ERIC CHURCH was the headliner at Friday’s Route 91 Fest in Vegas . . . and he’s still reeling from the tragedy that happened two nights later. He talked about it during his show on Wednesday at the Grand Ole Opry.
He remembered going into the Vegas crowd to shake everybody’s hand. Quote, “I went all the way down the right side. Came back up the left side. Smiling faces. Hands in the air. Pictures being taken. I told them, ‘Thank you for coming.'” He talked about after the shooting when he saw Anderson Cooper interview a woman named Heather Melton. Her husband Sonny died while shielding her from the bullets. They went to the festival because Eric was her husband’s favorite artist. She said they were also looking forward to going to the Opry the next night. Eric then pointed to two seats that were left empty in their honor. He said, quote, “The reason I’m here tonight is because of Heather and Sonny.” He said the shooting “broke something” inside of him and the only way to fix that is through music. So, he wrote a new song called “Why Not Me” . . . and then he started playing it. (Here’s the link. The song starts at 4:50.)
RASCAL FLATTS is sticking with the “show must go on” theme and will honor all the dates of their Vegas residency, which picks up tonight at the Venetian Theatre.
CARRIE UNDERWOOD is very proud of her concert movie, “The Storyteller Tour / Stories In The Round”. It’ll be available at most digital outlets on November 17th.
KELSEA BALLERINI will flip the switch on the ninth annual “Opry Goes Pink” event, which supports breast cancer awareness. The show is October 24th and will also feature Trisha Yearwood, Easton Corbin, Lanco, and Runaway June.
LUKE BRYAN released the lyric video to his song “Light It Up”.
BRETT ELDREDGE is willing to sacrifice a little vanity so we can enjoy a good laugh . . .All that ahead on today’s #HotCountrySkinny