One of the most highly regarded young producers in Nashville, Tenn., Dave Brainard, has been hospitalized after a gruesome attack.
According to The Tennessean, Brainard, his friend Deborah DeLoach and one other woman were crossing Demonbreun Street when a gray four-door Infinity hit DeLoach. After the car came to a halt, a woman and man exited the vehicle and began a confrontation with Brainard and the two women.
“We couldn’t get out of the street because they kept hitting us,” DeLoach told The Tennessean. “They both get out and start yelling – she starts yelling, he’s yelling. The woman attacked me, and the man attacked Dave.”
Brainard was repeatedly punched then choked until he was unconscious. DeLoach was also punched and choked by the male passenger before fleeing the scene.
“His jaw on both sides is broken,” DeLoach explained. “He has lacerations on his chin and lip. His teeth are shattered in the back. He’s going to make it, but he is not doing well and has severe injuries to his face.”
Brainard earned a Grammy nomination for his work on Brandy Clark’s 2014 album, 12 Stories. He has also produced and written songs for many country artists in recent years, including Dierks Bentley, Jerrod Niemann and Ray Scott.
Police are still on the search for Brainard’s attackers. Police describe the woman as white, 5-feet-6-inches tall and in her early 30s, and the man as 6-feet-2-inches tall, 200 pounds and white. If you have any information on the incident, call the Midtown Hills Precinct at 615-742-7463.