Dierks Bentley, Alison Krauss Cancel Concerts Because of Nashville Flooding

Dierks Bentley and Alison Krauss & Union Station canceled separate concerts Sunday (May 2) in Tennessee because of heavy flooding, road closures and power outages in the Nashville area. A powerful line of thunderstorms ravaged Tennessee and Mississippi throughout the weekend, killing at least 11 people, including five people in the Nashville metro area. A record was set in Nashville with 13 inches of rain during a two-day period. Bentley canceled two shows during his Up From the Ridge tour, including Sunday’s stop in Knoxville and a Monday (May 3) concert in Charlottesville, Va. Tickets purchased for the shows will be refunded, although Bentley plans to reschedule both concerts. “For the safety of my band, crew and their families back here in Nashville, we are parking the buses and not going to try and attempt the trip east to Knoxville and Charlottesville,” he said. “As much as we’d love to be playing music tonight, it feels like the right thing to do.” Flooding on I-40 and other highways leaving Nashville forced Krauss and her band — and singer-songwriter John Hiatt — to cancel their Sunday appearances at the Beale Street Music Festival in Memphis. The festival went on, however, with appearances by Earth, Wind & Fire, Booker T & the MGs, bluesman Hubert Sumlin and Motley Crue frontman Vince Neil.