When Nashville was flooded this past Mayday, over 30 people were killed and many more lost homes, recording studios, and musical instruments. Few musicians have ever been very good at taking care of their own health and well-being, but they rally when others are in need. The noble brothers and sisters at MusiCares have set up the MusiCares Nashville Flood Relief Fund to provide medicine, food, clothing, and shelter and aid clean-up efforts for victims of The Great Flood of 2010 (theres a song in there somewhere). Tonights bill is an extraordinary line-up, featuring many of the pickers who were alt-country before the phrase existed. Syd Straw weaves the threads of American music into a seamless whole, while L.A.s Dave Alvin and Exene Cervenka have blended rock n roll energy, folkie roots and a country heart with the Blasters (Dave), X and the Knitters (Exene and Dave) and as solo artists. Carlene Carter is one of the most underrated hillbilly lady singers of all time. Her L.A. appearances are almost as rare as world peace, so heres your chance to catch her live and donate a few bucks to your fellow human beings. For more info, go to www2.grammy.com/MusiCares/NashvilleFloodRelief/.
Thu., June 24, 7 p.m., 2010