As the waters start to recede in Nashville, the effects of the massive flood on the city's music community are coming into sharper focus. Here's a round-up of how the flood is affecting Nashville's music community:
--The Grand Ole Opry House remains underwater, but the show went on Tuesday night at the Opry's former home at the War Memorial Auditorium downtown. Tennessee Senators BOB CORKER and LAMAR ALEXANDER spoke before the show began, offering their support to the people hit hard by the flood.
This weekend's Opry shows will take place at the Ryman Auditorium. General manager PETE FISHER says, "The show's going on because the Grand Ole Opry is a show. It's not a place...The heart of the Opry is in the people and the music." Fans can find out where the Grand Ole Opry will be playing each week by checking Opry.com.
--Some fans have worried that the upcoming CMA Music Festival would be affected by the flooding. Organizers say the festival, set for June 10th through 13th, will go on as planned. The event takes place at Nashville's LP Field and Riverfront Park, which have both been submerged in flood waters in the past few days.
--The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum took on water in its basement over the weekend, but director KYLE YOUNG says the exhibits and artifacts from the likes of DOLLY PARTON, REBA, GEORGE STRAIT and scores of other stars were never in danger. All those items are located on the third floor. Young says, "When we were designing the building, we were designing it so that we could sustain a 100-year flood, and I think that's what we just had here."
--Perhaps the biggest loss to modern country music is the flooded concert rehearsal space Sound Check, which now lies underwater. The staging for BRAD PAISLEY's upcoming H2O tour was completely submerged in that building, and he lost all his guitars and tour gear for the upcoming trek. RASCAL FLATTS' JAY DeMARCUS and JOE DON ROONEY also lost their instruments and equipment in the building. KEITH URBAN was planning to begin recording his new album this week, but he told CNN all of his equipment was lost at Sound Check, too. Keith also looked back on a 100-year flood he went through as a child in Australia back in 1974. He said, "It's just unfathomable...you don't get a sense of what it's like until it happens to your own city."
--The stars are pointing their fans to give money to help provide relief to those who have lost their homes and possessions in the flood. Most of them are directing everyone to NashvilleRedCross.org.
--Here are a few more tweets from country artists concerning the flood:
JAY DeMARCUS of RASCAL FLATTS: "Nashville is slowly recovering, but waters are still receding. Keep them in your prayers as a lot of people have lost everything."
LUKE BRYAN: "My heart goes out to all the flood victims. This much rain is certainly not a good thing. Pray for Middle Tennessee.