We dedicated a good bit of space here on Bluegrass Today in May when the Cumberland River rose up and put much of Nashville under water. Everyone in Music City did what they could, especially as the national media and the federal government were quite slow on the draw.
A lot of artists have looked at ways to help, but Nashvillian Randy Kohrs has put his money where his mouth is in a big way. He and Rural Rhythm Records have arranged for the proceeds from all downloads of his song, Cumberland, to be donated to the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee.
The song is from Randy’s latest CD, Quicksand, and Rural Rhythm is making this donation retroactive for all downloads in May before this offer was announced on June 6, and all of July. It doesn’t matter where you purchase the download – Rural Rhythm will compute the fees and present them to CFMT in early August.
Randy says that he was only too happy to extend this offer.
“As we bailed water for several hours out of my studio during the flood, I kept checking the news, watching the river rise, realizing that the few inches of water I had to deal with was absolutely nothing compared to what so many others were going through. My studio was back up and running just a few days later, while hundreds of others are still wondering how they’re ever going to get back on their feet. The song talks about the river being gentle at one moment, then raging the next, and there’s really nothing that man can do to stop it. I thought that maybe, through this song, it could at least help pay back a little of what it took.”
It sounds like a great deal – get a fine song and know that funds are heading for folks in Nashville that are still hurting from the floods. You can download Cumberland in iTunes or wherever download purchases are offered.
You can also catch Randy performing the song on tomorrow’s (6/25) edition of the Friday Opry on WSM and wsmonline.com.