Brad Paisley headlined a unique three-day concert event in St. Louis, Nashville and Indianapolis on July 10, 11 and 12.
The shows, dubbed Live From the Drive-In, featured a varied lineup in each city consisting of Brad, Darius Rucker, Jon Pardi, El Monstero, Yacht Rock Revue and Nelly.
Brad’s Nashville performance from the Nissan Stadium parking lot on July 11 was live-streamed for free on his Facebook page. Viewers had the option of making a donation to The Store, which they did to the tune of $26,000.
“I’m told that those of you who hit the tip jar on our @facebook live broadcast from the Nashville show raised 26k for @thestore_nashville!!” said Brad on Instagram. “Thank you! I know these are trying times, thank you for helping to feed people. #liveatthedrivein”
Brad and wife Kimberly Williams-Paisley teamed with Belmont University and Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee to open The Store—a free grocery store that serves individuals and families experiencing food insecurities and financial hardship.
The Store, which opened in March 2020, operates as a year-round free grocery store that allows people to shop for their basic needs. Clients are given the opportunity to come to The Store for a one-year period. There is no charge to those referred or to the people and agencies that send them. They may shop for food to supplement their income during times of crisis and as they work toward self-sufficiency.
Brad and Kimberly were inspired to get involved in the Nashville project after volunteering at a similar organization, Unity Shoppe, in Santa Barbara, Calif.
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