Nashville'swsmv.com reports that the locker that stored all of Brad Paisley's guitars and personal equipment was flooded at the storage facility Soundcheck Nashville. Paisley is one of the many musicians - along with Vince Gill and Keith Urban - who lost gear in the flood, with a projection of loss now in the millions. Brad shares, "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." He adds, "My guitar tech is spending like a broker on the stock exchange floor." Fortunately, Paisley's favorite guitar was spared. After Brad tweeted that most of his road gear was "under three feet of river," he then added, "Not complaining though. Very, very thankful to have weathered this. Prayers go out to anyone in these dire situations." He later tried to make light of the situation with the tweet, "By the way, my main old Fender 68 Paisley tele was in my home dry and resting comfortably."
Little Big Town also stored their music equipment and personal instruments at Nashville's Soundcheck. LBT's Karen Fairchild shares with People.com, "All our gear, our instruments, backdrops, risers - it's all gone to water. A lot of things that can't be replaced, like [bandmate Phillip Sweet's] 1933 Gibson was down there. It's so sad." She adds, "When I hear about Keith Urban losing guitars or Vince Gill, things they've collected their whole lives, it's heartbreaking. It will be a while before we know the scope of it - how devastating it will be for country music history, the heirlooms. Vince Gill guitars, if they are lost, those would have been in the Country Music Hall of Fame." Fairchild admits, "We're desperately trying to replace things. We're borrowing guitars like crazy. Every artist in town is. I can't even imagine a tour like Brad Paisley's what they're going through." Kimberly Schlapman of the group shares, "The beautiful thing about Nashville is that it's a family and everybody will reach out to help each other. Steve Wariner offered anything that he has that we needed now. That's the Nashville spirit."