Dierks Bentley, Jake Owen Among Artists Assisting In Tornado Relief Efforts

Dierks Bentley and Jake Owen took action to assist those affected by the Nashville-area tornado earlier this week, putting on…


Lauren Jo Black

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March 5, 2020


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Dierks Bentley, Jake Owen; Photos via Instagram

Dierks Bentley and Jake Owen took action to assist those affected by the Nashville-area tornado earlier this week, putting on gloves and work boots and jumping into recovery efforts on Wednesday (March 4).

Bentley was on hand in Mt. Juliet, where his longtime drummer, Steve Misamore, and his wife, began to clean up what’s left of their property after taking a direct hit from the tornado. The couple was reportedly out of town when the storm hit and returned to find total destruction.

The superstar was joined by members of his band and road crew to assist Misamore. The group lightened the mood a bit with a hilarious video shared to social media. In the clip, Misamore invites the crew into his home, saying, “it’s a little messy right now.” He then opens the door to reveal the destruction. Bentley & co. continue to make jokes about the tattered home and its “open” floorplan, before closing the clip with Bentley saying, “let’s get to work.”

Jake Owen and his twin brother, Jarrod, assisted with cleanup efforts as well and encouraged others to get out in the community and help.

“If you’re able to help, get out anywhere in the community and help,” Owen shared on Instagram. “I’ve never seen anything like this ever, in my life.”

Bentley and Owen are just two of the many country artists stepping up to assist victims of the storm. Bobby Bones is collecting supplies at one of his Nashville-area gyms, Lee Ann Womack is dropping off blankets and other supplies, Mitchell Tenpenny is hosting a benefit concert, Martina McBride is rallying people to volunteer and bring supplies via her organization Team Music Is Love and so many more are doing things behind the scenes to help their friends and neighbors. Additionally, John and TJ Osborne were volunteering their time in East Nashville as were members of Old Dominion.

Residents of Nashville, Mt. Juliet, Lebanon and Cookeville are in dire need of assistance to rebuild their communities. 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

Additionally, CMT has partnered with the American Red Cross and Nashville’s local NBC affiliate, WSMV News 4, to hold a telethon to support disaster relief efforts in Middle Tennessee. The Telethon will air live from the CMT Studio in downtown Nashville with WSMV anchors, CMT’s Cody Alan & more talent to be announced alongside volunteers from CMT and the music industry. The telethon will take place Thursday, March 5, 2020 from 4:00-7:00 p.m. CST and will air live on WSMV News 4. It will also be featured on all CMT social platforms. Donations can also be made online HERE.

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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.