away.
“I sent a Tweet the other day that basically told people that when they come to the show just know that what you’re seeing has been fully tested under water,” Paisley joked in a phone interview Wednesday with The Associated Press. “You’re talking about total cred. This is the H2O Tour. This isn’t posers acting like we know about it. We’ve done it, buddy.”
Paisley is only one of an estimated 1,000 musicians and business owners who house gear at Soundcheck Nashville, a storage rental hub in an industrial park down by the Cumberland River. Owner Ben Jumper said the 160,000 square feet of space he rents out is all flooded and the losses will be in the tens of millions. The storage facility is full of classroom-sized “lockers” used to store gear.
Keith Urban is another country music artist who unfortunately lost his gear and equipment as well. Vince Gill may have lost most of his entire guitar collection, including irreplaceable vintage pieces with historic value. A tractor-trailer full of LeAnn Rimes’ road gear is also probably under 3 1/2 to 8 feet of water, her guitarist Ryan Wariner said.
Paisley is deadset on starting his tour on time. He said the fans deserve it and the logistics of a postponement would actually be harder than grinding through a quick recovery. “My guitar tech is spending like a broker on the stock exchange floor,” Paisley said.
Much of the tour staging is made from aluminum and will need to be dried off and cleaned up with just a little plywood and carpet to be replaced. And luckily the “brain” of his video production gear was not at Soundcheck. But the locker that stored all of his guitars and personal equipment has been flooded, though.
“Things like this make you really take stock in what you’re given. And this is going to mean so much more than some normal tour that we’re embarking on,” Paisley said.
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