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“They’re like family”: Keith Urban, Vince Gill, Alison Krauss and more show how country’s close connection to the fans links Nashville to Las Vegas

ABC RadioOn a windy, overcast fall evening in Music City, Grammy winners, Country-Music-Hall-of-Famers, actors, singer/songwriters and the mayor gathered in Nashville’s Ascend Amphitheater to memorialize nearly 60 innocent people who lost their lives less than 24 hours earlier at a country concert in Las Vegas.

“This is the kind of city that will wrap its arms around you, and that is exactly what we’re here to do tonight,” the evening’s master of ceremonies, actor Charles Esten said as he began.

The Grand Ole Opry’s General Manager, Sally Williams, hinted at the grief artists like Jason Aldean, Jake Owen and Chris Young will …read more

Texas guitarist Caleb Keeter changes his mind on gun control, after experiencing Sunday’s violence in Las Vegas

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ABC NewsAfter being in the crowd Sunday night as bullets rained down at the Route 91 Harvest Festival, one country musician is changing his mind about gun control.

“I’ve been a proponent of the 2nd amendment my entire life,” Caleb Keeter, guitarist for the Texas-based Josh Abbott Band posted on social media. “Until the events of last night, I cannot express how wrong I was. We actually have members of our crew with [Concealed Handgun] Licenses, and legal firearms on the bus. They were useless.”

Josh Abbott Band played their 4:05 p.m. set on Sunday afternoon, but were …read more

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The Country Music Association organizes a Music City vigil for Las Vegas

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ABC NewsThe Country Music Association is hosting a candlelight vigil for the victims of the Las Vegas shooting at Nashville’s Ascend Amphitheater Monday evening.

At least 58 concert-goers were killed and 500 were wounded as a shooter opened fire Sunday night on the crowd at the Route 91 Harvest Festival, just as headliner Jason Aldean was delivering the event’s closing set.

Nashville Mayor Megan Barry is set to speak at the Music City vigil, with as-yet-unannounced artists scheduled to sing as well.

The CMA has also postponed final ballots for this year’s CMA Awards in light of the shooting. Final voting was …read more

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“Our angels were definitely watching over us”: A pregnant Brittany Aldean reacts to the Vegas shooting

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C Flanigan/FilmMagicJason Aldean‘s wife, Brittany, is speaking out after Sunday’s deadly shooting in Las Vegas.

“Our angels were definitely watching over us tonight,” 29-year-old Brittany shared. “No words for what happened… Just horrific. Praying for everyone,” she wrote.

Jason was performing during the final night of the Route 91 Harvest Music Festival in Vegas when the shooting began. More than 500 people were injured and at least 58 were killed after suspected shooter Stephen Paddock opened fire from the nearby Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino. Police said Monday morning that Paddock took his own life after orchestrating the …read more

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“We are not broken”: Stars work to forge a path ahead, after the worst mass shooting in American history

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ABC NewsAs country music finds itself at the center of the worst mass shooting in modern American history, its biggest stars continue to reach out to the fans on social media, trying to bring comfort and make some sense of the tragedy.

As the death toll grew to at least 58, with more than 500 injured, country artists seemed to grow more outraged that the shooter chose the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas to commit such violence. Headliner Jason Aldean was in the middle of the set that would’ve closed the three-day festival, when alleged gunman Stephen Paddock opened …read more

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Texas musician Josh Abbott was “just a few floors away” as bullets rained down on Route 91 Harvest Festival

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ABC NewsTexas’s Josh Abbott Band had finished their Sunday afternoon set at the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas, when tragedy struck.

“Everyone in our band and crew are safe,” Josh said on Facebook Monday. I had just left and was in the Mandalay Bay on the 20th floor with my fiancée during the shooting just a few floors away.

“The band & crew were on the concert grounds and saw people get shot,” Josh continued. “Some of my crew members were hit with shrapnel, but not injured.”

Sixty-four-year-old Stephen Paddock, the suspect in shooting, was on …read more

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Jason Aldean’s camp remembers the fans, in the wake of tragedy

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ABC/Image Group LA Jason Aldean‘s record label is remembering the fans, after a gunman killed at least 58 and injured more than 500 others during Aldean’s set Sunday at the Route 91 Harvest Music Festival in Las Vegas.

“We are horrified by the events in Las Vegas overnight and relieved to report that all of our artists, their teams, and our staff are safe and uninjured,” Jon Loba, Executive Vice President of Broken Bow Music Group shared on social media Monday morning.

“The Country Music community is a FAMILY and our listeners are a part of that family,” …read more

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She’s still a little bit country: Taylor Swift loves Maren Morris, Midland and more

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Mert & MarcusTaylor Swift hasn’t put out a country single since her Red album in 2012, but that doesn’t mean she’s forgotten her country roots.

With her sixth studio project, Reputation, on the way November 10, featuring her #1 pop hit, “Look What You Made Me Do,” it turns out Taylor’s been listening to plenty of country tunes — though it doesn’t seem likely there are any on the new record.

In a new Spotify playlist of 70 “Songs Taylor Loves,” the superstar includes seven country cuts, ranging from Maren Morris and her fiancé Ryan Hurd, to Taylor’s …read more

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Country star trivia

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Comstock/Thinkstock Thirty years ago this fall, this country icon recorded both “Famous Last Words of a Fool” and “If You Ain’t Lovin’ (You Ain’t Livin’)” for his eighth studio album. Can you name the Country Music Hall-of-Famer? ANSWER: George Strait.

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The country community reaches out on social media, after Sunday’s mass shooting in Las Vegas

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Photo by David Becker/Getty ImagesAs the nation and the world try to make sense of the mass shooting in Las Vegas Sunday night that left at least 50 dead and 200 injured, the country music community is reaching out, after a tragedy that hits particularly close to home.

The shooting took place during two-time ACM Entertainer of the Year Jason Aldean‘s set at the Route 91 Harvest festival.

Here’s how the stars were processing their grief Monday morning on social media:

Shania Twain: Heartbroken over the news of Vegas. My thoughts with all the innocent victims and …read more

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