Remembering Route 91 Harvest Fest A Year Later With These Powerful Songs

October 1, 2018

It’s hard to believe that today marks one full year since the Route 91 shooting; the most deadly mass shooting by an individual in US history.

On that tragic night, 58 people lost their lives, and nearly 1,000 others were injured. Lives were destroyed. Families would never be the same. Heartbreaking story after heartbreaking story filled our news feeds as we learned about the the people that went to a festival for a moment of fun, and never returned home.

Eric Church kicked off that festival last year, so he felt a deep connection to those fans, and those faces he saw in the crowd. A few days after the tragedy, Eric took the Opry stage to perform a song he wrote for the victims – “Why Not Me.”

Then Maren Morris released the song she did with Vince Gill called 'Dear Hate.' When she did release it she said this, “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,” the Grammy-winning songwriter wrote in her tweet. “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. That’s what it’s here for.”