If this year were set in a comic book, Brad Paisley and Kimberly Williams-Paisley might have experienced a “Clark Kent” moment. 

The pages would show this Nashville couple rushing to a phone booth and returning with overflowing grocery bags, each ready for a local family stricken by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.  

But comic books aren’t real life. 

When they began stocking a free grocery store in Nashville days before deadly tornadoes and a global pandemic pummeled the region, no one wore superhero costumes.

And, when unexpected disaster hit, there wasn’t a pay phone in sight. 

“It was the ‘Clark Kent’ moment where he looks at the phone booth, in the ‘Superman’ movie, and it’s one of those phone cubicles,” said Paisley, a Grammy Award-winning country hitmaker. “There’s no booth. What’re we gonna do?” 

Instead, the couple leaned on real-world allies to launch The Store, a nonprofit