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It was the late night hours of Oct. 1 when the country music world was thrust into a state of fear and terror as thousands ran for their lives from a shooter at the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas.

One of those thousands was musician Joe Bachman.

The lead singer of Joe Bachman and the Tailgaters, who garnered nearly two million views on YouTube with his 2013 video “A Soldier’s Memoir,” found himself hiding in garage at the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino when he told Rare Country his harrowing story.


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At that time, Joe had just been told by a police officer all the scary details that we now know as fact. The lone shooter was situated on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay, using a full automatic weapon to take out the innocent fans just trying to enjoy a country music concert happening on the streets below.

“There are a ton of unconfirmed reports of bombs and other shootings, but I’m not 100% sure what is happening,” he said at the time of the interview, which took place at 12:41 a.m. local time on Oct. 2. “I texted [Jason] Aldean and the boys and they are OK.”

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And then we asked about him.

“I’m just shaken up,” Joe said, sounding more emotional with every word. “It’s nerve-racking. I’m here all alone stuck here in a parking garage. No one really knows what’s going on.”

Hours later, Joe headed to his socials to share a more lengthy account of the terrifying night. “I am emotionally shook and still shaking,” he wrote. “I’m devastated for the lives lost … for this city … and for country music. I continue to be terrified that I am raising a daughter in this dangerous world.”

We couldn’t agree more, Joe.

Tricia Despres is the contributing editor for Rare Country, based out of Chicago, Illinois. Join the conversation on Twitter at @RareCountry. We would love to see y’all there.
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