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Country community responds to Vegas massacre

Monday, October 2, 2017 – The country community weighed in on the Las Vegas tragedy, sending their thoughts and prayers.

Chris Young was at the scene. He was not playing at the festival, but he has been touring with Jason Aldean, who was performing closing out the three-day Route 91 Harvest Festival when Stephen Paddock started shooting from the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino. "Spent I don't know how long on the floor of a trailer behind the stage... know multiple people are dead. Listening to that gunfire...," he tweeted at about 3 a.m. Las Vegas time on Monday.

He also followed up with tweets: "I'm literally shaking still," "Why" and "I'm not gonna say anything else other than I'm lucky to be alive. As are many others... and so many people are gone... this is heartbreaking."

Maren Morris played at the festival and tweeted, "Played Route 91 in Vegas the night before last. We were all singing. I'm in shock over this. Heartbroken for all those lives taken too soon."

Morris also released a song she recorded with Vince Gill, "Dear Hate," on YouTube on Monday afternoon. Morris said on Twitter, "I wrote this song 3 years ago, recorded it last year with Vince Gill, and always have fans asking when I'll put it out. I never knew when would be the right time,b ut realized today that there's never a right time. Hate is everywhere, and I'm sick of not doing enough. In the darkest tunnel, there is still love & music. That's what it's here for. Here is Dear Hate. Any cent I see from this I'm donating to the Music City Cares Fund. #LovesGonnaConquerAll."

Brothers Osborne, who played at the fest on Friday night, posted on Facebook, "We are completely devastated by these tragic events that happened in Vegas last night. We can only imagine the flood of emotions you all must be feeling and for that we send our love and prayers to you all. After our set on Friday, we talked about how you were one of the best groups of people we've ever played for. So much love. So much joy. So much pure happiness floating thru the air. I know it might be hard but don't lose those feelings. Those emotions are sacred. Don't let a deranged coward take that from you. We wish that we could reach our arms around every damn one of you and your families right now. Hold on tight to the ones you love. We love you all and will be keeping you forever in our thoughts."

Dierks Bentley said on Twitter, "Prayers for everyone in Las Vegas...Our country music family of fans and friends. God bless all those hurting right now. At a total loss for words."

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Losing Sleep CD review - Losing Sleep
Chris Young has one of the best country voices, and it's always a pleasure to hear him sing. But it's disappointing when the title cut sounds more like the groove to a Justin Bieber song than anything truly country. When, say, someone like Jason Aldean performs music with barely any resemblance to real country music, it's not that big a deal; he's not a great natural singer to begin with. However, Young's voice is just too good to waste on mere pop. »»»
It Must Be Christmas CD review - It Must Be Christmas
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Editorial: Walking the talk – When names like Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Waylon and the Hag are invoked, you're talking hard core country. These are the touchstones of country , the guys who made country music what it was and still is (or maybe can be). When these folks would sing about being down-and-out and the rough-and-tumble, they knew of what they were singing about. Fast forward a few years to the country singers of today. »»»
Concert Review: The Lil Smokies provide the perfect antidote – On a night when the world to be falling further apart thanks to coronavirus (this would be the night the NBA postponed the season), there stood The Lil Smokies to at least in some small measure save the day. The quintet is part of a generation of musicians with bluegrass as the basis, but not totally the sum of the music either.... »»»
Concert Review: White makes the case for himself, no matter how dark the music – John Paul White opined with a glint in his eyes that his songs were not of the uplifting variety. In fact, they were downright dark. How else to explain "The Long Way" with the line "long way home back to you." Or "James," a song inspired by his grandfather who suffered from dementia. But lest you think that the Alabama... »»»
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