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SoMD Musicians safe after powerful Tornado rips through Nashville

BY: David M. Higgins II, Publisher

NASHVILLE — A powerful and deadly storm moving through Middle Tennessee spawned a tornado that touched down in Nashville early Tuesday morning, cutting a swath of destruction that stretched through the city for miles.

The Tennessee Emergency Management Agency said at least ten people died, and at least 20 injured from tornadoes that hit more than 40 buildings, the Associated Press reports. 

Southern Maryland has a very strong local musicians presence in Nashville, either living in the area or traveling there for recording and performing.

John Hunt moved to the Nashville area(just east of the city) last year. He reported on the Facebook Crisis Response tab that he was safe. I reached out to him this morning and he said,” Ok man. Shit was pretty intense… I’m just east of the city. Apparently touched down northeast Nashville then moved east through Mt. Juliet, Lebanon Cookeville.”

” I don’t know if it was my dog that woke me up or my buddy’s asking me to check in but when my eyes opened my dog was standing overtop me… Wouldn’t be the first time I’ve jammed my daughter in a closet in the middle of the night due to a twister. Big prayers going out to the families of those who lost loved ones right now man,” said Hunt.

Another set of musicians, Dylan Turner and Megan Kane of The 81 Run frequent the area. I spoke with Dylan this morning and he said they were Maryland right now. But Dylan added,” Keep everyone and the city in everyone’s prayers.”

Mike Stacey, guitarist for Sam Grow; was also contacted and he says he and his wife are safe, and that he was checking with others at that time.

Through the various friends and posts, we know that Sam Grow and his band are safe, along with C.J. Beniout of Los Swamp Monsters; he posted on Facebook Crisis Response.

Joe Barrick posted on his Facebook at 8:45 a.m. that everyone from his family is safe.

As I get more responses and confirmation, I will add them.


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David M. Higgins II

David M. Higgins was born in Baltimore and grew up in Southern Maryland. He has had a passion for journalism since high school. After spending many years in the Hospitality Industry he began working in Digital Marketing, eventually leading him back to his passion. David started The Southern Maryland Chronicle in December 2017 and has grown it to become the #1 news source in Southern Maryland.

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