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It’s often said that music is a healer, and God, do we need that to be true this week, especially since the music community and its fans are grieving in the wake of the horrific mass shooting at the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas Sunday night. More than 55 people were killed and more than 500 wounded as a lone gunman shot into the crowd as Jason Aldean performed his headlining set.

Now, the music world has been dealt another blow. Legendary rocker Tom Petty has died at age 66 after being found unconscious in his California home.


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Though he wasn’t known as a country artist, a quick spin through YouTube brings up a wide array of country artists covering Tom Petty’s hits. Chris Stapleton, Lady Antebellum, Maren Morris and even George Strait have included Petty covers in their shows in the past few years.

One that especially caught our eye today is this clip of Jason Aldean covering Petty’s classic “I Won’t Back Down.” Jason has performed the song many times throughout the years, and it takes a special significance now.

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In the intro, Jason asks the crowd, “Do we got any Tom Petty fans in the house?” They answered in the affirmative with their big applause.

Though it may be too soon now, country fans will no doubt stand their ground and continue gathering to see their favorite artists in concert. Let this cover performance from Jason stand as a tribute to that resilient spirt.

Hunter Kelly is a senior correspondent for Rare Country. Follow him on Twitter @Hunterkelly.
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