The country music community was devastated Oct. 1 when a gunman opened fire on the attendees of Route 91 Harvest in Las Vegas, taking the lives of 58 and leaving hundreds more injured. Following the tragic event, the leading men and women of the country music community rallied together to organize star-studded benefit concert Country Rising taking place at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena Sunday night (Nov. 13).
“I know I don’t have to tell you guys it’s been a rough couple of months for us,” Jason Aldean – who was performing on stage at the time of the shooting – told the crowd of the sold-out arena. In addition to Aldean, country music superstars took the stage one after another including, Keith Urban, Dierks Bentley, Sam Hunt, Jon Pardi, Little Big Town, and more.
Out of a sea of stunning performances, Urban’s beautiful rendition of his emotionally-charged ballad, “Blue Ain’t Your Color” stood above the rest. In addition to his tender performance, Urban also performed a quick-fire rendition of the Police’s “So Lonely.”
In addition to raising funds for those affected by what has been described as the deadliest shooting in modern American history, Country Rising will benefit victims of the recent hurricanes in Texas, Florida, and Puerto Rico.
Urban released “Blue Ain’t Your Color” as the fourth single off his critically acclaimed album, Ripcord. The song was heralded as an instant classic, fans praising the song for its heartachingly relatable lyrics matched with the melancholy music.
You can watch Urban’s performance of “Blue Ain’t Your Color” at Country Rising below.