Eric Paslay’s Home Took a ‘Direct Hit’ From the Nashville Tornado

“It was an incredibly scary night,” he says.


Lauren Jo Black

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March 4, 2020


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Eric Paslay; Photo by Jason Davis/Getty Images for HGTV

Singer/songwriter Eric Paslay is holding his family a little closer this week after his East Nashville home took a direct hit from the Nashville tornado in the early morning hours of Tuesday (March 3).

Paslay took to Instagram late Tuesday to update fans after the tornado ripped through his home and claimed the lives of 24 people across Middle Tennessee.

“It was an incredibly scary night with a direct hit from the tornado,” he wrote. “Fortunately, we had enough warning to get downstairs to our shelter with an additional 30 seconds to spare before it was on top of us.”

He went on to explain that he, his wife and daughter were smiling in the photo he shared because they had not yet realized the severity of the situation in Middle Tennessee.

“We are smiling in this picture because we are beyond happy and grateful to be standing together, unharmed, surrounded by the best friends, neighbors, volunteers, and first responders you could ever hope for,” he explained. “We are smiling in this picture because at the time that it was taken, we didn’t realize that there were lives lost.”

Paslay said that they are “sad” and “hurting” for those who lost their homes and loved ones.

The tornado that touched down in East Nashville was confirmed to be an EF-3 with winds of 136-140 mph, according to Nashville’s News Channel 5.

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

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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 and her work being featured on 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.