May 3 presented a very strange mix of events in the life of Keith Urban.
Capitol released his cheery single, "I'm In," to country radio stations. He planned to start recording a new album. And then the Cumberland River and a network of creeks began to overflow their banks.
It was, as Nashville residents have become fond of saying, a thousand-year flood, one that crippled portions of the city and swamped a few significant locations: the Grand Ole Opry House, the Schermerhorn Symphony Center, Kenny Chesney's home and the SoundCheck music storage facility downtown. Scads of instruments were destroyed at SoundCheck, including models owned by Brad Paisley, Vince Gill, Peter Frampton and Urban, who lost more than 50 expensive guitars. That obviously set back his plans to record.
For one day.