Cole Swindell is remembering a fan who covered one of his songs, but was killed in the Route 91 shooting in Las Vegas.

Cole writes, “This is Brennan Stewart.. HUGE country music fan. He was 1 of the 59 that never made it home Sunday night. I’ve seen his cover of ‘You Should Be Here’ and it’s absolutely heartbreaking. I will be thinking of him and the others who lost their lives every time I sing that song.. hope to connect with his family when I’m in Vegas in December.”
 
Brennan was remembered by his sister, Kelly Stewart, as a someone who “rarely missed an opportunity to attend a country concert” .

Eddie Montgomery is slated to return to the stage for his first public performance since his partner in Montgomery Gentry, Troy Gentry, was killed in a helicopter crash in September, and he’ll honor Gentry’s legacy.

Montgomery is set to perform at the annual birthday celebration for Tootsie’s World Famous Orchid Lounge, which is set to take place on October 10th in downtown Nashville. The venue announced Montgomery’s appearance as part of a list of new performers in a Facebook post on Tuesday (Oct. 3).

The singer will honor his fallen partner’s legacy with his performance. It is unclear if he will perform solo, or if he might be joined by a slate of guest vocalists to assist with Gentry’s parts on Montgomery Gentry’s long string of hits.
 
The 2017 Tootsie’s Birthday Bash lineup also includes Jon Langston, Halfway to Hazard, Darryl Worley, Tim Watson, Scott Collier, Anthony Orio, John Stone, Terri Clark, Cole Swindell and friends, Trick Pony and Billy Ray Cyrus, as well as several surprise guests.

Troy Gentry died on September 8th in a helicopter crash prior to a Montgomery Gentry gig in New Jersey, when the helicopter he was riding in crashed after experiencing problems during a short flight for him to check out the surrounding area before his performance. 911 audio showed that the helicopter experienced mechanical difficulty before the crash. A preliminary report from the National Transportation Safety Board states the pilot radioed about problems with the throttle before crashing, and a full investigation is underway that may take up to a year.

Carrie Underwood has released details of a new live concert film, "Carrie Underwood: The Storyteller Tour, Stories In The Round", Live from Madison Square Garden.  The concert film  is set for release on November 17th, just in time for the holidays.

Underwood says, “The amazing production and 360-degree stage let me get closer to them than ever before. I saw so many of their social media posts asking for a release of the show and we knew we had to do it.  I’m so happy to get this out and relive the most fun I’ve ever had on tour!”

The film will feature Underwood’s Madison Square Garden set list, opening with “Renegade Runaway” and closing with “Something in the Water.”

It will be released digitally through iTunes, Amazon, Google Play and Qello.

Rosanne Cash has long been an advocate of tougher gun laws, but the shooting in Las Vegas has her making a special plea to her fellow artists in country music. It's time for them to disavow the NRA, she writes in the New York Times.

Cash referenced the "NRA Country" campaign, writing: "That wholesome public relations veneer masks something deeply sinister and profoundly destructive," then alledging: "There is no other way to say this: The NRA funds domestic terrorism."

Cash warns any country artist who speaks out to expect a backlash from the NRA and from fans in its sway. "Find the strength of moral conviction, even if it comes with a price tag, which it will," writes Cash. "Don't let them bully you into silence."

Cole Swindell will take over Nashville's Lower Broadway next week with a headlining performance at the annual birthday celebration for the iconic honky-tonk, Tootsie's Orchid Lounge.

The event, dubbed the Stay Downtown at Tootsie's 57th Anniversary Birthday Bash, will take place on October 10th and will be free and open to the public.

The event will also feature performances from Billy Ray Cyrus, Terri Clark, Trick Pony and many more, as well as festivities such as a Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest.

Jason Aldean has canceled concerts for the remainder of the week out of respect for the victims in the Las Vegas massacre.

Aldean says, "It is the right thing to do. It has been an emotional time for everyone involved this week, so we plan to take some time to mourn the ones we have lost."

Aldean has canceled tours scheduled in L.A., San Diego and Anaheim, all scheduled for this weekend.

The tour will resume October 12th in Tulsa.

Jason says, "Our first time back on stage will be a very tough and emotional thing for us, but we will all get through it together and honor the people we lost by doing the only thing we know how to do -- play our songs for them."

Luke Bryan issued a now-deleted statement about security on his 2017 Farm Tour in the wake of the shooting at the Route 91 Harvest Festival. In a Facebook post, Luke wrote that he wanted fans to know that he and his team will be doing everything they can to keep the fans attending his final few 2017 Farm Tour shows safe.

His statement read:  “We are greatly saddened by the event that took place in Vegas and are praying for those country music fans, their families and all involved. We want to assure our fans that we are working with state and local officials to do everything possible to ensure your safety during our Farm Tour shows.”

Bryan began his 2017 Farm Tour — his ninth annual Farm Tour — on Sept. 28 in Lincoln, Neb. He has already played three shows on the trek and has three left. The concerts take place on rural farms — open-air venues that, much like the Route 91 Harvest Festival site, require concertgoers to go through security but are harder to fully secure than an arena or club would be.
 
“Country music has always been about community,” Bryan’s statement adds, “and we will continue to stand together.”

Maren Morris has officially released her unreleased track “Dear Hate,” in response to the shooting in Las Vegas on Sunday night that has left over 50 dead and more than 400 injured.
 
Maren says, “I wrote this song 3 years ago, recorded it last year with Vince Gill, and always have fans asking when I’ll put it out. I never knew when would be the right time, but I realized today that there’s never a right time. Hate is everywhere, and I’m sick of not doing enough. In the darkest tunnel, there is still love & music. There’s what it’s here for. Here is ‘Dear Hate.’ Any cent I see from this I’m donating to the Music City Cares Fund. #LovesGonnaConquerAll.”

Morris had previously made a version of the track available via Soundcloud in July of 2016, in response to the shooting deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile as well as the Dallas police officers who were killed by sniper fire.

 

Dierks Bentley joined the Americans all across the country who are donating blood to help survivors of the mass shooting in Las Vegas.

Bentley posted an Instagram photo of himself getting hooked up to donate.   He writes, “First smile in two days thanks to being around other donors and great people.
 
“I haven’t really been able to function at all since the shooting,” Bentley admits, writing that he’s been experiencing “such deep sorrow. sadness. heavy and dark. My relationship with country music fans, as well as my band and my crew’s relationship with them, is something we all cherish so deeply.”

John Rich of Big & Rich was at his Redneck Riveria bar in Las Vegas after performing the Route 91 Harvest Festival on Sunday night . He recalls a lockdown scene inside the bar, during which he provided an officer with a firearm.

Speaking to Fox News, Rich recalled an off-duty officer from Minnesota approaching him  and asking if he had a gun. Rich says he has his permit and was carrying, so he provided the firearm to the man. From there the unidentified officer stood point at the door for nearly two hours.

Big & Rich performed two sets before Jason Aldean, who was onstage when gunshots broke out from the Mandalay Bay Casino, which sits kitty-corner from the festival grounds. Nearly 60 were killed and more than 500 injured when 64-year-old Stephen Paddock opened fire on the crowd, firing hundreds of shots for over four minutes.