The sold-out show was a fundraiser for the Country Rising Fund of The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee. That foundation was created to help victims of the September 2017 hurricanes but money from the evening also benefitted the Las Vegas shooting victims.
Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley, Sam Hunt, Lady Antebellum and Little Big Town also performed. As did Martina McBride, Reba McEntire, Jon Pardi and Chris Stapleton. Unfortunately, Carrie Underwood recently fell and was unable to perform. Garth Brooks sent in a special video from Spokane. He was performing there but donated the proceeds from his two shows that night. It was a very special night in Nashville.
“Our country has been hit hard by tragedy this year,” radio host Bobby Bones said as he welcomed the audience. “It’s affected our families. It’s affected our friends. It’s affected the Country music community, but even during those hard times what we always try to do is find the good and make the difference, and tonight we’re trying to make the difference.”
Aldean’s performance was perhaps the most powerful. He finally opened up about how the Las Vegas shooting affected him.
“It’s been a rough couple months for us up here, and it’s a lot of fun to get back out and play for the people who matter which is you guys,” Aldean admits. “I love getting up every day and playing music, and I’ll be damned if anybody out there will ever stop me from doing that.”
If you were unable to attend Country Rising, we’re creating a full photo gallery of photos from the event below. We’ll also be adding highlights from the night to our YouTube page. Stay up to date on these video highlights and more by subscribing to our channel.
If you’d like to help the foundation, you can still donate. You can support them by texting “NASHVILLE” to 41010 to make a $10 donation. Fans can also help by purchasing limited edition merchandise here. So far, they’ve raised more than $4 million.
If you have any questions or would like to donate another amount, visit their official website.