More than a month after much of Nashville and Middle Tennessee was under water, Music City bounced back from the devastating flood and welcomed thousands of country music fans to celebrate CMA Music Festival and the artists they love. The artists, just as much as the fans, came out in support of the town and with half of the proceeds going to flood relief efforts, the festival also helped to rebuild the town.

Many of the artists were overwhelmed at the response of their fans, who bought enough tickets to sell out each night at LP Field, for the first time in CMA Fest history.

"I think it's fantastic that this festival is giving money for the flood relief, and it's a way for the whole country and even other parts of the world," Martina McBride says. "I mean we have fans here from everywhere, to rebuild the city that they love so much and that means so much to them. And I think that's a really great connection."Trace Adkins, who figuratively flew the Nashville flag, agrees. "I'm proud of this city, and I'm thankful that everybody from around the world can come and see the fortitude of this town and how we've bounced back from this disaster and we're open for business," he states. "I think it's a testament to who we are and the kind of backbone we have in this community. I'm just happy that they're here to see it."

"I love the fact that Nashville has pulled together and helped each other so much," says Rascal Flatts' Jay DeMarcus. "It's wonderful to see the community here and how they've come to each other's rescue. And it's really tough to talk about losing some guitars and amps when some people have lost everything. While we did lose a bunch of stuff in the flood -- Joe Don lost some guitars and I lost some basses and amps -- my heart bleeds for everything they've owned and their cars and their houses. You know, we can replace guitars and amps, but we can't replace, and what's so awesome, we can't replace the love and, I don't even have the words to describe it. I've watched it on the news so many times -- people coming to each other's rescue. I mean neighbors walking down the street helping to tear out drywall and rotted wood and wood flooring. You can't find that everywhere you go in this country, and Nashville is a very special and unique place because of that."

Blake Shelton says people outside of Nashville love the city, just as much as the people who live in it. "It doesn't surprise me to see the support Nashville has gotten through the flood relief efforts," says Blake. "I live in Oklahoma and Nashville is a special place to people all across the country. If they haven't been here, they want to come here some day. They want to see the Grand Ole Opry. All I hear about is, 'The Grand Ole Opry, what is that like?' And then the next thing they see is the Grand Ole Opry with eight or 10 feet of water in it, and it's devastating to people who don't live here, because that's a special place to them either way. So, it doesn't surprise me at all to see not only this community to come together and do great things to rebuild the city and get it back on its feet, but to see the entire country get involved because this is the place that creates its favorite music."

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