The Nashville Tornado Missed Maren Morris and Ryan Hurd’s Block ‘By An Inch’

At least 10 people are dead in Middle Tennessee after a tornado tore through parts of Downtown Nashville, East Nashville…


Lauren Jo Black

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March 3, 2020


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Maren Morris, Ryan Hurd; Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images

At least 10 people are dead in Middle Tennessee after a tornado tore through parts of Downtown Nashville, East Nashville and surrounding areas overnight. One of the hardest-hit locations was East Nashville, where a number of country artists reside, including Maren Morris and Ryan Hurd.

According to the couple’s social media posts, their home did not sustain damage, but sadly that is is not the case for their East Nashville neighbors. Morris said the tornado touched down very close to their street and that she is reeling over the damage this morning.

“The tornado must have missed our block by an inch because we are alright but I am so depleted looking at the damage that has happened to our beautiful city,” the superstar wrote on Twitter. “There are so many people in the streets helping already, though. Thinking of those who lost their loved ones + homes.”

Hurd was not home during the storm but took to social media to share an update.

“We are ok,” he said. “I’m in New York and Maren and our house are fine, but our neighborhood is not. Places we have loved for many years don’t look like they are there any more. We are so thankful and devastated at the same time.”

Damage in the area is still being accessed, however, emergency crews estimate that over 40 buildings collapsed during the storm.

Those interested in helping the Nashville community 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.