The music industry was decimated in what has been a crushing climb back from the brink of collapse, and nowhere has that been more evident than to our neighbors to the North in Nashville.

No matter how you look at it, they got beat up pretty bad this past year.

A direct hit to the city earlier this year by an EF4 tornado took out a few beloved, music venues and caused 25 area residents to lose their lives, 309 injuries and more than $1.6 billion in storm damage across Tennessee, Alabama, Kentucky and Missouri in early March.

Then mandatory shutdowns from the global Covid-19 virus didn’t leave any venue or small business standing for a number of weeks, disrupting spring events and snowballing a decline of live music options on into summer.

Reopening restaurants, bars and music venues at restricted capacity had crippled projective budgets, profits and increased unemployment with an unknown end, followed by the violence at the end of May when protesting riots engulfed a raging and venomous fire of a historical courthouse, damaging 30 businesses including the Ryman Auditorium, and concluded an extremely brutal year with more venues being hammered from a Christmas morning explosion by suspect Anthony Quinn Warner.

Warner allegedly drove an RV full of combustible material onto 18th Street in downtown Nashville Friday morning, with loudspeakers blasting warnings of an impending explosion and witnesses reported the sounds of the Petula Clark song “Downtown” blaring through the streets.

For more on this story please pick up Thursday’s Tribune or purchase an e-edition.

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