Nashville mayor Megan Barry is a huge champion of the musicians who make Music City special. In the past year, we’ve seen her onstage with Tim McGraw and Faith Hill as they got their star on the Music City Walk of Fame. She was also on hand for Charlie Daniels’ Volunteer Jam last fall, and we spotted her taking a moment to chat with Luke Bryan backstage at the event. In April, we saw her waving a rally towel alongside Carrie Underwood to cheer on the Nashville Predators during the Stanley Cup Playoffs. In June, Mayor Barry was side-by-side with Miranda Lambert for Miranda’s Mutt Nation march at CMA Music Festival.
Now, Nashville’s music community is standing with Mayor Barry as she mourns the loss of her 22-year-old son, Max. He passed away from an apparent drug overdose this July 29, and was memorialized with a service in Nashville August 1.
Legendary singer/songwriter and Barry family friend John Prine shared memories of having Max visit his home over the years. Max and John’s own son are around the same age, and were good friends. John then sang “Souvenirs” in memory of Max.
Megan’s husband, Bruce Barry, wasn’t scheduled to speak, but he shared a moving tribute to his son during the ceremony.
The thoughts and prayers have been pouring in on Twitter, too.
Lady Antebellum’s Hillary Scott writes, “Haven’t stopped praying for @MayorMeganBarry and her family since I saw the news this morning. Praying for peace and comfort.”
Former star of “Nashville,” Connie Britton writes, “Grieving tonight with @MayorMeganBarry and Bruce Barry for the death of their son Max. Our hearts break with yours.”
Noted singer/songwriter Jason Isbell shared his condolences with the family, too. He writes, “Our hearts are breaking for @MayorMeganBarry and @brucebarry, and I’m humbled by their strength and courage.”