Kudos to Vince Gill and Channel 4 TV . . . with some constructive criticism

Editor’s Note: “Underground Nashville” covers artists, authors, musicians, poets, political figures, and other compelling people and happenings not typically covered by the mainstream Nashville media. It also presents reflections and commentary from an underground/indie perspective. As I told ‘The Tennessean’ in 2008, “since moving to Nashville twenty-five years ago, I have met people whose lives do not remotely reflect the caricature of what many outside our city presume to be a ‘Nashvillian’ or the Nashville experience.” “Underground Nashville” thus explores the soul of the city, not its surface—offering “thoughts from the shadows of a great American city.”

Dave Carew

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Middle Tennessee has been devastated by flooding from which it will take months—in some cases years—to recover. Please join the recovery effort by contacting Hands on Nashville at Hon.org or by calling (in Nashville) 211. Otherwise, please call 800-318-9355. You can also support The Salvation Army’s relief efforts by going to Salarmy-Nashville.com of calling 800-725-2769.  Thank you.

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Kudos to Vince Gill and Channel 4 TV . . . with a note of constructive criticism

A heart-felt “thank you” note to Channel 4 TV in Nashville (WSMV-TV) for the “Vince Gill & Friends” flood-relief benefit concert broadcast last night, to assist relief efforts being conducted by Hands on Nashville, The Salvation Army, and Second Harvest Food Bank. Once again Vince Gill proved himself to be Nashville’s favorite adopted son, a real man and a true role model in a world that otherwise offers mostly counterfeits.

One small note of “constructive criticism” (yeah, I hate that phrase, too), for Channel 4 going forward:  In the future, it would be helpful if inundation of the call-in lines—which was easily foreseeable, given the generous spirit of the people of Nashville—could be met by something other than an endless busy signal. With today’s technology, couldn’t callers at least be placed on hold? Under these circumstances, nobody would mind waiting five or ten or even fifteen minutes for his or her call to be answered.  “Underground Nashville” tried no fewer than nine times to call the telethon line—three times in each of the hours of the broadcast—and never WAS able to get anything but a busy signal. Imagine the tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars in flood-relief effort money potentially lost . . .

David M. (Dave) Carew is editor of “Underground Nashville” and the author of the novels “Everything Means Nothing to Me: A Novel of Underground Nashville” and “Voice from the Gutter.” He also is a freelance publicist and copywriter.

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