On This Day: Garth Brooks, Trisha Yearwood Play First of 9 Concerts Raising Money for Flood Relief in 2010

by Kayla Zadel

Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood stepped up when they found their city in need. A devastating flood brought much of Nashville to a halt in May 2010.

Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood knew that they needed to act. Brooks organized and performed with his wife, Yearwood, to raise funds for flood relief efforts. Brooks and Yearwood wed in Dec. 2005, and she joined him on stage for nine performances.

In this video from The Tennessean, Brooks announces the relief concert.

“We decided to do the show the day we saw the footage of the floods,” he says in an October press conference in Nashville.

Brooks continues to say that it’s Tennesseans helping out Tennesseans. Even though the successful country artist is from Oklahoma, he understands that the Volunteer state steps up during the time of need.

“We’re lucky to have a dual residency, so you’re talking to a guy that’s from here but saw it from outside. As doubly painful as it was to watch it from outside, now you’re doubly proud to get to help,” Brooks says.

Garth Brooks Sells Out Concerts, Donates Money to Flood Relief

Today marks the first of 9 sold-out concerts that took place from Dec. 16 through 22 at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville. Brooks ended up selling 14,000 tickets at only $25 per ticket.

The country music icon raised around $3 million for the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee, according to Taste of Country. The nonprofit directly helped the communities affected by the floods.

However, CMT later reported that Brooks raised around $10 million from the concerts when funds were totaled from hotel bookings and other tourist activities.

As a matter of fact, these shows not only raised money for the flood relief efforts, but the concerts also marked the return of the country star to the state after a two-year hiatus. It had been since 2008 that Brooks performed a full-length live performance because he took time off from touring to raise his daughters. Furthermore, he hadn’t played a full-length show in Nashville since 1998.