Some of country music's biggest names gathered together at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville on Sunday, November 12, at the Country Rising benefit concert. The event generated more than $4 million and will be donated to organizations that support those affected by 2017's hurricanes as well as victims of the Route 91 Harvest Festival shooting on October 1.
Hosted by country radio DJ and musician Bobby Bones, the night included performances by Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley, Sam Hunt, Lady Antebellum, Little Big Town, Martina McBride, Reba McEntire, Chris Stapleton, George Strait, Keith Urban and a surprise appearance by recent CMA Winner Jon Pardi. Lady Antebellum opened the benefit concert with a tribute the the late Tom Petty. Bones, who performed Day 2 of the Route 91 Harvest Festival, kicked things off with a few words regarding the recent tragedies.
“Our country has been hit hard by tragedy this year … It's affected our families. It's affected our friends. It's affected the country music community,“ Bones said near the start of the event. "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."
Artist: Jason Aldean. Photo: Rick Diamond, Getty Images
Aldean also talked on the events in Las Vegas, “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 said during his set. “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."