In the wake of the tragic shooting in Las Vagas, in which a gunman opened fire on the crowd of the Route 91 Harvest Festival, taking the lives of 58 people and wounding over 500 more, a number of country musicians have taken the time to pay tribute to the lives that were lost.
Garth Brooks posted a tribute to the victims of the shooting soon afterwards, commenting that "I'm very proud of how the audience handled itself. People were laying down on people to protect them. Just...character flows through country music. All our love to the victims and the victims' families. All our love to the bands and crews."
Most notable however, has been the outpouring of emotions from Jason Aldean, who was performing at the festival when the shooting began. His pregnant wife Brittany was present as well, and recounts that “We were the lucky ones. I can’t put into words the pain and heartache we feel for the ones who are no longer with us."
Though he already previously made a statement about the incident, Aldean used his appearance on Saturday Night Live on Oct. 8th to comment further on the shooting, as well as to pay tribute to the late Tom Petty, who passed away on Oct. 2nd.