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GAC To Air Flood Relief Telethon

Brad Paisley, Lady Antebellum, Dierks Bentley, Rodney Atkins and other artists will perform live at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium for Music City Keep on Playin’—A Benefit for Flood Relief on Sunday, May 16 from 8 – 10 p.m. ET. The show will air on GAC.

The event is being billed as "the first national telethon to benefit flood relief efforts in Middle Tennessee." (An event put on by local Nashville television station WSMV raised over $1.7 million for flood relief on May 6.)

Volunteers will answer phones throughout the show and throughout the night. The concert will re-air at 10 p.m., 12 a.m. and 2 a.m. Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee will distribute the funds raised to families and businesses in need in Middle Tennessee.

“Nashville has endured historic flooding, but we are resilient, recovery efforts have already begun and I am confident we will come out of this stronger than ever,” said Nashville Mayor Karl Dean in a prepared statement. “Music is the heart and soul of this city and as such it will play a critical role in its recovery. This collaborative effort is just one example.” The flood damage in Nashville and the surrounding counties is expected to exceed $1 billion. Several country music landmarks, including the Grand Ole Opry House, incurred serious flood damage. Hundreds of musicians, including Brad Paisley, suffered major equipment and instrument losses.

For those hoping to attend the event, ticket information should be announced shortly.

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