Trace Adkins and Craig Morgan Give Thanks

Good Morning,

I truly cannot believe how fast time has been flying since my journey began in Music City.  There is not a moment I have taken for granted in this beautiful city, which I now call home.  There is one reason I sincerely love calling Nashville my home. It is because of the genuine ‘community’ which exists in everyone.  Just this past May, Nashville was devastated by flood. Just 6 months later, one would hardly be able to tell the extent of the damage with a quick glance.  This progress came through the community. Everyone rolled up their sleeves and got to work as soon as the rain clouds vacated.

Not only was it everyday folks out tearing up carpets, rebuilding drywall, and taking care of fellow neighbors, many Country Artists were right alongside helping.  Not only was there a contribution of labor on the forefront, many artists donated proceeds from tours, merchandise, time, and personal donations to the Middle Tennessee Flood Relief Fund.  Opryland Resort reopened its doors this week after being closed for six months due to damage.  Last night, Opryland Resort thanked all the volunteers and nonprofits in Tennessee with a free benefit concert with great performances by Craig Morgan and Trace Adkins.  This event was spectacular as Gaylord Entertainment setup the evening to resemble an outside carnival for all the family to enjoy.  Free games to win stuffed animals were available for all ages, and dinner was donated by the hotel as they provided the traditional fairground food of peanuts, hamburgers, soft pretzels, hot dogs, and more.

Gaylord Entertainment CEO, Jim Reed and Nashville Mayor, Karl Dean, began the events of the evening by thanking all attendees.  A short clip of different volunteer projects was displayed before singer Craig Morgan took to the stage.  Morgan kicked off the evening’s concert with his hit song “Bonfire.”  He had the crowd singing along by the second round of the chorus with his energy level.  Morgan also played two of my other favorites “This Ain’t Nothing,” and “International Harvester.”

Trace Adkins took the stage shortly after Morgan’s performance and kept the party going.  Adkins performed many of his true cowboy chart hits such as the recently named Music Event at CMA 2010, “Hillbilly Bone,” “Marry for Money,” and “Honky Tonk Badonkadonk.”  He also kept a sentimental feeling in the air as he played guitar to his many love songs such as “This Ain’t No Love Song,””One In A Million,” and “All I Ask For Anymore.”  Adkins is one of those country artists you need to experience at a live show because his talent is truly displayed.   No CD can capture the deep-to-the-soul voice of Trace singing in person!

The whole night was amazing and it has climbed as one of my favorite thus far as my life begins to unfold in Nashville.  There is nothing better than being part of a sincere community that cares for each other. My thanks to Gaylord Enertainment, Trace Adkins, and Craig Morgan for an unforgetable evening!

As always bloggers, until next time, keep those ears entertained.


Chelsea ♫




1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Bobby
    Dec 13, 2010 @ 15:35:19

    My setntiments exactly, Chelsea. It is more and more evident every time to you post one of these blogs that the spirit of community is larger than anything in Nashville, as well as the sense og giving back.

    And when all hands are at work to rebuild such a timeless treasure, the end result will be that much sweeter. It’s great to hear everyone from the every day folks to superstars like Trace Adkins and Craig Morgan are so willing to pitch in. Definitely shows there is a lot of love in the world.

    Thanks again for another great blog, Chels. Keep ’em coming!

    As a sidenote, I have seen Trace perform live and you are absolutely right- he is phenomenal. A true talent with a great command of the stage.


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