Yet another country act has been added to the list of those who have suffered a tour bus fire. Legendary country band Shenandoah caught fire in Forest City, Arkansas, while they band was on their way home from weekend concerts in Texas. According to the posts made to the band’s social media accounts, lead singer Marty Raybon, drummer Mike McGuire and the rest of their Grammy Award-winning band and crew appear to be safe.
“BUS FIRE!! It’s never a dull moment out here with Shenandoah. Our bus caught on fire this morning in Forest City AR but we got it put out. Now to get home!,” one caption read.
It’s unclear what caused the fire and the band hasn’t reported the extent of the damage. Flames are not visible in the photos, but smoke was surrounding the bus and filled the interstate, causing poor visibility for other motorists.
Tour bus fires seem to be a regular occurrence for country artists. In recent year, many have suffered fire scares. Although no injuries have been reported, some artists have suffered the loss of irreplaceable equipment and keepsakes.
In 2014, Lady Antebellum’s Hillary Scott was on her way to the ACM Awards when the bus she and her band were traveling in caught fire outside of Dallas.
A tour bus belonging to the Eli Young Band was destroyed in a fire on the Kansas Turnpike in 2017, destroying most of the band’s electronic and sound equipment.
In 2018, Brantley Gilbert’s bus became engulfed in flames while en route to a concert.
Earlier this year, Rascal Flatts lead singer Gary Levox’s bus went up in flames while on his way to Louisiana where he was set to join his brother for a hunting trip.
We are so thankful that all those aboard Shenandoah’s tour bus Sunday morning were uninjured.