Dierks Bentley Flew Through the Storm That Spawned the Deadly Nashville Tornado
Dierks Bentley is surely counting his blessings this morning as the country superstar took to social media to reveal that…
Dierks Bentley; Photo by Jason Davis/Getty Images for HGTV
Dierks Bentley is surely counting his blessings this morning as the country superstar took to social media to reveal that he flew a plane through the storm that spawned the deadly Nashville tornado.
“We ducked around this cell and landed at john tune airport around 11:30 last night,” Bentley, who has his pilot’s license, shared on Twitter Tuesday morning (March 3). “Glad we landed when we did. Wouldn’t have been good an hour later. It was the cell that turned into the tornado. Lot of people lost their homes. No one comes together as a city like Nashville does.”
A video shared by Bentley shows an eerily dark sky, filled with clouds and lit up by bolts of lightning.
In a later post shared to the singer/songwriter’s Instagram feed, the superstar revealed that his drummer lost his home in the storm.
It appears Bentley narrowly escaped devastation as a video shared by Nashville’s ABC News affiliate WKRN shows complete destruction at John C Tune Airport. According to the news outlet, the airport sustained widespread damage that officials estimate to be in the millions.
According to new reports, the death toll has now risen to 19 across Middle Tennessee.
Those interested in helping the Nashville community in the aftermath of the storm can donate to The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee’s Middle Tennessee Emergency Response Fund HERE.
Update: The final death toll from the storms was 25.
Lauren Jo Black
Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for Answers.com and her work being featured on Forbes.com. She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.