Dave Brainard, a celebrated Nashville producer who has worked with artists from Brandy Clark to Jerrod Niemann, was attacked over the weekend near his Music Row studio.
According to a report in the Tennessean, Brainard and two women were walking in a crosswalk on Demonbreun Street, near a lively strip of bars, clubs and condos, early Sunday morning when a four-door gray or charcoal Infinity struck one of Brainard’s friends. A man and woman, reportedly dressed in formal attire, exited the vehicle and began assaulting Brainard and one of the women, Deborah DeLoach. Brainard was punched and choked until he lost consciousness.
The man and woman then fled. The female assailant is described as white, five foot six, in her early 30s, while the man, also white, is six foot two, 200 pounds. Witnesses are encouraged to call Nashville police at 615-742-7463.
“We couldn’t get out of the street because they kept hitting us,” DeLoach said. “They both get out and start yelling – she starts yelling, he’s yelling. The woman attacked me, and the man attacked Dave.”
Brainard, who was conscious last night and responding to text messages, is scheduled for reconstructive face surgery today. He suffered a broken jaw, lacerations and missing teeth in the assault.
The 40-year-old Brainard, a Nebraska native and Air Force veteran, was nominated for a Grammy Award for producing Brandy Clark’s breakout album 12 Stories. He has also produced albums by Jerrod Niemann, Jamey Johnson and, most recently, Ray Scott. He once told Rolling Stone Country that he got his start in music by playing in the Air Force Band.
“It was there I learned all my scales and my theory,” Brainard said, “and I met a guy who gave me the country bug. We’d take trips to Nashville, and I started to see the complexity in things that were so simple, and what you could do with three chords.”
Brainard’s studio is located just up the block from where the attack took place.