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Vince Gill to Perform at Flood Anniversary Show

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Vince Gill was one of the first people to use his voice for victims of the fatal floods that ravaged Nashville one year ago, and he’s doing the same this year for those still struggling to pick up the pieces. The superstar will commemorate the one-year anniversary of the devastating storm at a special performance in the heart of Music City.

Vince will be joined by singer-songwriter Will Hoge and the Nashville Symphony on May 2 — exactly one year after flood waters covered middle Tennessee — for a special event, ‘Voices Rising: Remembering One Year Later.’ The event will be held on downtown Nashville’s Shelby Street Pedestrian bridge, which boasts views of the city and the Tennessee Titans’ stadium. In addition to musical performances, several community leaders will speak, and guests will have the opportunity to share their own flood memories with the Nashville Public Library, for the National Flood Digital History Project. The traveling flood exhibit will also be on display.

The Country Music Hall of Fame member lost most of his collection of vintage guitars in the flood, but says he still saw a silver lining. “It was a real emotional week on so many levels,” Vince writes on his website. “Funerals, weddings and floods, it all happened. There was much in the carnage of it all that you just saw the best in people all over the place … [The guitars are] my picture book. That’s my photo album. My world is not in pictures so much, but it’s in painting pictures. So, I feel like it’s notes of music that are my photographs. Everybody talks about, ‘If my house burns down what am I going to grab – all the pictures.’ Well those things were my pictures. That’s the real disappointment.”

‘Voices Rising: Remembering One Year Later’ will start at 11:00 AM on May 2. Free parking is available at Lot R at the LP Field. In case of rain, the event will be moved to the Schermerhorn Symphony Center. More information can be found here.

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