Coronavirus and the day the music died in Nashville
Updated 3:44 PM ET, Sun March 22, 2020
(CNN)Nashvillians still remember how that music used to make them smile.
On a normal day, music bursts from the doors of Lower Broadway's honky tonks, sending a cacophony of country tunes into streets packed with revelers hopping bar to bar.
The last week, however, has been haunting as the world-famous entertainment district was transformed to a ghost town when the city ordered bars shut down amid the coronavirus pandemic.
It's a reality across the country, but in Nashville, it was the second shot in a double barrel of disaster.
The closures came about two weeks after a deadly tornado ripped through parts of the city, canceling shows and destroying venues. Many musicians, along with the service industry, had just started to claw back, only to see their lifelines snipped again.
Downtown's silent, barren streets give bartender Carolyn Lethgo an "eerie feeling," said the lifelong resident who has been working in the service industry since she was 15. JesseLee Jones, frontman for Brazilbilly and the owner of Robert's Western World, hasn't seen anything like it in 26 years, he said.
"I have never, ever imagined that such a thing would be possible. It's like something on TV," Jones said.
Hard times have brought Nashville together in the past. Just as residents